You guys! I'm back from New York and my time with Essie and the girls from the @essieclubcollab! It was beyond incredible. So much more than I could've imagined. I have soooo much to say about it and yet it's hard to put into words just how magical the whole thing was. There's so many pictures to sift through and so many things to say and I wanted to do the post justice. I didn't think I could get my thoughts together in time for today, so I thought I'd swatch and share with you the custom shades I made in the Essie Lab!! (will definitely post more on the ECCtakesNYC trip later this week!)
All of us girls were freaking out when they told us we would get to go into the lab and make our own bottle of polish. My thoughts immediately went to making a yellow. I have about 300 bottles of Essie polish and only one of them is yellow (Aim to Misbehave). That shade is much more deep and golden than I like, so what I wanted was a beautiful pastel yellow. Lauren's List already created the PERFECT pastel yellow when she got to go into the Essie labs, and since I love super light shades, I decided to make my yellow even paler.
I LOVE how this shade turned out! I was thinking of soft pretty petals on flowers but also the bottle literally looked the colour of butter, so "Butter Blossom" became my shade name. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. If I had a bottle of "Lauren's List" and "Butter Blossom" then my collection of Essie yellows would be perfect and complete! The formula is completely opaque in 3 coats and self-leveled really nicely.
Butter Blossom vs. Chillato
The closest Essie shade I had in my collection was Chillato, but its much more of a pistachio green.
You can see that Butter Blossom is even paler in tone that Chillato. Being next to Chillato is making it look like it has some green in it, but it doesn't. It's just the palest buttery yellow. And it makes me so happy :). Essie needs to make this shade for real.
We thought we were only going to get to create one shade, but then they surprised us and said we could make TWO if we wanted! The other shade I really wanted to create was a dusty mauve but in a lighter tone than what Essie currently has. I was thinking Island Hopping but lighter. This is where things got VERY tricky and we all learned how hard it is to mix polish shades. Getting what is in your head to transfer to the bottle was so hard. Maybe if I had the exact colour I was going for in front of me represented by a piece of clothing or some other item, I would've had an easier time, but going straight out of my head didn't work. I also was torn and kept making the polish more of a pastel because I'm all about those pastels. In the end, I ended up with quite a mauvey pastel that was pretty and Lauren and Hannah told me they loved it, but I was scared it would look bad on my skin tone. I had worked so hard and long on the polish colour that most other girls were already done and heading back upstairs for lunch. I probably should've just bottled my shade as is, but I panicked and thought "it needs to be more pale and more of a cool tone!" so I dumped a bunch of white in and a drop of blue.
While this is not at all the colour I was going for, I actually really love it on the nail! Totally my kinda colour. It's a dusty mauvey purple but super duper pastel. Originally I called it "Essie Envy" but I was unhappy with that name. I didn't like the way it worked with Butter Blossom, and I also didn't want to call it that when I was going for a real mauve tone. I decided to look up names of purple flowers and came across "Sweet Pea". That's been my daughter Arya's nickname since she was born, so I thought it was perfect! It has meaning close to my heart and works well with Butter Blossom.
Sweet Pea vs. Go Ginza vs. Hubby For Dessert vs. Meet Me At The Altar
In the bottle, Sweet Pea looks the closest to Hubby for Dessert. Sweet Pea is lighter than Go Ginza and Meet Me At the Altar is more pink.
|Left to Right: Go Ginza, Sweet Pea, Hubby for Dessert & Meet Me At the Altar|
The girls from the Essie Club Collab completely inspired me with their nail art while I was in New York! I thought I only liked the look of solid polished nails but seeing their nail art designs in person was so good. It definitely made me realize I need to try and do more of it. Most girls were surprised to learn that I actually have a Bachelor's of Fine Art! I definitely have the skills to execute nail art, I just wasn't doing it because I thought I didn't like it. ALL THAT HAS CHANGED! I will for sure being playing around with more nail art designs and that has me sooooo excited.
I wanted to do a nail art design using my two custom shades and I love how it came out! I used Sweet Pea for the base, Fiji for the flowers, Going Guru for the leaves and Butter Blossom for the centre of the flowers and dots on the nail.
I also pulled out my dusty mauve sweater to wear today (I went from 15 degree C weather in New York, back to snow and 0 degree weather back in Alberta!). It shows how Sweet Pea is a similar shade of dusty mauve but just way lighter. I'm curious what it would've looked like if I had just left it alone and not added all that white? Or even bottled one bottle of the former mauve colour, then added a bunch of white and then bottled it. Oh well. It was still the ultimate Essie Lovers experience of a lifetime!
Please tell me: What shade would you have created in the lab if you got the chance?!?!
P.S. Every shade the other ECC girls made was one I wanted! I wish we could've brought home a bottle of everyone's!