Essie School of Hard Rocks sent me to class to learn a lesson that I already knew: not every polish wants to cooperate with my camera. This Breakfast Club member isn’t afraid of detention.
No matter what lighting I snapped shots of it in, it would not photograph true-to-colour. In all of my photos, it looks like a dusty blue (at least on my monitor), but in reality, it’s this gorgeous slightly-dusty teal that tends to lean more on the green side.
But I don’t think it’s all just a lighting problem. The camera I have is around 5 or so years old. After I save up more money, I really would love to invest in a digital SLR camera and proper lighting. But that’s a long way off.
And like I always say, it’s not about what you can buy. It’s more about what you can do with what you already have that counts!
Despite the colour inaccuracy, I just had to blog about School of Hard Rocks because it’s a fantastic colour! Plus I really like the name. (I’m still waiting for a company to come out with a polish called Knuckle Duster…if they haven’t already. I’d buy it just for the name.)
I’m really hoping that Essie continues to produce more colours like this instead of sheers, whites, reds, and pinks.
Essie School of Hard Rocks Pictures
Essie School of Hard Rocks Ingredients
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate, Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Ethyl Tosylamide, Camphor, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Diacetone Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Benzophenone-1, Alumina, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Citric Acid, Tin Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, and Dimethicone.
May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 77491 , CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6 Lake), CI 15880 (Red 34), CI 77266 (Black 2), CI 73360 (Red 30 Lake), CI 75170 (Guanine), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), and CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake).
Essie School of Hard Rocks Swatches
All swatches have:
√ High-quality nail polish
(I couldn’t find any official colour description on Essie’s website. I guess this colour is still too new.)
- Name: Essie School of Hard Rocks
- Collection: Essie Winter Collection 2011
- Colours Available in the Essie Winter Collection 2011: Bangle Jangle, School of Hard Rocks, Cocktail Bling, Bobbing for Baubles, Size Matters & Brooch the Subject
- Amount: 13.5 mL (0.46 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $4 USD
- Where to Buy: Nailsupplies, Trans Design & coming soon to select beauty-supply stores
Essie School of Hard Rocks Review
School of Hard Rocks by Essie is an edgy dusty teal that I feel leans more green on my skin tone than my photos would suggest. I can see this as being more blue if you have the opposite skin tone.
Colours like this are really chic to me. Now, I’m up for wearing practically any nail colour, but I find that if you’re just venturing out into ‘non-traditional’ polish hues, this is what I consider to be an easy transition. It gives you the green-blue you crave without being really loud or immature like a grass green might.
This is a creme polish.
Application & Formula
I was very happy with the application. It went on smoothly, and it was easy to control.
The formula is slightly thicker than an average polish because I think it’s more pigmented.
It took 2 coats to achieve total opacity, but the first coat was pretty impressive by itself. A second is definitely needed, though.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10
I really like the way dusty or muted colours look probably because I tend to wear loud colours. It’s a nice change without being drastic.
What’s the last Essie polish you wore? Are you rooting for Essie to come out with more colours like this? Or do you think that Essie should stick to the sheers, reds, and pinks that they’re known for?