Hope it doesn’t bother you too much that I was holding this bottle upside down for one photo. I was playing around. 🙂
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my tweet about how Essie polishes are now on sale at two etailers for just $4 USD! Looks like it’s only valid until the end of this month.
Essie nail polish in Canada is pretty pricey. At Shoppers, I’ve seen it for $11.99 CAD! I can never justify that…unless it’s a flakie or holo.
Needless to say, I haven’t purchased a new bottle of Essie for quite some time. But when I happened to stumble across this incredible sale, I finally bought all the colours I had my eye on for the longest time.
Essie has really stepped up their game over the past couple of years! 🙂 I’m impressed!
The new Essie Winter Collection 2011 was available already, so I picked up Essie Bangle Jangle, a moody grayish purple that I’ve been really enjoying!
Essie Bangle Jangle Pictures
Essie Bangle Jangle 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 Bangle Jangle Swatches
All swatches have:
√ High-quality nail polish
(I didn’t see this yet on Essie’s site, so I couldn’t get any colour descriptions of this polish. Guess it’s still too new.)
- Name: Essie Bangle Jangle
- 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 Bangle Jangle Review
The sun didn’t come out when I wore Bangle Jangle by Essie, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to show you what it looks like in direct sunlight.
The colour is a grayed out, putty-like lavender with a touch of blue. There’s a lot of moodiness to it – picture my photos in natural light but with more gray. It looks like a great wearable neutral that still manages to be edgy at the same time. It goes with a lot of other colours, so I think I lot of people would like it.
If you have fairer skin than I do, I can see how it could read more like a pastel lavender on you. I’m glad that wasn’t the case because I already have a pastel purple I love – OPI Do You Lilac It?.
The cool thing about Bangle Jangle is that in natural light, it looks purple with some gray, but then in dim light, it can look more gray with a hint of purple. Hues that change like this (even if it’s a slight change) are really intriguing to me.
Bangle Jangle by Essie has a creme finish.
Application & Formula
The formula was highly pigmented. The first coat was almost opaque by itself, but definitely needed a second coat.
The polish was on the thicker side, but not goopy like glue. I think the thickness was the result of it having so much pigment in it. Because of this formula, it was easy to control and I got great colour payoff.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10
I’m so glad that I bought Bangle Jangle because I’m a huge fan of grayish purples. If you’re looking for a colour that’s work-appropriate and that still has an edge, this is it!
Do you like the jangle of bangles? What’s your favourite shade that Essie has ever made? Are you also a fan of smoked out purples?