Essie Nail Polish in Shall We Chalet?, swatch

Essie — Shall We Chalet? (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie Winter 2015, Virgin Snow

Shall We Chalet? (943) is described by Essie as a “seductive ruby”. It’s a midtoned red cream with a hint of a jelly to its formula. The red itself is fairly neutral, with perhaps a slight lean to the cool side. The shade is bright, though I would not call it vibrant.

It is very, very close to an older, classic Essie, Fishnet Stockings (which I’ll post for Throwback Thursday, is a slightly more intense shade.

In my usual lightbox photo, you can’t really tell a difference (Fishnet Stockings is on my thumb! Have you ever seen my thumb before?!):

Comparison, Essie Fishnet Stockings, Shall We Chalet?, swatch

They look more different in the bottle:

Comparison, Essie Fishnet Stockings, Shall We Chalet?, bottles

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Givenchy Le Rouge Lip Color in Framboise Velours

Givenchy — Framboise Velours (Le Rouge Lip Color) Swatch & Review

From my earlier review of NARS Audacious Lipstick in Vera:

I was on a plummy/berry lipstick kick over the last year, and simultaneously bought NARS Vera and Givenchy Le Rouge in Framboise Velours. They turned out to be nearly the same lipstick color. I have to do a little more research, next time!

I slightly prefer the Audacious Lipstick over this Le Rouge, partly because Vera suits me a bit better due to its warmer tone, but also because I feel the Audacious formula is slightly superior.

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NARS — Vera (Audacious Lipstick) Swatch & Review

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Vera

Last fall, NARS launched a new line of lipsticks, Audacious, priced a little higher than the regular NARS lipsticks. I picked up Vera from Sephora, and if all the shades perform the way Vera does, then Audacious Lipsticks are well worth the price hike.

I was on a plummy/berry lipstick kick over the last year, and simultaneously bought NARS Vera and Givenchy Le Rouge in Framboise Velours. They turned out to be nearly the same lipstick color. I have to do a little more research, next time! I feel that I slightly prefer Vera, so I’m reviewing it first.

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Essie — Roarrrrange, Ruffles & Feathers, & Strut Your Stuff (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Essie Nail Polish (mini) in Roarrrrange
Essie Nail Polish in Ruffles & Feathers
Essie Nail Polish (mini) in Strut Your Stuff

Collection: Essie Summer 2014

I have lots of Essie love at the moment!

I recently picked up the Roarrrrange and Strut Your Stuff minis for CA$2.49 each. I bought the full-sized Ruffles & Feathers sometime last year.

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