Saturday 6 February 2016

Opulent Essences - Swatches & Review

Hello lovelies! Today I have a long overdue post for you. Shortly before my holiday in December I received amazing nail mail from UK indie Opulent Essences. After falling in love with their hand and nail scrub (post here) I had to purchase more. I also decided to finally try a couple of their polishes. Read on for full swatches and more info!

Opulent Essences - Swatches & Review @acertainbeccaa

I'll start with the Hand and Nail Exfoliant Scrub - the main reason I ordered. I had wanted to try their baked apple fragrance since it was announced and I wasn't disappointed! I don't use cuticle removers so I rely on my scrub to remove any dead skin and to soften. This exfoliant is amazing at doing just that. I love it! They've recently added new fragrances and both fresh linen and lemon are on my wishlist.

Opulent Essences Hand & Nail Exfoliant @acertainbeccaa

Now onto the polishes. First up is 'Raspberry Ripple', a gorgeous fuchsia pink with silver microglitters and a strong bluey/purple flash. This went on fairly sheer on the first coat, yet very smoothly and not at all streaky. A second coat built it up to be opaque. I added a third for extra depth and to deepen the colour slightly. Below is three coats and topcoat.

Opulent Essences - Raspberry Ripple @acertainbeccaa
Opulent Essences - Raspberry Ripple @acertainbeccaa

This did dry to a slightly textured finish. A coat of topcoat smoothed it out but did dry down the tiniest bit textured again. If you're not a fan, you may want two coats of topcoat (or one thicker coat). 

Next is 'Peacock Pearl', a stunning tealy green full of a bright pearly shimmer. This was smooth and opaque in two coats, I added a third just in case it deepened the colour. It didn't make a massive difference so you could leave it at two. Below is three coats and topcoat.

Opulent Essences - Peacock Pearl @acertainbeccaa
Opulent Essences - Peacock Pearl @acertainbeccaa

I will say that this is a lot greener than it looks in my pictures. The shimmer gives a gorgeous green sheen which my camera just didn't want to pick up. This is surprisingly my favourite polish of the three.

Last up is 'Boutique Pink', a vibrant hot pink with a bright flash. I received a mini size of this polish as a freebie with my order - thank you Sharon and Zoe! Again you could get away with two coats, but I added a third. Topcoat really makes this colour pop! Below is three coats and topcoat.

Opulent Essences 'Boutique Pink' @acertainbeccaa
Opulent Essences 'Boutique Pink' @acertainbeccaa

I did have some minor bubbling with this one (not noticeable after topcoat!). It was probably my fault for doing my first coat a bit thick and a bit too quickly. I would suggest three thin coats to avoid any issues.

I have to say I am very impressed! All three polishes were smooth and easy to apply, and were absolutely gorgeous on the nail. I will definitely be purchasing more polishes from Opulent Essences and of course will keep stocked up on my favourite scrub! Remember to check out their etsy store here.

Hope to see you in the next post!
Becca x

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  1. Great post hun :) I need all 3 of those lol and the Apple scrub sounds delicious x

    1. You do! They're all gorgeous & the scrub is yummy :) x