Thursday, 31 May 2012

Essie: Cute As A Button

I am utterly obsessed with corals and pinky peachy tones at the minute; I think they just capture summer on your nails! This has lead me to own quite an excessive number of aforementioned polishes so I'm slowly trying to work my way through them and do a bit of a comparison. 

This is my first try of Essie nail varnish, and I was so excited to try it after reading so much on beauty blogs and hearing my idols such as Tanya Burr and Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter rave about them! Tanya inspired me to go for Cute As A Button as it just looks so gorgeous on her! 

As you can see from the pictures I went a little bit overboard on the coral yesterday, but Cute As A Button matched my skirt PERFECTLY so it had to be done! 

I used Sally Hansen Double Duty as my base coat and top coat (available at boots) because  I think a base coat is essential when you paint your nails regularly and with bright or dark colours...nobody wants to look like they've been smoking 40 a day! I applied two coats to my toe nails and didn't bother with a top coat (I rarely do on my toes) and the result is a gorgeous milky peach tone which I adore.  The addition of a third coat and a top coat added extra vibrancy and depth and the result is lovely.  I did wake up with sheet marks on my nails this morning though which is very irritating as I painted my nails hours before bed, but maybe I rushed into putting the top coat on?! 

I think the photos make it seem more orangey/red than it does in real life, but the photos were taken on my iPhone I'm afraid so not a lot I can do.

The consistency of this nail varnish is lovely, and I am really looking forward to trying out some other shades from Essie. 

Essie is now available from Boots and Superdrug and I would highly recommend Essie as a brand if the other shades are as luxurious as Cute As A Button.

I think that this polish is pretty comparable to Pink Flamingo (blog post about it here) from Barry M, and at £2.99 a pop it is a cheaper alternative (Essie is retailing at £7.99). 

Have you tried out any Essie polishes? Which is your favourite shade? And what is your all time favourite coral?

I hope you're all having a great day


the maxi skirt is from Fat Face, and I love it! 


  1. I am so the same when it comes to corals, I just can't get enough of them in the sunny months! It's the perfect pop of colour for nails, and recently I have been going slightly crazy buying loads of coral lipsticks - I can't see one without heading straight to the till, haha!
    Mel x

  2. Love the colour, i haven't tried any of the essie nail polishes but think i might have to cause everyone is raving about them :)

    Sophie Louise x

  3. I'm a recent convert to Essie too :D thanks to reading lots of posts like you! Had my eye on cute as a button (what an adorable name huh?) but as I have a coral shade I love (one perfect coral by Revlon) I went for something I didn't have anything similar to, 'bikini so teeny' the lilac blue shade. Love it! Also bought Ballet slippers (which I did a post on
    Have my eye on a wintery shade next, chinchilly! Also looking forward to next seasons limited collection. x

    1. I bought Bikini So Teeny the other day too but I haven't used it yet - I can't wait to give it a go!! I've also been umming and arring over Chinchilly too...but I really don't think I 'need' it (haha need and nail varnish don't really go together) I'll check out your post of ballet slippers!!