Essie – Sexy Divide, Exotic Liras & Bordeaux Swatches!

Many of you will know by now that 2012 marked the launch of Essie in Boots and Superdrug.  I was thrilled when I heard this news (see here) and am glad they have made the range more accessible to us in the UK.  I have a few of the old Essie polishes, but with their new diffusion line comes a new brush which makes applying the polish much easier!  

I have three Essie shades to show you today, I hope you like the look of them as much as I do!

Sexy Divide – This is such a stunning nail polish and very easy to wear all year round in my opinion.  It’s a deep purple shade which shimmers in the light and almost has a blue two-tone effect.  The only polish I have like this in my collection is Barry M’s Vivid Purple, but it is no way near as beautiful as this! 

essie 2 
Exotic Liras – This was so hard to get a photograph of as the colour is so gorgeous in real life, but photographs not at all like it’s actual potential.  In a lot of photographs this looks red, but it is actually a deep fuchsia pink.  I think this is a great way to add a bit of colour to your outfit in the summer whilst maintaining maturity and not looking too young and girly.

essie 3 
Bordeaux – I am not completely convinced about this nail polish.  I love the colour, which I’d describe as a red wine, but it appears quite sheer on the nail and I’m not a fan – I like my nails to be completely covered by a colour but with this I can still vaguely make out the tips of my nails underneath.  I think it also looks a little streaky in the photographs above.

I have a few more Essie swatches coming up soon so check back for those!  The Essie polishes retail at £7.99 in Boots & Superdrug.

What is your favourite Essie shade?  Do any of these catch your eye?




  1. July 8, 2012 / 7:16 pm

    I love essie nail polish! I have two – fiji and tart deco! I really want mint candy apple as well 🙂

  2. July 8, 2012 / 7:25 pm

    The first colour is beautiful. I love essie polishes & like you was thrilled when they came too boots.
    Need to stock up now on all the pretty colours ^_^ x

  3. July 8, 2012 / 7:26 pm

    Exotic Liras is a lovely color 🙂

  4. July 8, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    Amazng colors!

  5. July 8, 2012 / 7:47 pm

    Exotic Liras looks so gorgeous!!! I want it! x

  6. July 8, 2012 / 7:54 pm

    After my weakness this month (buying two pairs of disco pants : ) I have now put myself on a spending ban, which i have promised not to break! But now I have seen this blog post, I may been taking a trip to boots to purchase ''Exotic Liras'', I fear I want this more than I need it though!! xx

  7. July 8, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    These look lovely Katie, I especially like 'Sexy Divide' however, I love purple so I'm biased!

    I agree with you on the shade 'Bordeaux' it does look like less coverage than the others, it's still a nice colour though.

    I have yet to purchase my first Essie shade, but I do like the look of 'Cute as a button'.

    Amy 🙂 xx

  8. July 8, 2012 / 8:02 pm

    All three of these look lovely but Sexy Divide is my favourite 🙂 xx

  9. July 8, 2012 / 8:48 pm

    I love these colours, especially the bottom one!

  10. July 8, 2012 / 8:50 pm

    Sexy divide is soo pretty! I definitely don't own a shade like this so will have to check it out x

  11. July 8, 2012 / 8:50 pm

    I've still not tried any Essie polishes, I am deffo missing out! Love them all, but especially Bordeaux, it's a shame that it isn't more opaque though x

  12. July 8, 2012 / 11:11 pm

    bordeaux looks amazing. i think the sheerness adds to the effect

  13. July 8, 2012 / 11:22 pm

    I've never tried an Essie polish. I love the purple & deep red though, so I might just have to! xx

  14. July 9, 2012 / 5:42 am

    I love the purple one! ^o^

    This is me!


  15. July 9, 2012 / 6:47 am

    My favourite shade has to be cute as a button, it's such a lovely orange peach colour! I lik mint candy apple but I won't buy it cause there's loads of dupes out there! 🙂 x

  16. Anonymous
    July 9, 2012 / 12:04 pm

    I really like Sexy Divide!

  17. July 9, 2012 / 2:11 pm

    really love the second one!

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  19. July 11, 2012 / 2:41 pm

    I love the sexy divide. Purple is my favourite colour and I absolutely love the look of it in your pictures. So happy I can now pick up Essie in my local boots, definitely going to raid the store later on.

  20. July 14, 2012 / 9:58 am

    Sexy Divide really is sexy. Gorgeous colour (I'm such a purple addict anyway). Think it might be my holiday nail paint when I go away in a few weeks 🙂

  21. July 14, 2012 / 7:51 pm

    I love the last 2! Will have to get them, I already have so many Essie's though haha Ixx
    ps. I am your 3330th follower! Ixx

  22. July 15, 2012 / 3:33 pm

    My fav is mint candy apple but i love the first one you have on!

  23. July 16, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    I love the second one you have on and love the Lilacism and the Fiji one they are such cool colors x
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