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swatched: essie go overboard & armed and ready

January 16, 2012

Essie, you used to be my one and only. But lately, I have strayed.

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Even so, you still have a special place in my heart.

Go Overboard, a deep teal from Essie’s Spring 2012 collection by the same name, is a beauty. With such a thick, highly-pigmented formula, you could get away with one coat, though I went with two. A lot of Essies are three-coaters for me, so this one is impressive.

With a name like Go Overboard, I had to take this baby to the waterfront. Who cares if it's 20 degrees out and I can't feel my fingers.

This bold, glossy shade works well on my skin tone, and I could imagine it looking great on olive or darker skin, too. It’s part of a spring collection, but I think it rocks as a winter polish.

Also from the Go Overboard collection, Armed and Ready is a dark olive green with a subtle golden shimmer.

The formula is much thinner and less pigmented than Go Overboard. I used two coats, but probably should have used three since I have a few small bald spots. I’m not crazy about this one on me, but I don’t hate it, either.

That orangey-pink skin tone? Early stages of frostbite.

In some light, Armed and Ready takes on more of a slate grey tone, which I really like.

While Go Overboard is the winner for me out of these two, they’re both strong new colors from Essie. The lady knows how to do polish.

Time to go defrost my hands. Oh, what I’ll do for nail polish!

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  1. January 16, 2012 2:53 PM

    Oh I love the Go Overboard. I recently got Dive Bar but it wasn’t as teal as I was hoping. This looks perfect. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  2. January 16, 2012 3:03 PM

    I really like this one, it’s a much clearer and brighter teal than Dive Bar. Thanks for stopping by!!

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