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First of all I have kind of been out the game lately because for one I have been having some issues (that now seem to have been resolved) with posting and commenting on Luuux. Secondly I have been house bound for nearly two weeks. The reason being that I have arthritis along with some other medical issues with my feet. So to make a long story short, things flared up and Ive had to take it easy, very easy. Im still having to limit my activity but I feel as though Im on the mend and have been able to get out a bit at least. So now on to more exciting news!
Last week something amazing happened...........my local drugstore not only put in a permanent Catrice display but also an Essie display! To say I was overjoyed upon discovering this would be an understatement. Ive not yet purchased any Catrice products aside from some polish and one eye shadow but once I acquire more I will do some reviews. Now back to Essie. As soon as I saw the display even my husband could sense my excitement. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a rather substantial selection of Essies color range. The spring line was also featured atop the display with all of Essies base coats, top coats and nail treatments on either side. Each polish retails for around 7.25 and the bases, top coats and treatments were around 8.45, if I remember correctly. Now I know this may seem pricey but considering that Essie products were previously much more difficult to find and even on Amazon.de they range in price from 10.50 to 12.95. So to be able to find them locally and 3 to 6 cheaper is pretty incredible, especially considering that I live in a pretty small city in Germany.
I had been coveting Navigate Her since I first saw swatches of the spring collection. As Ive probably stated before, green is my favorite color. Now normally I am not a fan of pastels. I know they are all the rage at the moment but Im just feeling them unfortunately. However, Navigate Her caught my eye so I decided to give it a try. I also picked up a bottle of Essie Matte About You Top Coat since I have also been wanting that as well (review to come later as Ive not tried it yet). Sunday afternoon I prepped my nails with Essie Sensitivity Base Coat and applied two coats of Navigate Her and finished off with Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat. I have to say, I was quite happy with the formula and the coverage I achieved with only two thinner coats and I absolutely am in love with the wide flat brush. The brush is amazing! I feel its just the right size and it allowed me to do a very nice clean application. In fact, I didnt have any overflow onto my skin to clean up afterwards at all.
As for the color, I honestly was not loving Navigate Her on me. My skin tone is incredibly fair, especially so at the moment since the warm weather is just beginning here. In the bottle it looks beautiful but for some reason this color just seemed to wash me out, in fact it looked pretty much what I imagine zombie flesh to look like. lol I was even tempted to return it, which my husband convinced me not to and I have to say Im glad as it has grown on me a bit not to mention the fact that it has held up really well as you can see in the pictures since I took them after 4 days of wear.
Have you tried Navigate Her or any of the other spring colors? If so what do are your opinions?
*Pictures belong to me, so please do not use them without my permission. Thanks!