Hi everyone! I have what might be the most interesting polish of the year to show you today.
Essie's jumped on the texture bandwagon with a collection of six for the holidays, and these are unlike anything we've seen. Ommorphia Beauty Bar loves them. The Polishaholic hates them. I was drawn to, and picked up, the most polarizing of the six, and also the anchor of the collection, Belugaria.
Belugaria is a black jelly polish packed with clear textured bits and medium sized holographic hexagon glitters. The black base, combined with the drying action, take away all vestiges of clear and in two coats, this dries matte and thick, with the hexes giving off the appearance of being embedded within. Its so odd, and completely fascinating.
Belugaria is thick, and its formula is a little temperamental. The first coat both frustrated me and gave me reason to think I was on Team Polishaholic for this one. It's patchy and draggy, and all those glitters and bits kept building up at the free edge of my nail. Like most polishes, though, the second coat fixes any initial application imperfections and gives the polish its proper, finished look.
Belugaria dries nice and quickly, like its 'traditional' textured counterparts, but DO NOT EXPECT THIS TO SET LIKE A NORMAL TEXTURE. It applies thick and it dries thick. It will feel slightly heavy on your nails and it will catch on your hair as well as certain material. Your hand and cuticle cream will get stuck in the crevices if you're not careful. It is difficult to wear but it is fabulous. It's like haute couture for your nails.
The comparisons that can be drawn from Belugaria's appearance are endless, and that which makes this so pretty also makes it quite ugly, at the same time. It's the ultimate in jolie laide and another reason why this polish is so intriguing. Kudos to Essie for creating a polish to exciting and innovative. Personally, I love it. It's my favorite textured polish yet.
Belugaria and the rest of the Encrusted Treasures collection is currently available at Ulta for $8.50 each.
Thank you for reading and have a marvelous day!! ♥