Saturday, September 28, 2013

Essence - The Boy Next Door

The last time I checked The Boy Next Door nail polish shade from the Essence Colour & Go line was a muted/dusty blue creme. The kind of shade of blue that didn't get too much of my attention. But when I was checking the Essence display in the local drugstore yesterday, there was a shade that I haven't seen before and that certainly did catch my eye. The new version of The Boy Next Door. They did it again: they changed almost everything about the color (except the color family) and kept the old name. Why do you keep doing this, Essence folks?! Well, on the good side, at least the shade is pretty. 
Essence - The Boy Next Door

I don't own the old version of The Boy Next Door, so I can't compare them side by side. I can do a comparison of other shimmery blue shades I have in my collection though. Let me know if you're interested. The new Boy Next Door is a gorgeous electric blue shimmer that has a slight tinge of purple in it. It's only visible in the corners though (like this color is supposed to be a duochrome, but doesn't have enough purple power). =) Very, very pretty shade!
Essence - The Boy Next Door

Essence, The Boy Next Door, 2 coats
Essence - The Boy Next Door

I've finally made my peace with the new(-ish) Essence brush. It's still not my favorite, but at least I can apply polish with it now without painting the nails AND cuticles at the same time. The formula of this polish is close to perfect. It's thin, but not runny and the opacity is wonderful - 2 coats of polish for full opacity. You can see some brushstrokes on my photos, but they aren't really visible in real life. 
Essence - The Boy Next Door

Essence - The Boy Next Door

Essence - The Boy Next Door

Essence - The Boy Next Door

I've never owned Essie Aruba Blue, but I have a feeling this shade would be a perfect substitution for it. What do you think? 

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