Monday, 12 May 2014

Red Nails: Essie - Leading Lady

Hi guys, my exams are starting tomorrow and oh gall this is the real deal, this is actually happening, I'm kind of procrastinating but will be going back to my work and oh man this is real, like serious real man exams. I do have a bunch of posts scheduled cause I'm not joking when I say I'm behind, like you'll find out how much soon. Nails have obviously taken the backseat :( but I cannot describe how ecstatic I am for these exams to be over, I cannot describe!! I should have posts, but there may be a point where I run out, but not for long, anyway I know I mostly really post for myself. Hopefully I'll be back properly with good stuff (and good polish :P). Probs see you all on the flipside when my blogaversary comes woohoo!!
Anyway this is the other polish I got with Shine of the Times and I have good things to say. And like Shine of the Times I went out looking for this, not specially this polish but I thought TK Maxx might have the Winter 2012 collection (at that time), so I could get Butler Please (i.e. my guilt free Baker Street which I own another version anyway) but this one too if I could. And that fateful day I got it more than a year later, but I'm still pumped :)

Leading Lady is a dark red base filled with small red glitter and it's gorgeous!! Like I love it!! I am not a red polish girl but this is stunning. The red glitter in it makes it amazing amazing amazing. It glows from within, I don't like dark red but with that glitter it is seriously amazing. I loved Nails Inc Regents Park too, maybe I'm changing into a red polish kind of gal, and I would not mind. Red is mad sophisticated.

I really liked the Essie Winter 2012 collection, I genuinely liked all the polishes in it (though I could've done without the identical red cremes, in my mind there are only so many red cremes a girl needs) and that's why I was looking out for it in TK Maxx cause I was not going to pay full price for it. It wasn't that special. Essie is one of my favourite brands and I'm glad TK Maxx gives me a way to get some for a good price, TK Maxx is my love, I have mentioned this a lot before.

I used 3 coats for this swatch but 2 is definitely enough, I actually preferred wearing this with 2 coats cause the red is lighter and more pink-toned which I preferred but it's sparklier with 3 coats so it's give and take. I did the 3 coats for parts of nail that weren't completely glitter packed (cause I'm all about glitter packed) and the tip wear was bad.
So that leads to my one complaint for this polish, the wear time, after a day I got really bad chips and the whole thing peeled off really easily, also I tend to not get chips in general. And I had nail art so I wasn't unable to take pictures and you'll never get to see it :( (but it wasn't very special, it was just a leopard print) so bad wear time. But I totally forgive Leading Lady because of how gorgeous it is, I can forgive all gorgeous polish.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a really great day!! :)


  1. I love this one, it would be perfect for the winter holidays! I feel like I need to go to TK Maxx now :) Good luck on your exams!

    1. It is, it's so perf!! Oh yeah you do ;) And I do as well haha. Thank you so much, you too, I read that you have your exams too so I hope it all goes well!! :)

  2. I is late as usual... but all the best, hun! For your coming exams! :))

    Whoa whoa whoa!! Leading Lady is such a gorgeous and yes, soooo sophisticated red! Its like the red of reds! Absolutely love the glitters sandwiched in there! True, am not a red polish fellow either, but this... I don't mind! ;D Awww, its too bad huh, that it chips. On the bright side, no fuss on glitter removal. Real pity we don't get to see the leopard though. Another time, maybe? ;)

    1. Thank you so so much!! It's more than fine, thanks for your well wishes, I'm battling through!! :)
      I know right!! I was also really surprised at how beautiful it is, even more surprised by how much I loved it!! Oh yeah the chipping was a bummer and that's a good way of looking at it, glitter can be a pain. Hahaha you're too sweet, you probably will see one soon since I do them all the time haha :P :)