As you know, I am partial to a beauty box so when I found out that Boots were going to start releasing boxes from specific brands, I signed up. One of their first collaborations was the ‘Festive Fingertips’ box by Essie and, being one of my favourite nail varnish brands, I knew I had to have it!
There were only 600 released so I feel very lucky to have gotten my hands on one of these limited edition boxes, priced at £24.99 but with £42 worth of products inside.
First of all, the box itself is rather lovely and I think I will use it to store my ever-growing collections of nail art bits and bobs.
Inside, are four full-sized Essie nail varnishes and a gorgeous set of nail stickers.
My favourite shade is ‘sole mate’, an absolutely beautiful deep plum colour.
I also love the gold/ silver glitter, called ‘beyond cosy’. It is so pigmented with glitter that it is a great nail varnish when worn alone as opposed to being another glitter topcoat.
I don’t think I can come up with a better description of ‘eternal optimist’ than the one on the box: a spiced tea rose with a dash of cream. I don’t have a pink shade like this and look forward to trying it out.
The last shade, ‘fishnet stockings’, is a deep yet bright red. Quite a classic colour but still different to the other reds I own.
Finally, the nail stickers which look beautiful. I tried and failed at ‘newspaper nails’ recently but these look like they won’t disappoint.
I couldn’t wait to try a couple of these shades out so created a very festive combination of the dark burgundy shade with a glitter accent nail.
‘Sole mate’ applied wonderfully and was opaque after two coats, drying to a lovely glossy finish. I also used two coats of ‘beyond cosy’ and it is absolutely packed with glitter.
I did feel slightly guilty treating myself at a time when I should be doing my Christmas shopping but this is a gorgeous collection and perfect to wear for all those festive drinks and get-togethers!