Chrome nails are trending these days. Essence is one brand that goes a step ahead than others in introducing the trend. Metal Shock range was introduced a few months ago and had everything from metallic lip colors to eye colors to nail colors. I always wanted to rock the chrome trend and picked up a few nail powders from this range. Read on to know more about the Essence Metal Shock Nail Powder in the shade “01 Mirror, Mirror on the Nail”.
Price and Quantity:
$3.5 for 1g
For a breathtaking mirror effect on the nails: apply the nail powder while the nail polish underneath is still slightly wet and lightly polish into the nails. Create cool effects with dark nail polishes. For an ultimate mirror shine look in silver, use transparent nail polish as the base. Seal with the metal shock sealing top coat.
Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, CI 77820 (Silver)
My Experience with Essence Metal Shock Nail Powder 01 Mirror, Mirror on the Nail:
The product comes in a tiny cardboard box which is sealed. The seal on the box ensures that it has not been tampered. There is some basic information on the box. Once you open the box, there is a small, transparent, round plastic box which has the nail powder. This box is also sealed and this prevents any spilling of the powder. There is the name and the shade on the plastic cap. The box looks a bit cheap and feels like it is made with inferior plastic. The screw cap can be closed tightly. But, one of the biggest issue with this nail powder is that, if it is not kept upright, then there is a lot of chances for the powder to settle in the crease and that causes a lot of mess. Even when opening, there is a lot of fallout.
The powder has minute silver particles and they are very soft. They are sticky and cling onto everything. The application can be real messy and you need to use a newspaper in a free area, if you don’t want the silver shine everywhere. The application is easy. Apply a base coat/light color of your choice first, then, use your fingers/brush dipped in the powder and rub onto your nails until desired effects are achieved. You can see the mess it has created in the picture. Mind that it is only for one nail. There is a lot of wastage that occurs but, since I use fingers, I pick up the product and rub onto the nails again. The more you rub the product, the more silver chrome effect it creates. The finish is great. The product helps you to create silver chrome nails at a price so friendly to your pocket.
Even though it sounds easy, you need a lot of practice to achieve the salon-like look. If the base is even 0.1% wet, the application can be a disaster and the product will not cling onto the nail. The product creates mirror finish only on a transparent or very light nail color. I have noticed that it works well with all the top/base coats from essence but, when I use a different brand the finish is not so perfect! The product sometimes do not create the perfect chrome nails and it feels a bit see through. You need to seal the powder with a water based top coat. Essence has a top coat made for this purpose and I will review it soon.
If not sealed, the silver particles can get everywhere and it is a bit dangerous, if you eat with your hands. When sealed, the nail effects stay for around 5 days. The shine lasts 3-4 days and it starts to fade. The product do not peel or chip off like regular nail polishes. It can be easily removed too with a good nail polish remover. I usually wait for the nails to dry after the application of top coat and then wash my hands thoroughly to get rid of any residue.
Overall, it is a good product to try and with less price, you can easily rock the chrome trend.
Pros of Essence Metal Shock Nail Powder 01 Mirror, Mirror on the Nail:
Easy to use.
Creates shinier chrome nails.
Lasts for around 5 days.
Can be easily built to achieve mirror like shine.
Easy to remove.
Cons of Essence Metal Shock Nail Powder 01 Mirror, Mirror on the Nail:
Packaging feels a bit cheap.
Needs a lot of practice to achieve salon-like look.
Need to be sealed with a water based top coat.
Clings onto everything.
IMBB Rating: 3.5/5
Would I Recommend or Repurchase Essence Metal Shock Nail Powder 01 Mirror, Mirror on the Nail?
I would definitely recommend it. I still have a lot of powders to try. I might not repurchase this one, because it doesn’t look so good on my hands!
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