Thursday, May 14, 2015

Essie Petal Pushers and Shimmer Polish Jovie

Petal Pushers was released by Essie as part of the Flowerista collection for spring 2015. Along with Blossom Dandy and Garden Variety, this is makes the third polish from this collection that I've purchased, and I have my eye on collection namesake Flowerista as well. That's a record for me with Essie -- I usually buy my Essies here and there, piecemeal.

Officially described as a "smoky stone rose," Petal Pushers is a medium-light cool creamy grey with blue/purple undertones, sort of a periwinkle grey.  I wasn't that impressed by it in the bottle, especially compared to its collection-mates, but now that I have it on my nails I have to say that I love it. Wearable all year round, this is a very lovely shade that is sleek with a soft delicate graceful feel. It has a certain wistful romanticism that tugs at my heartstrings.

Application was lovely. The consistency of Petal Pushers is fluid and creamy with a perfectly balanced viscosity for painting, a velvety glide over the nail and excellent self-leveling properties. It's user friendly to a degree, amenable to thin or thicker coats as preferred and is easy to manipulate with Essie's slender round brush. Co-curricular repairs and patches will show a slight ghosting effect that disappears under topcoat. Pigmentation is excellent and some folks have managed wearable opacity in one coat but I prefer two to ensure most even coverage. Cleanup is a snap with only a trace of pigment travel. Petal Pushers dries naturally in fairly good time to a glossy finish. Sweet!

Photos show two coats of Petal Pushers over Seche Rebuild treatment and Pretty Serious All Your Base basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Essie Petal Pushers


Essie Petal Pushers


Essie Petal Pushers


Essie Petal Pushers


Essie Petal Pushers


Essie Petal Pushers

Essie Petal Pushers

Essie Petal Pushers

Essie Petal Pushers

Essie Petal Pushers

Inspired by the color scheme that my personal trainer, Tory has chosen for her upcoming wedding, I decided use Petal Pushers as a base color for Jovie from glitter polish maker extraordinaire Shimmer Polish. Tory's gown from Very Wang is a very pale blue-grey and her bridesmaids are wearing gowns in a range of colors from blush to a color not unlike Petal Pushers. Jovie is described as a pink opal holographic glitter polish. Unlike most of Cindy's creations, this is primarily a topper -- I don't think it can be layered to opacity. It's a delicate, glowing mix of pale pink and translucent glitters, some iridescent, some holographic, suspended in a transparent pink-tinted base. It has faerie-like presence that adds a dainty ethereal touch to any base polish.

Like all Shimmers that I've experienced, Jovie has an eminently user-friendly formula that can be applied like regular polish without the need for any special placement or technique. Glitter payoff is wonderful with just the right amount of components available per brushful for an even, random spread over the nail. I used one easy coat of Jovie over my Petal Pushers manicure and had no application issues. Even the few escapee glitters cleaned up in a trice. Jovie dries naturally in very good time to a shiny, slightly textured finish. To keep the look very soft while accentuating the beautiful components, I added a matte topcoat.

Photos show one coat of Jovie over the Petal Pushers manicure above followed by OPI Matte Top Coat.

Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers

Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers

Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers


Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers


Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers


Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers


Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers


Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers


Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers


Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers


Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers


Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers


Shimmer Polish Jovie over Essie Petal Pushers

Those iridescent glitters really catch the light. I did find myself wishing there were more overt pinks in the mix, but this combo has a softly-hued shimmer on the nail that is really pretty. 

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love,
Liz

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