It’s Christmas Eve and time for advent to end. I’ve been sharing the contents of the Essie Advent Calendar over on my Instagram stories every day during advent, but I thought I would do a more detailed review of it here! Obviously, this is no longer in stock, but I picked this up for £40 (RRP £50) in Superdrug, and annoyingly it was on sale for something ridiculous like £5 a couple of days ago! The price point is incredible regardless because, as you’ll see, you receive 7 full-size polishes including one fo the new Gel Couture shades, 13 minis and 4 nail care items. The full-size polishes alone come to a total of £60.89, so you’re definitely getting your monies worth! I’m going to keep this post relatively brief from now on as I have 24 items to get through…
The candles featured in these photos are from the Wilko Candle Advent Calendar which was just £8, and I much preferred it to the Yankee Candle one I had last year – I hope they do one next Christmas too!
I love the packaging – simple but effective! Now let’s go through each day! Full-size bottles are 14ml and minis 4.5ml.
Day 1: Fishnet Stockings
Gorgeous deep red – 2 coats.
Day 2: Cocktail BlingLight blue-grey – 2 coats.
Day 3: In The Mood RingBlack and gold glitter – 3 coats.
Day 4: mini glass nail filePerfect for chucking in your bag!
Day 5: Good As Gone nail polish remover (25ml)Great for travelling in and the bottle can be refilled!
Day 6: LicoriceA one-coater black!
Day 7: Mink MuffsSoft nude-brown – 2 coats.
Day 8: Tart DecoVivid peachy orange – 2 coats.
Day 9: All In OneStrengthening basecoat.
Day 10: toe separatorsMaybe useful for some, but probably not going to use these myself!
Day 11: LuxedoAlmost-black dark purple – 2 coats.
Day 12: Colour CorrectorYellow-neutraliser priming basecoat.
Day 13: nail bufferHandy size and something I actually use!
Day 14: DelicacySheer nude/pink, great for french manicures – 2 coats.
Day 15: FijiVery pale, baby pink – 3 coats (not the best formula).
Day 16: Glow Your Own WayWhite and gold glitter – 3 coats.
Day 17: Fifth AvenueVibrant, bright red – 2 coats.
Day 18: Bobbing For BaublesAlmost-black dark navy – 2 coats.
Day 19: Sil Vous Play HeroSoft pink shimmery foil – 2 coats.
Day 20: apricot nail oilHydrating, smells incredible and great for popping in your bag.
Day 21: Disco DollLilac/pink glitter – 3 coats.
Day 22: Gel SetterGel-finish topcoat.
Day 23: Gel Couture TopcoatQuick-drying and ultra glossy.
Day 24: Rock The RunwayClassic red from the Gel Couture range (luxurious and instant gel-like shine) – 2 coats.
Overall, I love this calendar. As I said before, it is great value for money, and I think the balance between minis, full-sized and nail care products is great. There are only maybe one or two polishes that aren’t my cup of tea! This is amazing and is a much better outcome than the Ciate Mini Mani Month I had in 2014 ( I did not realise it was that long ago…). Personally, my only issue is that the reds are too similar and I feel it could have done with a forest green or something. Other than that I am thoroughly impressed. I only owned 2 Essie polishes before and now my collection has expanded rather quickly! Maybe I’ll get this next year too but wait for the sale…
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my first every Blogmas! I can’t believe I’ve actually managed to get a blog post up every single day for the whole of December so far! Especially with everything else going on this month! I could never be a daily blogger… If you’ve missed any posts just catch up here!
I wish you all a Very Happy Christmas!