I’m so sure that I’m not only one who got super excited when saw the press release from essence, telling they are going to launch big set of pigments which could be used as eye, lip and nail color with their bases. Time for DIY cosmetics! Especially HURRAH FOR THE NAIL BASE!! As known EU is totally lacking the chance for frankenpolish-creation, mainly because of lack of suspension base. Though this one seems to fill-in our hope! …That was what I was thinking, AT FIRST.
(Image taken from essence’s website; click to enlarge)
It slightly changed when I saw the official tutorial for use of pigment here (see avove). Even on their official youtube video, you can see the “official” way of pigment use, which is something different from I expected; I mean, pigment was NOT directly mixed in bottle of nail base, but much used like a water for solid watercolor palette :/
Though I still had a bit of hope in my mind, like “who knows if suspension reagent was really in or not?”. Then I found I was probably a bit too optimistic, when I saw ingredient list on the display;
I could see NO SUSPENDING REAGENTS in the nail base :(
I mean, suspending reagents = mineral materials like hectorites or silicas. They (at least one of them) are ALWAYS mixed in glitter/shimmer polishes to prevent pigment sinking, but not in here. I was already kinda disappointed on this moment, but fortunately (or unfortunately) I still could keep my motivation to give a try, so I bought the following…
...nail base and two of their pigments. Pigments I got were multicolor fine glitter one and black fine shimmery one; well, theoretically they SHOULD be the most promising pigments for the nail base, as it’s from same collection.
Then I grabbed two empty bottles, 1) filled them up with the base, 2) poured 4 tiny spoonful (I used micro-spatula) of pigments and 3) shaken it very well. It suspended pretty well this moment, but big importance is if it’ll hold pigments/glitters better than normal clear polish or topcoats, so I’ve got ready for the topcoat I usually use for my franken (P2 Color Re-new)…
...and did exactly the same thing, but this time I only used glitter; I think if the base can hold the glitter I can clearly say “it’s suspension base”.
So these are what I got right after the shaking. Two on the left are based on essence’s new nail base, and right one is made with topcoat. I left them quietly to see what will happen…
...and this is what I got with glitter, only TWO HOURS after the shaking. ALL SANK. Super disappointing. No difference each other; though one is simple topcoat, which never hold pigments and glitters, and another is the product which is named as “nail base”. NO WAY :(
But how about the black pigment? At least it still looked unchanged within 2 hours, so I let them stay for one day;
And got this. Still looks OK? But well, I have to say NO to that with macro shot under the strong light;
I think you can see most of pigments have been sank or floated, and only tiny bit is held. Disappointed, again :(((((
So overall, I’ll conclude as essence’s so-called “nail base” is NOT a nail base as we expected. It never holds glitters, even never holds fine pigments, just works as same as usual topcoats/clear polishes. I think this is HUGE disappointment for all the nail polish fanatics, especially for them who don’t have any solution to get suspension base (as me in EU). I was really hoping this nail base to be the suspension base, even I lost most of my hope when I checked ingredients :(
Also the method essence is recommending doesn’t look OK for me; how you can COMPLETELY remove excess pigments from used brush, to prevent the dirty mix? I think most of nail polish user knows how pigments/glitters stick really tightly to brush and not so easy to remove all.
I really hope essence will fix these issue; especially if they are really thinking to launch them as the part of core line in the future. Idea is great, concept of DIY color cosmetics by MAJOR brand is very new, but just it’s not perfect…I’m just hoping for their quality to be better, then it’ll make worldwide polish addicts freakin’ crazy!! :D