Mani Monday – Essie Angora Cardi
Essie’s Angora Cardi shade is the most popular pinned shade on Pinterest, and as soon as I heard this, I knew I needed to try it out.
From the bottle, it’s nothing special. It’s a muted, dusky pink shade that’s also got a slight hint of purple/mauve in it. Yes, it sounds nice enough, but it’s not one of those knock-out colours that you see and have to have.
However, when applied, the shade seems to adapt to match your skin tone. As I’m quite pale, the light rose shade looks a lot darker and more of a rustic brown/ pink rose than a purple, and it is honestly an incredible beautiful, classic yet understated shade. I’ve also seen it on darker skin tones and it looks almost purple in comparison.
I don’t really know if this is a shade I would reach for in summer, but as a transition shade into autumn/ winter, I would definitely go back to this shade over and over. You could wear this on a night out, for a work meeting, dressed up or dressed down, the shade flatters pretty much any outfit.
I have to mention the new base coat I’m using, as it’s seriously helped the condition of my nails. I decided to steer away from the OPI Natural Nail Base Coat I was using as I was getting to the final few uses of it and it wasn’t working as well as it used to. I found my nails weren’t as smooth on application and that they chipped more quickly. I did a bit of research and found the OPI Envy Nail Strengthener Original Formula Maximum Strength (£9.95). It’s amazing, not only does it even out your nail but it conditions and strengthens them when you wear it.
You can purchase Essie Angora Cardi from Boots for £7.99 here. It is available in-store, but it was sold out for weeks everywhere whenever I tried to find out. I managed to nab the last bottle in Superdrug in the middle of the week.
Thanks for reading,