Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Essie Sassy Satchel & Essie Carnival

Above & Below: Essie's Sassy Satchel shown in various lighting. This is a deep rich burgundy shade with the slightest touch of fine gold shimmer.
Below: Shown topped with one coat of Essie's Carnival, it adds a rainbow of sparkle.
Below: A coat of Essie's Matte About You defines the glitter shape, but tones down the sparkle considerably. It also brings out the brown undertones in Sassy Satchel.
Today I have some of my finer quality polishes...you know I love some of the drugstore shades I've been showing the last few days, but it's always a pleasure when I use Essie. I've always been very impressed with the application and the quality of the finish I get from this brand. I used 2 coats of Sassy Satchel and the coverage was even and the formula flowed perfectly. I picked this up at TJ Maxx a few months back, and I'm glad I did. Sassy Satchel is in the burgundy family, but it has the slightest hint of a deep brick red with brown undertones. The brown undertones are more evident with a coat of Essie's Matte About You.

Carnival is a perfect topping for a darker base, because it's a clear polish packed full of small, holographic glitter. I used one coat as a topping, and the way that the glitter pieces play with the light is truly mesmerizing. I don't think it would look nearly as nice using it alone, but I could be wrong. Have you ever used Carnival alone? What did you think?


  1. I love Carnival, I didn't know this polish. The final mani looks great but curiously, the shimmer of Sassy Satchel seems to disappear completely.

  2. Gorgeous!!!!

    I need to get my hands on Essie's Matte about you! Beautiful!

  3. very pretty and it looks awesome matte.

  4. It is so pretty! I actually don't care for the matte (Gasp! Me??) because Carnival is so snazzy.

  5. Lovely shade of burgundy, and it really comes alive with Carnival on top! Personally, I can't seem to get used to (read "like") the matte trend, not a fan at all... from what I've read it will continue to be "a la mode" the upcoming Spring - so I guess I will just have to try and accept it, lol!
    Merry Christmas, Mary, I hope you and your family will have a good one!

  6. Your nails look lovely with this polish!

  7. Love that shade on you. I've just added that to my "wants" list! Beautiful burgundy shade. I don't care for it matted. Love the glitter on top. I can't get enough red polish right now. Everyone have a wonderful Christmas. Mary, you and your family have a Merry Christmas. Love ya.

  8. How much did you pay for Essie Sassy Satchel at TJMaxx?

  9. Gorgeous combos Mary!

  10. That is a gorgeous color! Is it a sin to think that it looks best all by itself?

  11. Woah, I didn't even know Essie had a polish like Carnival. I love it! A lot of people arent big on Essie but I love it and Carnival makes me like Eddie even more. I can always find a random Essie at my TJ Maxx so thats a bonus.

  12. Nathalie~Carnival was a surprise to me, I didn't know Essie had a color like this! And yes, the matte totally erased the shimmer!

    Gina~yes you do! Matte About You is used alot by me :)

    Brooke~glad you like the looks! I was surprised in a good way at Carnival!

    Mighty Lambchop~I understand what you mean about the matte, because Carnival look nice unmatted,

    Vanessa~belated thanks for the Hoiday wishes! The matte look is just something different, but it's so fun to see what the end result will be every time I use it :)

    AllYouDesire~thank you!

    Lucy~I hope you had a wonderful Holiday! I preferred this one unmatted too, because it was such a pretty shade.

    Kelsey~I think they're around $3.99...no more than that.

    itskarmababy~thanks! You just never know how it will look after all of the 'toppings'!

    gildedangel~not at all! I totally agree with you.

    adorepink~I know, I was totally wowed when I saw this polish. My TJ MAXX is hit or miss, so I was happy to find something good for a change!

    Pinkginger~thanks, I prefer the first look, but once you start playing around...!

  13. Please take this to be constructive, but you really need to have someone take a look at your nail shape. Maybe have them done by a friend or professionally once to see what they do. What you're doing isn't flattering at all.