Essence “Grey-t to be Here” – Swatches and Review – plus a glitter gradient

Happy first day of spring! 🙂

How’s the weather where you’re at? Here in Eastern Ontario we had about 10cm of snow yesterday, a few flurries today, and they’re calling for flurries until Friday. So it might be spring date-wise, but it sure isn’t weather-wise yet. Although the average daily temperature is just under 0°C, so the snow won’t stick around for long.

There might still be snow on the ground, but that won’t stop us from having lighter shades on our tips! So today I’m sharing Essence Grey-t to be Here that I had on last week.

Grey-t to be Here is a nice pale grey with a subtle pink shimmer that really comes out when the sun shines on it. There was no sun around so I took a macro shot.

Some people do not like Essence’s brushes because they are wide, but I LOVE them! I find it takes less strokes to cover the nail, and I actually do my pinkies in one stroke. Their brushes are rounded at the tip, not square, so it helps keep that nice curve along the cuticles.

This polish has a great formula and you get full opacity and coverage with 2 coats. I’m also wearing Poshé top coat, a new one I purchased last week and trying out for the first time.

Poshé top coat dried fast and was super shiny.

I did my nails just before bed, so off to bed I went. ZZZzzz…

When I woke up the next day I looked at my nails and, EEEEK! What is this?!? Shrinkage??? Noooooo! *cries*

I had high hopes for this top coat so I was really disappointed. I will try it again, maybe when I try some nude shades so if there is any shrinkage it won’t show too much.

Since I just put on this colour I did not want to take it off right away, but I had to fix those tips. Since there’s a pink shimmer in the polish I decided to add a pink glitter gradient. Ah-ha!

So I grabbed my bottle of Milani Disco Lights and voilà! I do the gradient with the polish brush, I have not tried doing it with a sponge yet.

Problem solved!

To get these nice and smooth I finished them off with 2 coats of Gelous followed by 2 coats of Nubar Diamont, my trusted top coat.

Ahhh, much better!

What do you think?

– Chantal 🙂

Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.
  • Oh what a bummer that Poshe had that much shrinkage! You fixed it pretty good with the glitter though. 😀 Man, I do love Essence polishes, though – I wish we had more here in Canada! Our little selection isn't enough!

    • Thanks Melissa! 😀
      I agree, I wish we had ALL of Essence's polishes here, we seem to miss out on so much. 🙁

  • I have Grey-t to be here, love it! Excellent job showing that shimmer! I hate when top coats cause shrinkage. That's one of the reasons I stopped using SV.

    • Thanks Gini! 😀
      Yeah I used to be a SV girl too, but that shrinkage was just too much. I have not been disappointed by Nubar Diamont yet. I'm halfway through my fist bottle, I need to order another one soon before I run out.

  • Grey-t to be here is so gorgeous! No idea why I don't have it yet, haha

    • I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did! I love Essence polishes, I have not been disappointed yet.