“All that glitters is all you need to get this party started. More than just a flash in the pan, it’s a rock solid classic that’s here to stay.” – From essie’s flyer for the Mirror Metallics collection
Metallic polishes aren’t anything new as numerous brands on the market have produced them. I’ve never owned a metallic before and since I was looking to try out new brands, I looked into which brands currently had metallics out on the market. Essie was one of those brands as they recently released a metallic collection this summer. After seeing such good reviews and swatches, I decided to look into trying them. When I saw all of the bottles in person, Good as Gold and No Place Like Chrome caught my eye. I ended up only getting Good as Gold as I was only looking for a gold polish.
Good as Gold is a part of essie’s 2012 Mirror Metallics collection. On essie’s site, it’s described to be “a guaranteed gold metallic.” Unlike some of the other gold polishes out there, it’s a muted gold, not as yellowy or overly flashy. This makes the color very versatile to wear.
Like with most metallic polishes, it does have some visible brush strokes, but nothing too major. Any visible brush strokes can be easily solved by sponging a layer of the polish, which Polish Art Addiction has a great tutorial on it. The formula’s amazing, making application a dream. Because it’s so pigmented, I could easily get away with one coat, but I applied a 2nd coat to be safe. All of the pics taken were using natural light and no flash. Of the two pics, the second more is more accurate to what the color looks like in real life.
I noticed that it dried rather quickly and had a nice finish even before using a top coat. As such, try to work each coat quickly – the fewer the brush strokes, the better. If you overdo the strokes, the brush will be drier, which can make the brush stokes worse. I personally don’t think I have the right skin tone to pull this color off, so it’s not a color I would wear on its own. However, with paired with other colors, it’s a gorgeous addition to virtually any manicure. Below are my pros and cons that I had with this polish.
- Great formula, goes on very smoothly
- Can easily get away with 1 coat, but multiple coats can be done, depending on one’s personal preference
- Fast drying
- Can be prone to brush strokes (as is the case with metallics in general)
- Nail imperfections are more likely to show through. If you have severe ridges will show, so use a ridge filler base coat to minimize appearance of ridges and other imperfections.
Overall Score: 5/5
- After thought: This has a great formula and could easily be a 1-coater. It may be a good stamping polish because of its saturated pigment, though I personally haven’t tested that one yet. Despite the minor flaws, it’s a color that I would highly recommend getting. It’d be a great addition to any nail polish collection.