“Glamour Purse – An alluring almond taupe” – From essie’s site
Glamour Purse is actually my first neutral polish in my entire collection, as most of it consists of blues, greens, and bright colors in general. I thought it would be a nice addition to my collection. I wanted to avoid light neutrals, as from past experiences, they don’t look good against my skin. Though, I may try one as I wanted to get a few neutral colors for the basic French manicure.
Glamour Purse is part of essie’s Fall 2011 Carry On collection, which was inspired by handbags. All of the colors of the collections are neutrals, though this one, from swatches I’ve seen on other blogs, was my favorite of the bunch. It’s a great color for fall as darker colors are much more common during the colder months. It’s a grayish taupe, but has warm undertones that makes it lean towards brown, rather than gray. I didn’t want a color that was too brown or grey, so this is a great compromise.
The formula is great and is quite pigmented. It’s a creme that goes onto the nails easily and it’s nearly opaque on a single coat. A second coat is needed to have complete coverage. Otherwise, you could get away with a single, thick coat. It smooths out well, leveling out brush strokes. It also dries to a high gloss finish without a top coat, but like with any manicure, a combination of both base and top coats help to extend the life of your manicure.
Usually for swatches and in general, I use a base coat. This one was an exception because I had only planned to have this on long enough for an interview, and re-paint them afterwards. In this case, I decided to simply paint the color straight on my nails with a top coat. Otherwise, I would use both base and top coats. Though, I ended up keeping this manicure and put essie Shine of the Times on it, hence the Autumn Flakie. Considering no base coat was used, it’s holding up very well. Other than one actual chip on one of my nails, the rest only have minor tip wear and it’s been six days since I first used the polish.
- Only needs two coats to be opaque
- Great formula and pigmentation
- Self leveling
- Dries to a high gloss finish
- Because taupes are popular in general, especially in recent years, it’s not an original color.
Overall Score: 5/5
- After thought: It’s a great color for fall. A great neutral for any collection. I had absolutely no problem with the formula or application and only needed a mere two coats to be opaque.