The $5 Manicure I Want To Wear All Summer Long

Easy to apply, easy to touch up--what's not to love about this subtle glitter manicure?
Publish date:
July 18, 2014
essence, nails, glitter nail polish, glitter manicure, Sparkle, white nail polish

As much as I love nail art, I like my day-to-day nail look to be very easy, which is why I love press-on nails and glittery, textured polishes. Unlike a regular polish, it's not too noticeable when a sparkle manicure chips. And touch-ups are a cinch.

Recently, at slumber party-themed fall preview for Essence cosmetics, I went the super easy way out on painting my nails: I got a manicure.

My color choice was a combination of sheer, creamy white and peachy-pink glitter. I immediately decided this would be my go-to manicure of summer. Maybe it's yours, too? I'm going to show you how easy/pretty it is and then you can decide for yourself.

I started my at-home Essence manicure with a clear base coat and then added two coats of Colour & Go Nail Polish ($1.99) in Give Me Nude, Baby! It's a translucent yet warm white with buildable color. One coat looks healthy and bright, while two coats reads fresh and summery. Of course, you could stop here...

...but I like sparkle, so it's glitter time. I applied two coats of Colour & Go in Space Queen, a polish name I feel a pretty strong kinship with. The base is a sheer peach-pink and there are flecks of gold, green, and lilac glitter. This is not an in-your-face glitter, but it has a ton of shine and catches the sunlight beautifully. Also, because the glitter is multi-tonal, it basically goes with anything you wear.

The end result reminds me of shimmering beach sands and ocean water on a perfect summer day. Even better than the color is the fact that fixing chips is easy and the formula is fast-drying--so I don't have to sit around waiting after I do a touch-up,.

Do you have a signature nail color or look? Or do you just want to talk about how awesome Essence is? Their drugstore displays are my kryptonite.