From left to right: 1. Sssssexy, 2. Snake It Up, 3. Lil' Boa Peep,
4. Snake Rattle And Roll, 5. Repstyle, 6. Crocadilly
For today I have the complete Essie Repstyle Collection for you, sent to me by Essie Switzerland. This collection includes six shades inspired by reptiles and each comes with a nail art magnet, that will create the matching snakeskin pattern on your nails. To keep this long post as clear as possible, I will sum up the important stuff first and then just leave you with the pictures.
To start with, I wouldn't have bought a bottle of this collection myself because it combines two things I dislike (most) in nail polish: metallics and magnets. I tried magnetic nail polish once, it didn't work and I put it away. So the swatches here are made by a complete beginner! But I have to say that Essie did a good job convincing me of this collection.
I used two coats for each shade and while the second coat was still wet I held the magnet over each nail. This was pretty easy because of the small plastic edge around the magnet that I placed on my finger. What I didn't like is that the pattern only covered the middle of my nail, because I wasn't able to move the magnet to the sides without destroying the previous pattern. And my thumb and index finger nails are not as flat as my other nails, which is why the pattern didn't completely transfer onto the nail.
Apart from that I love the colors and you could also wear them without the pattern. I didn't use a top coat in any of the pictures, but if you wait long enough you can add a top coat to extend the durability of your design. My favorite shades from this collection are Sssssexy, because it is an unusual color for a reptile (and I love the name!) and contrary to my expectations the weird muddy bronze color Repstyle, which turned out to have the most realistic looking snakeskin effect. If you're not sure which color to pick, I would definitely recommend Repstyle because the effect is awesome! Now, enough with the babble, here are the swatches!
Essie - Sssssexy
a striking, scintillating sanguine
Essie - Snake It Up
a pewter pavé python
Essie - Lil' Boa Peep
Essie - Snake, Rattle And Roll
a venomous oxidized silver
Essie - Repstyle
a hypnotic desert bronze
Essie - Crocadilly
a croc hunter green