When I started the Alphabet Nails series a few weeks ago, I did not expect the letter D to be a difficult one. I figured I would have multiple polishes to choose from each week, at least until the more unusual letters at the end of the alphabet. I do have a few D polishes including the beautiful Zoya Daul, but I used that a while back for Pi Day nails so wanted to share something else.
Essence’s Don’t Be Shy I probably bought only because I bought the rest of the collection. Even when I swatched these polishes a while back, I literally swatched one finger for a photo. It is not really my kind of colour so I was really surprised to love the nail art I did with it. This yellow leaning almost lime green is part of the original The Gel collection from Essence. Don’t Be Shy is quite in your face so is well named,. Shown here in artificial light it looks a little more green.
While in sunshine, the yellow comes through, but it is also much brighter. The formula is great, two coats gives you full opacity and the dry time is decent.
Essence Don’t Be Shy Nail Art
I knew that I probably would not wear this bright colour alone, so did a gradient of Essence Don’t Be Shy, Va-Va-Voom (Soft Matte Pink) & Amazed By You (Purple) all from The Gel collection and stamped it with MoYou The Pro 06 plate using the black polish from the Mariposa set reviewed here.
I really like this design, the stamp did not pick up perfectly, likely due to that mini bottle of black polish getting a lot of use, it is almost empty and getting thicker. Since leaves get holes from insects and small animals eating them, it works though. In sunlight, the gradient is beautiful and makes me want to go sit somewhere tropical and not work!
The yellow is really toned down by the pink and purple making it a bright but wearable nail art look that I just didn’t want to take off. I was too lazy to do the other hand though, so did a gradient of the colours with Don’t Be Shy on my baby finger working up to Amazed By You on my thumb. The purple darkens the pink on the nail art but looked a little out of place as a single colour on my thumb, oh well!
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