Essie is very busy this holiday season. They are releasing 2 collections (along with their normal, winter collection Shearling Darling) and both focus on textures and glitters. Belugaria is from the Encrusted Treasures collection which is a collection of full of interesting finishes.
Belugaria is not what I thought it was going to be at all. Essie describes Belugaria as a “holographic jet black lace.” While I’m not exactly sure what I expected Belugaria to look like I certainly didn’t expect a black version of the ever so dreadful China Glaze There’s Snow One Like You.
Application was a serious headache. I found the best way to apply this is to apply one, very thin coat that covers the nail and creates a good base. Then apply a second, thicker coat focusing on where the bald spots are. Fortunately, 2 coats does the job.
Admittedly, from a distance this polish looks kind of cool on the nail. And when I put it on I initially couldn’t pin down my feelings about it. I don’t loathe it but there is far too much about this polish that I just don’t like. Application is terrible. It’s scratchy (seriously, it’s almost painful if the polish hits your skin….much worse than a normal, textured polish). Because the formula has little beads in it (ala the original China Glaze textured polishes) I find my nails accumulating lint throughout the day. I find my hair also gets caught in between the beads and I can wear this polish no longer than a day before I have foundation tips. Yes, foundation tips. Makeup gets wedged between the beads and there’s no way to get it out. It’s just over.
All of this is very unfortunate because Belugaria is really gorgeous in the bottle.
Even though I consider this polish to be a fail I do want to applaud Essie for putting out a polish that’s totally out there. It’s very un-Essie like and I like that.
Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump (the MACRO shot is very telling).
I realize that some people may like or even love this polish! So, if you’re on the hunt, the Encrusted Treasures collection should be hitting drugstores soon. Belugaria is currently available online at Ulta and Dermstore.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this polish!