Saturday, May 12, 2012

Essie BHG Beautiful Glitter Sandwich

A few weeks ago I received a package in the mail from Essie. You should have seen the confused look on my face as I opened it since I did not order anything from Essie and have not been contacted by them for any reviews. Inside the package was one Essie polish with the name of BHG Beautiful on the bottom. No other messages in the package to indicate why I was receiving this. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about getting free polish, just a bit baffled at the source. After some investigating it turns out that I won a Better Homes and Garden Essie Giveaway that I entered in September of last year. Better late than never I guess... :D

The polish is a jelly so I decided to make a glitter sandwich with it. I started out with two coats of BHG Beautiful followed by one thick coat of Essie Set in Stones and one more coat of BHG Beautiful. The whole thing was topped off with a top coat for shine. I just love the depth of glitter sandwiches. This one makes me think of a sangria with berries beneath the surface. Yum...

A closer look at the glitter...

A peek at what it looked like before the final coat of BHG Beautiful. Essie Set in Stones is a silver glitter in a clear base. It usually applies much thinner and would need a few coats to build up to this much glitter, but I was feeling lazy so this is one thick, messy coat of the Set in Stones with no top coat. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of glitter for the sandwich...

Taking apart the sandwich even further, BHG Beautiful itself is a deep wine jelly. I'm not sure if this is just a relabel of one of their standard polishes, but I wouldn't be surprised. Application was good and it covered well in two coats. The formula is shiny enough that the swatches here are without a top coat. Looking at the photos I see some bald spots toward the cuticles which were not visible in real life, but since I was layering over it, this didn't really matter...

Swatch Details
Brand: Essie
Collection: none
Color Name/Number: BHG Beautiful
Number of coats: 2
Top Coat: No

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

I would love to know what you think of this!
Have you ever gotten a fun surprise in the mail before?

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)


  1. This is gorgeous! I didn't even know it was set in stones at first!

  2. Wow that glitter sandwich is gorgeous!

  3. That is completely gorgeous.

  4. I win also. I was totally confused as to why I was getting a small box from Essie. Mine to have a note it in. It said something like I hope you enjoy your prize Essie. I looked at the name of the color and remembered last fall. I think they may have ran out of those notes or forgot to put it in your box. I think some other magazines had a special Essie shade giveaway also.

    Are you still doing Giveaway Land blog? It's on my Google Reader but I noticed there haven't been any updates since March.

  5. This is a delicious sandwich for sure!

  6. What a gorgeous glitter sandwich :)

  7. I liked this with the set in stones jellied in-it really softened and made the look that much cooler!

  8. Thank you! I'm glad you all like the glitter sandwich. It is a bit hard to see in the photos, looks better in real life :)

    @Melody, I guess my box just missed the note. :)
    I stopped keeping up with GiveawayLand. It was very time consuming and not a lot of people interested in it. I might start it up again at some point, but right now I don't have time. Sorry :(

  9. Very cool! Kinda reminds me of a layering with Barielle Elle's Spell.

  10. Can you recommend some nice polishes that work well for this jelly look?

  11. @Janelle, I was thinking the same thing as I was looking through the recent posts! :)

    @Angelarenesharp, any jelly polish should work for a sandwich look like this. Is there a certain color or brand you are looking so I can help?

  12. Oooh, the sandwhich looks so interesting. ^^

  13. Oh what a yummy jelly sandwich... it turned out so perfectly with the surprise glitter poking through!
    So much dimension.
    I have never seen a deep jelly polish like this one before! Lovely

  14. @Marta, it is funny, but I have nothing but these deep jellies. I need some lighter ones to do more glitter sandwiches :)

  15. The jelly itself reminds me strongly of Essie's Bordeaux.


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