Sunday, January 20, 2013

Essence - Gray-t To Be Here

Hi everyone!  I'm having a major love affair with gray polish these days.  Gray and nude is really all I want to wear, with a little red thrown in for some variety!  So today I have Essence Gray-t To Be Here.  I saw swatches of this polish on a bunch of nail blogs and knew I needed it.  My Ulta has the crappiest selection of Essence polishes ever.  There are usually like 3 on the whole display and one bottle is usually yellow or something terrible.  So Robin (I think?  It could have been Anna too!) picked this up for me and I'm forever grateful.

Gray-t To Be Here is a light gray polish with the finest pink and copper shimmer.  I tried to capture the shimmer as much as I could while still keeping the look of the polish intact.  I don't want to you think that the shimmer is so bright because it's not.  But it's definitely there and you can see it in low light as well.  I used CND Sticky base, two coats of Gray-t To Be Here and one coat of Seche Vite.  I don't get the best wear of Essence polish and that's ok.  They are $2 so it's fine.  I had a couple big chips by the end of the first day.  Oh well!  It was gorgeous while it lasted!


More of a "real life" look.  You can still see the shimmer.

Do you have any tips for better wear with Essence?  Maybe a base and top coat that works better for you?


  1. Yeah...I need this colour. And that's a shame about the wear. I don't have any problems with Essence as far as wear time goes. I use Sephora by OPI's Strengthener/base coat and wither SC or SH Insta Dri top coat.

    1. It's such a great color! I'll try your base/top

  2. I love this color! I knew I'd love it so much when I bought it, that I went ahead and bought 2 bottles. The last time I wore it I used OPI's Natural Nail Base Coat and Cult Nails' Wicked Fast top coat. It lasted 3 days no problems. I hope you find something that works better for you in making it last longer.

  3. This is such a pretty grey! I love the subtle shimmer. I've never owned or worn Essence.

  4. It was me! I got a bottle for myself while I was at it!