Thursday, August 11, 2011

Another Look: Essie Smooth Sailing

A few months ago Jessie showed you guys Essie Smooth Sailing, and her glowing review had me drooling over it, but for some reason I just hadn't pulled the trigger on buying it.  An amazingly generous girl on MUA was nice enough to throw it in as an extra in a swap, so I was dying to try it out!  Jessie and I decided to introduce the "Another Look" posts to give each other the chance to review polishes that the other had already posted, while giving you guys another perspective - and of course, more pictures!  Win for everybody!  :-)

Without further's my take on Smooth Sailing!

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Smooth Sailing is really a gorgeous polish.  It's brightish, but still somehow muted, which I really like.  The shimmer shows up well, especially in the sun, though unfortunately the silver shimmer tends to drown out the pink and blue.  Application was a bit of a problem for me.  The first coat went on kind of gloopy, but also patchy at the same time.  Kind of like a holo, maybe?  I don't know, but it was strange.  Thankfully, all patchiness was smoothed over by the second coat, and all was well.  :-)

Remember a while back when I said Smooth Sailing might be a good substitute for RBL Catherine H?  Now that I finally had both, I decided to do a comparison to see just how close they were.  GUYS - I finally did an on-the-nail comparison!  LoL I really want to do more of them, it's just that it's so much quicker to do them on the nail wheel.  I promise I'll try to do more on-the-nail for you.  Anywho, check it out:

 Index and Ring:  Essie Smooth Sailing, Middle and Pinky:  RBL Catherine H

Erm...well...looks like I was a bit off.  A lot off.  They're in the same vein, but quite different.  Smooth Sailing is much lighter and brighter than Catherine H, while Catherine H shows off that pink and blue shimmer much better.  In all honesty, even though I was disappointed in that strange cloudiness of Catherine H, I prefer it to Smooth Sailing.  Thankfully all the Queens are coming back, so you'll have a chance to pick that one up in just a few months!

As for Smooth Sailing, it's nice, and I like it, but I really don't love it.  I wanted to love it.  I wanted it to fill that strange void that Catherine H had left, but it fell a bit short.  I can't really explain why (D'oh!), especially since it really is a beautiful polish.  It's certainly worth getting if you don't already own it, but I just can't whole-heartedly get behind it.  It makes me haz a sad.  Now I need some chocolate and glass of wine...



  1. Smooth Sailing looks really nice on you! Don't worry, I think a lot of people have had the same reaction you're having to it (wanting to like it but not being able to). I haven't taken it for a spin yet ... now I'm wondering what I'll think!

    And chocolate and a glass of wine sounds good to me. Or just the chocolate. ;)

  2. ooh pretty! i love smooth sailing for a summer-y color. and catherine looks more fall-y to me. beautiful! :)

  3. @Rach - I really thought I would like it more. I's not that I *dislike* it. I dunno. It's complicated. LOL As a blue-lover, I'm disappointed in myself. But give it a whirl! I'd love to get your take on it!

    *raises a glass chocolate?* Cheers!

    @Missy - Ya know. I never thought of it like that, but you're right! They really are kind of seasonal equivalents of each other! For some reason that gives Smooth Sailing brownie points in my book. :-)


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