Friday, 14 September 2012

Bahama Mama

After having my eyes set on Chanel's new limited edition burgundy nail polish in Provocation, from their new Twin-Sets collection, but being a little disappointed when I saw it in person this week (see my previous post if you don't know what I'm talking about!) I decided to treat myself to an Essie nail polish that I've had my eyes on for a while. It's a very similar shade to the Chanel, but a little nicer in my opinion, and quite a bit lighter on the wallet!
It's Bahama Mama. A gorgeous deep red/purple burgundy shade that, in my opinion is just perfect for autumn, and the exact shade I had in mind when I was eyeing up the Chanel variant online.
This is only my fourth Essie polish, and I have to say they formulation is better than any of their other shades I own. It's thick enough to give great opaque coverage in one coat, but not too thick. 
The wide brush makes it super quick and easy to apply and it has a smooth, glossy finish. You can leave it at one coat, but two deepens the gorgeous shade. Amazing. I have a feeling this will be my polish of choice for the season.
Essie polishes are available from larger Boots stores in the UK, or online here priced at £7.99.

What do you think? What's your favourite Essie polish?
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  1. This is such a lovely color that had autumn written all over it! looks lovely on your nails too!

    www.georgamcilroy.blogspot.co.uk

    Georga xx

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  2. ooh burgundy is my favourite colour at the moment this is gorgeous!! wish i had long nails like you!! xx

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  3. ahh! Need to go buy this asap! So gorgeous!

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  4. this is such a lovely colour! you have lovely nails to wear it as well xx

    http://eatandtreat.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. This is an absolutely lovely colour and looks so pretty with your hair too. xx

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  6. such a lovely colour, so glossy!! your nails are so perfect too :)

    www.erinsbloggywoggy.co.uk

    xx

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  7. This is so beautiful! I definitely need to check this out next time I am in Boots x

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  8. Such a lovely autumn colour :-)

    http://vividiorquue.blogspot.com

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  9. this is a gorgeous colour, i may have to buy it ;)♥

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  10. I agree...it's really a great colour for autumn! Gorgeous, I love it! :)

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  11. Some big superdrugs are now selling Essie too :-)

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  12. love it! it seems perfect for autumn :)
    http://cloudsandcuticleoil.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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  13. Lovely colour.Really in trend.


    http://victoriasstylesecrets.blogspot.gr/

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  14. This is such a lovely colour! xxx

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  15. Gorgeous colour! XX

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Beautiful polish. Unfortunately I mentally mispronounced it, so I started singing "Mahna Mahna" to myself lol. Might have to keep an eye out for the polish!

    www.twilightfairyx.blogspot.co.uk

    xxx

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  17. OMG i have to get this, my favourite nail polish is fiji but this would defiantely replace it! xoxox

    http://jessicarella.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. wow!!! It's beautiful. I only have one Essie nail polish and it's Fiji. I agree with you in terms of quality, for me better than Chanel.
    I think my Essie collection is about to increase ;-D
    xx

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  19. I absolutely love this shade. It's so pretty for fall :)

    afashionistascorner.blogspot.com

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  20. I have this shade and I love, love it! Out of the 16 Essie shades I have I'd say this is one of my top three loves.

    A Bite of Glamour

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  21. Gorgeous colour!!

    laurenlovesmakeupxoxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. This is gorgeous colour, I love shades like this for the autumn, I need to go and get myself one! :)

    Frances xx

    http://francescassandra.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. what base and topcoat do you use? xxx

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    1. Sally Hansen hard as nails as a base, no topcoat! (I'm at my mums so didn't have one with me!)

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  24. I purchased the Essie polish in bachlorette bash last week. It's a fun pink color but it's darker than the shades that were popular this summer. Making it the perfect color to wear if you're not quite ready to let go of sunshine & neons!

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  25. This colour is so beautiful and perfect for Autumn. My you're brave lying in the grass to get those shots! Putting yourself in danger of a bug attack for your blog - that's commitment! :P

    Hollie x
    cremedeletoile.blogspot.com

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  26. This looks like a perfect autumn colour will be getting this next time I pop to boots.

    www.anagoesgreenbeautyorganic.blogspot.uk

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  27. This looks so good with your skin tone =) Such a pretty deep shade for fall.
    www.apeekofmarislife.com

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  28. I am so in love with this shade, I have been meaning to get it forever!

    www.mypearlywhitebones.blogspot.ca
    xx

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  29. your nails in these pictures makes me want to pick up this polish.

    Jamie
    greyskysaturday.wordpress.com

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  30. Wow this polish is gorgeous and you have amazing nails!!

    Sophierosehearts x

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  31. A beautiful colour, one of my favourites that I have seen from Essie:)

    thebeautymist.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. wow!! what an amazing colour! perfect for this season! :)
    xxx
    http://eleanorcos.blogspot.com/

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  33. I need to get that colour! It's gorgeous x
    http://britishbeautygeek.blogspot.co.uk/

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  34. Beautiful colour for fall!

    www.rebekasbeautyworld.blogspot.com

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  35. Right before coming over here to read this post I saw Ingrid had posted a pic on instagram with exactly the same nail polish. so funny.
    Love that color. But my favorite Essie color at the moment is over the edge, which might possibly be a dupe for Chanel's Vertigo. I am not sure though.

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  36. Absolutely love this colour and it's a perfect shade for the autumn!

    http://bravebrunette.blogspot.com

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  37. Gorgeous color..It complements your skin tone nicely..

    http://shelovesthefinerthings.com/

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  38. haha. I am actually wearing this exact color right now !

    Andrea
    Andrea and the Beauty Blog

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  39. What a lovely colour

    http://highstreetheaven01.blogspot.co.uk/

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  40. This is such a beautiful colour, and a colour I've really been loving this fall! I'll definitely have to check out this nail polish!

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  41. I absolutely love this colour! This is exactly the shade I was after, thanks so much for finding it for me :P And I really like the glossy finish too.
    Definitely heading out this weekend to buy it :D

    Great post as always!

    yakateyyak.blogspot.com.au
    x

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  42. Love how you photographed this Fleur! My favourite Essie polish is probably Ballet Slippers paired with Mademoiselle.
    Hope you are having a fantastic day :)

    xx Veronica

    http://frowardfashion.blogspot.com

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  43. This colour is gorgeous, really perfect for autumn!

    :)

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  44. I literally just bought this color two days ok after watching someone on YouTube mention it. I am already so in love with it. I plan on painting my nails with it on Sunday and will do a post on my blog as well on it. Love it on your nails.

    Meredith
    nycmakeuplover1.blogspot.com

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  45. This is my favorite color for this fall, juste love it! :)

    http://emdjibeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  46. I neeed this nail polish in my life!!! It's perfect xx

    http://itsjessicachoy.blogspot.com/

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  47. Beautiful! Perfect for autumn, isn't it? I don't want you to think I'm a weird person but how are you keeping such beautiful nails? I mean, where is your cuticle, I don't see it! You must be taking really good care of your nails.

    The Beauty Maniac in Tokyo

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  48. I love this color! and I love Essie nail polish! You should check out "buy me a cameo" it is totally a color for you it is rosy gold ;) And I now how much you like that!! :D

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  49. What a beautiful colour I would never pick up a burgundy shade from seeing the bottle. But it just looks so gorgeous on.
    x

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  50. Someone tell me where can i get this that ships woldwide? Specially to south korea?

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  51. This is lovely. I can definitely see what you mean by autumn shade, love it :) x

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  52. Such a lovely nail varnish colour. I haven't tried any of the essie nail varnishes, but this colour reminds me of the Barry M nail varnish in Red black which is my favourite nail varnish for winter :) x

    Sophie Louise
    http://slfashionandbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  53. I bought this last December after I realised at the last minute I hadn't painted my nails for a weekend trip. I wore it in for 4 days straight without chipping and the colour is just divine. It might be the first nail polish I'll repurchase.

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  54. I'm completely in love with shades like this for autumn/winter, and I think I'll get this one too asap :)

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  55. wow. I love this nail polish! It looks so beautiful <3

    http://drinassecrets.blogspot.de/

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  56. Gorgeous colour, love purples and raspberry's for winter time :) xx

    abrunettesbeautyblog.blogspot.com

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  57. I love this color! I had been wearing Fiji and Watermelon all summer long but haven't made the transition into fall polish just yet.

    I recently rediscovered Essie after not giving it much of a thought for years. The formula is great and lasts longer than most similarly priced brands.

    Deana
    www.tesoribelle.com

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  58. LOVE this colour!!

    http://www.socharming.co.uk

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  59. this is gorgeous, it reminds me of a more pinky version of Barry M's Red Black, which is also gorgeous

    http://raybeautygeek.blogspot.co.uk/

    xoxo

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  61. You should consider checking out TK Maxx - lots of great bargains to be had lately. They've had nice shades of OPI and Essie nail polishes which are 3 for £10. They've also had the Moroccan Hair Treatments and Oil on offer too. :)

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  62. Ooooh mama I need that baby! xxx
    http://athousandseasons.blogspot.co.uk/

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  63. Ahh, want it soo much:):) Amazing for autumn xxx

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  64. what a beautiful color for autumn/winter!

    beautyswatch.com

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  65. Gorgeous colour, perfect for A/W :) xx

    jensbrightandbeautiful.blogspot.co.uk

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  66. To be a beauty blogger and not have any essie nail polishes should be a crime but i'm planning on getting one and as you recommend this for the autumn season this will be starting my collection
    Your my most favourite beauty blogger!
    Thank you

    http://modaebella.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  67. Since I only own two Essie shades (lights and action from their poppirazzi limited edition) I can't really name a fav shade but this colour definitely is gorgeous! x

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  68. This is a great a/w colour, I imagine it would look really good with a bottle green or something to! Like you Fleur I much prefer this to the Chanel collection, and I will defo be having a closer look at the colours Essie have to offer from now on! Check me out http://thebeautifullybeautifulbaker.blogspot.co.uk/ tell your friends etc, subscribe to me and I'll subscribe back! Us bloggers all have to help each other out to get known on the Internet these days!xox

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  69. Love the colour it'll be great for Autumn! Essie seems to be getting more popular recently and its well deserved! I've just dont a blog post on the new Barry M magnetic nail varnishes which are also pretty cool!
    xx

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  70. Love this color! So pretty!

    ariarhapsody.blogspot.com

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  71. i love essie nail polishes! i'm currently wearing essie 'wicked' on my toes and it's a deep and dark, creamy, sinister red. the perfect shade of oxblood for fall. check it out! xo

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  72. Wow your nails look perfect! The only reason I haven't purchased an Essie polish yet is because I cannot choose between all of the yummy colours! Definitely going to buy one next time I go shopping!

    http://beautyhoot.blogspot.com

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  73. LOVE this colour! :)
    xxx
    http://purpleversusviolet.blogspot.hu/

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  74. Just recently bought this colour. Loved it!

    Look at my favourite neutral nail colours - http://laurensbeautybox.blogspot.co.uk/

    Lauren x

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  75. i love essie and the fact that we can get them in the UK :)
    x

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  76. I love the colour :) xxx

    http://jeminixlife.blogspot.com

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  77. Lovely, reminds me of the Nails Inc nail polish in the colour Picadilly Circus.

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  78. i love this colour sooo much. another one that's actually quite similar to this is 'recessionista'... a bit darker but absolutely gorgeous when you top it with a thin layer of bahama mama. i'm so in love with essie! <3

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