This is the third and last polish I picked up from Essie’s Fall 2012 collection, Stylenomics. As much as I love Essie, this collection was a bit of a disappointment. I like the colors, they were just a bit boring.
Head Mistress is pretty much your standard red. It’s ever-so-slightly blue toned, and a little bit darker than a true red. I actually really love red polishes – they’re so classic and instantly make me feel grown-up and put-together. I don’t have a ton of reds, but as far as color goes, this is one of my favorites!
However, the formula isn’t the greatest. As you can see, this stains like crazy. As careful as I was applying it, the watery formula flooded my cuticles, so clean-up was inevitable (and not the easiest). Plus, it’s pretty sheer – this is 3 coats, and there’s still a bit of visible nail line. it does have a bit of a jelly finish, though. I topped it with Essie Good to Go here to speed drying.
Basically, love the color, hate the formula. And since the color’s not that unique in the first place, you could easily find something a bit better formula-wise. As much as I was hoping this would be my go-to red, I think I’ll be reaching for China Glaze Adventure Red-y instead. And if you were wondering, this is almost a dupe for CG Adventure Red-y and pretty darn close to Size Matters from Essie’s Winter 2011 collection. I might just do a red comparison if any of you are interested.
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