Essie Belugaria

A deliciously luxurious nail polish: it’s caviar for your nails…

Last week I was having a bad day at school and I decided to make an impulse nail polish buy at London Drugs. Although I’m not a fan of Essie nail polish because of it’s streaky application, I’ve been intrigued by a nail polish that they released in their Holiday 2013 collection. I’ve seen Essie’s Belugaria in stores over the past few months, but I never gave it a second look because I thought it was just a basic black nail polish with hexagonal holographic glitter.

Oh boy, was I wrong.

Belugaria is a textured nail polish that really does look like a nail polish version of beluga caviar. It’s a textured nail polish that is similar to OPI’s Liquid Sands nail polish line, except chunkier. Way chunkier. If you’re a fan of ugly pretty colors (not to be confused with pretty ugly colors), this is the nail polish for you because it’s finish, texture, and color is an acquired taste, just like beluga caviar.

However, I do have a few issues about this nail polish. First off, the application process for this nail polish was a nightmare because there’s no way to evenly (and neatly) apply this nail polish since it’s textured to the max. The first coat was streaky and the caviar bits were distributed haphazardly on the nail. The second coat looked so disturbingly similar to black tar or molten lava, but it filled in the “gaps” where nail polish wasn’t distributed in the first coat. Secondly, I have no idea how difficult it would be to remove this nail polish. Yes, I should have written this blog post after experimenting with this nail polish multiple times, but honestly, I have no idea when I’ll be wearing this nail polish next. Since I’m familiar with OPI’s Liquid Sands nail polish line, I decided to go ahead and follow their instructions and not apply a top coat to Belugaria, in fear that I’d make removing this polish ten times harder. Lastly, this nail polish dries at lightning speed so I had to work pretty quickly to make sure that the nail polish was somewhat spread out evenly on my nails. The fact that it has a speedy drying time is a plus if you’re someone like me who isn’t patient while painting your nails, but on the other hand, it makes applying this nail polish harder because there’s more chance for error.

Overall, I do like this nail polish because it’s has an interesting texture and the holographic glitter does give it a hidden shine, but it’s not a nail polish that I think I’d gravitate towards frequently. It certainly makes my nails look really interesting from afar, but up close it does have the potential to look messy depending on how carefully I apply the nail polish.

Below I’ve included pictures that I took of my nails right after they were painted. I tried taking pictures of my nails from different angles so that you could really get a sense of the caviar texture. Please keep in mind that I didn’t add a top coat so my nails aren’t glossy or shiny.

Will you be trying Essie’s Belugaria nail polish? How do you feel about the textured nail polish trend?
Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter  @pandamoniumpink.


All pictures were taken by me with a Nikon Coolpix P520

2 responses to “Essie Belugaria

  1. Pingback: Spring 2014 – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush | Pandamoniumpink

  2. I just bought mine today. Cant wait to try it^^ This color is so much fun

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