If you’re a fan of Vivianna Does Makeup you’ve likely heard her bleating on about her favourite lacquer, Porchester Square by Nails Inc. Of course I’ve Googled the shade a million times and developed a serious crush on it! I might be wrong but I think Edgars no longer stocks the brand as I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. My search for the perfect greige nailpolish finally ended when I stumbled upon this bargain from Essence.
Their Nude Trends collection includes a number of delectable shades, but Crunchy Cake (weird name, I’ll chalk it up to a bad German translation!?) one instantly drew my attention. The colour is best described as a greigy-lilac and is the perfect year-round colour (it looks darker in the picture). It also happens to be the best dupe for the afforementioned shade that I’ve come across.
Two coats will give you an opaque finish that is thankfully shimmer free (Catrice does a similar shade that almost fools me each time, until I spot the dual-chrome shimmer). Unfortunately this isn’t one of Essence’s much raved about Gel Formulas but I found the colour lasted well without any top coat. My only gripe is that the brush isn’t rounded.
All-in-all this is a great purchase and well worth the R35! Available from selected Clicks and Dischem stores.
P.S. If you’fe like to go one shade darker (also sans glitter) then you can try Catrice’s Greige! The New Beige polish. Another awesome find!