Essie Avenue Maintain is described as a Parisian Blue. It’s a great medium blue with just the slightest hint of purple. This is a nice bright color, without being too bright. I know a lot of people find cream polishes boring, but I think Essie makes fantastic creams in such great colors. I think a great cream with a shiny topcoat pops more than a shimmer polish, but maybe that’s just me. I recently purchased Avenue Maintain and I wasn’t sure if I really needed another light blue Essie polish, but I’m so happy I grabbed this one.
I added a second coat and a topcoat just to clean it up a little bit. This might be one of my favorite polishes in terms of formula. Essie Avenue Maintain is very easy to work with, not streaky at all, not too thin or too thick, just perfect. Opaque in one coat, and a great bright blue color. I can’t say enough good things about this polish.
I purchased some vinyl nail decals from Vinyl It Up a few weeks ago, and decided that this blue was perfect for a nautical-inspired mani. I don’t have the patience for a lot of nail art so I like decals because they look like you put a lot of work into your mani when you really didn’t. Plus, you don’t have to wait for them to dry, which is my biggest problem with nail art.
I love the decals I got! They are cute and work really well, and there are so many different designs to choose from. Lizzie is great to work with and ships quickly. You can follow her on Instagram to see new products and get promotion codes. I was very happy with how the anchors lasted and I can’t wait to use the stag decals for a fall mani. She’s got a great selection of vinyl nail decals in different colors, as well as mystery packs, and they are very reasonably priced. I found it difficult to limit my order to these four sets, and I have a feeling I’ll be ordering more very soon. I’m particularly lusting after the Seahorse, Rubber Duck, Bee and T-Rex decals, oh and all the rest too. You can even contact her if you’re looking for something she doesn’t have and she’ll make it for you.
Here is my notd with Essie Avenue Maintain as the base color, OPI Push and Shove (similar here) for the stripes and dots, Julep Joelle (similar here) for my index finger and my silver anchor decals. Push and Shove is a great metallic silver that looks like foil on your nails. It was easier to work with than I was expecting and even though I used a topcoat, it didn’t dull the finish (I did use Julep’s Freedom Polymer Topcoat which is a high-shine finish though). If you’re lucky, you can find Push and Shove on sale at Ulta right now. Joelle is a beautiful holographic glitter. It was hard to capture on camera, but it is much more holographic in real life. It looks silver but when the light catches it… sparkles galore!
Lizzie was kind enough to offer our readers a discount in her store. Use the code SISTERS20 for 20% off through Sept. 7th. This is a great deal, be sure to stock up!
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