An unseasonal vampy mani for today: Essie Bordeaux. I'll apologise in advance, it's going to be picture heavy - I'm a little bit in love with this colour, I'm afraid ;)
Bordeaux is a lush, deep berry-wine coloured jelly with a lovely formula that goes on smooth and dries super glossy. In full sunshine, like in this bottle shot here, you can really see the berry tones.
In shade, it darkens to a vampy red wine hue that makes your mouth water; anyone else fancy a nice glass of red now? Just me?
Even though it's a jelly, it's opaque in two coats (as in these pictures, where you see two coats plus a layer of Orly Sec'n'Dry), though if you add a third coat you'll get a less reddish colour that's closer to the dark wine it shows up as in the bottle.
Wear is good, and although I used quick dry top coat this time (the whole thing was done in ten minutes), I've used this colour before without any top coat and the drying time was just fine.
One little piece of celebrity trivia: Rihanna named this polish as her favourite in a Vanity Fair article this January, and no surprise, since it's the kind of shade she's often seen wearing. In honour of this accolade, here's a swatch against my bottle of Rihanna's new perfume, Reb'l Fleur.
I think the vampy wine looks good with the vampy stilletto shaped bottle!