Essence waterbased top coat and iridescent effect powder (Blossom dreams)

Bottle of Essence blossom dreams waterbased top coat and effect nail pigment

Did I tell you Essence is doing great lately? About a million times already? Oh ok.. But they really are! When I saw their latest Limited Edition, Blossom dreams, my heart skipped a beat. It contains nail pigments and a water based topcoat! I knew Essence always followed trends closely, but this is really amazing! They have two kinds of different pigment: one with mirror effect, and one with iridescent effect. I only got the last one, because the mirror effect one was already sold out. The waterbased top coat is great, because normally, nail pigments only work with gel polish, and not with normal polish, but with a waterbased polish, you can use it with any polish you like!

swatches of Essence iridescent effect nail pigment in the color rosy reflections

The steps to work with the pigment are on the box and say:

  1. Apply nail polish and allow to dry (1-2 minutes)
  2. Once the nail polish has dried, using a finger, very softly rub a small quantity of the pigment onto the nails. Continue to rub until a smooth surface is achieved.
  3. Seal using “Essence waterbased topcoats”

I noticed that is is kind of hard to determine when the polish is dry enough to apply the pigment. It needs to be a little bit sticky, but you don’t want it to smudge ( like happened to my ringfinger), 1-2 minutes is probably a little but too short. I think it is easiest to use a one coater when working with the pigment. When you’ve applied the waterbased top coat over the pigment, you are going to want to wash your hands immediately, because the powder gets everywhere. But DON’T! As long as the top coat is slightly wet, it will dissolve in water and your nails will be ruined (trust me, I’ve tried it ;). When it is completely dry, it is no problem however!

I’m wearing the pigment rosy reflections in the picture above. I think it looks gorgeous over dark polishes, giving them an intense pink flash. It also looks fine over lighter shades, although it is more subtle.

swatches of Essence waterbased top coat combined with Dance legend mirage powder

What I was actually most curious about, was if the waterbased top coat would work with my Dance Legend Mirage powder (holographic powder!). So far, it had only worked with gel polish. I have tried it with normal polish, but a regular top coat ruins it completely. I followed the same steps as described above, but instead of a regular nail polish I just applied a clear base coat. And it works! How amazing! I was afraid that the holographic effect would be less than with gel polish, but I actually think it is the same.

The only downside that I noticed, is that you can really see every imperfection. Every ridge in my nail showed up and every tiniest bubble looks like crater. It is probably best to use a ridge filling base coat next time. However, I don’t really care, because I’m so in love with the effect! If you don’t like gel polish (like me), a waterbased top coat is really a great alternative!

Essence blossom dreams waterbased top coat combined with Dance legend Mirage holographic powder

I’m often not really excited about Essence Limited editions, but this time, I really am! I’m quite sad that I couldn’t find the mirror effect pigment, because I would have loved to try that one. I really really really hope that Essence releases more pigments and just keeps the waterbased top coat in their permanent collection.

I’ve bought the the waterbased top coat and pigments in my local drugstore. The waterbased top coat was 2.39 euro and the iridescent pigment was 2.59 euro, really cheap when you compare it to other sellers!



  1. You have absolutely right! I was hoping them to come in Greece, but they never came… Maybe in a future release…

    • That’s too bad! I also wasn’t sure whether they would come to the Netherlands, but suddenly I spotted them somewhere 🙂

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