from left to right: we are all bright, brightsmates, it’s two bright, my best nude friends and me

Today I’m reviewing the Essence Season of Extreme trend edition that finally came out in my local Kruidvat. I’m not sure about the other Kruidvats, but the one I always go to seems to run a bit behind with the LE of Essence.

The Season of Extremes collection contains both bright and neutral colours. It’s all about nail polish and they come in two forms, the normal nail polish which comes in eight shades and the colour³ nailpolishes which come in 6 shades. I bought four of the colour³ shades, because I heard the other nail polishes had a poor colour pay off. The bright colours really appealed to me, but the neutrals couldn’t really excite me much (personal taste). I have tried the colour³ nail polishes before and I really loved them. They contain two nailpolishes, each 4ml and you can mix and match them as you like. They go for 2.79 euro.

It’s Two Bright really reminded of Ikea, when I first saw it I really thought it was a very odd combo, but it’s actually a really pretty but unusual combo (at least for me). The base colour is a medium cool toned blue without any shimmers or glitters. The formula is perfect, it goes on amazingly opaque, and I used a second layer for optimal coverage. The topcoat has a yellow base, but you don’t see it once it’s layered over the base colour. The glitters are little red glass flecks. I would never think of combining blue and red but it really works!


Next up Is Brightsmates. The base colour is something I didn’t expected, it goes on quite jelly like and is very sheer, I needed at least 4 layers and it dries down in a semi-matte finish. It’s a bright pink colour. The topcoat has an orange base, and layered on top of the base colour you can see an orange hue, it also makes the pink base look more like a red shade. The topcoat contains tiny little pink and silver glass flecks and the effect is not as contrasting as the previous combo. I like this combo, but am a little disappointed by the sheerness of the base coat.



My Best Nude Friends and Me (what a strange name btw) is the only neutral combination I bought. The base colour is a beige almost light brown shade with little multi coloured shimmers in them, they are very subtle, but you can definitely see them, which makes this shade more interesting. I needed two layers for an even coverage and the consistency was just fine. I’m usually not the biggest fan of these kind of browns, but with the topcoat it changes into an unexpectedly pretty combination. The topcoat has bigger multi coloured shimmers, still small, but more apparent than the base shimmers.They flash green, red and silver and is really pretty to look at! You need to see this with your own eyes, because the shimmers are really tricky to photograph!



Last but not least is ‘We Are All Bright’. The base colour is a green that I didn’t have in my collection yet. It’s a creamy medium toned neutral green. I found the consistency of this one tricky, it went on streaky and it was a bit too gloopy. Luckily it dried down ok, but it was my least favourite shade to work with. The topcoat is a pale base with light purple glitters. Layered on the base colour it really looks pretty and again a combination I wouldn’t think of myself. It almost looks like the green is glowing, right?



Overall, I really love the little glass flecks they used as glitters, I prefer them over normal glitter because they have more depth and add dimension. The topcoats are the most fun to combine with other shades, but the base colours are not bad either. I chose shades that I didn’t have in my still growing nail polish collection and I really like it. The wear time on these vary because the formulas differ so I can’t really say how long they wear. You can find this collection ( in Belgium that is, I think the other countries already moved onto the next LE) in Kruidvat.

I really hope you like it, because when I was swatching these I was kind of suffocating of all the nail polish stank, I suffered for this! :p


31 comments - Reply

  1. Die blauwe is erg mooi!

  2. Net al.die topcoats ziet het er echt mooi uit zeg! Hahaha, ik seatch noojt alles tegelijk :’). Ik had twee nagellakjes gekocht heb er pas 1 geswatched, hihi.

  3. Ik vind ze echt geweldig, helemaal als de topper er overheen zit. De glitters maken mij vrolijk niet alleen mij, maar ook je nagels zien er gorgeous uit!

  4. Erg mooie kleurtjes, zowel met als zonder de topcoat!

  5. Deze heb ik ook! 🙂

  6. My Best Nude Friends and Me vind ik een erg mooi lakje! Inderdaad een erg vreemde naam!

    • Haha, echt hé :p. Ik bedoel maar, als je het vertaalt dan gaat het eigenlijk over naakte vrienden, lol!

  7. I love the packaging on these and they look really fun

  8. Leuke kleurtjes! Ik moet zeggen dat ik de lakjes zonder de topcoat aangebracht het mooist vind, ben erg fan van creamy lakjes;)

  9. ik zie liefst de nudes 🙂

  10. Die zien er best goed uit! Dat had ik eigenlijk niet verwacht… De roze is mijn favoriet uit deze reeks.

  11. I confirm that it is not just your Kruidvat: Belgium is always behind on Essence and Catrice LE collections 🙁

  12. ik vind ze allemaal echt supermooi!

  13. Vind ze allemaal wel erg leuk! Sowieso leuk dat Essence dat zo bedacht heeft 😀

  14. Nice blue color)


  15. Damn nu moet ik er daar dus ook van hebben :p

  16. Ze zijn allemaal echt prachtig!

  17. De nude en de blauwe zijn mooi!

  18. Die nude polish is het mooiste!

  19. zelf heb ik de drie brights duo’s. Vind ze wel heel leuk, maar de dekking van de basis kleuren vallen me nogal tegen..

  20. LOL I get you! Whenever I start a nail polish swatching session (and I repeat, that’s my least favorite thing about beauty blogging), my cats stay far and away from me because of the smell!

    I like the top coat. I think it makes the polishes a lot more interesting!

  21. I can’t say I am a fan of these colours.

  22. Ik heb zelf laatst de donkere ‘zwarte’ variant gekocht, heb hem nog niet geprobeerd maar ik vind hem er wel mooi uit zien!

    Ik vind de oranje/roze en de nude versie ook leuk!

  23. Mooie lakjes, maar niet echt iets voor mij.

  24. Mooie kleurtjes! Ik vind vooral de groene en de nude kleur verrassend mooi!

  25. super leuke lakjes 😀 vind ze echt allemaal mooi :3 (nagellak verslaafde speaking)

  26. We Are All Bright vind ik het aller leukste, een leuke zomer kleur! Eens wat anders dan roze 😀

  27. Ze hebben allemaal wel ‘iets’ om het zo te zeggen! Maar vind ze nou ook weer niet super.

  28. Ik vind ze stuk voor stuk prachtig. 😀

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