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Essie - Armed and Ready (with Comparison)

By Goosesglitter @GoosesGlitter
Ever since I first saw swatches of Essie Armed and Ready, I knew I wanted it. I love army greens and I love gold and copper shimmer.
Essie - Armed and Ready (with comparison)
Essie - Armed and Ready
Armed and Ready is a greenish, bluish gray with a subtle gold/copper shimmer. Like Rescue Beauty Lounge's Piumosso, the shimmer doesn't show very much in low lighting, but shines more in direct sun. It's pretty opaque and takes only two thin coats to cover fully. Honestly, I was a little disappointed. I like more prominent shimmers in polishes, and I was hoping it was more of a drab olive green. Oh well, it's still pretty, just not as much as I was hoping for.
Essie - Armed and Ready (with comparison)
Essie Armed and Ready & S-he 466
It didn't occur to me to compare these two until I grabbed up S-he 466 to give as an extra little something for the giveaway. But they are actually very close! The base in 466 is a tiny bit lighter and bluer, and it's not as opaque. You can see a couple of bald spots in the pic, so it could maybe use a third coat. The shimmer is a little more evident in 466 and a tad bit more yellow gold than the bronze-y gold of Armed and Ready. From a distance, I can't tell the difference at all, so in my opinion, there's no need to own both.
Essie's new collection (including Armed and Ready) is now available in stores such as Target, Walgreens, and Ulta.  The S-he is a little harder to get in the US.  I got it in a swap with a girl in Slovenia (Dolores from Colorful Bottle).

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