EMMA VSNP Review

As if it’s not obvious enough by my weekly Mani Monday posts or by my frequent nail talk, I love nail polish. So much so, that one of my dreams as a kid was to grow up and have my own nail salon. Though I’ve since outgrown that dream, my extreme love for nail polish has remained constant. With all that being said, I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I received the holiday collection from the EMMA VSNP brand!

I had never heard of this brand before, so there was a lot to learn. It was a little hard to research in the beginning since the brand doesn’t seem to be very well-known or easily available. I eventually stumbled across their website, only to find minimal information there as well.

Being a blogger, I know one of the most important aspects of a brand is the “about” page. I wish there was more information on that section of their website, just something to make it feel more personable. The creator seems a bit distant from the customer by using cartoon-like characters, which wouldn’t make me feel super comfortable about entering in personal information like payment.

Have you ever been to a website and something just feels wrong, almost like it could be fake? That’s kinda the vibe I got from being on the EMMA site. Even though it clearly wasn’t fake because I was holding both collections in my hands...
I am a little late in posting this review because these are technically the holiday collections, although they are currently still available on the EMMA website. This first one is the November collection. Each set includes six polishes, which retail for $4 each or $24 for the set. Normally brands list sets at a slight discount compared to purchasing each individual product, so that was disappointing to see that EMMA did not.

The first polish in this set is called I’m Naughty & Love It. I did include some of these polishes in past Mani Mondays as I was testing them and this was one that I shared. White nail polish is one of my favorite colors to wear, but this one was a little off. I was hoping it would be more opaque than it was. I’m not sure if it’s the glitter or something else, this one just wasn’t as stunning as I expected.
This silver glitter is called You Molten My Heart. I’m not typically a fan of silver nail polish and this one was no exception. I just don’t think they look very flattering on the nails. I understand that silver is a classic holiday shade, but I would’ve preferred a light blue in the collection instead.
This next one is called Rose Gold Is My Fave, and it is. I love almost anything rose gold! This one didn’t have as much chunky glitter in it as the previous two, it was more of a shimmer.  I thought it was going to remind me of one of my favorite Sinful Colors nail polishes in the shade Super Nova, which is also a rose gold, but this one has more copper to it.
Candy Cane Lane! Probably my favorite polish in this collection. I love a good red both on the lips and on the nails. This one does have some glitter in it, which isn’t always my favorite. I much prefer creme finishes on the nails, but this was still really pretty for Christmas. This is also the most opaque of all the shades and could easily be finished with just one coat.
Next is the shade called Meet Me Under The Mistletoe. I love deep blue green shades like this! It looks good on the nails and on the toes any time of the year. This does have a more shimmery satin finish like the rose gold shade, but it’s not as bothersome to me when it’s in a dark color.
The last shade in the November holiday collection is called Merry Kiss-Mas, which is a very deep wine purple. It does have the tiniest amount of shimmery glitter to it, but it’s almost undetectable because it’s such a dark color. I do think this one is gorgeous on the nails and is probably my second favorite shade out of this bunch.
One of the most confusing things about this brand when I first saw it was the “VSNP” part. Is is part of the brand name? What does it stand for? So many questions! Apparently it stands for “very special nail polish” and the “very special” part is that they are 7-Free and vegan. That sounds great until you see other companies, like KL Polish, that are 12-Free, vegan, and cruelty free.

The December collection has a few more jewel tones than the November collection, but also has a few more questionable shade names. Judging the colors and their names, I almost feel like the two collections should have been switched to correspond with the holidays better.
For example, the first shade is called Tis The Season To Shop. That makes me think of Black Friday in November. Regardless of the name, this color was just as disappointing as the first shade in the November collection. I was hoping the pink would be much more opaque, but it was incredibly sheer. Even after two thick coats, it wasn’t nearly as pink as I would’ve liked it to be. I do like that they chose gold shimmer, though. Pink and gold are so beautiful together!
This light lilac shade is called Yule Bring Me Into ‘19!. It has a lot of silver shimmer in it, which almost makes it have a metallic finish on the nails. If I use my imagination, this color could go with the Winter holidays but I think it reminds me of Spring and Easter more than anything.
This next shade, called Let’s Go Skating In NYC, looks a lot like Meet Me Under The Mistletoe from the November collection. However, this one is a lot lighter and with less green. Still a gorgeous color, though, and one that I would wear any time of the year.
Deep jewel shades are some of my favorite during the Winter months! This color called Pour Me A Glass Of Bubbly is my second favorite shade in this December collection. Again, it has a shimmery satin finish. It’s such a perfect dark blue sapphire shade that’s unlike anything else I have in my collection currently.
This next shade called Want To Play In The Snow? is definitely my favorite shade in this collection. I wore it for Thanksgiving and it was the most perfect cranberry shade, although I don’t know what a red would have to do with playing in the snow. This one is super flattering on both the nails and the toes. I don’t mind that it has a shimmery satin finish because I think it gives this particular color some nice dimension.  
The last polish in the December collection is called I Prefer Tiffany Over Fruitcake. I have no idea what that could mean, or what it has to do with this black shade. This one has a bunch of different colored glitter in it, which actually made it perfect for New Years. It might be nice every now and then, but I don’t know think it’s one I would wear very often.
I also had the Stuck On You base coat and the Rock Hard top coat that I was trying out with these polishes. Although they don’t necessarily claim to do anything super special, they did work incredibly well. The base coat was thin enough to dry quickly, while also doing a great job at protecting my nails and helping the polish adhere better.

The top coat was slightly thicker than the base coat and did a wonderful job at extending the wear of the polish. I was worried that it might thicken up like Seche Vite and other top coats that I’ve had in the past, but so far it seems to be keeping its consistency pretty well after about 2-3 months.
In order to test these formulas as much as possible, I tried the color polishes with the matching base and top coats from the brand, as well as with separate brands. They lasted about 4-5 days before chipping, regardless of what base and top coat I used. The glitters were much more difficult to remove, as always.

When testing the EMMA base and top coat with other brand color polishes, I did notice it extending the wear and minimizing chipping. It was still about 4-5 days after application, but it didn’t peel up like with most other formulas I’ve used. The top coat also made it more difficult to remove whatever polish I was wearing after the seven day mark.

Overall, I do think the color polishes are just okay. I don’t think they’re bad by any means, but I also don’t think they’re super special either. I was really impressed by the top coat more than anything else and I would say that I’d recommend it. However, I still don’t know if I’m completely comfortable enough with their website to place an order. I did see them available on Amazon, but $6 shipping on a $4 polish is pretty pathetic. I’ll just stick to what I can find at the drugstore for now.

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XO ♥ Christina ♥

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