That's right, too many pictures of my second pick from my current stash swap with Jacqui of The Scholarly Nail! She has quite the collection of vintage finds, and I knew that a stash swap with her required me to borrow one. It took me forever to wear, but when I FINALLY did, well ... helloooooo. /George Takei
I can only preface what you're about to see by saying that I have a red glass fleck problem. Well, Essie Bonded is more of a red jelly with glitter ... think China Glaze Ruby Pumps, only bright tomato red and with smaller silver and pink/red glitter.
Three coats with SV.
They say that Bonded is the red version of the infamous and elusive Starry Starry Nights (obviously SSN doesn't have the red/pink glitter). Though I will never see a bottle of SSN in person, this knowledge was still nice to have! ***Also, my friend Lizzard says that she satisfied her SSN lemming by frankening a navy jelly like Wet n Wild Nocturnal with Essie Silver Bullions -- I hope this helps someone out there!*** (As far as I know, Jacqui hasn't posted any swatches of Bonded on The Scholarly Nail, but you can see SSN on her here.)
I really like the way the glitter peeks through the red jelly base! The glitter seems kind of demure to me, though -- I think it would shine much more if it were a bit chunkier, like the red glitter in Ruby Pumps and its dupes. Sometimes in low lights, this looks like a red creme.
The formula on this one was perfect, though I think that may be the trademark of non-B3F polishes. It went on the nail perfectly, and three coats will allow you to get this opaque while still receiving the full benefit of the microglitter shine through the jelly base. Dry time was fast with SV, and tip wear didn't occur until the third day of wear. I had some chipping on the corner of two nails at the end of the second day, but those corners have a history of peeling ever so slightly.
Bonded was part of Essie's six-piece Frozen Assets collection from Winter 2004. It's quite htf now, so you'd have to buy a complete set of the collection (which may be available on some sites if you search for it) if you wanted it. I'd advise you to also check eBay, or blog sales and swaps. You never know!
Here are three other blogs with helpful pictures of Essie Bonded:
Once again, a heartfelt thank you to Jacqui for loaning this polish to me! I can't believe it took me so long to wear and even though this glittery hasn't swayed me from my red glass flecks, I'm grateful for the chance to take this vintage baby for a spin. :) I've got my last pick from her stash coming up next, another polish from another older holiday release! Any guesses?