This is the first Essie polish I ever purchased! The colour is a beautiful sea foam green/turquoise which Essie describes as “a flirty and pretty tropical aqua.” But don’t be fooled by its beauty – this polish applies like a beast. It’s patchy, and takes around three coats to get full opacity (and still might be patchy).
My Address is Hollywood is a bright, rosy pink. This isn’t anything revolutionary, but it has a nice shimmer. I find the polish drags when I apply this colour, so I have to be a little more careful to get even coats.
What is a mint candy apple? I’m not sure, but it sure looks nice. This shade is on-trend right now and is perfect for summer. I think it looks great with my pale skin, but would also look flattering with a tan. This is a pastel green that Essie’s website describes as a “crème de menthe mint.”
It’s a little runny, and the first coat is very patchy, but a thicker, second coat does the trick. I receive many compliments on my nails from coworkers when I wear this shade. It’s bright, but if you can get away with it, why not be a little daring?
If you’re anything like me, winter leads to dry skin everywhere – face, feet, hands, and cuticles. Burt’s Bees lemon butter cuticle cream is a little gem that will soothe your dry cuticles, fingertips, and brittle nails.
Although I am terrible at remembering to moisturize, I have been using this product for a few years when I can remember, and much more frequently in the winter. It’s a creamy balm that smells great and works fast. A little goes a long way, and it absorbs fairly quickly. This helps prevent hangnails, and I immediately notice and feel how moisturized my cuticles are.
I’m happy to say this cream keeps my hands from looking like a hot mess and is a good step to include in your at-home manicure regimen. What’s your favourite cuticle cream or oil?
I got a manicure a few weeks ago with OPI’s Dulce du Leche, and I have been seeking a dupe that’s a few dollars cheaper and easier to find. I’ve come pretty close with Essie’s Eternal Optimist.
Essie describes this polish as “a spiced tea rose with a dash of cream,” which is a very accurate description. It’s a nice, work appropriate pink that makes your hands look polished. As far as application, the polish has a nice consistency (not too thin or too thick) and applies and dries easily. I will be reaching for this regularly!
I hope you are having a great holiday and have taken some time to relax. I’m staying at my parents’ house for a week to visit, which has been great. My sister (Melissa) and I received some Essie nail polish for Christmas, so I thought I would share some photos and quick reviews.
I received Lilacism, which Essie describes as, “elegant and enchanting, this satiny smooth lilac whispers springtime.” It is a springtime colour, but it’ s a nice change from traditional holiday manicures of red, gold, and glitter. I used three coats, and had some trouble with application. The polish was quite streaky, so my second and third coats were thicker to even them out. The consistency was nice, and it didn’t run into my cuticules. I think this would look great with Mac’s Lavender Whip lipstick if you want to match your lips and nails (I may do this in the spring).
Melissa received No Place Like Chrome from the Mirror Metallics collection. Essie describes the colour as a, “memorable silver metallic.” She loves the colour and effect, but had difficulty with application. She used two coats, but the metallic formula isn’t forgiving of mistakes. She says, “It was really streaky, but if you get a good topcoat it will even out lines and stuff.” She has three other colours from this collection, and says, “They’re mostly streaky, they all pretty much apply the same.”
Melissa and I both love Essie polishes because they have great colours and application, are affordable, and accessible (you can get them at Wal Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc.). What is your favourite nail polish brand?