I was sooo excited when I found out that Essie was doing a mint green and I had to have it!! Their formula wears great on me and this was no exception. Four days and no chips or tipwear. If you missed out on Mac's Peppermint Patti, get this for sure. It's not the same but I like it better! I will get backups of this shade for sure and it's that special. The application is a bit tricky but three coats made everything good. I also used Seche Vite just in case and perfection!!! I've included a pic of my new love! ;D
Very pretty polish. This is a new top 10 favorite for me. This is the color of mint chocolate chip ice cream (but without the chips, of course). Perfect mint green cream that is opaque in 2 coats. No problems w/applications.. not too thick or too thin. Dried in a good amount of time w/SV quick dry top coat. I can see myself wearing this all winter long.. I think I need backups.
Mint Candy Apple is one of a trio of new LE shades from Essie's Holiday 2009 Collection. It is by far the most unique shade in the collection IMHO (the other 2 shades being Lollipop, a bright red w/ red-orange undertones and Rock Candy, a pale sheer pink).
COLOR/COMPARISONS: MCA is a cool toned mint green shade which has blue undertones to it. MCA is much cooler toned than the mint shades Essie has done in the past like Mint Chintz and St. Martin's Mint. MCA is also cooler toned than Illamasqua's Milf which looks like Clinique green packaging. MCA is closest to OPI's Hey! Get in Lime! but it's still different - MCA is a bit cooler toned and a touch lighter. I would not say that MCA reads blue at alll though - I have China Glaze's For Audrey and when placed side by side, MCA reads green while FA reads blue.
FINISH: MCA has a glossy cream finish.
COATS: I'm a 3 coat kind of girl but I actually stopped at 2 coats with MCA. It applied quite opaquely overall. I noticed a touch of stickiness on the 2nd coat so definitely allow dry time between coats (I waited 2-3 minutes, maybe wait a little longer). For reference I use: OPI Natural Nail bc & Seche Vite tc.
BOTTOM LINE: I love Mint Candy Apple! :) As a fan of both greens and mints this unique shade makes me happy. I'd LOVE to see Essie do more green shades (esp mediums & vampies) and would run right out and buy them just like I did MCA. Highly recommended!
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