Essie • Not Just a Pretty Face • Polishes

rated 3.7(14 reviews)

Average Rating.3.7
Would buy this product again.64%

rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* imperiale on 10/1/2014 3:52:00 PM more reviews by imperiale

Age: 25-29   Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Green    

I don't see what the hype about Essie is, but the redeeming aspect of this polish is its gorgeous colour.

I've been searching for the ideal "nude" for my toenails forever, and this colour is PERFECT. It works well with my super pale/neutral skin tone and doesn't make my nails look washed out or ill or gross. To me, the shade is a beautiful kind of dusty pink peach - very fleshy looking. The downside however is literally everything else: I hate how sheer the colour is - I need to apply at least 3 coats, lasting power isn't anything special (although greatly helped by a good basecoat and topcoat), takes forever to dry, (like a previous reviewer said) it wells up in the cuticles like crazy, brush is meh, packaging is meh, price is... admittedly ok.

Bottom line - would I repurchase? Yes, ONLY FOR THE COLOUR unless I can find a colour match in another brand/formula. If Essie works for you, go for it! If not, the colour is worth it or hunt for a dupe!

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rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* nata779 on 3/6/2014 11:33:00 AM more reviews by nata779

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

The color and texture of this polish is perfect. Two layers did it for me, and it's definitely not sheer. But it started chipping on the day 2 and then layers were just peeling off. That's ridiculous. Very disappointing.

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rated 4 of 5 milchtea on 1/2/2014 11:31:00 PM more reviews by milchtea

Age: 19-24   Skin: Dry, Olive   Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Black    

I have tanned skin with a yellowish/olive undertone and I was pleasantly surprised that this suited me (originally bought for my mom, who's fairer than I). It adds just the right amount of pink to distinguish it from nude nails, and it's great for the office.

Application: I used Fill the Gap by Essie for the basecoat, and Seche Vite for the top coat, and it's been 4 days with no chips. It's semi-sheer. I used three coats, and while that covers up everything else, I can still see this white mark on my nail (see leukonychia).

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rated 4 of 5 cherrryyyx on 2/11/2013 6:34:00 PM more reviews by cherrryyyx

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

I wanted a muted colour for spring as all my polishes are bold in colour, and this colour didn't disappoint. It's a muted pink - with slight peachy tones to it. It's quite sheer, so at least two coats are needed to make the colour opaque which is what I want. I do wish the colour wasn't so sheer, but I can get over that because I really do love the colour. Although, as with any polish, you have to be careful not to apply such thick coats in one go, as that makes the consistency thick so the polish won't last as long.

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Quilley on 1/26/2013 7:09:00 PM more reviews by Quilley

Age: 44-55   Skin: Other   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

After about three years or more of searching for the "perfect" pink opaque nude, I think I have found it. I wanted a shade that did not make my (tan, NC42) hands look washed out but that was not transparent and complimented the pink tones in my nail beds. This is like Essie's Mademoiselle - opaque. On MY hands it's a very soft mauve mixed with a touch of beige.

I'm not well versed in nail polishes, but I did look this one up and learned that it's from Essie's Summer Collection 2009, so I am beyond late to the party, lol. That said there is a benefit to waiting to purchase - reduced pricing! I paid under $4.00 for this on Amazon, which is less than 50% of the full retail price of $8.00!

I removed one point because although it's a sheer, it can be built up to become opaque on the nails. It's just the fact that it took 4 coats to get there! I can still see a bit of white tip through all 4 coats. Not happy about that although it does add strength to the nails.

So all in all I love it. It give my nails the look of being clean, healthy, is perfect for interviews, chips will not be that noticeable and it lays down in coats that are just a tiny bit streaky imo. The streaks go away with additional coats of polish. The very small amount of mauve mixed with pink is perfect for my tan hands. This one is a staple for sure.

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rated 5 of 5 smanha on 6/18/2012 4:37:00 PM more reviews by smanha

Age: 19-24   Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

This is just the neutral pink I was looking for!!! It's very sheer, but 2-3 coats is noticeable. The formula is more on the thick jelly side. The color is a soft, fleshy pink + buff tan. I wanted something understated and still pretty, and this is it. At least for me with my light-medium coloring.

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rated 3 of 5 KaylaRay on 2/18/2012 9:54:00 PM more reviews by KaylaRay

Age: 25-29   Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Red, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

Holy cuticle flood Batman! Its a very sweet colour and the formula is typical essie (streaky at first but evens out after 2-3 coats) but I found this colour to be very prone to cuticle flooding. I'm not a newbie when it comes to nail polish application and own dozens of essie colours, but none are as prone to cuticle flooding as this one.

That being said, it's a lovely semi-sheer colour. It's almost like a jelly. Its a very professional, classic colour.

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rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* pinkfrost52 on 7/8/2011 3:54:00 AM more reviews by pinkfrost52

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool   Hair: Black, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

I was a bit disappointed with the formula. It's just like Essie's Luscious Lips polish, sheer. I think Essie intended this to be worn that way but I prefer a opaque finish. Took three coats to get a full coverage and dries to a milky peach pink colour. It's quite flattering on my skin-tone at the moment since I've gotten paler over the Winter.

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* miahesterly on 7/7/2011 5:52:00 PM more reviews by miahesterly

Age: 25-29   Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Neutral   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Black    

I love this nail varnish! It's a light/medium slightly dusty pink, with no sparkle or shimmer, and in Essie's trademark high-shine jelly-ish finish. It looks great against my skin tone - my face is about NC40 neutral but my hands are about NC37-40 and have a slightly green tone to them. Many true pink and coral varnishes bring out the greenness, but this colour doesn't, as it has the slightly dusty/grey tone to it. It's pretty and understated but still makes an impact. However, the formula is not the best, and that's why I haven't given this a 5. It's a bit thick and streaky, and you need a steady hand to apply it. Two coats still shows the unevenness, so you need a mininum of three. It's not the streakiest Essie varnish around though, so don't worry. I'd definitely recommend this varnish if you have a similar skin tone to mine.

EDIT: Oh noooo I added some nail varnish remover (Sally Hansen) to it to thin it out, and over the course of a couple of days the colour turned into a pale lilac/putty colour! It's ruined! Time I bought some Seche Restore or Zoya Renew.

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rated 2 of 5 strokegirl on 7/6/2011 9:35:00 PM more reviews by strokegirl

Age: 44-55   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool   Hair: Red, Curly, Medium   Eyes: Blue    

This was my first Essie purchase, and sadly I am not real pleased. The color is so very pale on me that it takes at least four coates to get a hint of color. I tried several times, but I could never seem to achieve a smooth, clean finish. Color is adorable, just sadly not on me. I will however, try some other Essie colors.

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