|Would buy this product again.||69%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
Topless and Barefoot is an HG nude for my nc15 skin. It's a perfectly cool-toned nude that can be flattering on all types of skin tones. It definitely gives me the "mannequin hands" look. The formula is surprisingly easy to work with, considering that it's a light colored Essie. As expected, the first coat is fairly streaky, but evens out nicely with a 2nd coat. Opacity-wise, I'm going to call it a careful 2 coater, but sometimes it can take 3 to cover up any random streaks/imperfections. The dry time between each coat was surprisingly fast as well. Within 3 minutes, the first coat was completely dry. It also self-levels really nicely. Definitely a hit!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Green
This is everything I want in a nude polish. #1 it suits my skintone -looks pinky nude on my NC20 skin tone and looks very clean without looking too bright. #2 it is completely opaque in 2 coats: the first coat is streaky but the second one goes on like butter and looks perfect.
#3, I love the brush on Essie polishes, it's small enough to really get into the sides and works great for my small nail bed.
I love this shade for times where I want a clean slate, matches everything and looks very sophisticated. I also love pairing this with accent nails like Maybelline LE Gilded Rose as the pink and gold is soooo beautiful with this shade.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I got this on the advice/suggestions of some of the ladies on the nail board here at MUA. I wanted an opaque nude appropriate for pale, cool skin, so that I could do nude half-moons (with red nails, a classic retro look). Normally, I actually really don't like opaque nudes, but I think I was just using the wrong colours or something, because this is really pretty on my pale, cool-toned complexion. It's not really a match for my skin (it's a bit lighter and less saturated), but it does look really attractive.
This is so flattering it will probably get wear as a base for glitters and, just maybe, as a full manicure (that's saying a lot; I'm definitely a "flashy polish" kind of gal, so wearing an opaque nude for a full manicure is just about unheard of). This polish doesn't give me mannequin hands in a dull way (which has been my experience with nude opaques in the past), but with a fresh, pretty, light look. As I write this, I'm wearing this polish on all ten fingers, no glitter, no special effects top coats, nothing but the colour (and clear top coat), and I actually really like it. Such a surprise!
My only complaint is that this polish is a little hard to work with. The first coat is very streaky (which I mostly expected), but it also seems to drag and leave "bald spots". I ended up doing three coats on a couple of my fingers. Perhaps I just need to let it dry longer between coats (next time, I'll try that), and be careful not to overlap strokes too much.
If you want an opaque nude for a cool-toned, pale complexion, do try this. It's not too pink and not too brown and not too yellow, but just a nice, neutral, putty or sand coloured pale nude colour.
As for me, I like this so much that I bought a backup bottle! Who knew an opaque nude could look so very pretty? I wouldn't have until I tried this. :)
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
I got a manicure with this color and it's already chipping after three days. The woman doing the manicure looked very frustrated with the application of the polish, she kept having to redo a few nails. And she's normally very good at application.
My hands do look kind of "dead" with this on. I am more of a dark color person anyway.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Grey
Disappointed in this one, to be honest. I am not sure if I would even personally call it a nude. I was surprised to see that it has an almost lavender tint to it, although in retrospect this makes sense because it's a lot like a much paler version of Revlon Gray Suede, and that one has a significant purple tinge to it.
Mostly it's that the application is so streaky and tends to be thick. I think this is the streakiest polish I've ever tried to use. It's especially a shame because my other experience with Essie formulas has been great.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I am always chasing after the best nude nail polish I can find. When a nude nail polish looks good in the bottle, I usually apply it and am disappointed. Nudes tend to look way too brown and muddy, and never compliment my skin tone. Topless & Barefoot is a beautiful nude that DOES NOT apply sheer, and has enough pink to really compliment any skin tone. I switch back to this color when I am looking for something more toned down from Essie Fiji, which is a really true, white-pink! Definitely try this if you are searching for a good nude polish.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
This is a really great colour for me - I love nude shades, and a lot can turn out too apricot/peach/brown or muddy on my skin tone - I'm NW20 with pink undertones, and the colour looks great - clean, classy and fresh. The application is pretty bad - very streaky first coat, and not 100% even after the second. It is a colour I just use at the salon as I don't have the patience on my own.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Essie's Topless & Barefoot from the Spring 2011 French Affair collection is one of my favorite nude cremes, the other being Sand Tropez another from the same collection. I've read people describe this as a silly putty color which refer to the peach undertones in this color. I find that to be true in indoor lighting, whereas in outdoor lighting I see more pink to it but dusty pink. I think it is a cross between both of these colors which is flattering on my fair skin with a touch of ruddiness. Ever since I can remember I wanted a nude creme that complimented my skin tone and this is the one. I used sally hansen salon manicure base coat, 2 coats of the Topless & Barefoot and one coat of Poshe top coat. I don't find it a streaky formula when you get the hang of how to apply Essie. It is watery but that doesn't bother me one bit, I got used to how to apply those types of polishes and find them pretty easy once I figured it out, a quicker application with not too much or too little on the brush is how I do it. I can't say enough good things about this color, I'm completely smitten, it is definitely my go to nude creme. Would buy again in a heartbeat.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
I'm pretty pale and this looked absolutely freaking hideous on me. Just so ugly on my skintone! The formula was fine though. Usual good Essie quality mostly...a few little streaks that blended fine with the addition of topcoat. Just not for me, probably awesome looking on deeper skintones.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Silver Eyes: Green
streaky frustrating application. Blah color. Nothing special about it whatsoever. Never again.