Essie • Marshmallow • Polishes

rated 3.9(111 reviews)

Average Rating.3.9
Would buy this product again.73%

rated 1 of 5 summergirl8830 on 11/17/2014 1:27:00 AM more reviews by summergirl8830

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium   Hair: Black   Eyes: Brown    

Hands on THE worst formula I have ever tried, and I own over four hundred bottles of nail polish. The formula was so watery and streaky. It was just simply awful. The color will build up to look very much like a typical white polish, like Essie Blanc and OPI Alpine Snow. You would be so much better off just use a regular white polish. Even if the color was gorgeous, there is no way I would repurchase because the awful formula can't be compensated even with the best color in the world.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.     Was this review helpful to you? Yes   No

rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Kamee on 9/2/2014 1:16:00 AM more reviews by Kamee

Age: 30-35   Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

Horrible formula. Super blotchy and streaky. Not up to Essie's standards. Ugh so mad because I love Essie, but so far their basic colors like this one and ballet slippers have disappointed me. Horrible blotchy mess and dries so slow. Not cool essie.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.     Was this review helpful to you? Yes   No

rated 5 of 5 supergirlieque on 8/4/2014 9:44:00 PM more reviews by supergirlieque

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Green    

This is one of my HG polish colors. The Essie formula is always perfection but the best thing about this one is the color. It's a milky "jelly" white creme, no shimmer in this one, and only 99% opaque with several coats. 2 coats of this is classic and modern posh at the same time. I always get compliments on my nails when I wear this, even from the manicurists. Last time I was at the nail salon the man doing my nails called a couple girls over to show them how pretty this color was. It's really perfect at this time of year (nearing the end of the Summer) when I have a bit of a tan. It's a great, unexpected color that will stand-out without looking unprofessional, if you need to worry about nail color at your job.

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes   No

rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Ferrishyn on 6/5/2014 3:57:00 PM more reviews by Ferrishyn

Age: 36-43   Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

I am not sure if some people are getting bad batches but mine is fine. I do not have any problems with application at all. I have heard some batches of Essies are bad in various colors. One in particular is Fiji.

It was not streaky or hard to apply. It's a jelly formula and looks very classy. Not too white or too opaque, which I like. It's more of a milky white if that makes sense. It reminds me of Butter London's Cream Tea minus the horrible formula.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.     Was this review helpful to you? Yes   No

rated 4 of 5 enza27 on 5/26/2014 8:52:00 PM more reviews by enza27

Age: 36-43   Skin: Oily, Olive   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Other    

I usually have no problems applying this at home but lately I've been bringing it to the salon for them to apply for me and it's just plum gorgeous. Classic clean and beautiful year round. Ass some glitter for an accent nail or to good or to base nail for added flair.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.     Was this review helpful to you? Yes   No

rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Mischievous1 on 5/2/2014 3:28:00 PM more reviews by Mischievous1

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

I own a lot of the bright tropical colors by Essie but this is one of my go to shades for work and when I want something classic.
I am not a big fan of blindingly white nails so this is perfect. I use only 2 coats; anything more than that and I find it starts to look too bright. But you have to work with this color as itís not a very even application. Plus it takes a bit long to dry between coats. So like others have said, set aside some time if you plan on using this polish. Itís not a quick paint your nails in ten minutes color. With a topcoat, I find I get 3 or 4 days use out of it. It doesnít chip but the white starts to look kinda spotty. I much prefer Sand Tropez to this!

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes   No

rated 2 of 5 essslee on 4/6/2014 9:46:00 PM more reviews by essslee

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

This is a nice color, I'll admit that. But this polish barely even deserves 2 stars.
As so many reviewers have already said, the application is next to impossible. The color is blotchy until the 3rd or 4th coat, and then the polish takes foreeeeeeeeever to dry. But you know what, for the color, I'm willing to do this!
My PROBLEM with this polish is: the brush. This is a white polish, and the brush hairs are black. And without fail, somehow, there's always a little brush hair embedded in nail after applying. A black hair, in my white polish. I don't know if I got a defective bottle, but this is absolutely unacceptable.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.     Was this review helpful to you? Yes   No

rated 5 of 5 Capri6719 on 2/14/2014 2:42:00 PM more reviews by Capri6719

Age: 25-29   Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

This is a beautiful cloudy sheer white! I have gotten so many compliments on my nails, among them, "can't stop looking at your nails." Application is a bit difficult - I am not a professional but have been studying up on my technique and this polish was a great test. I used essie 3 way glaze as a base, 3 thin coats and top coat and after doing dishes, cleaning ect, still looks shiny and no chips 5 days later. I let each coat dry a little in between to avoid streaks, dragging and bald spots. It slightly levels after drying but also got a few air bubbles. I am looking forward to layering it over pinks to find a signature color. Im in love with this shade!!!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.     Was this review helpful to you? Yes   No

rated 2 of 5 Kaneve on 1/2/2014 11:46:00 PM more reviews by Kaneve

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium   Eyes: Green    

Nice color. Streaky coverage. But worst of all is that it chips faster than any other polish I've tried. Not worth it.

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes   No

rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* bonniherself on 12/6/2013 9:34:00 AM more reviews by bonniherself

Age: 44-55   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool   Hair: Brown, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

Got this originally to use for French/American tips, but I don't do that sort of manicure often and haven't tried it, because I tried it on my full nails first and found it pretty horrible to work with.

I like to use a base of semi-sheer white with some polishes, particularly metallics, to give them a colour boost. That's what I was intending when I put this on. Unhappily, this polish is almost unbelievably STREAKY, and it does not self-level. I'm pretty experienced with nail polish, have hundreds of bottles of it and have been wearing it for 35+ years, so it's not that I don't know how to apply and work with even streaky polish. I'm aware that pastels and white are frequently streaky on the first coat, but dang, this was really bad. The formula is thick and gluggy, and that coat had great big bald spots. I know I'm not THAT clumsy with applying polish. It's got to be the polish.

Once I saw this, I decided to see if a second coat would smooth things out and it kinda sorta did, but a couple of nails still had slightly bald spots. Ugh.

Eventually, I started over, did a clear base coat (and let it dry completely, of course), then one streaky, balding coat of Marshmallow, and then my metallic over that. By the second coat of metallic (silver, as it happens), it was fine, so it worked okay for that manicure, but I haven't worn it since.

Not sure why/how this polish gets so many great reviews, but I'm glad it works well for someone. I see in the photos people have shared that it can eventually be even, so if I worked at it, I could probably get it to behave (but I don't wear white nail polish, generally, other than as a base for some nail art and for tips and for undies). But, as I have other white polishes that do work for me, I can't see why I'd want to continue to frustrate myself with this polish. It has been sent to my "give away" bin, and I hope it finds a happy home with someone who can make it work for them, because it sure doesn't work for me.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.     Was this review helpful to you? Yes   No

More Essie products

More Polishes products