|Would buy this product again.||87%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Pam Too's review below is dead on about color. I love this semi-opaque beiged-gray-pink creme. Easy to apply streak-free and shiney. It IS much more obvious in bright light, but I wouldn't exactly call it garish...more surprising since in normal light it's very muted and natural. One lippie off since you must have flawless nail beds to pull this one off as it really emphasizes any ridges, imperfections, or discolorations on the nail. Overall a great semi-opaque for when you want a bit more color than a sheer.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Essie Stepp'n Out:
I think there must be several different versions of this np shade, based on the reviews here. lol "Garish"? "Bright"? I'm so confused. lol Those are nothing like the color I am wearing right now. ?
Essie Stepp'n Out, on my cool-neutral MMM olive skin (with a slight faux tan) is a semi-sheer creme formula (2 coats still allows my white tips to be seen).
The color is VERY muted. It's a cloudy, light, NUDE cool/neutral toned pink. There is a hint of beige in this shade, to keep the color from being overly cool; the end result is more neutral-cool. It is not as cool as say OPI Heart Throb, for instance. There is a lot of grey in this pink; nothing about it is "bright" or "garish" to my eye. ??? This np shade is a perfect compliment to MAC Blankety lipstick. It also is close to MAC Bare Venus lipstick, though BV is cooler in tone. This is another very Baywatch / Pam Anderson - type np shade.
In the harsh flourescent lighting of the store, Stepp'n Out looked more like a grey'd lilac or lavender pink in the bottle. But on, IRL, it is much warmer than that in true daylight. I think it would compliment all shades of cooler skintones. I think PPP-MMM neutrals will also do well with this shade (if they like "nude muted pinks"). I even think slightly warmer MMM to tanned skintones would look good in this color (it looks FAB with my faux tan!). If you have any rose or pink tones to your skin, get this np shade!
But, I think anyone with peach tones to their skin (PPP warm skintones) will hate this color, as the rose in this np will clash. My cool olive complexion has a lot of beige/rose undertones, and Essie Stepp'n Out really plays up the rose in my skin. I love it!
Age: Unknown Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
This is a muted pale pink creme. It's semi-sheer with two coats, but I like to wear it as an opaque color so I use three, thin coats. It's perfect if you like semi-sheer pinks/nudes.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
This is a nice almost-opaque light glossy candy pink. With one coat it was a streaky sheer pink but with two it is less streaky. It's not as opaque as something like OPI Italian Love Affair but not as sheer as something like OPI Privacy Please. Reminds me of OPI Heart Throb, but a little lighter. I like it a lot, it's very girly in a subtle way. Is very nice paired with darker fall shades. Stepp'n Out is from Essie's Fall '05 Collection.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This is an interesting color to wear, but it's even more interesting to read other reviews of it. For me, this polish is sheer even with 2 coats. It's a beautiful blushing pink color that blends well with my skintone in natural light and indirect lighting. However, in harsh lighting conditions, such as my bathroom and Ulta, the color looks garishly bright pink. I did not buy it at first when I saw it at Ulta, but then when I saw it again in another store, it looked like a lovely subtle baby pink. I had been looking for a specific sheer pink color that a host on QVC had reccomended. It was out of stock, and I'm happy to report that Essie Stepp'n Out is the exact shade I was looking for. I normally do not like sheers, but this one will be my HG pale pink sheer polish.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This review of Stepp'n Out is my second Essie review but it was the first color I actually tried of any Essie.
It is a cool pink cream that was still opaque after 2 coats. Normally I take photos of every new color I try since nail polish is my new hobby but I didn't take a photo of Stepp'n Out because I just didn't care for the color. It was a bad match to my skin. I am a slightly warm and neutral olive tone, or green even. It just didn't feel supported. Wow, this color would probably look stunning on a cool PPP.
THE ESSIE EXPERIENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME
Also with Essie I expected it to be different from OPI, which is a brand probably everyone who likes n/p or makeup has tried. I found OPI to be more elastic once dry and Essie to be more glasslike and hard. I speculate that Essie's more glasslike finish is harder to achieve and get looking good for soft flexi nails like mine. But for someone with stronger nails I bet this Essie shine would be a great match. But the OPI application is more forgiving, you can glop it on in large quantities and it will dry to hard without a lot or any streaking or thick/thin areas. I found Essie's application to be a real prima donna; hard to get right.
I found the texture of application of Essie a bit thin and a bit hard to get down on my nail because of the shorter brush. It felt squirrelly and slippery like a tiny car on ice. I like the nice "Cadillac" feel of the OPI and China Glaze brushes instead. But on the other hand it was sort of easy to do the difficult sides of the curved nail bed without dumping large quantities of polish in the gutter.
I didn't think the wear was so hot, honestly. Flexible nails thing. I felt that this match was not good for me. The color and the product. I think with Essie, you may get better wear if you wear the thinnest coats possible.
The jury on Essie is still out but I already have a few other Essie colors to try. I definitely won't repurchase this product but that's namely color. What we would do for the right color is get used to this product from OPI and CG colors.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
Very pretty color! I saw this color with the Essie Fall display and had to get it. Stepp'n Out is a light ballerina pink on my LLL skin. This is not sheer, yet not 'super' opaque like Fiji. 2 coats of this covers my natural nail color completely. This has no shimmer to it. This color is almost identical to Expose Your Toes, but that one does has shimmer. Would purchase again! My favorite color is East Hampton Cottage, this is a more pinker version. UPDATE: 9/22/05 Had to take off 1 lippie due to fading. This color fades very quickly.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
This is a very pretty subtle shade for my cool PPP skin. Not because it's sheer -- it's actually mostly opaque with two coats; I can just *barely* see the whites of my nails through it -- but because it's nearly the same depth of color as my skin. It's a pale pink nude creme, more pink than nude on the nail, that creates an interesting unifying effect between my nails and skin while making my nails look groomed and professional. In short, it's a perfect understated look that I think will be great for work this fall. :)