Essie • Eternal Optimist #676 • Polishes

rated 4.4(67 reviews)

Average Rating.4.4
Would buy this product again.80%

rated 4 of 5 alaino on 9/13/2014 9:41:00 PM more reviews by alaino

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm   Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse   Eyes: Hazel    

Essie is known to be a hit-or-miss brand, so I was a bit cautious about spending $8 on nail polish when there was a similar color from a lesser-hyped brand for only $4. I had a gift card, so I thought, "now's the time to try it out".

The nail polish smell was very strong. Normally I don't mind it but this one was intense.
The color was very easy to apply and dried completely in about three minutes. It isn't entirely opaque but still looked very good on my nails.
Later on I went and did some yard work and household chores. Even after that, there were no chips. This is only day two but so far it's going strong.

The color goes very well with my skin tone and I recommend it as a great rosy neutral for anyone with olive skin. This was worth the money.

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rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* yjanney on 8/27/2014 7:32:00 PM more reviews by yjanney

Age: 36-43   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

I like Essie polishes usually, but my brand new bottle was streaky resulting in chips the very first day. The color is nice, a very rosy shade that leans toward a neutral.

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rated 5 of 5 sylviwylvie on 8/15/2014 6:42:00 PM more reviews by sylviwylvie

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Olive   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

This is the perfect nude that compliments my skin tone amazingly! It's more of a pink / peach nude and works brilliantly for any season and any place. This colour is perfect for my rather conservative work place, where I don't want boring bare nails and can't wear anything too noticeable or bright. I love the name of the polish too!

Whilst Essie polish isn't as easy to apply as say, OPI, I did not find it too streaky / difficult to apply. I like the wide brush, it just makes it spread evenly. I used 2 coats and that was opaque enough. I used a base coat - this may have helped the polish apply better. It dried reasonably quickly and the room temperature was about 21 degrees c.

I will have to come back to comment on how long it lasted. Overall, I have a sneaky suspicion this may be my HG nail varnish colour!

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rated 5 of 5 Clmcjh on 4/19/2014 11:24:00 AM more reviews by Clmcjh

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

i finally found a nude that doesn't wash out my skin! love this polish. <3

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* stimwink1 on 4/4/2014 2:56:00 PM more reviews by stimwink1

Age: 44-55   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Hazel    

This comes in with Lady like. A polish for the day you don't know what to wear but need something. Perfect for the interview day or the day you want to look professional but still have some color on your nails. This is a Rosey cream opaque/saturated but not dark. A color you can use anytime of year. I see a few knocks about the wear time on this. I always use a top coat on all my saturated colors Orly or the new Sally Hanson shiny or matte top coat it will extend your wear time several days. I work for a manufacturer and I'm not only in an office but have to go back into production and warehouse areas. I also work part time at a medical spa. I can take an Essie polish even on the most brutal day with a base and top coat from day job to pt time job and my polish is perfect. I love this color and it will join my line of stable colors that I can use any time any place all year.

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rated 4 of 5 beth6644 on 3/11/2014 6:05:00 PM more reviews by beth6644

Age: 56 & Over   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

Gonna need a backup of this. A lovely neutral shade, looks great on toes and tips, only minimal tip wear after several days, including housework, trips to the gym, swimming, etc. A good pick if you need a palate cleanser from darks, vamps and reds. Also, nice texture, sort of gel-like but covers nicely. I used base, 2 coats, topcoat.

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rated 4 of 5 VersaillesVixen on 2/24/2014 9:26:00 AM more reviews by VersaillesVixen

Age: 30-35   Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool   Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine   Eyes: Hazel    

Absolutely gorgeous color with lots of shine, but I'm not super impressed by its staying power. This is the only bottle of Essie nail polish I own, and for the price ($8.50 at CVS) I have a feeling it will remain the only bottle of Essie I'll own. Chipping after three days is a drag, but somewhat expected in cheap nail polishes. This one wasn't what I consider cheap, so I'm kind of disappointed my nails are already looking so worn. Admittedly, I did not use a top coat, since the shine seemed so great that I didn't want to mess it up by using a topcoat that might be less shiny. I'll keep using this one since I just adore the color, but definitely remember to top coat!

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rated 4 of 5 diamandis on 1/27/2014 6:35:00 PM more reviews by diamandis

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Sensitive, Fair   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

Essie is THE best nail polish brand, but this color is not very unique, it is extremely similar to Dress me Up by CG.

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rated 5 of 5 mairsbeautytips on 1/25/2014 1:36:00 PM more reviews by mairsbeautytips

Age: 56 & Over   Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

ESSIE - Eternal Optimist: What a grand color! This neutral color has a pretty pink/rose undertone. This is a great daytime / office color for the mature woman. If your nails are short and/or your growing out your nails this is the color for you for the duration of the growth process. I found that this color can be worn with pinks, corals and reds in my wardrobe and denim. It compliments the mature woman's hands once again, by the neutrality of this color. The staying power is great - especially on artificial nails. :)
Hope this review helps!

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rated 3 of 5 katiepoodles on 11/17/2013 2:31:00 PM more reviews by katiepoodles

Age: 25-29   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

Nail polish snob here. I've been using this shade for years. I love how Essie glides on, and staying power is good. I just don't think I have the skin tone for it. For me, it blends right in instead of looking tan or peachy. Yet I keep using it!

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