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Polishes -Essie -Plumberry

on 12/14/2017 1:20:00 AM


Amazing red creme that looks like it should be basic but is actually quite special. It looks a little dull and unpromising in the bottle because of the plummy undertones (hence, probably, the name), but on my hands turns into a complex red that defies categorization. It’s too velvety and ripe to be merely a bright, but too glowingly juicy to be ever described as vampy. Too red to be really seen as any other color, but has enough pink in it to be modern and avoid a too-literal retro vibe.

It’s both youthful and sophisticated at the same time. I think the purple undertones make this shade especially suited for skin with yellow overtones but cool-to-neutral undertones... and no, it’s not just Asians and light-skinned POC who have this kind of skin, I’ve seen it in a lot of pale blondes and redheads as well.

Application is good... Essie shades have rarely given me trouble, but this is on the smooth and velvety side even for Essie. Quite opaque at two coats, though it builds beautifully to three. Lasting power is also good, especially with a good top and base coat... I’ve seen the reviews that say this chips more than other creme nail polishes, but I don’t think that’s been the case for me. I also like that this comes in the old bottle with the “essie” mark embossed into the glass, rather than printed on.

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Polishes -Essie -Mixtaupe

on 12/12/2017 11:41:00 PM

Wow, this is a perfect whitish nude. I had been wearing baby pink nudes for awhile and this is a wonderful alternative. I think I'll be reaching for this one regularly. Classy, sexy, yummy!

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Polishes -Essie -Dressed To The Nineties

on 12/8/2017 12:23:00 PM


Essie describes this polish as "purple with a green shimmer" and as far as the polish in the bottle goes, that is correct. On the nail however it's a different story. It applied smoothly in two easy coats but there is no shimmer. ..well there is if you look very closely (husband couldn't see it!), in a very bright light - so basically it's just a dark purple polish. Very disappointed Essie, I had such high hopes with this one :(

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Polishes -Essie -Jelly Apple

on 12/7/2017 11:35:00 PM


Candied apples. Clown noses. Maraschino cherries. This red polish is reminiscent of Nars dragon lady. First pass is pink-fuchsia but the second deepens to a fire engine red. It glows. It looks like a jolly rancher. This formula is jelly and requires two thin layers. I use base coat with red polish because the fear it will stain my talons yellow. Lasts longer than most; i can get 5 days (3 is normal, so 5 awesome). Seche vite topcoat.

Polishes -Essie -Sand Tropez

on 12/4/2017 10:48:00 PM


Sand Tropez is a greyed-out beige nude shade of polish which is a great neutral to wear to work, or other conservative environments. It looks very classy, a mani that makes you look put together with minimal effort. It looks flattering against my NC15 skin tone, I imagine that it may look a little ‘off’ against darker or cooler tones, but it is worth a try. The formula is great, two coats to reach full opacity. It applies easily and dries quickly and to a shiny finish. It has great staying power, lasting 5 days on me when paired with base and top coat - a wear time which I find standard from Essie polishes. I can definitely recommend this one to anyone needing an interesting shade of nude.

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