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Polishes -Essie -Topless and Barefoot

on 3/22/2018 1:15:00 PM


I had to get this because I saw so many people raving about the color. It's a pale beige/pink that leans a little towards pink.
On the nail this is a very sophisticated color. I think it's a generally easy color to pull off but might not work for everyone.
(If you prefer more of a sandy/tan nude, Topless and Barefoot is probably going to be too pink for you.)

I am taking it down one star because I found the formula to be runny and streaky. I am pretty good at managing this and was able to get good coverage in 2 coats but I could see other people really struggling. It will run down the brush and you will have more polish than you expect. So don't dip the brush all the way in and you can get the right amount of polish on the brush. And then try not to overwork it on the nail. This finish was not as shiny as I like so you will probably want a top coat.

Wear time seems average, dry time was average.

Nails -Essie -Treat, Love & Color in "Power Punch Pink"

on 3/20/2018 3:42:00 PM


This has an indescribable "nourishing" quality (it dries to a softer shine, but it looks like it does somehow "moisturize" your nails).

The claim from Essie is that it will serve all on its own, it does not require a base or top coat. It also is intended to be a treatment AND a color.
"Power Punch Pink" is described as carnation pink creme, which is accurate. Once applied, it seems to have a less opaque finish, and can be a tiny bit streaky.

Factors to consider:
Sheerness: it does apply less pigmented, and more sheer. Great for a "wash" of color with 1 coat. On coat 2 - at least for me - I had patchiness.

If you are looking for a classic creme finish, you might bet on 2-3 coats and definitely have your tools ready to fix any issues (NP remover, might even want to apply a base coat to see if that helps; I did not.)

The price: $10; that is slightly more than regular Essies, and less than the Gel Couture line ($1 in either direction :-)

Polishes -Essie -Social-lights

on 3/19/2018 10:31:00 PM


I love this polish. Generally my experience with Essie polishes have been hit or miss as far as formula and ease of application. This one was a definite hit for me.

Social-Lights is a mid tone gray polish loaded with copper shimmer. For me the shimmer was very evident in various lighting. The formula was good. It wasn’t too thick or thin so application was easy with no running or pooling. It applied smoothly and evenly and was opaque with two coats.

Packaging is the standard Eassie polish bottle with their standard thin brush. While I generally am not a fan of their brushes with this formula it wasn’t a problem.

I bought this on EBay for around $7, slightly below retail. I would repurchase this polish at full price as I like it that well.

As unbelievable as it seems I got a full week of wear with no chipping until day 7. Removal was easy and there was not staining.

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Polishes -Essie -Gel Couture

on 3/18/2018 11:18:00 AM


I wanted so badly to like this polish but it did not live up to its claims or my expectations. I got a manicure in the TOUCH UP colour...very pretty and professional. It chipped on one of my nails shortly afterwards. I was able to go back to the manicurist and get that particular nail touched up...great! By day three there was significant wear on all of my nail tips despite the fact that I wore rubber gloves whilst doing the dishes. For this reason, I cannot justify paying such a high price to have a manicure last as long as when I do my own nails, at home, using my HG base coat, nail polish, and top coat. For me, this is a no go.

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Polishes -Essie -Mint Candy Apple


I have the green version. The Essie brush sucks as always, but the formula for this is still solid. Not too streaky. Takes two coats to opacity for me and dries shiny.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

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