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essie Nail Polish - Marshmallow
essie First Base Base Coat Polish, Multicolor
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on 1/27/2018 4:26:00 AM
More reviews by MiaGracie
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine
I love the color and pictures of it where folks can get it to apply well. Sadly I can not get it to apply well. It's streaky and a mess even with a self-leveling top coat. 1, 2 or 3 coats, it doesn't look any better. Save yourself the time, money and effort of fighting this polish (because you will fight it) and get one that goes on beautifully (Wet n Wild 2% Milk, color is not white but a semi-sheer, milky tan-pink that is lovely and goes on wonderfully, see my review of it for tips on applying it).I wish I could make it work but I just can't get this to look good on me at all. I applaud those (and am jealous *smile*) who can make this look nice, because the color itself is pretty.
on 6/25/2017 9:16:00 AM
More reviews by merullo23
Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
I bought this in 2015 and had a COMPLETELY different experience- so streaky/patchy I had to return it. Goopy, impossible to work with. It was also more yellowy than the current one.
In 2017, this applied like a dream, better than the formula for ballet slippers. Beautiful in two coats, no real issues with it not leveling/patchiness.
So either there are some bad batches out there or they changed the formula!
on 11/20/2016 1:37:00 PM
More reviews by Starhawke
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine
I’m not sure why I expected this polish to be any different than other Essie polishes I’ve owned. It is streaky and rather unforgiving. The brush is difficult to spread across the nail. It stays wet and tacky for a long time but it sets just enough upon application that it’s like dragging Elmer’s glue over any spot you might want to fix. I feel like I should be able to expect more from an $8+ polish, but clearly not. It is a pretty pale, milky semi-translucent white. The color is nice, but I always remember why I seldom reach for it upon application.
6 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 7/5/2016 2:05:00 PM
More reviews by TinyYeti
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Curly, Medium
I usually love Essie polishes. I own a fair number of them in a variety of finishes (sheer, opaque, etc.) and I’ve always been happy with the application, colour and lack of chipping. This, however, is awful. After one coat, a lot of polishes are a bit streaky; that's fine. After two coats of this stuff, I started to worry. I very carefully applied three coats of Marshmallow and it still looked streaky and awful. This was over the Essie ridge-filling base coat, which I really like and has always played well with other polishes. I used my usual Sally Hansen Insta-Dry top coat over it.I’m giving it two lippies instead of one because after five days (I haven’t had the chance to remove it so I’ve been stuck with this awful manicure fail over the long weekend) it still hasn’t chipped, not even along the tips of my nails. So it’s ugly, but at least it’s not getting any uglier.
on 3/10/2016 6:02:00 PM
More reviews by simplyMi
Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
Marshmallow is not a true opaque, neither is it a true sheer.It's smack in the middle between Essie Blanc and Essie Waltz.It is difficult to apply due to its thick, jelly formula, but the end result is lovely and doesn't make your nails look like they were painted on with white out. I've tried opaque whites such as OPI Alpine Snow and OPI Angel With A Leadfoot, but I realized true opaques were too harsh against my fair skin.Marshmallow provides me with obvious white nails but without that harshness. Either wear it a little sheer with one coat or go for soft, jelly white nails with two or more coats.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 2/24/2016 10:31:00 PM
More reviews by ritables
Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Fine
I've purchased more than several bottles, this is my go-to white. Jellie-like translucent takes 3 thin coats to be opaque, but I can do a thin first layer and a thick second layer for equal result (no base coat) 2 coats dries fast with Seche Vitae topcoat. Love this so much, and have been wearing for years.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 7/28/2015 1:48:00 PM
More reviews by smileybeth72
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I almost didn't buy this color because of all the negative reviews, but I'm glad I decided to try it out for myself. This color builds up nicely, which is good because I found it necessary to apply 3 coats to eliminate streakiness. Because it's such a pale polish, it's really streaky at first, but after 3 coats it looks beautiful. I found that the formula dried just as quickly as my other Essie polishes, so I didn't have to wait forever for it to dry like some other reviewers on here. I've been wearing it for about 4 days (with the Essie gel topcoat), and I haven't experienced any chipping so far. That's a miracle because usually polishes chip within 1-2 days on me. EDIT: After wearing this color more, I've decided I don't really like it and would not repurchase. The past few times I wore it, it chipped within about 2 days (even with the Essie gel topcoat) and started developing little cracks all over. I find that it also tends to become discolored the longer I wear it, so by the time I go to take it off it's more of a dingy white than when I first put it on.
on 4/7/2015 3:27:00 AM
More reviews by mishella
Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse
Before purchasing this polish, please note that the formula is supposed to be sheer AND yes it is streaky - because it's a jelly finish! I normally avoid jellies because of how time consuming they are to apply, but when I saw someone swatch Marshmallow on Pinterest - I had to go out and buy it. It's a beautiful white polish, which I don't think it designed to be built up to give you a block white colour. After two coats (or very three thin coats), you will end up with a gorgeous, clean 'marshmallowy' type of translucent white which looks clean and neutral. If you are after a stark, opaque white - this isn't your polish. If you do build it up for an opaque - you might find it to look a little chunky on the nail. I would recommend Alpine Snow from OPI if that is the look you're after. I really like Marshmallow because it isn't a show stopping polish, great for work and really lovely if you like white polish without the 'white out' type of look. Will definitely buy a back up :) Application:1 x OPI Base Coat2 x coats of Marshmallow1 x Out the Door Top Coat
7 of 9 people found this helpful.
on 3/13/2015 11:03:00 PM
More reviews by alphaluxe
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
This is a beautiful gel-y, translucent white. If you're looking for a stark white, you're better off with Essie Blanc. This nail polish requires two things of the wearer: patience and ridge-free nails. I (for some reason) have deep ridges in my nails and this nail polish highlights that fact due to its streakiness. Also, it takes a super long time to dry. If you have the patience to sit around and wait and wait for it to dry, then go for it. However, I could only get the first coat right. After that, my successive coats kept smudging. Regardless, the few nails that are ridge-free and ended up drying properly (i.e. my ring finger and pinky finger...lol) look amazing!
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 2/22/2015 6:15:00 AM
More reviews by Crystalalal
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I was really disappointed in this colour, seeing as though I have brought many other colours from this brand and they have been amazing. However, this one comes out super blotchy and thick, and when applied really cautiously it leaves it streaky. I ended up putting another coat over it 2 days later to try and fix it and it was fine after that, but overall I was really disappointed with the consistency of it.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
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