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essie First Base Base Coat Polish, Multicolor
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on 1/28/2018 5:19:00 AM
More reviews by kittenmint
Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
Aperitif is one of my favourite red nail polishes! It is a warm toned red, with orange undertones, and a creme-jelly (crelly) finish. This finish makes the polish incredibly shiny and ‘squishy’ looking but with enough opacity to prevent visible nail line. The formula is excellent - two coats is all you need and it applies like a dream. It is very easy to apply and doesn’t apply with streaks or bald patches. It dries quickly and to a shiny finish. It has great staying power, lasting around 5 days when paired with base and top coat. It looks very flattering on my NC15 skin though I imagine it would suit all skin tones. I would highly recommend this one and would definitely repurchase.
on 6/10/2016 11:13:00 AM
More reviews by sunnysusy
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine
My go to red! Gorgeous, glossy and bright red that looks amazing against very fair skin. When I run out and cannot find a replacement, I use Mavala London. However, Mavala London is not as bright and beautiful as this one.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 12/17/2015 3:56:00 AM
More reviews by snkatha
Skin: Very Dry, Dark, Warm
Hair: Black, Kinky, Fine
I've been wearing this nail polish nonstop since I bought it 3wks ago & I think it's"the one." My go to, everyday perfect nail color. A cherry red. From what I can tell it's a true red. It looks fabulous & instantly makes me feel more comfortable & like I care where am going you know? Love this! Plus it lasts 5 days with minimum chipping on me. A++
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 5/12/2014 6:05:00 PM
More reviews by bexw88
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
This is my HG red. Its perfect, not too orange not too pink (but on the pinker end of the scale). Easy application, perfect in two coats. This is the only bright red shade I will wear now. In love!
on 10/19/2012 4:14:00 PM
More reviews by MsHepburn
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
Gorgeous colour... the exact red I was looking for. It's a bright red, sort of in between Russian Roulette and A-list. A little deeper than Russian Roulette, less in-your-face, but brighter and warmer than A-list. Lovely for my sallow hands: makes them look less grey now that it's almost winter. It brings out the warmth in my skintone... a golden glow instead of yellow-grey pastiness :) very nice!
on 9/13/2012 1:25:00 PM
More reviews by KirRoyal
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
I'm a huge enthusiast for red nail polishes, and I'm always searching for something new. Not that a girl can ever own to many bottles of red nail polish. I bought this as one of my very first Essie shades, and it looked awfully similar to OPI's classic Big Apple Red shade, but when I applied it, Aperitif was slightly more orange and warm, jelly but not in terms of consistency but colour-wise. However, I'm not crazy about this colour. It is just so uninteresting that I can't make myself wear it more. It doesn't have the depth of red colour, and it is not exeptionally glossy as well. This wears for an average 2-3 days which is a shame, I'd say.
on 5/18/2012 12:53:00 PM
More reviews by gabriellavascocastro
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
I loooooove this red. It's a slightly jelly red, is the perfect toned red for me. It's bright not too brown not orangy.. it is a slightly magenta based red in my opinion. It wears well, doesn't chip easily. It's basically perfect. I get non stop compliments on this red!
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 10/4/2011 10:15:00 AM
More reviews by Lomelindi
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
THE perfect, classic red nail polish! It's a bright, glossy, neutral red that is probably universally flattering on anyone's hands and certainly is on mine (I'm NC25 for good measure). The formula is super pigmented and smooth (slightly runny, but that's normal for Essie), so you barely need 2 coats to get an opaque coat.I can't stop staring at my nails when I wear this polish. It makes me feel so classy and sophisticated! Definitely will repurchase if I ever run out (but I don't wear red polish often, so I probably won't).
on 11/9/2009 6:32:00 AM
More reviews by hailey0675
Skin: Combination, Tan, Neutral
Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium
I'm loving this colour so far. It took a while to get used to it though. I normally go for NARS jungle red which is much darker, tending towards a berry shade, whereas this is more cherry or apple red. I've had this on for a day and I love. It's a neutral red tending towards being cooler. I'm an NC44. One coat of this colour to a bit too light for me. I applied two coats over a base coat and used a top coat after. I find the nail polish lasts longer this way and looks much more sophisticated and glossy. My nails are ultra short, I definately wouldn't use this on a long nail (my preference I guess). I'm wearing this at work so requires I bit more bravado but so far no-one has had any negative comments, but be careful and steer away from any load makeup or clothing when wearing this shade at work. Since this is my first Essie shade I can't comment on the durability at this stage, but so far I don't have a single blemish on the polish. I would say that this nail polish is an easy, affordable and risk free way to add a little vamp to you look without looking like you're cheap.
on 4/22/2007 10:46:00 AM
More reviews by laurencane
Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I adore this beautiful red creme nail polish. If I had to categorize it as either warm or cool, Id say it is slightly cool, but it is not overtly cool. I wear it on my toes and when Im feeling spunky I even wear it on my nails. Like all Essie nail polishes, it has awesome chip resistence and lasts close to a week on my nails. It lasts FOREVER on my toes!BTW...the swatch at the top of this review page is not even close to the true color!
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