August 11, 2012

Saturday Spam: Essie

Happy Weekend! Today I have a helping of Essie spam for ya! Essie is a brand that I didn't have any interest in until a couple years ago so I don't have a ton of them. For the longest time they made the most boring polishes, all pinks and whites...very bridal and work appropriate. It wasn't until they released the Summer 2010 collection with Pretty Edgy in it that I even looked twice at their displays. Since then I've become a big old fan of their polish, mostly new polishes but I do have some older gems in my stash that are also in this post!

To see swatches of all 16 polishes I've never shown here on The PolishAholic click the read more button below the collage!




Cherry Pop is a very very very very very sheer pink polish. Guys, why do I own this? What is the point of it? I have no idea, but I do own it...maybe it's good for french manicures? I think I probably saw this and went whoa this looks cool in the bottle and bought it. Yeah, I have no idea. I used 2 coats of Cherry Pop over Essie Waltz for the photos below. You can't really tell much of a difference until it's next to how Waltz looked previously.


Below, Waltz is on the left, Waltz + 2 coats of Cherry Pop is on the right


Chinchilly is a light murky grey with slight purple undertones. I have a million polishes like this (okay maybe not a million but quite a few). Great formula on this polish, I used 2 coats for the photos below. 



Decadent Diva is a vampy reddish brown shimmer. Oh yes...I love this. I am a big old sucker for a good vampy shimmer! The formula wasn't fantastical, a little sheer but worth an extra coat to build it up! I used 3 coats for the photos below.



Dive Bar is a blackened teal shimmer. Let me tell you a little story about this polish, it was one of the polishes that came out when Essie went retail last year. The first place it started turning up was at my nemesis, Walmart. I hate Walmart but I stalked that store like a boss for weeks in search of this. I finally found it and rejoiced, brought it home and put it in my Helmer where it sat untried until I grabbed it for this post. What the heck, good job Jen. I need to stop doing that, look how beautiful this is...I was missing out!! The formula was a little patchy on the first coat but it's perfection at 2 coats!



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Go Overboard is a dark teal creme. This came out for Spring 2012, I passed it up for months but I finally caved and bought it when I found it on clearance at CVS one day. Glad I did, it's not the most unique shade but the formula is great! I used 1 coat for the photos below!



Lilacism is a light pastel purple creme. Beautiful color but not the best ever formula. It was a streaktastic nightmare on the first 2 coats, I ended up getting it to even out at 3 coats by making my 3rd coat very thick. While I love the color I don't know if it's worth it dealing with the formula. 



Mochacino is taupe-y brown with a strong silver shimmer. Love this! God forbid I could only wear "work appropriate" nail polish this would be what I would grab for. It's a good neutral that has a little something extra. I do have a few polishes like it but that doesn't make me love it any less! The formula was just okay, mine was a little thick. I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Play Date is a bright purple creme. For a purple creme this is surprisingly unique in my stash, I don't have anything that is exactly the same. The formula was a little thick but I had no application issues, I used 2 coats for the photos below.





Pretty Edgy is an awesome bright green creme. Oh yes, the nail polish that changed my opinion of Essie. This is not only one of my favorite Essie's but one of my favorite green polishes ever. It's such a vibrant green...I love it! I was actually surprised when I was going through my Essie posts on here that I'd never shown this one on it's own before! It does remind me a lot of  Essie Mojito Madness that came out this year but it's actually a bit darker! The formula is nice, a little thick but easy to apply. I used 2 coats for the photos below.




Ruby Slippers is a red jelly base packed full of red and golden glitter and shimmer. This was on my wish list for what seemed like an eternity then one day Sam from Fashion Polish posted that 8ty8beauty had them on their site for $4. Once I recovered from the shock of finding out it was randomly online I bought a bottle. Luckily it lived up to all my expectations, I have a lot of red glitters like this but this one is special!

The formula was thick but the opacity and glitter coverage was great! I used 2 coats for the photos below. I also needed a ton of top coat for this. It dried dull and continued to look dull after a couple coats of top coat. I think I ended up with 3 coats of Sally Hansen Insta Dri before it looked all glassy.



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Sag Harbor is a light blue grey with a silvery shimmer throughout it. This was another on my wish list for ever and ever. I finally got my paws on it last year when I went up to LA for the day with Jackie from Candy Coated Tips and Liz from Lacquered Lizard. We got together for a girls day at The Painted Nail and met up at a nail supply nearby where I found this! The formula left a little to be desired but I don't even care, I love the color! I used 3 coats for the photos below!



Sand Tropez is a yellow toned nude creme. When I was got this I was all OMG about it but now I'm kind of meh. There are better nudes out there for my particular skin tone that I've found since then. :( The formula was nice though! I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Variety is an orange creme. This is an oldie, I can't seem to find any info about it (googling Essie Variety brings up a whole lot of not useful information lol)  but I can tell it's old based on the label, the handle of the brush and the overwhelming chemically stink that comes out when you open the bottle. I really love this orange, it's like my perfect pumpkin orange color! The formula was nice, thin but opaque. I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Waltz is a white jelly. I'm pretty sure I bought this when I couldn't find Essie Marshmallow a while back. It's alright, I guess. The formula is sheer and streaky but even-ish and mostly opaque with 3 thick coats. Honestly, I never wear this or grab for it when I want a white jelly...I should probably get rid of it to make way for something I'd like better.





Wild Thing is a metallic looking berry with little bits of holographic shimmer. This is lovely in the bottle but kind of meh on the nail. The holographic bits don't translate as much as I would like them too. The formula is nice and easy to work with, I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Stroke of Brilliance is periwinkle blue glitter in a clear base. This is the newest polish in the Luxeffects Collection from Essie. This does seem to be a bit of a chameleon color wise, depending on what you layer it over it can look very silver. The formula was pretty great, it was easy to get a lot of glitter and it was easy to apply! I used 1 coat over OPI Berlin There Done That for the photos below.


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Essie is available a whole ton of places, pretty  much every drugstore carries the brand now along with more professional salon stores like Ulta! It usually retails for $8 a bottle but it can vary depending on where you buy. Some of the shades shown are old, Hard To Find and expensive on places like eBay (like Ruby Slippers, Variety & Sag Harbor) most likely you can't just walk into anywhere and find those, sorry!
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45 comments:

  1. OMG all these colors are amazing ♥ I've got Dive Bar too and it's a beautiful color <333
    Love from France ^^

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  2. Omg! Great post. I've been wanting Sag Harbor for the longest time but I think CG Seaspray satisfied my lemming for it. You're right about Cherry Pop. Whenever I see it I think what the heck? It seems like such a pointless polish. Thanks for the great spam :)

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  3. Amanda (Fashion Footing)August 11, 2012 at 5:45 AM

    The thing I don't like about Essie is how incredibly inconsistent their formula's are! I'll have one that will be streaky and running and pooling all over the place and another will be completely perfect one coat coverage! I do like more of their more recent colors though. The old colors bored me :-p

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  4. I used to feel the same way about Essie years ago, but now I have 43 of them. They seem to release a new collection every other month or so.

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  5. I used to feel the same way about Essie years ago, but now I have 43 of them. They seem to release a new collection every other month or so.

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  6. It's weird- everyone goes so crazy for Dive Bar, but I found it kind of disappointing. There's all this amazing purple duochrome in the bottle that doesn't show up at all on the nail. I mean, it's a pretty blackened teal shimmer, but where's my purple?


    Maybe I'll give it another shot today. It also dented super fast when I first tried it out, but since I'll be indoors doing nothing much today, that shouldn't be an issue.

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    1. You should try Cirque Epoch, it's an awesome dark teal/purple duochrome. I'm in love with it! :)

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    2. Great swatches/polishes! I agree Cherry Pop looks so delicious in the bottle - don'tcha just hate when they look amazing in the bottle but it doesn't translate to the nail. I have to stop myself from buying certain polishes for that reason. Bummer!

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  7. These are so pretty, thanks for posting your swatches! I love Mochaccino and am going to need that, I think. You're right about it being a good neutral with an unusual spin. I've also been so curious about Stroke of Brilliancein stores; it's great to see your take on it!

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  8. I agree. Essie was not one of my favorite brands due to the very "bridal" colors. But over the past couple years, they have really made some improvements. And my Essie collection is increasing, I still don't like their bottle, as I like a longer brush handle,

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  9. Consider me officially on the lookout for Variety (love the pumpkin tone), and wow, Stroke of Brilliance looks just like tanzanite!

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  10. oh man that one is probably going to be the hardest to get out of the whole post, I couldn't even find it on ebay! I hope you can get it, it's awesome!

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  11. I hear ya, I wish there was some way to coax out that duochrome that shows in the bottle!

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  12. Heh, can't say I'm surprised--your post is already #7 on the first page of results for it! ^_^

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  13. hey if you have nicole...spotted by NOPI, can you do a comparison with dive bar. I've been wanting to see that but i can't find dive bar anywhere.

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  14. I <3 Chinchilly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gorgeous swatches as always!! :)

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  15. Go Overboard is calling my name, I think! I love colors like that.

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  16. I have a super-sheer polish a lot like Cherry Pop. I'm not really sure what to do with it other than tints. Might have to play around sometime in the future.

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  17. OK, thanks for starting my Essie lemming thing going again! The only one of these I have currently is Lilacism, and yes, it is streaky. I still love it, and it is the first Essie I ever bought about 2 yrs ago when I found it at CVS for 50% off. And the rest is history. I don't own that many Essie's, but since seeing these (thanks again for the lemming, lol) I will likely be watching for sales online, especially for Mochachino and Chinchilly. ;) ^^

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  18. I always sort of ignore Essie because I think their colors tend to be on the duller side but scrolling through this I'm like, "Wow, I have and LOVE a ton of these." Pretty Edgy is my favorite green EVER, I've worn Sand Tropez more than anything else in my collection (except maybe Wet n Wild Black Creme), and I am obsessed with Ruby Slippers. Play Date is really cute, I hope to find it on clearance at Target soon. I really should pay more attention to Essie, but their two new collections (Yogaga & Stylenomics) seem really snoozy to me.

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  19. I love what you paired with Stroke of Brilliance! I will definitely have to try it over a darker neutral or a brown.

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  20. I don't recall Variety at all and have watched/collected Essie back to the 90's. I adore pumpkin tone polish - might never find this one now sounds like so will make due with Desert Sun (ChG) this fall as my go to in that hue. I have used Play Date a ton of times since it came out - love it - hard for me to find that shade in any brand and not have it end up chalky with too much white. I have a bunch of these too...and ya know, I did the same thing on Dive Bar - had to have and still to this day have never worn it. Totally agree with you on Wild Thing..it just goes flat on the nail - OK I guess in fall when I am still lemming my bright fuchsia shades as this does work into fall OK.

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  21. It's just too frosty looking I think is the problem I have with it - it's one of those metallics that is not really metal looking but leans frost. Coazxing out shimmer or duochrome that shows in the bottle but not on the nail is one of Essie's specialties - yet I am finding more companies now having that issue (China Glaze looking at you over the Bohemian collection).

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  22. fantastic essie spam!! one of my favorite brands. i also will admit to wanting cherry pop bc it looks amazing in the bottle!

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  23. I currently own Sand Tropez, Waltz, Lilacism and Chinchilly and love all of them! I own close to 30 Essie shades, and they are definitely my favourite brand of polish. (Maybe it is because I love Pinks and Neutrals!) I completely agree that their new collections are very 'typical' and not 'out of the box'. Ruby Slippers is practically impossible to find, and Sag Harbor is not apart of the permanent line, which means that it will be hard to find also - looks like a great shade though!

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  24. Play date looks like a pretty shade of lavender. might be brighter than two different types of sally hansen polishes that are nearly identical. oops.
    Chinchilly was one of my first essie polishes and i love the color of it. Nice muted purple grey. lol at go overboard looking quite similar to illamasqua's muse that i just finished putting on. haha.

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  25. Waltz looks kind of like an off-white/cream color in the pictures which I think is really neat!

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  26. I realized I own way more essie than I thought, and I wear them more often than I thought, lol. I remember going crazy trying to find Sag Harbor, and feeling so glad when I got it! Playa del Platinum is my FAVE neutral shade.

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  27. Love your swatches, and Stroke of Brilliance looks pretty!

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  28. Wow -- Cherry Pop has got to be the most pointless polish ever manufactured!

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  29. so jealous!!! Thanks for sharing these lovely polishes :)
    Essie is $19 here in Australia :( I really wish I could afford to buy more essie polishes. Have you ever wore 'wild thing' over 'ruby slippers'?

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  30. I haven't but Ruby Slippers is so opaque on it's own that it's not one I've ever needed to layer!

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  31. I've had my eye on Playdate for absolutely forever but I don't really like the Essie brush. Your swatches reignited my desire tho...haha!

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  32. Nice post! I love Chinchilly, so it was nice to see it get some love. I'm so glad you put up Mochacino because it's gorgeous! I need to get me a bottle of that!

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  33. How does Essie Sag Harbour compare to Butter London Lady Muck? I was so excited when my Lady Muck arrived in the mail but when I tried it on, I was disappointed. For awhile I kept thinking it looked more grey than blue and it was darker than I expected it to be.

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  34. I don't own Lady Muck, not sure how close they are...sorry!

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  35. Ms Polishaholic, with all those nail changes - what do you use to keep your nails healthy? I find using polish remover dries the nails a little - even the good removers. I really like the Stroke of Brilliance but in fact I'd wear most of these shades. Maybe not the green.

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  36. I use non-acetone remover and moisturize a lot...that's pretty much it!

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  37. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!i am looking for a white jelly!!i used to have waltz...but i was wondering what is your favourite??????
    thanksssssss!!!!!

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  38. I don't have or wear a lot of them but the one I like the most is OPI Don't Touch My Tutu

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  39. thank you!!!!!:):)

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  40. i love essie! the essie bottles are seriously the prettiest and cutest bottles out of any brand of nail polish. i actually really like the small brushes because i feel like i can be more precise! essie has quickly become one of my favorite nail polish brands :) i own playdate, navigate her, au natural, first dance, buy me a cameo, mint candy apple, very structured, soiree mauve, absolutely shore, braziliant, and smooth sailing and love every one! i've also tried chinchilly and turquoise and caicos. currently on my essie wishlist are cocktail bling and meet me at sunset.

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  41. I never saw the periwinkle Essie! I love that one and your nails are gorgeous!!

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  42. Marie Z. JohansenMarch 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    I have recently returned to the 'nail polish obsessed fold' after quite a few years of bare nails. Things are so much better now because of the variety of wonderful formulas and luscious colors. I just have one Essie that I recently bought to try. In the Cabana is is a great aqua,and it took only ONE coat for,perfect, totally,opaque coverage. I was shocked ! After reading your article here I will!be investing in a few more Essie bottles to,join the OPI,and Zoya bottles?

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