Product Type: Essie makeup
Newest Review: ... the UK they sell for around £10. The polish comes in a glass bottle with word Essie embossed on the side, the lid is white and the brush... more
An Essie Quickie!!!
Essie A List Varnish
Member Name: kinky_lil_kitten
Essie A List Varnish
Advantages: Shade looks exactly like it does in the bottle . Good durability
Disadvantages: A little bit more than the normal brands
I recently discovered the Essie nail varnish range during a lunch time stop off in the Body Shop. It's starting to get dangerous this obsession I have with that place but I still can't walk past without going in and buying something. So as they were offering two of these bottles of Nail varnish for £8, normally £4.99 each I not only got one to go with my new lipstick but also one to match my Lancome Rouge Magentic lipstick as well. So I decided my second bottle should be this, Essie's A List varnish.
Now obviously this was a bit of a gamble as having never used the Essie range before, spending £8 on two rather than sampling one first was a bit of a gamble. It is a gamble I always take and thankfully with the Essie range it is one that has certainly paid off. The shade of the A List varnish was exactly what I was looking for, well at least it looked it in the bottle and like the Fiesta varnish it seemed like it was worth at least trying. After all if it didn't provide a decent enough match with that lipstick I have plenty of others it would have gone with.
I realise that £4.99 is just slightly expensive for a nail varnish but I've always felt that I can't put a price on make up and even at this price I'd take a chance on something like this. The shade looked to be one I was looking for and that was far more important than the price tag. Ok so I'm a little vain and perhaps a little crazy but it's just the way I am. Just like with the Fiesta I didn't try the A List straight away, instead waiting to such times as I actually needed to use it for something.
One of the key points that has drawn me now to the Essie range is how incredibly easy it is to apply. In the past I've found varnishes to be quite lumpy in application but these really aren't. I dipped the wand into the bottle and just like the Fiesta colour it provide me with a nice even spread that didn't clump at all and gave a very balanced looking finish and in just one coating. In an improvement from the Fiesta this one took a lot less time to actually dry, only 5 minutes compared to the 15 the Fiesta seems to take and that's been constant with every application.
I've really found the durability of the Essie range to be quite commendable as I'm yet to see a chip or a crack on my nails on any of the numerous occasions I've actually worn it now. It is quite an expensive brand but it is also a quality brand and one that I am in the process of becoming very loyal too. You wouldn't believe how many bottles and colours I have now. And to answer the question over the shade? Well yes it was exactly what I was looking for and once applied it still looked the same shade as it does in the bottle, a factor that really endears me to the Essie brand.
Summary: Essie Varnish