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      03.06.2013 21:59
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      Amazing

      I've never been one to believe the hype around products, so I ignored the months of beauty posts about Essie nail polish. At £7.99 a bottle, it's far more than i'm willing to risk wasting. So when I saw Essie polishes on offer on both FragranceDirect and in TJ Hughes, for under £3, I thought it was my perfect opportunity to give them a go.

      Months on, I have around 7 Essie polishes and i am in LOVE..albeit none of which I paid the full £8 for.

      The colour range of Essie nail polishes is incredible. From neons, to pastels, to nudes and shimmers. There really is a colour for anyone!

      The bottle design is adorable, with the brand name down the bottle and a cute "e" on the top of the lid. The name of the polish is either on a sticker on the lid or on the bottom of the bottle.

      The consistency of this nail polishes is great - not too thick and far from watery.
      The polishes i've had, excluding one, have been opaque in 2 coats. The one that isn't, i think it meant to be a french manicure colour which i use it for.

      Lasting power - lasting power is about average for any nail polish. I think i'm rather heavy handed with everyday duties as my nail polish never lasts a day or shower without chipping. This polish is no exception, even with the Essie top coat. However, on toes it doesn't chip at all. The shine on them however is exquisite.

      Overall, i love Essie polishes and will continue to buy them (when they're on offer).

      Colour recommendation: bikini so teeny (pastel blue with shimmer) absolutely beautiful!

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      24.01.2013 11:42
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      Essie nail varnish!

      I have tried many different brands of nail varnishes, however I had never before tried the brand 'Essie', one which is becoming increasingly popular in the Uk, so when I received some for Christmas I was delighted. I received three different shades; Bikini so Teeny (a soft powder blue/ cornflower colour), Fear & Desire (a somewhat bright orange colour) and Silken Cord (a slightly pink toned bright red).


      ==~~Price and Availability~~==
      These nail varnishes are priced around the £7-8 mark, which personally I find a little expensive for a nail varnish that is sold in 'high street' shops as it is only a couple of pounds off the higher brands such as Nails Inc and OPI.

      These are not as widely available as some other brands of nail varnishes and in the UK I have only seen them available in Boots, despite this they are still a fairly new brand of nail varnish in the UK so I believe if the popularity continues to increase then they will soon be available from other shops.


      ==~~Colour choices~~==
      I was pleasantly surprised at the choice of colours available at the Essie stand. There were numerous different shades of the usual pink, reds and blues, though what I really liked is the number of pale and nude colours available as often I find other companies to only have one or two nude shades on offer. They also had some glitter and metallic nail varnishes so I really believe there is a shade out there for everyone!

      I also liked the fact that there is 'miniature packs' you can buy with 3 little Essie nail varnishes in them priced at round £10 which is great for trying out some of the different colours.


      ==~~Applying the Nail Varnishes~~==
      The brush of the nail varnish is ever so slightly larger than most 'usual' nail varnish brushes and is also slightly flatter and rounded at the edge. I actually really like this shape as I found that I the brush almost fitted the size of my nail and therefore covered a much larger area. Despite this, I still did do the usual '3' strokes to ensure the whole nail was covered. The nail varnish was extremely smooth to apply and neither was it thick or thin.

      I find the nail varnish to be very opaque due to the high pigmentation of colour and although I most likely could get away with applying just the one coat, I prefer to apply two.


      ==~~The Nail Varnishes~~==
      The nail varnishes dry fairly quickly, which I is great for me as I always seem to be in a rush and therefore the fact that they dry quicker than other brands means I have a little more time on my hands. The finish of the nail varnishes is very smooth and seems to have virtually no brush strokes in it. The nail varnish itself seems to have a very shiny/ glossy finish to it which gave it a slightly more expensive look; though the finish of the nail varnish may differ depending on whether it is a 'matte', 'glitter', etc nail varnish.

      Despite the lovely finish of the nail varnishes, I was a little disappointed with the staying power. I found that the nail varnish seemed to chip after 2 days even with a top coat, however one of the nail varnishes I had lasted around 5 days before chipping so I don't know whether this is because they are different colours and therefore different formulations.


      ==~~Overall~~==
      Overall, I do really like these nail varnishes, I love the fact that they are fast drying and the ease in which I can apply them. The finish of these nail varnishes is also lovely and the gloss like finish means that I don't necessarily have to apply a top coat, although I am aware that they will chip very quickly if I do this. The fact that they do chip quickly I found very disappointing, especially due to the price of the nail varnishes as they are far from the cheapest nail varnish I have ever used.

      Despite this I still feel that I would recommend them, as I am personally someone that changes their nail varnish very often (sometimes even everyday!) so although they do chip quickly it does not affect me as much as it may do others. Personally, I find the price of these nail varnishes to be the biggest downside as there are definitely other 'high street' nail varnishes out there that have very similar qualities for a much more affordable price and for this reason I can only give these nail varnishes 3 stars.

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      28.09.2012 09:27
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      Pretty, shiny nails - go on, treat yourself!

      Our local branch of Boots has recently started stocking the Essie nail varnish range. I had heard good things about Essie and, as soon as I spotted it, I was very keen to try it out. I was immediately attracted by the range of pretty colours - there were so many to choose from that I was a bit overwhelmed at first - but they had helpfully put a small selection of popular colours at the top. In the end, I went for a pink one - you can't go too far wrong with a bit of pink!

      I now have four of these nail colours - "A Splash of Grenadine' which is a gorgeous hot pink with a slight hint of purple, "Beach Bum Blue" which is a metallic blue perfect for holiday toes, "Lapiz of Luxury" which is a blue with a hint of violet and "Lilacism" which is a very pretty shade of lilac.

      The nail varnish packaging is nothing spectacular. The base of the bottle is a square-ish shape but with rounded corners. This is clear to give you an accurate reflection of the nail colour inside. The lid is white and has an brush built in. The brush itself is typical of nail varnish brushes in general - there doesn't seem to be anything unique about its design.

      Application is very simple and I find that the varnish goes on smoothly without being sticky or clumpy. It takes about 10 minutes for each coat to dry enough to apply a second coat - the coverage is ok with one coat, but I always prefer to have two. The only times it has smudged during application is when I have been unable to gee it my full attention - when racing downstairs to grab the phone / separate the squabbling children, or once when my two year old was so insistent that I paint her nails too that she jumped on my freshly painted toes (bit of an effort requires to get that mess off the cream carpet!). The results are good too - my nails always look shiny when I use the Essie polish and it lasts a long time on toes. On my fingers, it tends to last about three days but, tbh, even a professional manicure doesn't last me much longer when I am trying to separate Lego blocks, put bits of Playmobil together and tidy up after two messy children. I have found the best way to really make this last is to use a top coat - I use Essie 'Good to Go' which is a rapid dry clear top coat - and that works brilliantly. My toes even survived a week on the beach without needing a single touch up!

      Removing the varnish is the one down-side of this product. I find it quite tricky to remove all traces of polish, especially around the edges of my nails. I usually use nail varnish removal wipes which take off most of the varnish but I find that I need to use a cotton bud dipped in liquid nail varnish remover to clean the edges. Even then, I usually have to give my hands or feet a really good scrub to remove the last traces of polish.

      Essie nail varnish costs £7.99 from Boots. I think our local Superdrug also stock it. There is a fabulous range of colours and I feel that it is worth the money.

      Overall, I would definitely recommend the Essie range of polishes. The colours are absolutely gorgeous, it lasts well and looks good. After all, everyone needs a bit of colour in their lives! I've knocked a star off for the removal issues, but in terms of performance, it probably is a five star product.

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        26.08.2012 21:06
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        My new favourite nail polish brand

        When we holiday in the US my daughter loves to visit drugstores and beauty counters in department stores in search of cosmetics which are invariably cheaper there than here. She is a huge fan of Benefit and Urban Decay products but she checks out the cheaper brands too and as someone who feels naked without polish on her nails loves to check out the nail polish on offer too.

        When we were in New York City last year we were browsing the huge branch of Walgreens in Times Square and my daughter came across a brand of nail polish that was new to her - Essie. To be honest it was new to me too, despite the signs on the display stating Essie has been in business since 1981. She saw a pink polish she really liked and cost $9.99 plus tax, so I bought it for her.

        When we got back she started to wear the polish regularly and became a bit of a fan. Since then we have been back to the US a couple of times and she's bought several Essie products including a base coat. About six months ago she was delighted to see the nail polish was being sold in Boots, so she has steadily been adding to her Essie collection since then.

        I don't wear nail polish anything like as much as my daughter and when I do I am stuck in my ways and like to wear French Pink. I had been buying Aldi's version but they seem to have discontinued it so a couple of months ago I decided to buy Essie's version of this colour, which is called Mademoiselle. Like all Essie nail polishes in Boots, this retails at £7.99.

        ~~The Brand~~

        Essie was founded by Essie Weingarten in Las Vegas in 1981. Originally sold as a salon only brand the polish has been available internationally for many years but didn't become a mainstream brand until L'Oreal bought it in 2010.

        The range comprises around 200 shades with seasonal additions. For example during the Olympics there was a great range of metallic shades, including gold, silver and bronze. These seasonal shades tend not to hang around too long and it's worth buying them when you see them.

        There's also a range of base coats, top coats and other nail treatments available at the Essie stand.

        ~~The Polish~~

        Essie nail polishes come in thick glass bottles with the brand name embossed on either side of the bottle, which contains 13.5 ml of product. There is a small "e" embossed on the top of the bottle cap.

        ~~My Thoughts~~

        I am very fussy when it comes to nail polish...I am not exaggerating when I say I have tried almost every brand available in stores such as Boots and Superdrug, along with premium brands such as Chanel trying to find the perfect French Pink. Having found my favourite in Aldi, and then having it discontinued, I was rather annoyed at having to start the search again.

        Because my daughter has been so happy with her Essie polishes - so much so she has eschewed the huge Miss Sporty collection she built up over the years in favour of what she views as a superior product - I decided to head to the Essie stand first in search of a replacement.

        Essie polishes don't always have particularly obvious shade names - with "Baby's Breath" and "Penny Talk" not being as obvious to identify unseen as "Blue Rhapsody" or "Raspberry". It was fairly easy to spot their French Pink on the stand in Boots however and the name "Mademoiselle" also helped me identify it as something decidedly Gallic.

        The first thing you notice when you open a bottle of Essie polish is the smell - it's got a very pungent chemical smell and I generally can tell when my daughter is using it before I see her and my Mademoiselle is no different. On the upside, the aroma is only really obvious when the polish is wet so don't fret about the smell lingering on your nails for a while.

        The brush is very good, but you do have to wipe the excess at the side of the bottle before applying otherwise you will have far too much polish on your nails. I find I don't really have to apply a lot of polish - in fact I find I can get two or three nails done fully before I need to put the brush back inside the bottle for more. Furthermore the brush applies the polish smoothly and doesn't leave any of the dreaded brush strokes I have encountered with other brands.

        One thing which has really surprised me with this brand is how quick it dries. It's not advertised as a quick dry product but I find the polish is dry within a maximum of three minutes, which helps cut down the tedium factor when painting nails.

        You do need to apply a second coat of polish I find and this dries just as quickly as the first one.

        Results when my nails are done are good - the polish has a nicely delicate shade of pink which doesn't look fake but gives my nails a healthy shine. Because it's so easy to apply I never have a problem with polish bleeding onto the skin around my nails either.

        As for longevity I have been very impressed with this polish. It lasts a good four to five days despite the rigours of daily housework and also adds some strength to my nails which have a habit of breaking off when I am doing chores such as changing bed sheets or using the vacuum cleaner. To be able to wear a nail polish which can withstand all that and not chip for four days is wonderful for me. My daughter is also hugely impressed at it's lasting power.

        The polish is also fairly easy to remove. My Mademoiselle comes off without any problem using my Quickies Nail Polish Remover pads, with no residue left behind.

        Although the price tag is high in comparison to my old Aldi product and other brands such as Barry M, I think it's worth paying because of the ease of application and the longevity of the product. The fact there's such a huge range of colours available isn't something I consider to be essential but if you like to chop and change colours like my daughter does, it's certainly an advantage.

        The only real criticism I can make of this product is the smell which really does hit you when you open the bottle. That's minor however - and not something that's exclusive to Essie polishes either.

        I think for £7.99 this is a great buy and if you are on the look-out for a new nail polish then I can highly recommend Essie.

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          12.06.2012 18:00
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          Do your research!

          So I've been wearing Essie for a couple of years now. They're currently very easy to get hold of in Western Europe but weren't for a long time so I was always borrowing off friends from the States !

          **UPDATE - 11/7**
          I know I am behind the news here, but I hadn't realised that Essie had been bought out by L'Oreal - a company who famously continue to test on animals. So this product has to lose a star for that & I won't be buying anymore products from Essie.

          Where to buy them :
          In the UK they can be bought online, or found in Boots or Superdrug for roughly 8 pounds a bottle. With Boots you get the plus of Advantage card points, & in Superdrug they're currently on 3for2 :)
          ASOS also sells them at 10 pounds a bottle.
          I live in France where they cost a scary 12EUR a bottle but they are easy to track down in Monoprix or Marionnaud on every boulevard !
          I normally buy mine in Germany as they retail for 8EUR there in "DM" everywhere.

          Essie have been criticised a lot for having a huge collection made up of boring shades for middle-aged ladies. A scan of the display will confirm this - their permanent collection is largely pink & nude, with the odd blue for contrast. However their individual collections (personally I am obsessed by the Poppy-Razzi Summer 2012 collection - not yet available in Europe - GRR !) often feature a range of brights, candies & even neons in a variety of finishes, although these can be harder to find.

          The main thing about Essie nail polishes is that you can't really make a general opinion of the collection. The formulas (formulae ?) vary so much from bottle to bottle & the quality is totally hit & miss.. A quick search of any nail polish blog or beauty site will confirm this.
          For example , many of their colours feature shimmer in the bottle which just doesn't transfer onto the nail ( a favourite criticism of their lacquers.)
          Also, their pale colours can be either opaque or sheer so if you find a colour you love, it is best to read some blogs/reviews before buying & getting a shock when you use it !

          I own four Essie polishes, so I know how they vary. Some take ages to dry (A Crewed Interest - I'm looking at you !) forcing me to do nothing for 2 hours after using it. One is a shimmery lilac.. in the bottle. On my hands, it is pretty but utterly ordinary, with no shimmer :( Another requires three VERY careful coats to look good, without that care it is a streaky mess ! However, the beauty of the shades (in my opinion) makes up for this, meaning I love looking down at my painted nails.

          My advice - if you see a shade you like, do your research. Their popularity means that typing « swatch essie » followed by the name of the colour into Google will present dozens of reviews & photos, allowing you to judge the shade & the quality of the lacquer.
          I also love doing that, as when I finally buy the polish, I feel like it is special & I have been lusting over it for a while !
          :)

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            05.10.2010 14:54
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            A fantastic range of nail colours and products

            I've always been a make up and skin care junkie but was never interested in nail polish until recently when I discovered Essie products.

            One of the main reasons I never bothered with nail varnish is the amount of wear I got. I'd spend ages carefully painting my nails and doing a clean up job after only to have the lacquer chip or peel the day after. About a year ago I subscribed to a beauty blog and I kept on seeing posts showing lovely shades of polish and beautifully painted nails so I decided to grab a couple of bottles and give nail products another go.

            After doing some research on brands and products I decided to go for two Essie polishes, vanity fairest which is a natural, my nails but better pale pink shade and Essie Really Red which is a clean, straight up red creme. I also grabbed myself a bottle of Seche Vite which is an amazing top coat that's put on over wet lacquer and dries it off incredibly quickly and leaves an amazing shine. The Essie and Seche combined have completely changed my mind about nail polish to the point where I have a bit of a lacquer addiction going on now.

            I love everything about Essie, the bottles are simple but look great, the brush is perfect for my nails. I sometimes find OPI's pro wide brush a little bit awkward and clumsy to work with but Essie's seems to pick up just the right amount of product and applies it evenly and easily. You get a large 15ml bottle for your money (£7.00-£10.00), I've yet to use a whole bottle actually. The formula stays the same, I've not had any issues with colours going thick or gloopy and I've never had a shade that's been thin/runny or difficult to apply.

            There are a huge range of shades available including a pretty vast range of natural pinks which I'm a big fan of. The seasonal collections are always pretty good too, they follow the trend but still manage to create collections of colours that are wearable and there always seems to be something to suit everyone's taste.

            As I metioned above the wear I get from these is brilliant. With a decent base coat, two coats of polish and a layer of seche to top it off I tend to get a good five days of chip free wear out of a manicure. I tend to get the same sort of wear from OPI too but in my opinion Essie have slightly more unique shades which is why I buy more from the brand.

            All in all Essie gives me everything I look for in a nail polish, the shade range, ease of application and length of wear makes their products a winner for me. I've already built up a small collection of colours and I'm sure I'll continue to add to it as their palette of colours grows.

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            16.09.2010 17:41
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            Treat on payday!

            Essie nail varnish... if it's good enough for the celebs!

            Introduction --->

            Okay I originally bought this product after watching 'What Katie did next' she always has the most amazing colored nails and she always wore a fab pink colour which I LOVED, after scouring the internet and cosmetic companies finally I caught a glimpse of Princess playing with Katies nail varnish bottle on the programme and sure enough it was an essie bottle. I was so proud of myself and headed out to Debenhams the very next morning to purchase - I very nearly didn't when I saw the price though at a staggering 8.95 FOR A NAIL VARNISH!! Anyway vanity took hold of me and over to the till I trotted!!
            The packaging --->

            Keeping it simple the 15ml bottle of nail varnish is really like any other which a white applicator and the 'Essie' logo on the side of the bottle. It does do the job though as proved my myself it is a unique looking bottle which made it easy to find when I saw it on TV! The names are great and keep the modern fun look to the brand!!
            Application --->

            The brush is rather small, I love the wide spread nail varnish applicator but it does the job and it drys MUCH quicker that a lot of other nail varnishes (even the ones that are advertised to dry in 60 seconds...yeah right! It go's on a lot nicer on to false nails/acrylics but I guess any nail varnish does - much smoother effect! It lasts well - around 4 days? But over a week on false nails! :)
            Price / where to buy --->

            I bought it from Debenhams for £8.95 however you can find them cheaper online at around £6.95...I do tend to buy nail varnishes for around £2-£4 so this really is a treat and I won't be buying it in ever colour as there are TONS (tried to count and gave up but DEFFINATLEY worth the look if theres a certain colour you want and just can't quite find!!)- see website http://www.essie.com/products/
            If your quick nailbymail are having a sale on their products! http://www.nailsbymail.co.uk/store/sale-

            Overall --->
            I would recommend the varnish...as a treat...on payday!!! :)

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            01.06.2010 15:47
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            Nice little treat to brighten up fingernails

            Essie is a well established US brand of nail polishes (founded in 1981 by Essie Weingarten). Their main quirky feature is the naming of their polishes which they always do most creatively (Tart Deco, Bermuda Shorts, Below the Belt etc). Essie nail polishes can be bought online from several authorised online stockists (Nails by Mail being one of them). I have never yet seen Essie available to buy on the high street which is a major drawback in my opinion. If they stocked in places like Boots and Superdrug then I'm sure they would do really well.
            Prices start from £7.50 for 15ml (plus P&P from most places). It is rather annoying (although hardly surprising) to see that Essie polishes cost considerably less in the USA then in the UK. I looked at their US-based website and they charge just $8 a bottle, which is about half the price it is here (depending on the exchange rate). Still, I don't think £7.50 per bottle is terrible when compared to competitors.

            As with all nail polishes, Essie nail polishes will not last all that long without a protective top coat (also available from Essie). Without top coat you will be lucky to get 4 full days without chips appearing (although I find this tends to be different for toenails because they don't get knocked as much). With the top coat you can get a whole week out of them. There also base coats available, however I have never tried them as I've never really been sure what they're for.

            Essie nail polishes come in very attractive bottles (clear glass, ESSIE written up the side and plain white lids) and the choice of polish colours (they have hundreds) is by far the best thing about them. They're not short on variety.

            All in all I recommend Essie for those who like variety in their nail colour, although the polish itself is not especially long-lasting.

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            Although a bit pricey- worth every penny!

            I'm a sucker for almost all things Essie! I discovered this brand when on holiday in New York and although I flit between brands on occasion, I always keep coming back to Essie! I absoloutely love everything about these- the chich packaging, the range of colours, the formulation. The only thing that does make me think a bit is the price- average of £10 for a bottle is pretty much but seriously, Essie polishes last forever with a single application so in real terms you get much more wear from one bottle than you would normally. The formulation is just superb- these polishes do not chip and are super shiny. Also- I have found that when removing them, these are the only polishes which do not reveal dry nails underneath! I am very very impressed with the colour range too- they seem to keep adding new colours and particularly their classic (creams, beiges, pink) are colours which everyone of every skin tone can get away with. I have nothing bad to say about this brand as a whole- I just love their products and wish more people would use them! Anyone after non drying polishes, needs to head to Essie!

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              Way overpriced for what they are

              Essie is a brand I only heard of a year or two ago, however it was one that I seemed to see more and more of in magazines and online. Me being me, and wanting to try everything out there, I added it to my mental wish list and finally about three or four months ago I purchased myself a few bottles.

              The Essie polishes come in squarish bottles with white lids an the Essie logo is imprinted into the glass. The bottles are OK, but I think they look as though they are catered to a younger audience, by which I mean, they look fun rather than sophisticated.

              When applying the polish I have found that it goes on really smoothly. The brush is just the right size - neither too wide nor too skinny - and the bristles do not come loose or splay at all. The main problem I have found during application, is that it can go on a little streaky. This means applying more than one coat is almost essential or the polish can end up looking messy and unfinished.

              With two coats the polish looked smooth enough and there was no visible streaks on my nails. Also I've found that the polish dries really quickly and I rarely have need to use a nail dry spray over the top.

              I think my main criticism of the polishes would be that I wasn't keen on the finishes they gave. The colours look vibrant and glossy in the bottles, but when applied, although the colour stays strong and true to the shade in the bottle, the glossiness is a different matter. With two of the three Essie polishes I purchased, the colours, rather than being glossy, dried with an unusual matte finish. In fact, strange as it may sound, the finish actually looked a little bit powdery.

              As I say, this only happened with two of the three polishes, so perhaps I was unlucky with my choice of colours. Although I did still wear the polish I wasn't hugely thrilled with this matte finish, and at one point even applied a glossy top coat over one of the polishes.

              I will say that the one colour I bought which did have a glossy finish (shade flirty fuchsia) did look nice on the nails and gave the high shine look I love.

              The polishes did seem to be long lasting, and I found they lasted several days without chipping which was great for me as I hate applying nail polish and find it a real chore, so the longer a manicure (or pedicure for that matter) lasts, the better in my opinion.

              These are not the cheapest nail polishes on the market, retailing at £8.95 each from Debenhams. I had heard they were similar to OPI polishes which are a similar price and a brand I use quite regularly (although also one that has its faults), but I personally don't think these are anywhere near the standard of OPI.

              So overall, I found myself being quite disappointed with these and will not buy them again. The main reason I suppose was the matte, chalky look I got from two of the three polishes, and I think if I did buy more, I'd need to test the colour in store first to see if it's a glossy or matte finish as you cannot tell just by looking at the bottle how the polish will dry.

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                overall excellent

                I paid £8.50 for a 15ml bottle of Essie Ballet Slippers Varnish.

                I've used Essie nail polish before and I thought it gave fantastic results and made my nails look great.


                The Ballet slippers colour is great for someone who has pale skin.
                Other shades in the Essie range are:
                Tomboy no more, damsel in a dress, bold and beautiful and forever young.
                The varnish Goes on and stays on better than any other nail polish I have used. It doesn't chip easily, and continues to stay shiny and fresh looking for days. Essie has a variety of beautiful colours to choose from but this is defiantly my favourite.

                I prefer this colour because it's a subtle pale pink so it doesn't look over the top when I'm going out shopping.

                The Application is as follows...
                It's Very easy to do
                I recommend that you that you apply the varnish by painting a strip in the middle of the nail and then two strips at either side.

                I had to wait quite a while to apply my second coat, as it does take quite a while to dry, unfortunately I'm very inpatient but it's worth it in the end as the results are fantastic.

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                23.07.2008 12:51
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                Not the best of the Essie range

                So having recently confessed to an addiction to Nail varnish I've decided to carry on with my experience of the essie range and this time a negative experience with the Varnish. I'd recently bought myself a brand new dress for an evening function I'd been invited to and having found a suitable lipstick in my collection, set about finding a nail varnish. Now I've bought between 10 and 15 different bottles of essie varnishes in different colours, so I thought finding an off creamy colour wouldn't be too hard.

                In the past I've been able to pick up a bottle of essie and be able to feel confident that the colour it appears in the bottle is the colour that'll appear on my nails. So with this in mind I bought myself a bottle of Essie Mademoiselle as it seemed to be just the right sort of shade for the dress I was now in possession of. Unlike my previous experiences with essie though this one was going to be a major disappointment.

                So having once again bought two bottles of the essie range for £8, I still refuse to pay £4.99 for just one so always buy two at a time, I was the owner of a bottle of Mademoiselle. My big night out came and once I had showered and done my hair I moved onto my nails. As with the others I thought I'd have to allow this to dry for about 15 minutes, just in case as the others had taken variable amounts of times. So using the applicator I spread the varnish onto my nails and as with the other colours I got a very even, un cracked vanished that would have looked superb.

                The colour didn't quite seem right though, it was a more a beige white colour than it appeared in the bottle. I thought that at least I could do another coat and it'd make it a little darker and it'd be fine. It was the first time the colour hadn't looked the same as it does in the bottle. Rather than apply the second coat I started doing other things and half an hour later went to put on my dress. To my horror, some 45 minutes after applying the nail varnish I ended up with it smudged all over the front of my dress.

                I now didn't have time to remove it either so after touching it up and sitting with my fingers out the car window we headed off for the do. This was the first time I've ever had one of these sort of problems with the essie range. As far as cracks and chips go, they just don't seem to happen with this range and while it's best to take it off after two days wear it really doesn't chip or crack easily. Unlike the other essie products I've tried though I really can't recommend this one. It takes forever to dry and the colour looks totally different on your nails.

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              • Product Details

                Fabulous range of colours to choose from / Chip resistant formula for long lasting wear /