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Essie's Solved My Nail Polish Problem
Essie Nail Varnish
Member Name: rosebud2001
Essie Nail Varnish
Date: 26/08/12, updated on 26/08/12 (104 review reads)
Advantages: Wide range of colours, easy to apply, long lasting
Disadvantages: Strong smell when you open the bottle, a little more expensive than other brands
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: My new favourite nail polish brand