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I am a big fan of Essie Nail Polish's. I have purchased a few now, my favourite pink shade being Chasity (a darker shade of pink). I was looking for a softer shade and when searching for a new shade from Essie's collection this one was jumped out immediately. Sugar Daddy is a very light pink shade but it is still a lovely solid opaque colour. This is a lovely spring/summer shade perfect for hands and toes.
This is quite a thin formula and you will definitely need 2 coats to get a nice smooth finish. You will not need a top coat as it does have a nice shiny finish to it. Perfect if you usually stick to natural looking nails but fancy adding a splash of colour. The will look perfect on your feet or hands. Check out the others colours in Essie's collection. There are 100's! They are quite expensive but the quality is great. Look around for the best deals online.
I had been wanting to try an Essie nail polish to see how they compare to OPI and Nails Inc which are great brands. I bought mine off eBay but they're available on lots of different websites. At the moment a few shades of essie nail polishes are only £1.99 on Fragrance Direct so there are great deals out there. I am not sure which shops they're available in as I've only seen them online. I think they're sold in larger boots stores but I've never seen them. They usually retail for between £8 and £12, it's pricey but I've heard good things about essie so I took the plunge and bought one.
I chose this colour because even though I have loads of pinks, I don't have a muted, pale one like this and I liked the look of it. The packaging is a square glass bottle with a white plastic lid and the word 'essie' imprinted on the front of the glass. The bottles are 15ml.
The first thing I noticed when I applied this was that it glides on very easily and smoothly which gives a nice, shiny and even look. The colour is very light and sheer, it would be good for a French manicure or a very understated look. I usually go for more vibrant colours but this makes a nice change. It's definitely a pretty shade, it has some light shimmer. This is sheer so the white of your nail shows through. It isn't actually very noticeable but it does add a nice sheen and a bit of pink colour to the nails. This nail polish does build up well though, so the more coats you apply the stronger the colour. After a few coats, I got a more solid and opaque shade.
The consistency of this is light and not as thick as my other nail polishes. I think this could be more to do with this being a translucent nail polish and not to do with the brand as a whole. The texture is very smooth which makes it easy to glide on an even layer.
It dries very quickly which is great, even though it doesn't market itself as being a fast-drying nail varnish so this was a nice surprise. It's especially useful when applying more coats so you don't have to wait around. Because it's so shiny, I wasn't sure it had actually dried, it has an almost wet-look.
I would definitely describe this as chip-resistant. In fact, it's quite hard for me to bite off which is my bad habit! I find it easy enough to remove with nail varnish remover, about the same as most other nail varnishes.
I would definitely recommend this, it's chip-resistant, quick drying and a lovely shiny and smooth nail polish. I'd recommend the colour to anyone looking for a natural or low-key look, it's very pretty and pale. I look forward to trying more colours from Essie in the future.
WHAT IS IT?
Nail polish by Essie.
Sugar Daddy is baby pink in shade. It is very pale but it stands out also, it is a colour for spring and summer because of it being pastel and I think it is very feminine and attractive.
I think this polish is very easy to apply because it is just the right thickness and it is very smooth. The brush is short so it's easy to apply the polish in a neat fashion, the handle of the brush is thick and comfortable to hold also. It does not take very long to dry and I like that after one coat only the polish is solid, it is very sheer with one coat so I apply 2 usually to build up the colour so that it covers all of my nail.
WHAT I THINK
I have not used Essie very much but I like the Sugar Daddy polish. It is pleasing to apply and dries very quickly, I like the shade because even though I usually wear bright nail polish sometimes I think it is good to wear a pale shade. Sugar Daddy looks good alone or as part of rainbow nails, I wore it yesterday with pale blue, lemon and pale green and I thought that this pink looked beautiful and summery.
The polish is very shiny when it has dried, it is glossy and looks wet sometimes. I have used it on a French manicure last week for one of my clients and it looked smart and beautiful under the white tip. When 2 coats are applied the pink is not sheer anymore and it is a strong shade even though it is pale.
It does not chip quickly, I change my nail polish nearly every day but I applied it to a clients nails and they wore it for 3 days fully without it chipping. She visited me on the 4th day and her nails were untidy but not so bad, I did not repair them because she chose a different colour but I was happy with the time the polish had lasted.
Sugar Daddy by Essie costs £7 and I think that is good value and I will buy other shades because the polish is so effective.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I'm a bit late in the game discovering Essie's Nail Polishes, but now that I have discovered them I'm a total convert, and I probably won't switch from these now.
Normally I find that a high price doesn't always equate to a high quality product with nail polish, some of the cheaper nail polishes are actually much better quality than the more expensive ones. Essie nail polishes are probably a mid priced nail polish I would say; at £7.99 a bottle in either Boots or Superdrug.
I actually bought my Essie Nail Polishes in Austria in Bipa (the Austrian 'Boots' equivalent), and I bought a large stash. I bought a Valentine's gift box containing 2 Essie nail polishes (Euro15.99); 'sugar daddy' (which I'm reviewing now) and 'too too hot', another single Essie nail polish in 'turquoise & caicos' (Euro8.99), and a set of Essie sleek sticks (i.e. nail stickers) in 'so haute!' (Euro9.99). I went a bit mad as all make up was on 3 for 2, with the cheapest item free, which was the single nail polish, and I also had a 15% off coupon for one product which I used on the most expensive of the 3 products, which was the Valentine's gift box. I spent about Euro23.50 in total, which I didn't think was too bad.
'Sugar daddy' is a very very pale, baby pink polish. Essie describe 'sugar daddy' as ''a sweet and shimmery pink, perfect for a french manicure''. With 'sugar daddy' I can apply just the one coat for a very sheer and shimmery pink finish, or apply two coats and build up to a more solid pale pink colour. One coat will leave my nails with a very natural looking pale pink shimmery finish, more of a natural pale pink shine or sheen on my nails I would say. Two coats leaves my nails with a noticeable colour to them; a shimmery baby pink.
I've been totally impressed with the quality of the Essie nail polishes from the very first application. 'Sugar daddy' was the second of the nail polishes that I tried, it's quite a thick nail polish, but for some reason doesn't seem quite as thick as the 'too too hot' polish. One or two coats gives me a gorgeous pale shimmery pink colour and a perfect coverage on each nail. This goes on really easily and smoothly with no uneven patches, or lumps or bumps. The brush is quite a thick brush and it splays out quite well when I'm painting my nails and I only need to brush one stoke down each finger nail, and two brush stokes will cover my thumb nails or big toe nails. My nails are touch dry after 5 minutes, and then completely dry after 10 minutes. This is really long lasting and durable. It lasts for around a week before it starts to chip, occasionally I've had just 5 days before it chips, but I've had up to 10 days on my toe nails. To be honest with just the one coat even when it does start to chip it's not actually noticeable as the colour is so natural looking on my nails anyway.
I would say that the colour that you see in the bottle, is definitely a true reflection of the colour that 'sugar daddy' will be once on your nails, especially if you apply two coats. In fact if I grasp the bottle to take a 'blogger' type photo then my nails are the exact same pink shade as the bottle with two coats, even with one coat they're the same colour - just a paler version of it. The baby pink colour really suits my skin tone; very pale and with tonnes of freckles, and I also suspect that it would also look good with a tan too. This looks great on both my short fingernails, or on my toe nails. It's the kind of colour that would suit any season, and is suitable for any occasion.
I'm definitely going to buy more Essie polishes, in fact I have a wish list of a further half dozen! We go on holiday to the US in a couple of months so I'll wait and buy them there, they retail for $8 each in the US.