I'm a bit late in the game to Essie's Nail Polishes, but now that I've 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); 'too too hot' (which I'm reviewing now) and 'sugar daddy', 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, cheapest item free, which was the single nail polish, and I had a 15% 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.
'Too too hot' is red polish, now in the little gift box I thought it was a red red, a pillar box red I guess. But it's not, it's actually more of a coral red. Essie describe 'too too hot' as ''a sizzling rich coral red''. It's definitely a red toned coral, and not an orange toned coral though - if that makes sense! Once it's on my nails then depending what I wear it with then it can actually just look like red, or if I have something red on with it then it will look more 'coral red'.
I've been totally impressed with the quality of the Essie nail polishes from the very first application. The 'too too hot' polish was the first one that I tried, it's quite a thick nail polish and I only need to apply one coat of this. One coat gives me a decent red colour and a perfect coverage on each nail, I've not tried two coats as I suspect that it would just look too thick. 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.
I would say that the colour that you see in the bottle, is definitely a true reflection of the colour that 'too too hot' will be once on your nails. In fact if I grasp the bottle to take a 'blogger' type photo then my nails are the exact same red shade as the bottle. The red or 'coral red' 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, As long as I don't wear red with then it just looks like red for the winter, however I can play up the 'coral' in it for the summer and make it much more summery.
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.