“ Brand: Essie / Type: Nail Varnish / Suitable for: Nails / Gender: Ladies Cosmetics „
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I was 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. I'd been raving about the polishes to a friend who I don't see all that often, we've just recently met up and exchanged belated birthday presents, and one of the items that she'd bought me was Essie's 'Wicked' nail polish. I was over the moon with her colour choice as 'Wicked' was actually on my list of colours to buy when we go to the US in a couple of weeks.
Essie nail polishes are typically £7.99 a bottle in either Boots or Superdrug. However in the US they're just $8 a bottle.
Essie describe 'Wicked' as ''a deep and dark creamy sinister red''. In the bottle it actually looks kinda brown, rather than red. It's definitely a very deep and dark colour, once it's on my nails I can see what Essie mean about it being 'a deep and dark creamy sinister red', it's a kind of a deep and dark intense blood red colour I guess. It's a very bold and striking colour, and it really does stand out on my nails.
I'm really impressed with the quality of Essie nail polishes. 'Wicked' is quite a thick nail polish and I only need to apply one coat of this. One coat gives me a decent deep 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 'Wicked' 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 dark red shade as the bottle. The deep red colour really suits my skin tone; very pale and with tonnes of freckles. This looks great on both my short fingernails, or on my toe nails. I normally choose to wear 'Wicked' for an evening out, it's quite a striking and sexy colour, and the perfect choice for a night on the town. It also works just as well for a more casual and laid back look too.
Another winner from Essie!
I am a die hard Essie fan! No nail varnish can beat Essie. My favourite shade is Wicked.
The colour is a deep, rich purple, which is perfect for winter. It has a slight shimmery sheen which is subtle, but makes a difference.
It is very easy to apply the nail varnish. The brush is a good size and three to four strokes normally does the trick. I find that the consistency is really great - not too thick, not too watery - and one coat is sufficient. Of course, to get a richer, deeper colour, a second coat works brilliantly! I usually apply a top coat as well.
How long does it last?
Essie nail varnish normally lasts a week plus, without any chipping. My nail varnish often lasts me almost two weeks! If it is applied to my toes (where there is less chance of it being chipped), it has often lasted me over three months! It is very easy to remove with nail varnish remover and cotton wool, and does not stain, providing that you have not left it on for too long without a base coat. Staining does depend of the colour as well, however, staining (the little is has occurred) has often stopped after a few days.
I highly recommend Essie nail varnish! Although it is pricey (prices are often around £9 in the UK - in the USA they are half the price!), it is worth every penny! The colour is brilliant and it always looks professional. It lasts a long time and does not get ruined! I cannot praise this product enough!
While my friends were round during the week, during one of my few weeks at home, we decided that I have far too many cosmetics and make up. In fact the entire spare room of my house is full of lipsticks, eye liners and to my astonishment more nail varnish than any human being could possibly need. It was whilst looking through my vast selection that I became reacquainted with one of my bottles of Essie nail varnish that I had almost completely forgotten about.
I've been buying countless bottles of Essie over the last year or so and the one I dug out during the week is aptly named Wicked. It's a very dark red colour and was bought to match a dress of a similar shade. One of the things I've always loved about the Essie range is the fact that the colour and shade of the varnish in the bottle is pretty similar to how it's going to look once it has been applied and the Wicked is no different. It doesn't need a particularly thick coat and once applied only takes a matter of minutes to have dried and give a very distinctive, dark red colour.
Unlike a lot of the other brands of varnish I've tried all Essie products seem to have the same characteristics. They are all incredibly easy to apply and always seem to give you a very even application. I dipped the wand in and with just one dip had enough on the wand to give the nail a decent shade and finish. It didn't look uneven at all and despite a very thin application it gave me a very deep and dark finish, meaning that the bottle is bound to last me much longer than the thinner solution varnishes.
Of course it isn't just in application that I've found the Essie range to be superior to other brands I've tried. After the wedding I left the Wicked varnish on for about a week afterwards and in that time it didn't start to fade or chip. In fact it was one once I started to remove the varnish myself that it started to come off and despite it's reluctancey to fade during the week it actually came off incredibly easily. For me this is a sign of a good range and a very decent varnish.
If you are looking for a very dark red almost akin to a dark maroon colour then I would certainly recommend Essie Wicked. I've found the Essie range to be quite similar from one colour to another with very little variance in application, look, quality and durability. The only real downside to this and in fact all other Essie colours and that is the price of them, which will potentially put people off. I normally pick mine up from Body Shop and it sets me back £4.99 a bottle, although a bottle does last me a long time. It is just a minor grievance and to be honest I would say that this is a brand that actually justifies it's price tag.
As someone who likes to look and feel good I will only buy good quality make-up and beauty accessories and truly believe you get what you pay for. So once I have found a good quality product I tend to stick with it until something better comes along.
I have a very regimented beauty regime and if I am going out of an evening everything has to be done in an order, it is like a little quirk of mine, if I don't get ready in the same way everything I never feel truly satisfied. So I always start my process with a bath to relax and prepare myself. The last task for me until I put on any clothes is the painting of my nails and by that I mean both my toe nails and my finger nails. A lot of the time I would prefer to go to my local nail bar so that everything is done properly, but everyone in a while I like to test out some of my new products.
One of my favourite brands of nail varnish is Essie and it is a brand that you probably wouldn't find in your everyday high street store like Superdrug and Boots. Essie is brilliant and their nail varnishes come in a massive array of colours all of which have eye catching names to suit their colour. I was introduced to Essie nail varnish by one of my very close friends who use nothing else and I now buy mine in bulk online.
Each bottle of Essie nail varnish contains 15ml of nail varnish and costs around £8.50 and my current favourite bottle is called Sole Mate nail varnish and it is a lovely deep shade of maroon and goes perfect with almost any outfit that I own and lovely long nails it looks striking. Each bottle lasts me on average 6-8 months depending on how much I like the colour which I think is really good value for money. It doesn't dry up within the bottle if you don't use it very often either.
SO why Essie? Well as I have mentioned in previous reviews, it is a big favourite with celebrities such as Madonna and Sharon Stone and that alone for me is a mandate for a product to be good and worthy of its price tag. Essie Nail varnish is also chip resistant, very easy to apply because it glides across the nails and it is quick to dry leaving you with an impeccable finish. I have also found that these nail varnishes do have an added shine to them which is not something I have found with any of the other brands that I have tried, Essie is very professional looking and it does last for a good few days with it being chip resistant and if you are as ditzy as I am at times, this is a must have.
The Essie nail varnish I bought most recently is aptly named Wicked and it is one of the deepest, darkest vivid shades of red that I have ever come across and being such a striking colour the name wicked is very apt. As the nail varnish dries upon your nail it gets darker over time and once it is dry it is almost black in colour to look at until you put your nails under some light and that is when you truly see the vivid red colour come to life.
When it comes to applying the nail varnish one of the best tips that I have ever been given when having my nails done is to prepare your nails properly by cleaning them with nail polish remover, even if you have no old nail polish on your nails, this is because nail polish remover helps to remove any hidden bits of dirt and grease therefore allowing you to add your nail varnish much easier with much sleeker movements. So, when applying my nail varnish I always start in the middle of my nail working top to bottom with the brush and then moving to the sides of my nail to ensure I get an even coverage and once I have allowed the first coat to dry I always add a second coat because then the varnish will last longer. When you first put the nail brush onto your nail, always ensure that it isn't overloaded with varnish because this causes bumpy nail varnish.
I have always been advised never to add nail varnish to my nails more than once a week because nail varnish can dry out your nails, so once you have removed your nail polish then ensure you moisturise your nails and hands with a specified cream of your choice. Also to encourage your nails to grow at a quicker rate, one of the best things you can do is t have regular hand massages.
Removing Essie nail polish is as easy as applying it because it is removed very easily and leaves no trace of colour upon your nails like some of the other brands I have tried before, especially when they are of a darker colour and with one as dark as wicked it is really brilliant that no trace of the colour is left behind.
For those girls who like to look their best from their heads to their toes then I recommend Essie Nail varnish to you, there are lots of different shades to try and it can be found online with ease. Enjoy.
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