Today I have a special treat for my Austrian and German readers: essie spam. It appears that essie is the most loved nail polish brand of Austrians, something I can’t say I share. I like maybe a handful of essie polishes, by far less than from other brands. But, what to do, Austrians love essie (without trying to be mean here, but I think we Austrians have no clue what nail polish can be like and would be like if we went further than DM, BIPA, Douglas & Co. I am trying, here, on my blog, to change it a bit, and hope the future will be brighter!).
essie Bungle Jungle - orange leaning gleaming red. Very shimmery, very generic. 2 coats.
essie Check-Up – I hate this kind of color. It’s this half hearted pink…. washed out, dusty, not a nude, but not really a pink either. 2 coats.
essie Curtain Call - I wish the Curtain had already fallen! Sheer, streaky, shimmery beige. I’d call it the Austrian nail polish color, that’s how often you will see it (equals similar colors) here. 3 coats.
essie I am strong – Come on! Can it be more generic? Breastcancer pink, creme, 2 coats.
essie Instant Hot – now, I honestly don’t get what exactly it is that turns instant hot with this color. It has microscopically small silver flecks in the off-white base. The flecks only show up if you look really, really close. I needed 3 coats for this to work, and it was still a bit patchy. I do like the idea of this polish, but in terms of formula, I’ve seen much better.
essie Like to be bad - uhm, what? This is the most tame polish color I know. Sweet, lovely and innocent light pink creme, a genius move, essie, because no one ever came up with it before you. Or after, with a better formula, for that matter. 3 coats.
essie Love and acceptance – now that is better. I can love and accept this color. Murky grey/purple cremes are something I really like, and I also think this is a color that fits almost every one, independent of style and type. 2 coats.
essie Secret affair – all is ruined again. Sheer, streaky, almost frosty off white - Smoker’s nails galore. Not a good idea. 3 coats.
essie Trombone – lovely tomatoe red creme. I would love this if I didn’t have one from Cult Nails that is more shiny, more vibrant and has a better formula. Check it out here. 2 coats.
Essie watermelon – it looks washed out on my picture, but to my defense, you most probably have seen it or own it. Vibrant pink with red undertones, most people like it. I also like it, but I have decided to let it go – because I have many a polish that I like better than Watermelon, and many a polish that look the same, and last longer and don’t give me the “essie is so overrated” feeling. Subjective, I know, but hey, this is my personal blog.
Do you like essie? Do you have a favorite essie polish? Have you seen the preview of the winter collection (the one with the texture that looks like a vulcano erruption), and do you find it as ugly as I do?