My First Essie

My love for Essie until now has been altogether shallow and meaningless. I have admired their cute little minimalistic bottles from afar but never took the leap and bought one of my own. They looked lovely and all but unlike OPI they never seemed to have anything special to offer, nothing I couldn’t find cheaper elsewhere anyway. While we’re briefly on the subject of OPI I have always found their formulas to be somewhat lackluster and this is definitely a contributing factor in why I have avoided Essie until now. I thought they would be cut from the same cloth and while OPI have certain ‘must -haves’ I cannot go without Essie just seemed to offer your basic colour palette in prettier packaging.
My need for them didn’t die though and when i spotted them in the US at just $8 a bottle (around £5) I couldn’t resist starting my collection. This wasn’t just one purchase either.. I just couldn’t stand the thought of regret once I was home so.. I bought 5.. as you do. The 5 I chose are as follows (L-R) Fiji, Demure Vix, Cute as a Button, Ole Caliente (new for S/S ’12) and my favourite and first pick, Watermelon. So far I’ve only tested one and that will be coming very soon as a NOTD post but let me tell you.. I’m impressed! One coat was all it needed and after a day of gardening I am still chip-free. I obviously can’t comment on the entire range or Essie as a brand after trying just one product but I can say I am very excited to hear that they are coming to a Superdrug near you very soon. I will blog more on that later but I have heard that the formula and brush will be different for their UK drugstore ‘diffusion’ range so whether it will be a lesser quality or a smaller bottle (like ORLY do in Boots) I’m not sure but I will be first in line to give it a go.
I know I am ridiculously late on the Essie bandwagon so all you fans.. what other shades do I need?


  1. 1 April, 2012 / 9:11 pm

    ooooh! i hope they do come to the UK but if not ill get some whilst im in chicago in july 🙂 Love the blog post!! xx

  2. 1 April, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    OOoooooh cant wait for them to hit Superdrug :)) Fab post!!xxx

  3. 2 April, 2012 / 12:27 am

    i love essie polishes! Mademoiselle is really pretty! its a very sheer classic pink. i have it on right now because i wanted something a little more girly and subtle this week. Wicked is great too! thats a dark, vampy color thats very popular.

  4. 2 April, 2012 / 1:16 am

    Olé Caliente is my favourite so far. I only have 8 Essie colours, in mini form because I got the Resort 2012 & Spring 2012 collections! 🙂

  5. 2 April, 2012 / 1:28 am

    I was also skeptical but after trying it once, I became obsessed! The wear I can get out of them is seriously impressive and awesome pigmentation!!I love watermelon also! My favorites are always changing but current ones are Big Spender, plumberry, A crewed Interest and To buy or not to buy. 🙂 x

  6. 2 April, 2012 / 5:47 am

    Would be ace if they came to superdrug! Just tried gold by giles at newlook. . .All fab colours but what a let down i cant be bothered after one or two coats of anything. . .advice on the most opaquewould be really helpful x

    • 2 April, 2012 / 10:47 pm

      I just applied that and it took 3 coats but its lovely 🙂

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