“ Brand: Essie / Type: Nail Polish „
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. 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. Essie nail polishes are typically £7.99 a bottle in either Boots or Superdrug. However in the US they're just $8 a bottle. I purchased my bottle of 'A List' whilst on holiday in the US earlier this year.
Essie describe 'A List' as ''an award winning classic creamy red''. It's a very rich and creamy red colour when it's on my nails, and it's a very bold and striking colour - it really does stand out on my nails. I'd say that it's probably more of a 'winter' red than a 'summer' red, just because it's such a rich red colour. It's actually quite a Christmassy and festive rich red colour.
I'm really impressed with the quality of Essie nail polishes. 'A List' is quite a thick nail polish and I only need to apply one coat of this. One coat gives me a decent rich and creamy 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 'A List' 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 creamy red shade as the bottle. The rich and creamy 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 'A List' 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. I've actually been wearing 'A List' quite a lot recently as it's also a very festive looking red for the Christmas season.
Yet another winner from Essie!
I recently went on a trip to the states and whilst there I bought the Essie nail polish in the shade 'Bahama Mama', which is a lovely deep purple. In the states Essie polishes are a lot cheaper, they work out to be around £5, but in the UK they sell for around £10.
The polish comes in a glass bottle with word Essie embossed on the side, the lid is white and the brush is fairly standard. What I enjoy about the polish is that it doesn't gloop up like some polishes can, in fact the polish applies incredibly smoothly and evenly. The colour takes two coats to achieve its true bottle colour and it dries after a few minutes, which isn't amazingly fast but I'm happy with it. I rarely apply a base coat or top coat but I find that this colour doesn't stain my nails and my nails don't chip badly, they usually last about a week.
I would recommend Essie polishes because they do some amazing shades and are so nice to apply, however I would look into perhaps purchasing them online as I am not sure I could justify paying the full UK price!
I recently discovered the Essie nail varnish range during a lunch time stop off in the Body Shop. It's starting to get dangerous this obsession I have with that place but I still can't walk past without going in and buying something. So as they were offering two of these bottles of Nail varnish for £8, normally £4.99 each I not only got one to go with my new lipstick but also one to match my Lancome Rouge Magentic lipstick as well. So I decided my second bottle should be this, Essie's A List varnish.
Now obviously this was a bit of a gamble as having never used the Essie range before, spending £8 on two rather than sampling one first was a bit of a gamble. It is a gamble I always take and thankfully with the Essie range it is one that has certainly paid off. The shade of the A List varnish was exactly what I was looking for, well at least it looked it in the bottle and like the Fiesta varnish it seemed like it was worth at least trying. After all if it didn't provide a decent enough match with that lipstick I have plenty of others it would have gone with.
I realise that £4.99 is just slightly expensive for a nail varnish but I've always felt that I can't put a price on make up and even at this price I'd take a chance on something like this. The shade looked to be one I was looking for and that was far more important than the price tag. Ok so I'm a little vain and perhaps a little crazy but it's just the way I am. Just like with the Fiesta I didn't try the A List straight away, instead waiting to such times as I actually needed to use it for something.
One of the key points that has drawn me now to the Essie range is how incredibly easy it is to apply. In the past I've found varnishes to be quite lumpy in application but these really aren't. I dipped the wand into the bottle and just like the Fiesta colour it provide me with a nice even spread that didn't clump at all and gave a very balanced looking finish and in just one coating. In an improvement from the Fiesta this one took a lot less time to actually dry, only 5 minutes compared to the 15 the Fiesta seems to take and that's been constant with every application.
I've really found the durability of the Essie range to be quite commendable as I'm yet to see a chip or a crack on my nails on any of the numerous occasions I've actually worn it now. It is quite an expensive brand but it is also a quality brand and one that I am in the process of becoming very loyal too. You wouldn't believe how many bottles and colours I have now. And to answer the question over the shade? Well yes it was exactly what I was looking for and once applied it still looked the same shade as it does in the bottle, a factor that really endears me to the Essie brand.
The most admired red around /