Essie Nail Polish Swatches

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Hello, lovelies! These are my spring color picks from the Essie Nail Polish range. In general, I find Essie nail polishes to be okay, most are really sheer and need too many coats. There are some real gems in their line like Sand Tropez and Mesmerized (not shown in this post) but I think more affordable brands have better consistency throughout the line (like China Glaze). Essie does have really pretty colors and fancy packaging. I think that's what makes them alluring. You can often find them on sale (50-80% off) on places like Marshall's, TJ Maxx, FragranceDirect.co.uk, etc.

Turquoise and Caicos: I love this color, it's very pretty. I would call it a cross between jade and mint green. However, I won't be repurchasing this because it's too sheer. My nail whites still show through even after two coats.

Nice is Nice: Such a pretty lilac! This used to be my go-to color once. My bottle is almost empty and this is a shade I would actually repurchase. The formula isn't anything amazing, but it's easy enough to work with. I've had this for over 2 years and it's gone goopy on me. I love the color too much so I will pick up another one.

Sand Tropez: This is the only shade that I think is truly worth the $8-9 price tag. It applies easily, is opaque in one coat (but I still always do two for good measure) and it lasts almost a week without chipping. The color is a nude beige that is appropriate for any occasion. 

Tart Deco: This is a fun summer color. It's much brighter on the nails than what it looks on the bottle. It applies easily too. I like it but I don't love it. I wouldn't repurchase this one, even if it was on sale.

Fiji: This color is really popular. It's supposedly a dupe for Butter London's Teddy Girl. I can see why it's so popular, the color is truly beautiful. However, I think the formula is a bit finicky and doesn't justify the price.

Marshmallow: This color is a bit frustrating. The name is adorable and the color is the perfect milky white. But it's so sheer. It needs 4 coats to look opaque which means it takes forever to dry and can turn gloopy.





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61 comments

  1. Lovely shades for Spring indeed ^^ Too bad Fiji and Marshmallow aren't that great, they look so pretty on the nails : / Tart Deco looks great on your nails! : ) xx

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    1. I wish Marshmallow wasn't as sheer because it really is beautiful xx

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  2. I really love all these pastel shades! They're so perfect for spring :D
    Great post!

    XO
    scribblesofvalerie.blogspot.com

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  3. Sand topaz is a really pretty color. What top coat are you using? Your nails look very shiny.

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    1. It's a top coat from the brand Bettina. Unfortunately it's only sold in Puerto Rico and Florida xx

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  4. Sand Tropez is on my wishlist, so gorgeous!

    Laura xx - Black & Gold

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  5. Beautiful colors. Great for Spring.

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  6. Pretty colours!

    www.hannahheartss.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Love those colour!!

    alittlebitsunshine.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Nice picks! I've been really loving pastels lately, so these are right up my alley. Nice is Nice looks especially, well, nice! ;)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  9. Ahh, there's nothing more annoying than buying a gorgeous shade of nail polish and then finding out it's completely sheer! I haven't got the patience for that as I'm bad enough waiting for one layer to dry without smudging it!
    I loved the look of Tart Deco in the bottle, shame it's brighter on the nails. Don't get me wrong, I do love a bright peachy coral, but a more pastel-y version would have been something a bit different and really pretty for Spring.
    Melxx

    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know :/ Sheer means smudge city! I was also disappointed because I wanted it to be a pastel xx

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  10. Ooh i love fiji!I've been quite lucky with essie as the ones I've tried have been good - I havent used any of these shades though. I just posted about mint candy apple which is a gorgeous shade x

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  11. I'm with you Coco, I think essie makes some of the greatest polish colors but the formula is so absolutely lacking for the price tag!! I'm definitely eyeballing Sand Tropez right now...

    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  12. I've been lusting after Sand Tropez so I'm glad to hear the formula is great. Essie can be so hit or miss sometimes.

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    1. I recommend it, it's really nice xx

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  13. Great picks! Sand Tropez is my all-time fave, most worn nail polish!

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  14. I love the look of Sand Tropez. I only buy Essie polishes when they're on sale, as like you.. I struggle with some of the formulations being a bit hit & miss. I really love Bikini So Teeny.. it's always on offer! Such a beautiful shade xx

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  15. I love the lilac and peachy shades, so gorgeous for spring! xo

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  16. Oh my goodness, I am so in love with Fiji! I want it, hehe. Xx

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  17. I have Sand Tropez and love it for anytime of the year. I agree though, it is one of the few that I feel is worth the price tag.

    I have wanted to try Fiji, but I could not understand the hype.

    Nicole at proudproductjunkie.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, the color is nice but the formula is no better than cheaper polishes. I actually like China Glaze's formula better most of the times xx

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  18. Such beautiful colours!

    www.thumbelinalillie.com
    Megan xxx

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  19. These are all lovely shades, I love 'Sand Tropez' Need to invest! :) XO

    Honey
    www.imhoneyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. These are so dreamy for spring! Sand Tropez is my fave
    Vicki x
    A Life of Geekery

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  21. Oh noo all the colours are nice, what to do ah? I love marshmallow and sand tropez.

    K xx

    Butterflymee.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. These are such beautiful shades for spring! Love them all!!
    http://reemz-petitebeautyblogger.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I've always wanted to try Turquoise and Caicos! It looks like a gorgeous color! But I agree, Essie is not the best polish brand. I personally even like the Wet n Wild megalast polishes a lot better!

    xo
    aly

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  24. I love Turquoise and Caicos. My bottle is actually almost to the halfway mark!

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  25. All these shades are beautiful especially the last one!

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    1. Glad you like them. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  26. I have Fiji, Tart Deco and Turquoise & Caicos and as much as I love the colours I agree the formulas on a lot of Essie's nail polishes (I find mainly the lighter pastel colours) are so frustrating to work with. :)

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    1. The brights and nudes are much better, agreed xx

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  27. These all look lovely on you, Coco! I have a few Essie nail polishes in my collection and I quite enjoy them, although, I do agree that they are pretty inconsistent when it comes to texture and ease of application. My favorite Essie nail color is south of the highway. It's the prettiest milky, baby pink nail color! I wear it loads when I want a more subdued, natural look on my nails.

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    1. I'll have to check that one out then :)

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  28. I so love Turquoise and Caicos but the formula is not so hot :(
    nice swatches :)
    xxx

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  29. These are all gorgeous colours, but I especially love the coral one. I'd like to try Essie nail polish one day :)
    x

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  30. Love all these colors! I love my neutrals so I def need to add Sand Tropez to my list :)
    xx

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  31. I love these colours, they are perfect for spring/summer! Thanks for the swatches! ^^

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  32. Oh Sand Tropez looks incredible! I really need to pick this one up. x

    www.jade-elaine.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. Love the look of Tart deco and san tropez. I alo really want mint candy apple so badly. Essie are my favourite nail polishes ever! xxx

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  34. such a beautiful shades;)X

    http://throughartrelatedtofashion.blogspot.com/

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  35. Sand Tropez looks SO stunning! Thank you so much for such clear swatches! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  36. Oh wow, I want them all now... :-)

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  37. these are all so beautiful, i want them all!

    http://laurathroughthelens.blogspot.co.uk/

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  38. sand tropez is one of my all time favorite polishes! I love essie, but I don't hav as many as I'd like

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  39. Oh my gosh I want them all! So gorgeous!

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  40. I have a shade from Revlon that is very very similar to sand tropez :) I don't actually own any polishes from essie!

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  41. I love Essie nail polishes, they apply nicely and their packaging is so cute! Sand Tropez is such a pretty nude shade, I love it :)

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  42. wow, I love all of these colours super pretty especially the pastel colours really want to get myself some :D lovely blog now following x

    www.krystelcouture.co.uk

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  43. I love the formulation of Essie polishes, these pastel shades are adorable!

    http://andini-ria.blogspot.co.uk/

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  44. The lilac shade is so pretty! I agree with you on the whole Essie is ok thing. Have you tried Essie "Topless and Barefoot"? It's also a really pretty nude that's great for everyday!

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  45. so nice - love the ninty shade and the pink - it's such a nice subtle shade and not too girly! xxoxoxo

    http://fashionplaytime.blogspot.co.uk/

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  46. Love the mint shade! xxx
    Hayley
    www.beautyrambles.com

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  47. There's an inverse relationship in Essie with the uniqueness/popularity of the colour and the horrible wateriness of the formula.

    Mint Candy Apple and Ballet Slippers spring immediately to mind.

    http://schoolroomchic.blogspot.ca/

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