Essie Nail Polishes – Are they worth it?

A few years ago the concept of me doing a nail-related blog post would have been non-existent. But here I am now with grown/paintable nails and fancy nail polish. I’ve always been curious about their nail polishes. It’s the stand, the huge array of colours and the fact that so many bloggers love them.

So I set out to see what the hype was all about.

The formula & brush?

The formula for myself is quite thin. Essie’s brush is quite large and bulky compared to other polishes I’ve tried. But this might suit some of you more confident in applying nail polish!


Essie Polishes don’t have a massive colour pigment. But maybe that’s because I’m used to gel polishes. It definitely requires two coats if you want an even coating and a decent pigmentation. Sometimes I don’t need to bother as I personally quite like nail coats that are quite transparent, especially if they’re nudes! But with Essie Polishes, it can look a little streaky.

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Lasting power?

Essie Polishes tend to last 3-4 days on me. If I was being really picky about chipping, I’d say it’s closer to 3 days at most. I’m not too picky with lasting power as I usually repaint them after a few days anyway.


The finish of Essie Polishes is very glossy and ‘chic’. They have a lovely shine to them and that’s what makes them worth it. The shades are flawless, especially they’re nudes.

Personally, Essie Polishes wouldn’t be my first choice for a bright nail polish. They’re not pigmented enough and you really can’t risk any streaking with a bright polish. I don’t know what it is, but I do really like them.

For the price, they’re not amazing don’t get me wrong. But there is something really attractive about them which means I gravitate towards them for nude polishes.

I don’t have the prettiest nails, but these are pretty nail polishes and I think that’s a step up for me.

The shades I bought were not just a pretty face and in stitches.

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I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.