I rarely splurge on nailpolish for myself. It’s not that I don’t like the look of nicely polished nails. I do! A lot actually. It’s just that my nails are always a mess.
I cook, I do dishes, I garden, I craft. . . my hands always seem to be in dirt or water or paint. On top of that I keep my nails pretty short since I type all the time. Oh, and I have this little quirk where if I break one nail I have to cut them all down to match. So nice, pretty long nails and I don’t get along very well.
When I do paint them I usually mess up the polish before it even dries, and then all the aforementioned activities tear it up after about a day and a half. I can’t stand having nasty chipped polish so I clear it all off and that usually is the end of that.
Walmart offered to send me some of the Essie nailpolish that they are now carrying. I had heard good things about Essie (which until now was only offered in salons) from my more fashionable friends, so I decided to give it a whirl.
When the box arrived there were 4 shades inside:
So I decided to be bold. I went with the one color I never, not in a million years would have purchased for myself. The Mink Brown. I carefully painted on two coats and then made myself sit and watch TV for a half hour without doing ANYTHING with my hands. I knew I had to take a picture and I didn’t want to mess it up.
I have to say that I was not in love with the brown. Then again-I don’t like it when folks wear blue, green, black, orange etc. I’m sort of old fashioned that way, I really prefer pink & red tones, maybe a coral if I’m feeling wild and crazy. The brown did grow on me after a few days-it probably will never be my favorite shade, but I can see wearing it occasionally.
The polish went on smoothly and covered very well with two coats. I wore it for 4 days before it started getting a bit too nicked for me and I decided to change color. That’s actually pretty good for me.
Since I was heading off to a wedding on Saturday I decided to replace the Mink Brown with the bright red Fishnet Stockings.
I liked this color a lot, and it lasted again about 4 days before I mangled it enough that I really had to take it off.
All in all, I had a very good experience with the Essie nail polish. Not only did it cover nicely with two coats, but I thought it came off very easily with nail polish remover (with some brands you really have to scrub). It is retailing for under $8 at Walmart, is available in 99 colors, is 3-free, contains no formaldehyde, DBP, or Toluene. Essie is also not tested on animals.