I’ve always been a huge nail polish lover and these ones have the best staying power!
The brush is flat which makes application so easy using the 3 stripe technique, one down the middle and one each side plus the colours are gorgeous and only need 2 coats for that perfect colour and finish.
I usually have 3-4 days before the dreaded chipping starts but I’ve noticed it’s only small chips at the edge of my nail.
They don’t dry my nails at all plus are easy to remove without getting polish all over my fingers or toes, even with the dark vampy colours!
Also I’ve noticed the bottles are smashproof, I’ve dropped them loads of times and not one has broken so that’s another good thing!
As they bring a new range of colors out every season, the only problem I have is choosing a colour 😉
Reviewed on Thu 10 Sep 2020
I am in my late 40's/early 50's with mature, fair tone skin and green eyes. My hair is blonde, processed with normal texture.
I’m a big nail polish wearer. I do get gels/acrylics but tend to only have for special occasions. (Or if I’ve a reason for having them done)
I picked these up boots on a 3 for 2. The gorgeous colours caught my eye first.
I’d be a regular nail polish wearer once I’d paint them once a week.
I was really impressed with how 5 days later of the polish being on. I’d full coverage of colour on the nail still. Now I’d been washing dishes, cleaning and clearing out and being very hands on around the house. This is a massive testament in itself. (Id be guilty of not wearing rubber gloves when doing stuff like cleaning etc) Definitely will buy more shades
Reviewed on Thu 25 Jun 2020
I am in my mid 20's with sensitive, fair tone skin and green eyes. My hair is dark brown, normal with normal texture.
While obviously not as good as Gel polishes, Essie nail polishes are still the best I have ever used!! Some shades are more long lasting than others (such as the reds and pinks), but overall last a lot longer than most other brands. The colour range is great and my nails are never left dry from Essie polishes. They create a nice shine even without a top coat and I can’t imagine ever not using Essie!
Reviewed on Sat 11 Apr 2020
I am in my late teens/early 20's with sensitive, light tone skin and brown eyes. My hair is dark brown, normal with fine texture.
I am a big OPI fan. I find the brush easier to use on OPI polish but Essie comes a close second.
My favourite Essie colour is Angora Cardi and I’m on my second bottle. Please Essie don’t discontinue this colour. I also own With The Band, On The Bright Cider and Playing Koi.
I have had some Essie colours that I didn’t like and have given away - Fiji (this formula was horrible- this managed to look like Tippex on my nails yet my daughter loves it), a vampy one that I got as GWP (it was cream formula- I like my vampy colours to have shimmer) and I got one called Designated DJ in a beauty subscription box. Didn’t like the colour.
Reviewed on Sun 27 Oct 2019
I am in my late 40's/early 50's with combination, medium tone skin and unknown eyes. My hair is unknown, unknown with unknown texture.
So, I have a lot of different branded and non branded nail varnish and a lot of them aren’t the best a lot of them chip, not easy to apply and have the wrong brush. I came across Essie a few years ago and I’ve now got a little collection going on.
They have so many colours and styles, they also have a gel collection which I have for my acrylic nail set and they are so good! Deep colours that only need one coat if applied properly! Lasts ages aswell and doesn’t chip.
100% recommend this brand of nail varnish.
Reviewed on Wed 20 Feb 2019
I am in my late teens/early 20's with sensitive, medium tone skin and brown eyes. My hair is dark brown, combination with fine texture.
I recently took advantage of the Boots 3 for 2 offer and bought three of the new shades from the Essie Fall 2018 collection. They are such gorgeous colours, perfect for Autumn. BUT I can't really give 5 stars as there does seem to be some discrepancy in how the polishes apply. The cream shades apply really well and you could possibly get away with one coat. But the metallic shade is not great - very streaky and watery, it takes a lot of work and care to get a passable coverage. It's a shame that Essie nail polishes are not consistent as they have the best shades. And, when they're good - they're really, really good!
Reviewed on Wed 24 Oct 2018
I am in my late 40's/early 50's with combination, light tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, combination with normal texture.
Absolutely love the colour range! Polish goes on lovely, 2 coats is definitely needed with the lighter colours. Looks perfect after a 2nd coat. Always top with a brilliant top coat and lasts a week no problem without reapplying! Will buy again. If you have one for a while it doesn't go funny either. The Only downside is the brush, could do with a better applicator to make it easier to apply.
Reviewed on Mon 05 Feb 2018
I am in my mid 20's with oily, light tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is light brown, normal with normal texture.
Love how long lasting this is - got this in Disco doll in the advent calender. It's so sparkly and pretty, it applies well and dries fast. And it takes a lot to do any damage..which leads me to the one problem. Cotton wool pads are just shredded up by this! It took a lot of cotton wool absolutely soaked in nail varnish remover to get this off! I had to treat them a bit like gels-soak the cotton wool and leave it on the nail for a few minutes before trying to wipe off! It is, however, one of the most long lasting glitter varnishes I've tried.
Reviewed on Tue 30 Jan 2018
I am in my late 20's/early 30's with combination, light tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, combination with fine texture.
I have had two different experiences with 2 different shades, i had a cream shade and it was awful to apply. Very streaky and just looked nasty. However i have a red one and its fantastic and applies beautifully and only needs 2 coats its long lasting and gives a really pretty mani. So i will only buy the darker shades and stay away from the neutral shades. But i have seen professionals get a flawless application.
Reviewed on Tue 05 Sep 2017
I am in my mid 30's with dry, light tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is red, dry with normal texture.
Unfortunately the colour I have (a pale minty green) is far too thin and watery even after shaking. It needs at least three coats and even then is not a good coverage. Chips easily too. The only saving feature is that it is three free so is missing 3 toxic ingredients which is good for the price.
Reviewed on Mon 04 Sep 2017
I am in my late 20's/early 30's with normal, medium tone skin and hazel eyes. My hair is light brown, combination with fine texture.
I have a red glitter one (Leading Lady, I think) and it is gorgeous! Very good coverage for a glitter but would still recommend 2 coats, and it isn't quite as much of a pain to remove as most glitters! Lasts well and nice to apply.
Reviewed on Tue 04 Oct 2016
I am in my late 20's/early 30's with combination, fair tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is red, normal with normal texture.
I love Essie varnish, I have a good collection built up of the colour. The only drawback for me is that not all the brushes are created equally. Some have lovely wide brushes, others are very skinny, this doesn't put me off the lovely selection of colours and excellent long lasting formula though!
Reviewed on Sun 24 Apr 2016
I am in my mid 30's with normal, light tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, processed with coarse texture.
You can't go wrong with a classic red - especially perfect for holidays - and Essie hits the nail on the head. Despite being on the pricy side the texture is perfect and it will stay on forever (okay, not forever but a long, long time).
Reviewed on Sun 17 Apr 2016
I am in my late teens/early 20's with normal, fair tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, oily with normal texture.
There aren't enough stars for me to put on this product I recently bought this a few weeks ago to try for water marbling and cannot get enough of it the only downside is the brush is very small so to get a nice un streaky finish it's kind of difficult but the pigment is great it dries fast and there's loads of colours!
Reviewed on Tue 15 Mar 2016
I am in my mid 20's with combination, fair tone skin and green eyes. My hair is dark brown, combination with normal texture.
I have a couple of essie nail polishes, bought after hearing good reviews, and I'm disappointed!The colour range is great and they're pigmented but the chip so easily! I barely had it on for a day and it was already chipping and looked awful, being a slightly more expensive brand you'd expect them to last longer.
Reviewed on Fri 04 Mar 2016
I am in my mid 20's with combination, light tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is medium brown, combination with normal texture.
I always find myself fed up of painting my nails everyday and resort to acrylics however since using this i love my natural nails with this nail varnish and i can easily get a week out of it. Even when it needs re-applying it is no hassle as it dries lovely. Worth every penny
Reviewed on Tue 15 Dec 2015
I am in my late teens/early 20's with dry, light tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, combination with normal texture.
I own loads of these!!! only issue with Essie is that it does tend too chip quite easily, but i am never let down by the vibrant colours and how quick the polish dries. By far the best brand of varnish you could own!
Reviewed on Tue 22 Sep 2015
I am in my late teens/early 20's with sensitive, light tone skin and brown eyes. My hair is medium brown, normal with fine texture.