Essie's Best Sellers PART 2 | Live Swatches

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Hey guys! So I am back with even more Essie polishes to share with you! Essie and Preen.me have sent me a few more of their bestselling polishes so I thought I would put these to the test and see if they are what they are cracked up to be so lets dive in!



Here is the swatch video for you! There was a bit of  a technical difficulty but I think the blanks are easily filled in. Plus I will tell ya where it happened so.. I hope you enjoy this video and have found it fun!



Buy Me A Cameo
2 Coat(s)

A sandy/pink toned metallic


Ok first off I was excited about this thinking it was going to be rose gold-esque but nope. I was quite unhappy with this polish honestly. It was 2 coats which is whatever but the brush strokes. Ekk look at how particular you would have to be to get it perfect. I mean I think its near impossible. Soon as you get one part good you mess up another part. Its a loosing game.


Penny Talk
1-2 Coat(s)

A coppery rose gold-esque metallic


This one is honestly a really confusing one. The bottle looked like it was going to be a gold which didn't really make sense with the name of Penny Talk. However ON it was more true to the name with a hint more of pink. It was really pretty actually. The brush stroke struggle is there, but not that terrible. It was ok for the most part. Out of the metallics in this post this one I didn't mind.




Lady Like
2 Coat(s)

A grey/brownish mauve creme


The formula on this one was thin and kind of watery. Personally I wasn't a fan, plus I don't think it works on my skin tone all that well. It is a good fall color tho so I think some would really like it but I DO think you need to see it in person before purchasing.



Muchi, Muchi
2-3 Coat(s)

A light bubble gum pink


This one was extremely watery in my opinion. It was almost full coverage in 2 coats but it was streaky/patch in spots which in return made a 3rd coat mandatory. I love the pink color but I don't think its the best formula. I can think of many brands that have similar pinks with better formulas, and there is a very good chance that if you are a polish liker you already have a color like this and wouldn't need it. Its definitely for someone who has patience and not for art.


For the Twill of It
2 Coat(s)

A dark grey gun metal shade with shifts of green, pink, and purple


This one is a unique one for Essie and I really like it! It did take 2 coats but they were easy coats. I remember when this came out a few years ago and I think the whole polish world was happy to see Essie branching out and doing something different because this is not a common finish for them. That being said they did it really well. I totally think they should so more polishes like this. Out of all of the Essie's I have swatched I do now believe this is my favorite.


Essie Fashion Playground

Fashion Playground
3 Coat(s)

A mint green with a slight shimmer

Essie Fashion Playground

I was so excited for this color. The fact it was minty and had a bit of shimmer was just neat. However on its a different story. The shimmer does not show at all. Like I don't think you could tell it was even there with a macro lens. Its just as if it doesn't exist. The formula was very thin and streaky as you can see in the video. Overall I was just really disappointed with this polish.

Essie Clothing Optional

Clothing Optional
2 Coat(s)

A mauve-y brown creme

Essie Clothing Optional

This polish was ok formula wise. It applied in 2 coats however it was a bit watery and seemed to run towards my edges.

Essie Too, Too, Hot

Too, Too, Hot
2 Coat(s)

An orange-y red crelly 

Essie Too, Too, Hot

This one surprised me, I was expecting a creme red but it applied sheer like a crelly however it was completely covered in 2 coats. Due to the color and the way the polish is pigmented this polish could stain. I had it on for a short term amount of time so I don't know how it would behave in the long term.

Essie Fishnet Stockings

Fishnet Stockings
1-2 Coat(s)

A marsala/brickred shade

Essie Fishnet Stockings

This one was interesting, I actually got full coverage in one coat when doing a thicker coat and then 2 with thinner coats. This one is highly pigmented and did stain my nails after just swatching it so I think this one most will find stains.

Essie Secret Story

Secret Story
2-3 Coat(s)

A bright bold pink that has a hint of a purple undertone

Essie Secret Story

I really liked the one however this was very sheer it was quite a bit crelly like and I ended up needing 3 coats for my nail line to completely disappear which I was not to thrilled about. Overall this is a gorgeous color but its not one I would grab for if I was wanting this color.

Now overall... Do I get why these are the best sellers? Hummm, I get some of the color selections however with the way they perform I am a bit surprised. I am pretty lenient in formulas but the user experience with these just wasn't an enjoyable time. There was a lot more precision needed and since there were many with 2-3 coats that also requires more patience and time. Now I don't usually have issues waiting for coats to dry and I didn't however with these being majority creme I look at in the sorts of... Do I have this color/shade already? Can I get the same payoff with less coats in a different polish? For a lot of these I would respond to that by saying I can find polishes of the same colors/shades with a less coats and just a nicer experience. When its all said and done in this type of comparison I think it comes down to personal preference. Hope you guys have found this post fun and informative. If you haven't already be sure to check out the first installment HERE and the first video HERE.

~25 Sweetpeas


* I received these products compliments of Essie as an #essiepartner and as part of the #preenmevip program. All of the comments and such reflect my own opinions. 

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