When I hear Essie I think of an up market reputable nail brand and this is reflected in the fact that their polishes cost around £8 a pop.
This is not the price I would usually happily pay for a nail varnish unless I knew they lived up to expectations.
Some time this year I purchased a set from Boots in the sale for about £10 for 4 Essie varnishes which I thought was a bargain. It had some mostly autumnal colours and Bahama Mama was one of these colours so I waited until autumn hit to put it to the test.
Bahama Mama is described as a “warm, rich, creamy deep plum”. It really is gorgeous and it screams autumn nails to me.
The brush on this polish is the perfect size to brush across the nail and practically cover the whole bed, and where it doesn’t the bristles are smooth enough to fill in the gaps without making a mess.
The brush allows for a really neat application especially against the cuticles.
I usually make a huge mess with my nails, especially when using my non-dominant left hand to fill in the right, and I made the tiniest mess on one finger with this polish.
The drying time of this is fast compared to others of a similar price and it doesn’t go tacky for very long, reducing the risk of denting whilst waiting (impatiently) for them to dry.
This polish has a glossy finish with a shine not dissimilar to gel polishes which is fab for a drugstore brand polish, albeit slightly more expensive.
It’s nicely pigmented but needs at least 2 coats (I put 3 on a couple of nails) to get a decent colour build up.
This is the part where, unfortunately, the review turns negative. This chipped the very next day. I didn’t do much, a little bit of dusting and hoovering then went out for a walk and to a restaurant for food.
By 7pm that day the chipping was so terrible I couldn’t cope with it anymore, this is what it looked like the very next day (excuse the bad lighting it was already dark when I took the photo):
You can see it chipped off every nail and looked hideous. As it’s a dark colour you can tell so much more that it is chipped.
I tried to top it up and it looked quite good but the next day again it began to come away from the edge.
When I painted my nails I ensured I let every coat dry properly before putting the next on. I used the Maybelline CC Top Coat to top this, curing the edge of the nail in hope it would keep it locked.
So overall it was all going so well until it decided to chip away within a matter of hours. Not what I would expect from a more expensive reputable nail brand.
Has anyone else had this experience with Essie? Could you recommend a good top coat that doesn’t chip? I am interested to hear your thoughts!
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