Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Essence Nail Polishes- New vs. Old - The Review

Hello all! 

I have always been a fan of Essence nail polishes, but something happened in the last few months, and I spent so long getting my head around it, that I can only talk about how I feel about it now.

Essence changed the formulation and packaging of their nail polishes.

Oh yes. Big switch up. All change. 

And this is one change I am more than willing to accept!! HELL to the YES!

The new formulation of the Essence nail varnishes actually blows me away- it is a million times better than the last formulation (which wasn't all that bad anyways!). The new formulation is gel like, and one coat gives great coverage but two coats give ultimate opacity. Even though the actual liquid is very thick and gel like, it dries insanely fast and lasts insanely long. Also, the colour is so shiny and glossy- not just in the immediate aftermath when you put it on, but also the day after, and even the day after that! I feel like it looks fresh for ages where other nail varnishes start to chip or even get a bit dull or knackered looking.

The new bottles are bigger than the older bottles- they now contain 8 ml of product instead of 5 mls. They are 50 cent more expensive but that's no biggie. My Essie or OPI nail polishes don't hold a candle to this new formulation. 

The packaging was also reworked and now the polish sits under a pretty hat which is the same colour as the lacquer in the bottle! Clever no? I love this- my nail varnish drawer is my bottom drawer and I love being able to fling it open and see exactly what colours I have at a glance. ALSO, in another bout of marvellousness, the caps also indicate the finish of the polish- whether it is bold colour, whether it has chunky glitter or a fine glitter or a sheen- the cap completely accurately reflects what is in the bottle. Too cool for school!

The new brush is *AMAZING*- it's so wide it practically covers all my nail AND the bottom of the brush is kind of curved so it's really easy to avoid your cuticles and paint along the sides and tidy everything up (which for me is a feat in itself because I have shakier hands than Shakin' Steven). 

In spite of being insanely pigmented and lasting abnormally long- these come off like a dream with a cotton pad and my Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover (purple cap). 

And the best part of all?? These puppies will only cost you €1.79 each. Ridiculous but YAY! These are my favourite nail polishes- honestly this new formulation has blown me away and the vast range of colours makes my heart sing- I literally cannot resist picking up one of these any time I pass a stand! They are also bang on trend- they have amazing metallic shades available on stands now (I have a coin shiny silver in 'Icy Princess' and a super glittery gold in 'Go Bold!'- we have seen Chanel and Dior champion metallic nails on their runways and many other brands have released metallic nail varnishes- off the top of my head, I know Inglot have released five metallic shades in their Christmas collection.

I am going to build up my new pretty little Essence family, so expect to see LOADS more NOTDs (i promise I will get back into doing them again!) and I'll try to feature and review and swatch as many of these as I can. 

Thanks for reading! x


  1. I was curious actually which is the difference between the new ones and the old ones :) Thank you for the post x Now I can't wait to go home and pick some new essence nail polishes :D

    1. Like I said, I don't think the old ones were bad to begin with, but the new formula is amazing! Definitely pick some up and see for yourself and let me know how you get on! :)

  2. I love the new bottles and the new brush! Finally an Essence change I'm only happy about!

    1. I definitely think it's their stand out product. I don't really LOVE any of their other stuff - i like plenty - but their nail polishes are their best product in my opinion!


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