Essie — Flowerista (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Essie Nail Polish in Flowerista

Collection: Essie Spring 2015 + Rebecca Minkoff

It’s been a while since I’ve swatched an Essie, which is shameful, because Essie’s one of my favorite nail polish brands. Their creams in particular are wonderful, and I had a really hard time picking a polish from their new spring lineup (so many pretty creams!).

In the end, I went with Flowerista since it was not a nude (ehh) and not a blue (which I feel I have so much of already). If I was willing to splurge, though, I’d have gotten them all, as they all called to me! Very rare these days.

Later, I discovered that one of my favorite bag designers, Rebecca Minkoff, was involved in this collection, and then it all made sense!

Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC handbag in White with Rose Gold Hardware (2014)
Bonus bag pic! Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC handbag in White with Rose Gold Hardware (2014)

(I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I own several RM bags, and I really love them. The MACs, Mini MACs, and MAMs in particular are some of my favorite bag styles, as they are just so pretty and functional at the same time. The seasonal colors are often stunning and I have a hard time trying not to add any more to my collection. I would ideally like to get a black MAC with rose gold hardware, though. I’d definitely settle for a preloved black one with different color hardware, however, since I feel the quality was better a few years back.)

Anyway, back to the polish! Flowerista is described by Essie as a “passionate plum dahlia”. It’s a reddened violet creme that leans a bit cool, and I think it would look great on a wide range of skintones.

Application was very nice, as usual for Essie. Two coats provided full opacity and even coverage.

Essie Nail Polish in Flowerista, swatch

Essie Nail Polish retails for US$8.50 / CA$9.99–$10.99 and is 0.46 US fl oz / 13.5 mL. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). It is made in the USA.

Essie Cosmetics, founded in 1981, is based in Westfield NJ, USA. In 2010, Essie was acquired by the L’Oréal Group.

9 thoughts on “Essie — Flowerista (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. This is a gorgeous sophisticated plum shade that I could see myself rocking in the Fall.
    Confession… not a big fan of Rebecca Minkoff because of the tassel and chain strap details… it’s just not my style. It’s so iconic though, that Danier leather basically ripped her off in last year’s collections! It’ll be interesting to see how the Rebecca Minkoff relationship with Essie will affect the creative direction.

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    • It’s great that there are so many bag styles out there! What kind of bags do you like? I adore tassels and chains, myself, ha!

      And yes, I saw those Danier bags, ack. Blatant ripoffs. Danier is getting pretty embarrassing, imo. They used to have decent stuff, bag-wise.

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      • I prefer simpler shapes. Currently I use the Roots Mademoiselle bag – I had to initially get over my dislike of a clasp closure but I really like that bag for the size and versatility. It looks like this, but mine is in the smooth Box leather:'sLeatherShoulderBags//18019891,default,pd.html
        I also dislike anything with obvious logos – I usually remove any of the dangly fobs or tags that come with the bags. I just want a good quality leather bag, not a status symbol!

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        • Ooh, yes, I remember lusting after the red version of that Roots bag a while ago! It’s very pretty with vintage flair.

          I am generally not a big logo person, either, and to my great shame, I have a Tory Burch bag with a big honking logo on it. Don’t ask why I have it. 😦 It’s dismaying when you see a nice bag, but it’s ruined by a massive logo (I’m looking at you, MbMJ).

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          • Yes, I was torn about whether I should have gone for the red… but in the end the black version won out for versatility.
            Michael Kors is pretty ridiculous too. Ugh they ALL are. But good for them for getting free advertising on everything from purses, rainboots, coats, watches… some girls are like walking billboards. I know someone who doesn’t like to “mix her brands” so if it’s a MK boots day, it’s ALL MK. Wut.

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