Throwback Thursday! Essie — Cabi-o-Lait & Pachinko Pale (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Essie’s Cabi-O-Lait & Pachinko Pale is an old post of mine that seems to get more hits than others, so I thought I’d reswatch it for Throwback Thursday this week!

Collection: Cabi-o-Lait, Essie 2002 Winter, GoGo. Pachinko Pale is from an even older collection.

I’m just going to repeat my review from the old post, and include a new note for each polish.

Note: Cabi-o-Lait is actually still produced by Essie, but for some reason it looks quite pink on their website. Mine is much more cream-colored and has always been so. I’m not sure if Essie’s changed it, or if theirs is an inaccurate pic and description. I think I’ll go hunt it down and see for myself, as well! Also, my swatch pic shows five coats. Yes, the bald spots are still visible. I did notice that a tiny bit of thinner (about 4 drops) made the polish less streaky, though.

Oh, Essie sheers…you never can tell if they’re going to streak or be smooth as glass.

Cabi-o-Lait belongs to the former group. It’s streaky, and even by the time I layered on the fourth coat, it still shows the slightest hint of a “bald spot” (you know, that thin spot right in front of the cuticle). I really dig the colour, a milky white with hints of beige and pink, but I just cannot seem to work with the formula.

Essie Nail Polish in Cabi-o-Lait

Essie Nail Polish in Cabi-o-Lait, label

Essie Nail Polish in Cabi-o-Lait, swatch

Note: With Pachinko Pale, it’s pretty old (and discontinued) so I needed to thin it out. Unfortunately, I added a bit too much thinner so it’s now thinner than the original was. I did four coats in the new swatch, but the original one only needed two to three for a similar effect.

Pachinko Pale, on the other hand, is perfectly smooth and even with the very first coat. Unbelievable, but it is so! It’s very sheer and shiny, with no shimmer, but the colour is an odd light beige with a touch of peach. It reminds me of those nylons that are supposed to make your legs look more tan. It’s kind of, how shall I say it…pukey. With one coat, it is very sheer and mostly just makes your nails look shiny and a little less pink (my nailbeds are slightly pink-mauve, even though my skin is yellow-toned). Two to three coats is kind of interesting, however. This is very much a “nude” nail colour for me. It doesn’t get much more conservative than this.

Essie Nail Polish in Pachinko Pale
Essie Nail Polish in Pachinko Pale, 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). (However, the older polishes in this Throwback Thursday post may not have been 3-Free, and the MSRP would probably have been different.) 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.

5 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! Essie — Cabi-o-Lait & Pachinko Pale (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. Both of these are my JAM! My oldest Essies are Anniversary Gala (omg LOVE this one!), Nude Beach, Chips No Potatoes, Soho Nude and Cafe Forgot. All sheer and nudey… sigh. I really like Pachinko Pale, of COURSE it is discontinued!

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    • Anniversary Gala and Nude Beach are two of my faves, too. SO PRETTY.

      I feel like Essie would have something in their current lineup that is similar to Pachinko Pale. Will have to do some research 🙂

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      • I think both my AG and NB are half way done… I need to get back ups!
        Oh yes, with all the nudey sheers Essie has, I’m sure they have something comparable!


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