Essie — Perennial Chic & Picked Perfect (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie Spring 2015 + Rebecca Minkoff

I recently picked up two of Essie’s nude-toned polishes from this year’s Spring collection (a sort-of collaboration with designer Rebecca Minkoff), when I found them in the discount bin at $3.99 each.

I’ve previously reviewed Flowerista from this collection, which is a bright plum that nicely complements these opaque neutrals, Perennial Chic and Picked Perfect.

Essie Nail Polish in Perennial ChicEssie Nail Polish in Picked Perfect

Perennial Chic, described by Essie as a “sumptuous tawny tulip”, is a milky beige cream with a peach tone. I think this one works really well on warm-toned skin like mine. It’s up there with butter LONDON’s High Tea as one of my favorite nude polishes released this year.

Application is smooth and the finish is shiny. Full opacity requires two thicker coats, or three thinner coats (what I did).

Essie Nail Polish in Perennial Chic, swatch

Picked Perfect, described by Essie as an “antique almond peony”, is a tan cream that seems fairly neutral to me. I can see subtle tones of both warm chocolate and cool mauve. It is a tad reminiscent of brown cardboard boxes, but is much more attractive than that sounds! I think this shade is less complimentary to my skintone, but if you like this kind of color, Picked Perfect is a great choice.

The application is superior to that of Perennial Chic, I suppose because Picked Perfect is not quite pastel the way Perennial Chic is. Two coats is all you need for full coverage, and the finish is also smooth and shiny.

Essie Nail Polish in Picked Perfect, swatch

I was hesitant in getting these neutrals the first time I saw the whole collection, which is why I initially only picked up Flowerista. However, they have called to me since then, and I’m happy that I was able to pick them up at a discounted price. They’re definitely nice enough to warrant paying full price, however. (I almost did, as the ones in the display box were full price, but then I looked through the discount bin and saw them there, too!)

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.

26 thoughts on “Essie — Perennial Chic & Picked Perfect (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

      • I’m quite familiar with that store! Guess where I’ll be hanging out after work, lol! 😛 Thanks for enabling. I won’t tell if you won’t tell. Are there other nude shades from this collection?

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        • Nope, those are the only beigey ones. The others are a dark grey (Petal Pushers), plum (Flowerista), and two blue/teal polishes (Blossom Dandy & Garden Variety).

          That store is awesome for nail polish, but the staff can be a bit weird. 😀

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          • I only like the dude, he’s nice. The ladies are hit and miss. I like the older one that is usually behind the counter at the hair dye area. 🙂 But I can tolerate weird staff for cheap nail polish and hair products!!! 😛

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          • Definitely worth putting up with it! Ha. There was this squabble amongst the staff when I was there recently, and I kept getting moved from one checkout to another. The guy apologized to me when I left. It was a bit odd but I didn’t mind…was a little amusing 🙂

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  1. I absolutely LOVE these 2 shades! Good deal!!! I never have such luck when it comes to Essie and sales!!! The spring 2015 collection was one of my favorite collections EVER!

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