Essie describes Very Cranberry (262) as a “dashing creamy cranberry”. It’s a rich, midtoned reddish rose-pink cream that’s very much the color of its namesake fruit. It’s surprisingly neutral, and I love it on my warm-toned skin.
This polish is also bright enough to have some punch to it, but not so loud that it’s garish, making it equally appropriate for a beach party and any office but the most conservative.
Very Cranberry was introduced quite a long time ago (possibly early to mid 1990s, based on its 262 code), and it is still available in Essie’s core collection. It’s not hard to understand why!
Two coats is fine but three coats is best, to get that luscious, creamy look. The very smooth formula self-levels well.
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). (I bought my polish on clearance several years ago, and I do not know whether it is 3-Free.) 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.