Essie Nail Polish in Petal Pushers

Essie — Petal Pushers (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie Spring 2015

Petal Pushers (903), from Essie’s first collection released with Rebecca Minkoff as their Global Color Director, is one of the mini Essies I picked up recently.

Essie describes it as a “smoky stone rose; refreshing cool rain slate with subtle red and blue undertones”. It’s a midtoned, dusty pigeon grey cream with a lilac undertone.

Application was really nice, as I find is usual for Essie. Two coats provided full opacity and even coverage.

I would have thought I’d be a little sick of greys by now, but I still really like this one. It hits all the right notes to me: the midtone depth, the cream finish, and the touch of neutral purple. I am a rainy day kind of person, anyway! I know this was part of a spring collection, but I feel I’ll wear this more in the upcoming fall and winter months.

Essie Nail Polish in Petal Pushers, swatch

I want to add that I really like Essie minis! Well, apart from them being a little awkward to hold for my swatch shots. The mini bottles are adorable, the brushes are the same as the ones in the full size bottles, and they’re labeled! (Come on, now, OPI! You can do better.) The only better minis I’ve seen so far are butter LONDON’s, which are 6 mL and so luxe!

Essie Nail Polish retails for US$8.50 / CA$9.99–$10.99 and is 0.46 US fl oz / 13.5 mL. The mini bottle I have is 0.16 fl oz / 5 mL, and these are normally sold in cubes (sets of four from a single collection). 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.


18 thoughts on “Essie — Petal Pushers (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. If only it was cruelty free. =( Essie looks so nice. This shade is killer, and I agree, it looks much more Fall than Spring to me! But I guess Spring does make sense, as that’s when we get all the flooding and tornadoes over here. The polish really does look like rain, and with a good formula, so props to them.

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  2. “Smoky stone rose”? My ass. Who came up with this description! I see grey. Essie’s description should be “grey with a lilac”. 😛
    I dislike minis, but if I HAD to choose one, then I will allow Essies. I just can’t handle the smaller brush, it’s like I’m playing with a doll’s makeup. Never tried BL’s minis, maybe I need to…

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    • LMAO yeah that’s what I though, too. stone rose sounds like a greyed mauve. I think you’d like the BL minis, though, definitely. I really want to try the Zoya minis.


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