Essie Nail Polish in Angora Cardi, swatch

Essie — Angora Cardi (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2009 Fall, Cuddle with Color

Today’s polish is from a Fall 2009 collection, so it almost works for Throwback Thursday, but not quite (I’ve arbitrarily decided that Throwback polishes have to be seven years old).

Angora Cardi (700) is described by Essie as a “creamy, deep dusty rose”. It’s a midtone mauve, which is nicely balanced between red, violet and taupe. I think of it as a subdued raisin.

Mauve is actually named for the mallow flower, Malva (mauve in French). The flower itself simply appears to be a light purple, but the reason we now think of mauve as a more subdued shade is that mauve dye, originally named Tyrian purple, faded easily, and that color became associated with the word mauve.

Wilde Malve
“Wilde Malve”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. Image:

Two coats gives full opacity. The formula is very nice and self-evens well.

This shade is probably not for everyone, but it’s a really lovely choice for most skintones, and particularly for those who prefer conservative colors.

Essie Nail Polish in Angora Cardi, 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.


15 thoughts on “Essie — Angora Cardi (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. Haha nice arbitrary 7 year cut-off for TBT – is that the “vintage” of nail polishes now?
    I think I had this polish on my wish list a while back but for some reason I removed it – I think it’s a similar shade to Becca Toasted Marshmallow but a bit deeper. I might need this…

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