Essie Nail Polish in With the Band, swatch

Essie — With the Band (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2015 Fall

At first glance, today’s polish isn’t a standout in Essie’s Fall 2015 collection. The first time I saw the whole set, I instantly picked out Frock ‘n Roll (which turned out a little disappointing) and Leggy Legend (massive love), and didn’t look back. The next time I came across the set, I was moved to pick Bell-Bottom Blues (which I’m wearing now and will hopefully review later this week or next) and With the Band. I’m now convinced that I need to return to grab the remaining two from this collection—Color Binge and In the Lobby—before they go out of stock, just in case either of those two cream finish shades is as fab as this one is…

Essie describes With the Band (934) as a “toasted spice burgundy”. It’s a mid-deep red cream with a curiously cool berry undertone coupled with a stronger, hot chili.

Fresno chili peppers
Fresno chili peppers. Image:

The formula is good and very easy to work with. Two coats gives full, even opacity, and the polish dries to a glossy finish.

As a red fiend, I’m particularly smitten by this shade, which is pretty unremarkable in the bottle. I can see it working across a wide spectrum of skintones, so I heartily recommend it!

Essie Nail Polish in With the Band, 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 — With the Band (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. Strange: I noticed it in store and like you didn’t think twice about it, but I love it on your nails! What a great slightly different red. Might have to get this now.
    xx Anne

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