Collection: Essie 2015 Fall
Essie describes Bell-Bottom Blues (936) as an “intense midnight indigo”. It’s a deep blue shimmer with a hint of teal, and, only in the bottle, an amazing purple iridescence! It’s a total shame that the purple doesn’t flash on the nail. Still, it’s a pretty gorgeous deep blue that I’d say is just about vampy, but it easily reads as blue, not black.
The formula is a bit Jekyll-and-Hyde for me. On one hand, it’s almost a one-coat wonder! Not quite, but it’s highly-pigmented. Coverage is generally smooth and even. What I don’t like about the formula is that it somehow manages to pool up against the cuticles if you’re not careful—and this is really strange considering the formula is not watery. It also has a tendency not to stick to itself, which is just totally weird. I had to go over a tip or two again just because the polish didn’t want to adhere to its own first coat.
The finish is also not quite as shiny as I’d like, so I’d definitely recommend a glossy top coat over this, as well.
Overall, though, it’s a very pretty shade of deep blue, and I’d say it’s worth the slight effort required to make it look sharp. It’s the perfect blue shimmer for a wintery evening.
One last note: this polish is, as I mentioned, highly-pigmented. Coupled with the fact that it’s a deep blue, be aware that this stains like crazy. I wore it last week and it left such a blue stain on my nails and fingertips! It took a day or so to wash off completely.
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.