Essie Nail Polish in Bell-Bottom Blues, swatch

Essie — Bell-Bottom Blues (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

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.

Indigo bunting
Indigo bunting. Image:

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.

Essie Nail Polish in Bell-Bottom Blues, swatch

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.


19 thoughts on “Essie — Bell-Bottom Blues (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. Another rocking shade from essie and I love those gorgeous glossy, cobalt-ink blue finish. Plus, the name bell bottoms reminds me of those floor touching flared trousers from the 70’s.


  2. That is definitely a mesmerizing color! 🙂 Did you get anything else from Essie 2015 collection? I have completely fallen in love with Essie Leggy Legend from the same collection – such a gorgeous golden bronze shade ! 😉

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