Essie Nail Polish in Under Where?, swatch

Essie — Under Where? (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2013 Spring, Resort

I recently picked up this 2013 Resort collection Essie at a nice discount, and it’s just perfect for spring!

I was going to describe Under Where? (828) as a light orchid, but it turns out Essie beat me to it, calling this shade a “wildly flirtatious orchid”. It’s a soft pastel balanced between lavender and pink, with just enough oomph so that it doesn’t fade into the scenery.

Essie Nail Polish Haulage from Toronto Barber & Beauty Supply, February 2016
Phalaenopsis orchids make popular houseplants.” Image:

The shade goes on a little more lavender on the nail than how it looks in the bottle, though I am not entirely sure if it’s just my skintone playing tricks on me. I don’t love this shade on me—I think it’s better suited to cool and neutral skintones—but it’s pretty, nonetheless. It’s a great alternative to the more typical baby pink and straight-up lavender shades.

The formula is a little disappointing. I found it semi-sheer, and needed three coats for full opacity. It’s quite easy to apply, though, so if you really like the color, I still recommend it.

Under Where? has been discontinued by Essie, though I believe it’s still available at some online shops.

Essie Nail Polish in Under Where?, 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.


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