Essie Nail Polish in Passport to Happiness, swatch

Essie — Passport to Happiness (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring, Bridal

I hit up my favorite local beauty supply for an Essie haul, but for whatever reason I only picked up a single polish! I really wanted Taj-Ma-Haul from the 2016 Resort collection, but as luck would have it, that was literally the only shade missing from their Resort display! There were loads of the other three colors, of course, but none of them spoke to me, so all I got was one color from Essie’s 2016 Bridal collection. Not being a huge soft neutrals kind of person, I usually don’t find the bridal shades too appealing. This one is a huge exception!

Passport to Happiness (980—Essie are getting remarkably close to a 4-digit product code!) and the other bridal colors aren’t yet up on Essie’s website, so I don’t have their official shade description. I call it a pale mint pastel packed with fine, pearly shimmer that gives it the finish of a satin ribbon.

Charlotte Olympia satin court shoes, pumps, mint green
Charlotte Olympia Satin Court Pumps in mint green. Image:

If you can’t already tell, I’m in love with the color! But the formula is not equally love: it’s a bit streaky and I found that I needed three coats for even coverage. Ahh, the disappointment of pastels! If you really love mint shades, though, I’d still recommend that you run and and get this ASAP.

I do have to add one thought: although I am not normally a fan of matte finishes, I think this is one shade that would be improved with a matte finish. It would just enhance that soft satin finish, in my opinion. Maybe it’s high time I bought a matte top coat…

Essie Nail Polish in Passport to Happiness, 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.


8 thoughts on “Essie — Passport to Happiness (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. You picked up ONE polish at the beauty supply store? Do you have a fever? Are you ok? 😛
    This colour is really beautiful – too bad about the formula though. I guess it’s not unexpected with these pastels. I love any collection that is bridal! 😀

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  2. […] As soon as October 1st rolled around, I had my makeup budget burning a hole in my pocket, I ran out to my favourite nail polish supply place to scoop up some of the Essie Fall Tokyo collection (plus a couple of others): • Playing Koi (this was my #1 pick from the collection!) • Now and Zen (I’m kind of thinking this might be a cousin of Maximillian-Strasse-Her?) • Go Go Geisha (yes, another grey… I can’t seem to get enough) • Udon Know Me (I got this for the name!) • Aim to Misbehave (this shade is so ugly, it’s pretty – it’s also Essie’s 1000th shade so I had to get it from the clearance bin) • Passport to Happiness (Bridal 2016 collection – found this in the clearance bin – fivezero reviewed this here) […]

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