Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave!, swatch

Essie — Oh Behave! (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Winter

Last December, I picked up three of Essie’s Winter 2016 polishes from Shoppers Drug Mart when they were supposed to be on sale for CA$7.99. I suspect that because they were from the new collection, they rang up at regular price. I asked if they could check the price in the flyer, and they kindly honored it for me, which was cool. The shades I got were Oh Behave!, Party on a Platform, and Satin Sister.

Today, I’m reviewing Oh Behave! (1006)†. Essie describes it as a “minx peach frost”. It’s a very Essie shade to me: a semi-sheer pinked copper with warm golden shimmer. There’s a hint of milkiness to the color, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a pastel. I say it’s semi-sheer because you can easily wear it with one or two coats to get a sheer look, but it gets just about opaque with three coats as I have in my swatch.

[† The code is 1890 on my bottle sold at Shoppers Drug Mart. The retail bottles have shade name-and-code stickers on top of the bottle cap and a clear sticker on the front that says “Essie Nail Lacquer”. Essie bottles made for salons have an embossed “e” on top of the bottle cap, no clear logo sticker on the side of the bottle, and a shade name-and-code sticker on the bottom of the bottle. The salon sticker also folds out with an ingredient list, but I’ve never peeled it off as I like to keep the labels intact. The retail packaging also displays either no shade code or a different shade code from the salon packaging. I wish they wouldn’t do this! Currently, I just keep the salon codes in the database, but I should probably try to update it with the retail codes, too.]

Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave!
Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave! (retail bottle)
Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave!
Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave! (retail bottle)

The formula is OK for Essie. I found it to apply slightly unevenly, so I actually preferred it with between 3–4 coats. Meh. The color is pretty but not really special enough for me to recommend it, with its mediocre formula.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave!, swatch
Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave!, 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.

3 thoughts on “Essie — Oh Behave! (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

    • Aw that’s too bad to hear about Meadow! I like the salon bottles better, too – they just look sleeker. But like you said, the retail ones are more functional with the stickers on top.


  1. Hmm, I wondered about this one – I’ve seen it on Nail Polish Canada, but it’s much pinker. I like the pink colour, but wondered how colour true it really was (thinking that it was going to err quite coral, which I can see it does!)


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