Essie Nail Lacquer in Bonded, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Essie — Bonded (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2004 Winter, Frozen Assets

Essie have founded the first ever (US) National Nail Polish Day! They’re also running a contest on their website, though I think you may have to be US-based to enter.

In full support of this new day, today’s Throwback Thursday is, of course, an Essie.

Bonded (492) is long discontinued, but still one of the prettier reds I’ve ever come across. It’s a clean, clear candy apple red shot through with fine red and silver microglitter. The glitter is just dense enough to look sprinkled on, but not so sparse that it looks haphazard.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Bonded

I’ve had to add thinner to this over the years, so I used three coats to plump it up, even though it’s actually opaque with two coats. It’s a pre-3-free formula, and it applies quite beautifully.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Bonded, swatch

I’d definitely recommend picking this up if you ever spot it in a dusty nail salon. (Just don’t huff it!)

Essie Nail Lacquer in Bonded, label


Essie Nail Polish currently retails for US$8.50 / CA$9.99–$10.99 and is 0.46 US fl oz / 13.5 mL. (This is an old formula from 2004, so it is not 3-free, and it actually contained slightly more product: 0.5 fl oz / 15 mL!) 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.

🇺🇸Made in USA
🇺🇸Company based in USA

4 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! Essie — Bonded (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. Ooh National Nail Polish day – that’s awesome! (and about time!) I’ve heard of Bonded but never knew it has glitter – so festive! Looks like Jelly Apple but with glitter.

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    • Yes, you could kind of DIY Bonded with Jelly Apple and a sheer silver microglitter! And yeah, what took so long with Nat’l Nail Polish Day? 😀 I mean there’s Grilled Cheese Day and whatnot…


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