Essie Nail Polish in Fed Up

Essie — Fed Up (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: Essie

Happy Monday! Here’s an office-appropriate polish to start off the week!

I don’t often wear nude polish (who are we kidding, I pretty much never do!) but if I did, I’d wear Fed Up. It’s a sheer, light milky beige with a strong yellow-y buff tone to it.

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Throwback Thursday! Essie — Marabou & Virgin Orchid (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Marabou, Essie 2001 Summer, Summer Wear

Collection: Virgin Orchid, Essie 2002 spring, Flower Power

For Throwback Thursday this week, I have another pair of soft, French manicure-type Essies. Both are discontinued.

Marabou is a light whitened pink cream. This one was a massive pain to apply; the swatch shows four coats.

I swatched and reviewed it long ago; here’s what I wrote then:

Marabou, a pale, mod-ish, opaque pink creme, is exactly the sort of thing that looks hideous on me. Nice if these colours suit you, though. It looks just like a strawberry milkshake, and it took a bit of self-control for me to avoid licking the polish. I did three coats, and would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for those pesky streaks.

Essie Nail Polish in Marabou
Essie Nail Polish in Marabou, swatch

Virgin Orchid is a sheer mauve pink shimmer. It has hints of lilac and a touch of gold shimmer. Despite this one being sheer and a tad frosty, I do love it! The swatch shows two coats.
Essie Nail Polish in Virgin Orchid
Essie Nail Polish in Virgin Orchid, 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). (However, the older polishes in this Throwback Thursday post may not have been 3-Free, and the MSRP would probably have been different.) 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.

Throwback Thursday! Essie — Cabi-o-Lait & Pachinko Pale (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Essie’s Cabi-O-Lait & Pachinko Pale is an old post of mine that seems to get more hits than others, so I thought I’d reswatch it for Throwback Thursday this week!

Collection: Cabi-o-Lait, Essie 2002 Winter, GoGo. Pachinko Pale is from an even older collection.

I’m just going to repeat my review from the old post, and include a new note for each polish.

Note: Cabi-o-Lait is actually still produced by Essie, but for some reason it looks quite pink on their website. Mine is much more cream-colored and has always been so. I’m not sure if Essie’s changed it, or if theirs is an inaccurate pic and description. I think I’ll go hunt it down and see for myself, as well! Also, my swatch pic shows five coats. Yes, the bald spots are still visible. I did notice that a tiny bit of thinner (about 4 drops) made the polish less streaky, though.

Oh, Essie sheers…you never can tell if they’re going to streak or be smooth as glass.

Cabi-o-Lait belongs to the former group. It’s streaky, and even by the time I layered on the fourth coat, it still shows the slightest hint of a “bald spot” (you know, that thin spot right in front of the cuticle). I really dig the colour, a milky white with hints of beige and pink, but I just cannot seem to work with the formula.

Essie Nail Polish in Cabi-o-Lait

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