Oh I love my Essence polish. Scratch that, I love my Essence anything. This is just such a fantastic, affordable brand with a great variety of colours. Although not every single shade is going to be a hit, for only $2 each, you can pretty much afford to try them all. I haven’t quite gotten there yet, but I do have three Essence Nail Polish reviews to share with you today for the shades, Essence Sweet As Candy*, Essence Redvolution*, and Essence The Green & The Grunge*.
I’m reviewing these polishes in reverse order of excitement, although basically the other two are loves and Essence Sweet As Candy (104) is just meh. This is a sheer baby pink, the kind of ballerina colour that looks good for a French manicure or a professional setting, but causes me to shrug my shoulders and yawn. If you like colours like this, you probably have a dupe in your collection (I already reviewed Sally Hansen Sweet Talker), all I can say is that the formula is probably not as nice as this is. These photos are 3 coats of Essence Sweet As Candy, although it looked quite similar with two, and the formula was very smooth and the final result was very, very glossy. I actually think this shade looks way better right now because my nails are so short, VNL is not so V.
Essence Redvolution (115) is one of those shades I shouldn’t be that excited about, like the previous polish, it’s just not that exciting in the bottle. It’s a bright tomato red that I could also probably dupe in my own polishes. I own a lot of polish. However, when Essence Redvolution won me over was the moment I applied it. In the photos I am wearing only one coat of the polish! Yes, you can still see my nail line, but because my nails are really short it’s not that noticeable and doesn’t really bother me. This polish has a jelly feel to it that makes it nice and squishy looking. Like a ripe tomato. So even though I have a bunch of reds and don’t normally get excited over them, I really like this one! The formula was also excellent.
The final shade I have was easily the one I was most excited to try, and that’s Essence The Green & The Grunge (159). The bottle says “Colour of the Year”, referring to Pantone’s Choice for last year. It is an incredibly gorgeous dark green cream that applies smooth and opaque in ONE coat. It is incredibly pigmented and I am wearing one coat in these photos with no VNL at all. I definitely recommend a base coat as I expect a shade like this would stain, although I have worn it twice without any staining (over a base coat). I left Essence The Green & The Grunge as my last shade to swatch of these three so I could leave my nails that colour afterwards (although I was definitely tempted by Redvolution, as evidenced on my instagram and on the nails I’m not sure which is my favourite). This polish doesn’t dry quite as quickly as the other two, but it is definitely not slow either.
And those are all my Essence polishes to share with you today! I think Essence Sweet As Candy, Essence Redvolution and Essence The Green & The Grunge all have excellent formulas, so it really depends what you are looking for. Essence also has a huge variety of other polishes available at the drugstore, including regular limited edition collections, so I do recommend checking them out!
Have you ever tried Essence nail polish before? Which of these three is your favourite?