Essie Red Comparison

This post was requested by a reader, and I owe her an apology because I completely forgot to do it until just now.  Sorry Charlotte!  Anyway, I think this is a pretty valuable comparison, because most of these colors are pretty damn close.  I rarely wear reds (mostly because I really hate taking them off), but I own a ridiculous number of them.  These are just a few of the Essie reds I own, but they are really similar.  I’d say you really only need one or two of these.essie red comparison

Thumb: Jump in my Jumpsuit.  This was by far the most opaque and I think it’s my favorite of the bunch.  It’s pretty blue-toned and slightly deeper than a true red.  This one is almost a one-coater, but it takes two coats to be completely opaque.

Index Finger: Head Mistress.  To my eye, this is the closest to true red.  It has both blue and brown undertones, and is a bit deeper than your standard tomato red.  This is two coats, and I still have a bit of a visible nail line in direct light.

Middle Finger: Twin Sweater Set.  This one might be my least favorite, mostly because of the formula.  Color-wise, this is a bit more orange than Head Mistress, but they are almost dupes.  The texture is much more jelly-like than the others.  This is three coats, and I still have visible nail line.

Ring Finger: Dressed to Kilt.  A bit more brown-toned than the others.  I wouldn’t call it a brick red, but it’s definitely more of a fall red for me.  This is the second most opaque – definitely a two-coater, but coverage is pretty good.

Pinky: She’s Pampered.  This one’s a light brighter and more orange than the others.  This is the closest to a true red in this bunch.  Two coats gives good coverage, but cleanup sucks (as you can see).


Thanks to Charlotte for requesting these!  If you have any requests for color comparisons, I’d be happy to put something together for you!  Just shoot me an email at or comment on this post.  Check out my previous red comparison here.

CG Adventure Red-y vs Essie Head Mistress (and a few others)

My lovely reader Miely requested a comparison between China Glaze Adventure Red-y and Essie Head Mistress, both from fall 2012 collections.  I knew they were close to a few other reds I own, so I threw them in for reference as well (do you think I have enough of the same color?).  I’m taking comparison swatch requests, so just let me know what you want to see 🙂

Shown is two coats of each.

As you can see, Adventure Red-y and Head Mistress are similar, but HM is a bit lighter and in real life, you can tell that AR is slightly less blue-toned.  Apertif and Vodka & Caviar are the lightest of the bunch, and Apertif is the lightest ant most orange-y of them all.  Tate also has a slightly orange-y undertone, while the rest appear a bit more on the blue side.  I know its hard to tell from the pictures (click on it to make it bigger).

Size Matters is almost a berry, and much more opaque than any of the others.  Compared to the rest, Adventure Red-y actually seems a bit like a brick red, but on its own, you can’t tell.

Formula wise, Size Matters, Tate, and Adventure Red-y are really opaque and apply very well.  Apertif is a teeny bit sheer, but it’s good with two or three thin coats.  Vodka & Caviar is actually a jelly, so while application is excellent, you do need a third coat to cover visible nail line.  And Head Mistress is the least manageable of all, but I’ve seen worse.

Do you need them all? Clearly, that’s a no.  My picks are Vodka & Caviar, Tate, Size Matters, and Adventure Red-y, depending on what kind of red goes best with your skin tone.  Also, Size Matters feels a bit more holiday-esque than a simple classic red, so that might be a deciding factor.

Hope this was helpful!  Again, please feel free to request any comparisons you want to see!  I actually had a lot of fun with this.

Mojito Madness

Today I have the second of my my three Essie summer collection colors.  This one is called Mojito Madness and it’s a bright mid-toned green.  It’s a great summer color, though I will probably wear this on my toes more than my fingers.  This is one of my favorite colors, so naturally I love the nail polish.  Bonus: it’s a green that doesn’t make my hands look sunburned!

The formula on this was perfect.  This was two easy coats with no topcoat.

When I first saw pictures of this, I knew it had to be close to another favorite green from Essie, Pretty Edgy.  These are more similar on the nail than in the bottle, but still really close.  Mojito Madness looks like someone took Pretty Edgy and just added some white.  The only other difference is that Mojito Madness is a creme and Pretty Essie is a jelly, though they both dry really shiny.

Unless you’re a green lover like me, you probably don’t need both of these.  If it helps you choose, Pretty Edgy is a great true kelly green, while Mojito Madness is a little bit milky, and being a creme, has a slightly better application.  Shown is two coats of Mojito Madness and three of Pretty Edgy.  Pretty Edgy also tends to stain slightly, while Mojito Madness comes of cleanly.

Which do you like better?

No More Film

Ever since I first saw pictures of Essie’s Resort collection, I’ve wanted No More Film.  I’ve been searching for the perfect dark purple and this seemed like it could be it.  Maybe it was my high expectations, but I was a little disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, its a great color, I was just expecting something a little bit brighter, especially since it is a spring/summer collection.  The formula on this is good – super pigmented.  This is two coats, but you could definitely get away with one if you’re careful.  However, it is a bit thick and runny, and it definitely stained my skin a bit.

Since this turned out to me much darker and bluer than I thought, I thought it might be pretty close to Essie’s Bobbing for Baubles, so I did a quick side-by-side comparison.

No More Film on my index and ring, Bobbing for Baubles on my middle finger.

There’s definitely a difference.  No More Film is a touch lighter and definitely more purple and less grey.  Now that it’s had time to grow on me a bit, I like it.  I seems like a good summer option that isn’t bright, sheer, or pastel.

What do you guys think? Do you like it?

Navigate Her

Happy First Day of Spring!

And what better to celebrate than spring green nails?  This is Navigate Her, from Essie’s spring collection of the same name.  I love it, even though it makes my hands look super red.  It’s not too light or too dark, and it has just the right amount of yellow in it, making it different from the mint greens that have been super popular the last few years.

Shown is three coats with no topcoat.

Since I had a few other somewhat similar greens, I thought I’d see how they compare.  From left to right: butter LONDON Bossy Boots (from this year’s spring/summer collection), Navigate Her, and Essie Da Bush (from last year’s resort collection).  All are three coats.

As you can see, both are lighter than Navigate Her, but Bossy Boots is pretty much the same tone, while Da Bush (which is also a dupe for OPI’s Stranger Tides in case you were wondering) has much more grey in it.  I like all of them, especially since they’re different enough that I can justify owning them all.

Ole Caliente

Ole Caliente is from Essie’s Spring 2012 collection, Navigate Her.  It’s a bright, almost neon, red-coral polish.  One coat is even and almost opaque – you could probably get away with it if you’re in a hurry.  This is two coats with Essie Good To Go.

Ole Caliente.  (Sorry about my cuticles, they’re not doing well with the sudden cold)

Though I don’t have a ton of polishes, and don’t wear brights all that often, I actually found a few almost-dupes in my stash.  Ole Caliente is on my middle finger.  On my index is butter LONDON Macbeth.  It’s a bit lighter and more pink, but pretty close.  A nice alternative if Ole Caliente is too bright for you.  On my ring finger is Too Too Hot, from Essie’s Summer 2011 collection.  It’s a touch more red and jelly-like, but you can’t really tell the difference unless you’re looking for it.  Though I don’t have either, Estee Lauder’s Hot Coral (as seen here) and OPI’s Red Lights Ahead… Where? (you can see it here) also look pretty similar.