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Longevity of Essie nail polish?

(27 Posts)
BeauNeidel Wed 14-Nov-12 22:50:17

I bought two neon polishes from Essie about a month ago. In fact less, it was the 20th October. I just put one on today, it is the second time I've used it - and it's gone gloopy already! Really really disappointed.

Has anyone else had this problem? Maybe it was just the formula or I've had a dodgy one - either way not impressed. I have 10 year old Rimmel polishes that are in better nick.

(And the lid was definitely on tight!)

LulaPalooza Wed 14-Nov-12 22:54:39

I find Essie pretty long lasting, so perhaps you just got a duff bottle? I've got a few 2 year old + Essies and they haven't gone gloopy.

I don't know if that will make you feel better or worse? hmm sorry!

germyrabbit Wed 14-Nov-12 22:55:56

don't find it any different to other polishes re storage, but it chips like mad so not worth the money

BeauNeidel Wed 14-Nov-12 23:12:30

Hmmm.....maybe it's just a duff bottle then. I'll check my other one and then email I think.

germy most polish chips like anything on me, as sadly my nail tips are always peely and nasty. I have just reinforced all bar my thumbs with teabags so we'll see if that improves them! I probably won't buy from Essie again though especially as we have a company that sells OPI in work for £5.83 per bottle

InNeedOfBrandy Wed 14-Nov-12 23:26:13

I have a essie 2 yrs on and going strong. I actually love Essie nail varnish.

DonaAna Thu 15-Nov-12 06:35:12

I have a bottle of Essie from 2-3 years back and it stays on my toenails until I redo them - 3-4 weeks! It's bombproof and my best toenail polish ever.

I hear they thinned out the formula when they went mass-market.

ifancyashandy Thu 15-Nov-12 07:31:54

Where do you store your polishes? I keep all mine it the fridge. I rate Essie - longer lasting than Chanel / Dior / Lancôme. But all polishes last longer with Seche Vite over the top (thank you MN!)

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 15-Nov-12 07:41:03

Mines on my dresser, why is the fridge good for it?

womblingalong Thu 15-Nov-12 07:50:58

All product formulas degrade over time, and heat makes them degrade faster, keeping nail varnish in the fridge helps the formula to say thin and go on smoothly, if you have a polish that tends to gloopiness, then keeping in the fridge will improve the texture.

Also if you live in a warm climate, it's a good idea to keep make up like foundation in the fridge so it doesn't degrade over time.

Most beauty products are developed to have at least a 3 year shelf life after opening.

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 15-Nov-12 08:19:06

Oh I have a very very very cold bedroom, that must be why my 6 yr old chanel one is going strong.

monkeysmama Thu 15-Nov-12 09:16:06

I have lots of Essie polishes that are fine, including a neon one. There are some good sellers on eBay I often buy from.

StrawberrytallCAKE Thu 15-Nov-12 09:22:40

I bought a lovely green polish from essie in boots last week and it's horribly gloopy, won't go on at all. Maybe I should take it back!

HousewifefromBethlehem Thu 15-Nov-12 09:30:07

I can't comment on essie however I have just bought some nailgirls and it's just started chipping after 5 days (of course I use seche vite too wink ) it's by far the best I've ever used. I got a sample I think from glossybox in the summer and was so impressed I bought a couple.

Pinot Thu 15-Nov-12 09:39:38

Essie chips like a bastard. Even more than Chanel shock

womblingalong Thu 15-Nov-12 09:41:58

I've bought that green varnish from Boots too, and mine is fine, cream texture, but goes on smoothly. Yes I find Essie chips in about 4-5 days on my nails with base coat and top coat.

StrawberrytallCAKE Thu 15-Nov-12 09:42:10

Ooh housewife I had some nail girls on until last night, the gold one that was in the beauty box and it didn't chip and looked really even. I'd never heard of it before.

ifancyashandy Thu 15-Nov-12 09:49:07

You think Pinot? I bought the new Chanel red 'Pirate' a couple of weeks ago. Only worn it once as it chipped (with Seche Vite) in three days or so. Currently wearing Essie polish applied last Thursday. One nail chipped slightly this morning. I find Essie really long lasting.

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 15-Nov-12 10:14:41

I recently bought a CK one, it's really really really really good. 5 days before chips 2/3 weeks on your toes.

HousewifefromBethlehem Thu 15-Nov-12 10:38:20

Yy strawberry I tried the gold too. However that has now disappeared, I'm guessing into dds bedroom grin It is very good coverage. I've got the matt black (stupid though because seche vite makes everything shiny, doh) a pillar box red and a mossy green. It must be good if I'm talking about it <lazy emoticon>

LulaPalooza Thu 15-Nov-12 11:07:34

ifancyashandy if I kept all my nail polish in the fridge there wouldn't be enough room for food grin

LulaPalooza Thu 15-Nov-12 11:14:34

I think Chanel chips waaay worse than Essie

BlameItOnTheCuervHoHoHo Thu 15-Nov-12 11:27:17

Teabags? Do tell!

I love essie colours, I change fairly regularly but polish chips vvv easily on me.

womblingalong Thu 15-Nov-12 11:29:51

Gold/metallics and glitter polishes tend to last longer because of the mica in the formulation.

ifancyashandy Thu 15-Nov-12 11:50:46

All my polishes are on the door shelves - rest of fridge is rammed with food!

BeauNeidel Thu 15-Nov-12 11:56:13

Oooh this is the most responses I've ever had on a thread I started! grin

BlameIt (great name by the way, Cuervo caused my one and only technicolour vomit so I certainly do blame it!) this is the teabag method. I've read through some of the comments and it seems to tear rather than cut is better. I use the brush on glue and then buffed with one of those blocks intended for gel nails. It's brilliant. Could go with bare nails as it's not visible - but who wants to do that??!

As for the Essie - I don't store mine in the fridge, never have, and I think this is the only one that has had this happen so quickly. Pretty sure I still have the receipt so I think I'll email the company as £9.75 for a pretty much unusable polish is not on!

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