Friday, July 29, 2011

Essie Wars: A Comparison and Review

Left: Vanity Fairest, Right: Fiji

At a quick glance at these two Essie Polishes they look almost identical, although, as you can see, on the nails they have two totally different looks. I already owned Fiji and just received Vanity Fairest for my birthday from a girlfriend. When I opened it I though, "Oh I already have Fiji" then looking at the label I saw it wasn't Fiji, and as I've come to realize quite different.

Fiji: This is a very popular nail polish colour, and for good reason. It is the quintessential opaque baby pink. Even though I love this polish there is a downside to it. It tends to be streaky and a bit hard to work with. Although, in the picture I applied it over a base coat and it seemed to apply a bit easier.

Vanity Fairest: This colour surprised me. I expected it to be opaque like Fiji, but as I applied by first swipes I quickly realized it is very, very sheer. It also has a very slight shimmer to it, so slight that you may not even notice it. The photos show the colour after three coats. The result is a very subtle and sheer pink. It almost gives a freshly manicured nail type look. It is quite different from Fiji, but I love it just the same.

Have you tried either of these polishes? Let me know in the comments below. Which one do you prefer?

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