Top 5 Essie Polishes

(From top down: Fifth Avenue, Topless and Barefoot, Maximillian Strasse Her, Ladylike, Butler Please)

I hate walking by nail polish stands, especially Essie's. Every time I see that towering wall of shiny polishes staring back at me I feel like my self-control goes out the window. I'll think to myself "you've already got all the shades you need..." but before I know it I've fallen in love with a slightly different blue shade and I'm handing over my hard earned cash for yet another polish to add to my ever-growing collection. Oops.

Whether you're new to Essie polishes or are adding to your stash like me, here are the tried and tested polishes I swear by:

Topless and Barefoot: A nude polish that doesn't make me look like I'm six feet under? Finally. Being super pale I find that a lot of nude shades (namely Essie's Sand Tropez) look unflattering on my skin tone to say the least, but that's not the case here. Topless and Barefoot is a soft beige polish with slight pink undertones that really compliments my fair skin. Becoming opaque after a few coats, this has become my go-to nude polish for when I want something neutral.

Ladylike: A pale mauve shade with hints of grey running through it, this is a great one for working girls or anyone who doesn't want too much going on with their nails. It's non-offensive, subtle and will go with any outfit, so if you're someone that matches your nail polish to your clothes then you'll love this. I find I reach for Ladylike when I know I want to paint my nails but I can't decide on a shade for the life of me.

Maximillian Strasse Her: A blatant Lily Pebbles & Vivianna Does Makeup enabled purchase. There's a good chance you've already heard of this shade because a lot of people have fallen in love with it (and for good reason.) Maximillian Strasse Her is a polish that's like this unique hybrid of cool grey, green and duck egg blue- not a shade you see on the market too often and depending on the light it always looks a little bit different. While most would probably reserve this cool-toned shade for Autumn/Winter, I find myself reaching for it year round because I just love it so much.

Butler Please: I'd describe this as a cobalt, royal blue polish that's very vivid on the nails and definitely not one for when you want something understated or subtle. I don't normally go for shades as electric as this but Butler Please is bright without being neon and vivid without being smack bang in your face. It somehow manages to retain this beautiful deep blue shade while still being quite bright. This is another one that I wear year round and I think it looks especially lovely on fair skin. Pale girls unite!

Fifth Avenue: There isn't too much to say about this but how could I not include a classic red? Fifth Avenue is a vivacious orangey red polish that I think would suit both cool and warm skin tones. It adds a great pop of colour to an all monochrome outfit and it's the perfect shade to wear during the festive season as well. It's bold, it's bright and it's a brilliant staple shade to have in your collection.

What are your favourite Essie shades?

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156 comments:

  1. These are all so beautiful. I will have to restrain myself from going out and buying them all.. :) Thanks for sharing!

    Cass
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    1. Glad I'm not the only one woo'ed by nail polishes! :)

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    1. Mine too, I have polishes from other brands as well but I seem to always come back to Essie.

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  3. I've worn every shade in your post. I love bikini so teeny and cocktail bling.

    xoxo,
    geri

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  4. These nail polishes look pretty. x

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. Thanks, they are a bit like eye candy aren't they?

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  5. Love these shades!! Ballet Slippers is also a fave of mine!!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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    1. Oh I've heard of that one before but I haven't tried it myself, it'll probably be the next one on the list ;)

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  6. Don't have all of these, but I'm so curious about Butler Please! Currently loving Virgin Snow from Essie! x

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  7. Really want to try Maximillian too but I can not find it anywhere :P

    Maireem | My Fair Autumn | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat: myfairautumn

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    1. It would depend on where you live but if you're in Australia you can find Essie polishes at Priceline! :)

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  8. Firstly, I love the way you presented the nail polishes in the photo. Very creative and visually appealing.
    I don't have any of these shades of nail polish but think they all look gorgeous. I must admit that I love a particular shade then tend to use that one same color nail polish over and over and over.

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    1. Thanks Phoebe! I was really happy with the set up of the nail polishes as well so thank you for noticing :)

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  9. I will definitely check out Topless and Barefoot as, being pale myself, I have the same problem with nude nail polishes!

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    1. It can be so difficult being pale and finding good nude and neutral shades can't it?

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  10. Beautiful, love all the nail polishes

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    1. Thank you! They're really lovely shades to have in my collection.

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  11. I've never seen Ladylike before but it looks just up my street! My all time favourite would probably have to be Essie's Cocktail Bling!

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    1. Ladylike is such a nice everyday shade, Cocktail Bling is beautiful as well though! That's another great polish.

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  12. Ahh I want all of these shades now haha! Thanks for sharing! x

    TOUCHOFGUCCI // BLOGLOVIN

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  13. I love Essie. They have such lovely shades! My favorite shade is Angora Cardi.

    EllaBella

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    1. Me too, I think they really knock it out of the park when it comes to having a good shade range. I love Angora Cardi as well, especially in winter :)

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  14. I haven't got any Essie nail polishes because nail polishes really don't attract me much. The shades you have chosen are really pretty especially the pastels, good for every mood.

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    1. That's completely fair enough, sometimes I'll go through waves of painting my nails every day and other times I won't paint them for months!

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  15. I love these colours for spring! My favourite for winter is shearling darling!
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    1. I haven't heard of that one before! I'll check it out :)

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  16. I completely relate! You can never own too many nail polishes, there are just so many shades and getting a new one never hurts, specially from Essie! It's such a great and quality brand. Its always great to stop at your blog! I've noticed that it's grown so much it the last few months, you should totally make a blogpost with advice for us new bloggers!

    Wishing you well,
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    Ana

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    1. Wow thank you so much Ana, that's probably one of my favourite comments that I've ever gotten. I have actually been putting quite a bit of extra effort into my blog over the past few months so it makes me really happy that it's showing! I'll definitely think about doing a post like that for future, thanks for the great idea :)
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  17. I love the look and sound of Maximillian Strasse Her and Ladylike. I've never actually tried Essie polishes as I think that they're quite expensive but the shades are just gorgeous!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. They are quite expensive, though I find (in Australia at least) a lot of our nail polishes are ridiculously over-priced!

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  18. I do love my Essie polishes, was wearing Thigh High for a good part of winter. Fifth avenue is definitely something I need in my collection! I'm loving the look of Urban Jungle too

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    1. I'm thinking of 'investing' in a few new polishes this weekend, I'll keep my eyes peeled for Thigh High and Urban Jungle.

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  19. I'm a sucker for nude shades, so needless to say both Topless & Barefoot and Ladylike have caught my eye! Nudes have the ability to look so feminine and flattering on most nails.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. I agree, I think nudes just look so timeless as well.

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  20. I love the look of Ladylike and Butler Please! I don't think I've come across either before but I'll have to see if I can find them online :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. They're polar opposites of each other but I love them both equally!

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  21. Fifth Avenue is my all time fave! It's such a classic shade that I know I'll always have in my collection, and I find the formula to be amazing too, it looks opaque in just one coat. I love the name too :) Going to have to check out the other colours you've recommended!
    Brigitte x

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    1. I agree, I have a couple of different red polishes but Fifth Avenue is by far my favourite because it's so nice and vibrant!

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  22. I love Ladylike! It's such a classy shade and the funny thing is that it's also one of those colors that I reach for whenever I can't decide on a color, haha :)

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. Obviously great minds think alike Paula ;)

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  23. Great colours!!!

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  24. Butler Please looks like an amazing shade :)

    Emily / The Mini Mermaid

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    1. It is really beautiful, I don't normally go for shades that are so vibrant but I love how Butler Please looks on the nails.

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  25. Ohhh I love these recommendations. Butler Blue will be gorgeous when the summer rolls around! xx

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    1. It does look really nice in summer, though I like wearing it in winter as well. It looks great with an all black and white outfit :)

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  26. Oooh - I love these Essie Polishes! They're absolutely gorgeous and all so different, beautiful! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Layla, I did try to pick a nice mix of colours :)

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  27. Gorgeous. I need more Essie in my life! xx

    Jasmine / sweetaholic-beauty.com

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    1. You do! I'm such a fan of their polishes x

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  28. Topless & Barefoot is on my never-ending wish list - my Essie & Zoya wish lists in particular are quite long! Good to know it'll suit my pale self. :o) I used to have Butler Please & that was nice too, but I didn't use it as much for some reason.

    My favourite Essie shades are either bright or blue-ish: Saltwater Happy (been loving this one this summer!), Strut Your Stuff & In The Cab-Ana.

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    1. Saltwater Happy is such a beautiful looking shade, I can't believe I don't already own that one actually! I also haven't tried any Zoya polishes before, I'd love to but I have no idea where to buy them.

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  29. So many pretty shades! I'm not a huge nail polish wearer as I find it really damages my fingernails but I do wear it on my toes a lot and just the other day I was thinking I want to pick up a nice dusty pink shade and Ladylike looks like a great option.

    jessica - littlehenrylee.com

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    1. I used to have the exact same problem but I found that applying a really strong base coat and regularly buffing and filing my nails helped a lot!

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  30. They look so good!


    S.
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  31. Loved this post and your blog! Essie has always been one of my favourite brands for nail polishes, will have to try these colours out, they are so pretty! xxx
    http://fortheloveofbeautyxox.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you so much Bridget! Glad to hear you're a fan of Essie polishes as well :)

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  32. Essie always seems to have beautiful colors, and really good quality. That cobalt blue is gorgeous!

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    1. I agree, I know for some people their polishes don't last long but on my nails they work really well.

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  33. I haven't tried many of Essie's nail polishes however they do look beautiful. The blue colour is stunning!

    Laura xo

    www.shehearts.net

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    1. Thanks Laura, Butler please is a really lovely shade, hence why it's a favourite!

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  34. Love all the nail polishes. Great colour.
    Good vibes, Fox
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  35. Ladylike sounds absolutely gorgeous! I have a few Essie polishes but I can't remember the names off the top of my head :)

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    1. That's totally fair enough, it can be really hard to remember all the names when they're not right in front of you :)

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  36. Love all the pastel shades! I need to invest in more Essie polishes xx http://www.britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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  37. Essie is one of my favourite brands ... I recently saw a gold glittery one that I LOVE!

    A Day In Durham

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  38. I actually don't have any of these even though I have a lot of Essie polishes! I really like your picks. I do like Chills and Thrills which is a lighter dustier version of Butler Please. I do feel like buying Cocktail Bling though!

    Advaita | Blush Canvas

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    1. Go for it! Cocktail Bling is another really beautiful shade. I'll have to check out Chills and Thrills :)

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  39. Loving these, the pale pinks are gorgeous! I really like your blog, let me know if you would like to follow each other!

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    1. Thanks Adele, I'll be sure to check out your blog.

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  40. I have Butler Please as well, it's definitely a lot brighter than I typically go for too! It's surprising how easily it goes with any color though, I wear it all the time in the summer.

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    1. I agree, it's a shade I never would've thought I would like, but actually I really love it :)

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  41. I haven't tried Essie's nail polishes yet, but I saw a lot of review about them and they look so great.
    The shades are so beautiful, the Ladylike is gorgeous!

    Camy xx
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    1. If you ever get around to trying them I'd highlight recommend them :)

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  42. You know, I'm the same way with lipsticks that you are with nail polishes. I lose my self control a little bit and often forget that I do infact own too many shades. But it's what I love the most in makeup so why not, right?

    I own a few essie nail polishes but I have to be honest and say I've never actually used them. I'm a bit a ashamed!

    Ella Pinto xx

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    1. I'm with you there, if it's what you love the most then why the heck not! Makeup is there to be enjoyed after all :)

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  43. My favourite Essie shades are Ballet Slippers and Nice is Nice! I love essie, always great quality never disappoints!

    This Damsel Loves Blog

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    1. Ooo good choices, I really want to try out Ballet Slippers.

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  44. I love the nude-r shades, so pretty xx
    Jodie x

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  45. omg i LOVE these shades :o essie is one of my fave nail polish brands. i'm starting my own mini collection of them haha. i have ladylike and it's one of my faves. looks so good with my skintone. i do want to try that lighter blue that you have there x

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  46. The pastel shades are so pretty! Ladylike is a must have for me this Spring x


    Jenny | Krystel Couture

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    1. It would be really great for Spring, though I tend to wear it throughout the whole year as well!

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  47. All of these shades look beautiful and perfect for the hotter months! I love pastel and soft toned shades, it gets me excited for Spring. Barefoot and Topless are shades that I need to clearly invest in.:D

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    1. I agree, I think soft toned shades are perfect for Spring :)

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  48. Gorgeous selection, Butler Please is one definitely one of my personal favourites, it's the perfect shade of blue for my Caspar like hands ;)
    xxx Claire
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  49. I've been looking to get some essie nail polishes! These are great. Definitely going to get some :) x Alona

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  50. Lovely shades, I love the look of Ladylike for a everyday natural shade.

    Nicole xx | www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

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  51. I have butler please, it's gorgeous! Maximillian Strasse Her...now I need a colour like that! The pale green-grey is super pretty!!

    Macarons and Mischief

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  52. Butler Please looks like such a gorgeous shade! Adding it to my wishlist :)

    -Emily
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    1. It is gorgeous, I'd definitely recommend picking that one up :)

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    1. Unfortunately Sand Tropez really doesn't work on my fair skin!

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  54. I like the periwinkle blue colour. It;s my perfect summer shade. gorgeous photos too xx

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  55. My favourites are Ladylike and Bikini So Teeny! Topless & Barefoot and Butler Please both are screaming to be added to my collection now haha :) Lovely post!

    Kate | themintedblog.com

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    1. Thanks Kate, I forgot about Bikini So Teeny but that's another one of my favourites, I love wearing it in summer :)

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  56. I have Butler Please too, I do not use it much, but your description is exactly right!
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    1. When I first bought Butler please I actually didn't tend to use it too much either, but then I sort of got used to how vibrant it was and before I knew it I was wearing it regularly.

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  57. I've never tried any essie nail polishes, but after reading your post, i will have to try them out!

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    1. I'd really recommend them, I find the brush really easy to use and the formula holds up pretty well on my nails :)

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  58. All of these shades look amazing, Essie is my favourite nail polish brand. I would love to try Maximilian Strasse Her. x

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    1. It's such a lovely shade, I got it not too long ago and it quickly became one of my favourites!

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  59. How stunning is Lady Like, its so pretty ♥

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  60. I have never used Essie polishes in my life. I'm pretty that's a sin in the blogging world, but I've just never gotten my hands on them before. These all look fantastic though! I want to try Topless and Barefoot!

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    1. Definitely not a sin in my eyes, but I would recommend trying them out if you get a chance!

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  61. These look gorgeous! I love Essie polishes, they are pigmented and last a long time on me. My favourite is Barefoot, I need it in my life ASAP.

    xo
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    1. They last a really long time on me too! I think a good base coat and top coat makes a huge difference as well though.

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  62. Fifth Avenue is looking a lot like my jam <3 After barely wearing any polish this winter (well over here) I've finally put on some more colour in celebration of almost spring haha. I'm loving the other colours as well so need to go check those ones out too, thanks for sharing!

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    1. So happy you liked this post Stacey. I barely wore any polish in winter either, it was only when the weather started to get warmer that I felt like painting my nails again :)

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  63. Lovin' Ladylike! Gorgeous versatile colour... looks like I'm going to have to take a trip to the store!

    xox Cheyanne
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  64. I've seriously been trying to find Fifth Avenue for what seems like forever, I'm on the hunt for a perfect bright red-orange and feel like this one would be perfect! Maximillian Strasse Her always calls to me whenever I see Anna or Lily wearing it in one of their videos - it looks like the perfect neutral with a pop of color! My favorites are definitely Sand Tropez and After Schoolboy Blazer!

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    1. I actually bought Maximillian Strasse Her because of Anna and Lily, it always looked so nice on them. Love the look of After School Boy Blazer as well, adding that one to my list!

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  65. Essie is definitely one of my favourite nail polish shades. And I am also exactly the same! No matter how many times I've visited the Essie stand I always seem to find another same but different shade that I just need to get *sigh* Butler please is gorgeous blue, but my favorite shades are Merino Cool and Neo Whimsical, though those nude shades look awfully lovely ... haha x

    Chantalle | www.ceceandgrace.blogspot.com.au

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    1. I think I have Merino Cool somewhere in my stash but I'll keep my eyes open for Neo Whimsical next time I walk past an Essie stand ;)

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  66. Such beautiful colour choices! Perfect for spring! <3 xxx
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  67. My favourite shade is Lovie Dovie.. :)

    I'm a nail polish lover too!

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    1. Always nice to hear from another nail polish lover! I actually haven't ever heard of that shade before but I'll check it out :)

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  68. I actually really like how these colors look together. I can imagine furniture in these colors even! Love it
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  69. topless and barefoot is a must-have for me!! there's a periwinkle one that i love that i cannot remember the shade of righ now!

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  70. Lovely post. x

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  71. These shades scream spring! <3

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    1. Thanks Ayesha, though I actually wear them all year round!

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  72. Pastel colors are so pretty! These are all so beautiful.

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  73. I'm still so in love with these Essie polishes - think I need to go shopping and add a few more colours to the collection, they're just so pretty!

    Layla xx

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  74. Ah - everytime I look at this I really want to go shopping, the colours are just gorgeous and I love everything about the colours!!!!!! Got to love Essie, such a great brand! :)

    Layla xx

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  75. I love your introduction! LOL
    I think my favourite from the four is Butler Please... Soo pretty. :)

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  76. Do you feel like you always pick up the ones you already own? haha you're just drawn to them right off the bat. Thanks for the post, a couple i'll be adding to my collection for sure!
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    1. Yes! I always think I've found a really nice new shade and then it's one I already own...

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  77. I absolutely looove Essie! I used to not care what my nail polish brand is and one day I stumbled upon this pretty color *ahem "Ladylike"* and I thought I have to have that! Ever since then, I never looked back so now I always buy Essie polish because they go on soo smoothly and they last very long. Great post :) xx

    -Mitzee

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    1. Ladylike is gorgeous isn't it! I used to be a diehard OPI fan but Essie is definitely one of my favourite brands nowadays!

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  78. Very pretty shades. I also bought Essie polish they are very long lasting and comes in very beautiful shades. Now onwards i don't use any other brand of nailpaint. Very nice.
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  79. I love Essie brand. They always has been in the first number if we talk about their nail polish brands. I liked their shades because the colors are unique and the texture is quite thick.

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