Essie Vanity Fairest

Earlier this month, I used up the last of my favourite pale pink polish and I was looking to replace it. Up until then, I had been using Rimmel’s Ethereal but wanting to try something different, I picked up Essie’s Vanity Fairest. I was immediately attracted to its delicate nude-pink colour. It’s a very pretty, elegant and feminine shade. It was just what I was looking for and I couldn’t wait to put it on.

Unfortunately…it turned out that this is way too runny. Maybe I picked up a dud bottle but either way, a runny formula means that this is a bit of a nightmare to apply. The first time I used Vanity Fairest, I applied three coats and it took forever to dry. It then set with a seriously unattractive finish. In the end, I had to take it off the very next day because it just looked awful — so irritating!

I tried it again later that week with a bit more success. The second time, I had to make sure to be extra careful and patient with the application. To be on the safe side, I only applied two coats and it looked much better this time. I finally had a smooth and clean-looking finish. The colour is really lovely and I think it will suit all skin tones. As for chipping, I use Rimmel’s Nail Nurse as a top coat for all my polishes now so that’s not a problem for up to five days.


To be honest, I can’t say I’m all that impressed with this one. I only have two bottles of Essie nail polish in my collection and I’ve had similar problems with both of them. Considering they cost €10 each; I’d expect better.  I really would love to use this more because it is a great shade. I’m going to keep this one in the fridge and maybe that might help with the formula. In the meantime though, I think I’ll be picking up another bottle of Ethereal!


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