My Current Essie Collection

As many of you now by now, I'm a huge Essie fan! I'm completely smitten with their nail polishes and I have been such a fan even before they were officially available to purchase in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I still remember the first day they hit the drugstores here – I was so, so excited and literally ran over to buy myself my first Essie. Over course of time I've amassed a nice little collection of which I'm proud of. I treat every Essie polish as a collectible, something I truly value but these ‘collectibles’ don't gather dust as I'm almost always sporting a certain shade on my nails

What drew me in was the color range which isn't as wild as, let's say the colors China Glaze puts out there. But I almost cherish and very much appreciate the elegant, sophisticated vibe every Essie exudes. From top notch nudes, greige/taupey and sand hues, sexiest burgundies & plums to the ravishing blues – I simply cannot resist them!

I'm also loyal to Essie's formulation which is by far the best in my books. Regardless of pigmentation (certain shades benefit and provide a unique effect due to the sheer texture), they always have the ‘golden middle’ of formulations – not too thick but not too thin either. The new brush which isn't so new anymore is also my favorite – it suits the shape of my nails and nail beds perfectly. A squoval thick brush always allows a flawless application. Let's not forget how cute Essie bottles look! They're the definition of my perfect nail polish bottle.

I currently own nineteen Essie nail polishes and I love each of them in their own special ways. Do I actually wear all of them? In fact, I do! You'll see that I've worn some more frequently than others but that's mostly down to my color preference, convenience and versatility of some shades which suit my work environment best and some colors are seasonal faves. Without further ado, let's break down this Essie collection! I've organised all shades in five rows, from left to right and they'll be listed in that order.

  • Pretpostavljam da vecina vas zna da sam velika, ma naajveca ljubiteljica Essie lakova za nokte! Totalno sam zaljubljena u njih i dosta ranije nego sto su postali dostupni u BiH. Jos uvijek se sjecam prvog dana kada su stigli u dm – bila sam nevjerovatno uzbudjena da sam doslovno po primitku informacije da su tu otrcala do najblizeg dm-a kako bi se pocastila svojom prvom bocicom Essie magije. Od tada sam do danas uspjela napraviti pravu malu kolekciju voljenih lakova, zbog koje osjecam neki neobican ponos. Tretiram svaki Essie lakic kao kolekcionarski komad koji mi je drag srcu a ono sto je najbolje jeste sto cete svakog od njih vidjeti na mojim noktima gotovo pa svakog dana u sedmici.
  • Ono sto me ovom brendu na prvu privuklo su nijanse koje nisu divlje poput, recimo China Glaze lakova. Ali na neki specifican nacin upravo volim sto su Essie lakovi nijansirani na elegantan, sofisticiran nacin. Od nude nijansi, greige/taupe i boje pijeska do seksi varijanti vina, sljive pa i fantasticnih plavih – neodoljivi su!
  • Takodjer sam vjerna formulaciji Essie lakova koja mi licno najvise odgovara. Njihovi lakovi su ‘zlatna sredina’ po pitanju gustoce jer nisu rijetki ali ni previse gusti. Pigmentacija umije varirati od izuzetne no nekim nijansama jako pristaje i sheer efekat – svako moze pronaci nesto za sebe. Cetkica koja je prije nekog vremena izmijenjena i poboljsana je odlicna – savrseno odgovara obliku nokta. Ne smijem zaboraviti ni (mozda ne toliko relevantnu) cinjenicu da su bocice Essie lakova presimpaticne! Barem meni su definicija idealnog laka.
  • Trenutno posjedujem devetnaest Essie lakova u svojoj kolekciji i svakog od njih volim na svoj nacin. Da li zaista nosim svih 19 na noktima? Ustvari, da! Vidjeti cete da su neke nijanse cesce nosene u odnosu na druge ali razlog je vecinom splet okolnosti (neki mi vise odgovaraju za posao) a nekada godisnja doba diktiraju favorite. Da ne duzim, pogledajmo zajedno sto sve sacinjava ovu lijepu Essie kolekciju! Organizovala sam sve nijanse u pet redova i sa lijeva na desno su nijanse postavljene te opisane u tekstu ispod.

  1. Essie Ballet Slippers – an off-white palest pink of a sheer but buildable formulation. Perfect for work and my second most worn shade. 
  2. Essie Fiji – opaque creamy pastel pale pink. Sometimes prone to streaking. Stunning on tanned skin!
  3. Essie Sunday Funday – a bright orangey-coral which is shot through with specks of glitter. Similar texture to Naughty Nautical and Bikini So Teeny. 
  4. Essie Chubby Cheeks – very special and creamy brick-red hue of a prominent orange undertone. Perfect Summer/Autumn shade and amazing texture.
  5. Essie In Stitches – creamy and dark dusty pink which sometimes looks like it has rusty red and brown mixed in. Versatile.
  6. Essie Watermelon – stunning magenta/red/pink. It's unique and expensive-looking on nails not to mention a perfect nod to Summer days (& nights!).
  7. Essie Bikini So Teeny – the ultimate cornflower blue! This light blue beauty is pale yet vivid and shot through with silvery shimmer. Very photogenic.
  8. Essie Lapiz Of Luxury – dreamy ocean blue, evokes nautical vibes and has extreme cool factor. Sheer-ish but buildable and suprisingly wearable.
  9. Essie Mezmerized – the most ravishing deep Royal Blue out there! Literally has the perfect long-wearing formulation, opaqueness and even application.
  10. Essie Aruba Blue – metallic, shimmery version of Mezmerized. Suitable for Summer and Winter and particularly original. A rare gem!
  11. Essie Luxedo – deepest violet/plum borderline black. The most sophisticated, most elegant dark nail polish I have ever found (but still not goth). Perfect formula and high glossy finish. Sexy stiletto of the nail polish world.
  12. Essie Decadent Dish – yummy chocolatey/burgundy shade of a metallic finish. Has bronze and brown shimmer, quite unique and Autumn/Winter appropriate.
  13. Essie Shearling Darling – incarnation of the rich ebony wood with strong burgundy undertones. Extremely rich and elegant and more on the red wine than plum spectrum of things.
  14. Essie Bahama Mama – the ultimate Autumn nail polish! This creamy, rich plum/purple isn't too dark but does have an alluring mystique to it. It's my third most-worn nail polish.
  15. Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck – a dusty lavender creme. This pale pink-tinged mauve is pretty unique, of a thick formula and goes perfectly with lighter skin.
  16. Essie Mint Candy Apple – hands down, my most worn nail polish ever! This fresh yet ever so creamy dollop of crème de menthe is the only one of its kind. I've never found it's true dupe. 
  17. Naughty Nautical – medium toned shimmery turquoise. Simple and effective, has a great formula and always looks swish.
  18. Essie Dive Bar – a scarab-looking black base enriched with deep teal shimmer. Probably not to everyone's taste and I rarely do whip it out but when I do I know it'll get me tons of compliments.
  19. Essie Summit Of Style – my favorite top coat of all time! Just one swipe gives a wonderful payoff and if you're shying away from classing yellow/gold shimmer in top coats than this bronze alternative will blow you away. 



  • Essie Ballet Slippers – jako blijeda, skoro pa bijela njezno ruzicasta nijansa sa formulacijom koja je sheer ali se slojevima nadogradi do bolje prekrivnosti. Stvorena je za radnu sredinu i drugi je po redu najvise noseni lak iz kolekcije.
  • Essie Fiji – blijedo pink guste, kremaste teksture i potpunog prekrivanja. Nekada je sklona neravnomjernom nanosenju. Fantasticna, ma nenadmasna na preplanulom tenu!
  • Essie Sunday Funday – zarka narandzasto-koraljna boja, posuta sitnim shimmerom. Po pitanju teksture jako slicna Naughty Nautical i Bikini So Teeny lakovima.
  • Essie Chubby Cheeks – bas posebna, kremasta boja cigle sa izrazajnim narandzastim podtonom. Fantasticne trajnosti i formulacije te idealna za prijelaz iz ljeta u jesen.
  • Essie In Stitches – srednje tamna zagasita ruzicasta (poznata i kao prljavo roza). Specificna je po tome sto nekada izgleda da je i malo crvenkasta ili smedjkasta. Veoma nosiva u svim prilikama.
  • Essie Watermelon – prekrasna kombinacija ljubicasto-roze i crvene boje. Stvarno je unikat. Djeluje ‘skupo’ na noktima i kao da je stvorena za ljetne noci (i dane!).
  • Essie Bikini So Teeny – ultimativni pobjednik u kategoriji razlicak plave nijanse (puderasto plava sa ljubiastim podtonom). Ovaj svijetlo plavi ljepotan je istovremeno njezno pastelan ali ice i privuci paznju. Prozet je sitnim srebrnim shimmerom. Jako fotogenican.
  • Essie Lapiz Of Luxury – sanjarska okean plava, ima taj morski prizvuk i stvarno je lijep na noktima. Pomalo sheer ali slojevi sve nadoknade i iznenadjujuce je nosiv.
  • Essie Mezmerized – raskosna kraljevsko plava boja koja predstavlja sve ono najbolje kod Essie lakova! Fantasticno trajne formulacije, nanosi se savrseno ravnomjerno i pigmentirana je bas kako treba.
  • Essie Aruba Blue – metalik shimmerasta verzija Mezmerized laka. Prigodna za nosenje ljeti i zimi jer se kao pravi kameleon stapa sa sezonskim ugodjajem. Poseban je.
  • Essie Luxedo – tamna ljubicasta, gotovo pa crna. Najljepsa, najvise sofisticirana tamna nijansa laka koju sam pronasla a da nije goth. Savrsene je teksture i visokog sjaja. Seksi stileto u svijetu lakova.
  • Essie Decadent Dish – ukusna cokoladna nijansa uz dasak crvenog vina za potpuno hedonisticki dozivljaj. Sadrzi shimmer smedje i boje bronze koji kreira unikatan metalik efekat. Divan lak za jesen i zimu.
  • Essie Shearling Darling – kada bi postojala tecna verzija drva ebanovine, to bi bio ovaj lak. Izrazenih je crveno/bordo tonova. Djeluje bogato i elegantno.
  • Essie Bahama Mama – ultimativni jesenji lak za nokte! Ova raskosna, socna sljiva-ljubicasta boja je svima favorit jer nije previse tamna a misticna je. Moj je treci po redu najvise nosen lak.
  • Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck – ‘prljava’, zagasita krema od lavande. Ovaj mauve lak ima njezno ruzicasti podton, guste je teksture i posebno lijepo izgleda na svjetlijem tenu.
  • Essie Mint Candy Apple – apsolutno nepobjedivi, najvise noseni lak za nokte ne samo iz ove kolekcije vec uopsteno! Ova svjeza, mazna kasika crème de menthe je jedinstvena. Unatoc potrazi za dupe-om, ostaje bez kopije.
  • Naughty Nautical – srednje tamna shimmerasta tirkiz nijansa. Jednostavan a efektan lak, odlicne teksture je i nikada ne dosadi.
  • Essie Dive Bar – poput skarabeja, ova crna baza okupana raskosnim plavo/tirkiznim shimmerom mozda nije po svacijem ukusu ali kada god bih nosila ovaj lak, priskrbio bi mi mnogo komplimenata.
  • Essie Summit Of Style – meni najdrazi shimmerasti nadlak ikada! Samo jedan premaz ostavlja savrsen raspored sljokica. Specifican je po tome sto je idealna alternativa sljokicama zuto/zlatne boje. Bronza je genijalna ideja i od mene ima toplu preporuku!

2 Comments

  1. Oktobar 16, 2015 / 11:29 am

    Obožavam Essie lakove kao i njihov izbor nijansi <3 Divne su ti fotkice kao i kutijica u kojoj ih čuvaš 😀

    • Oktobar 16, 2015 / 1:20 pm

      Essie-holics ne bas anonymous 😀
      Hvala ti mila, kutijica je rucni rad meni jako drage djevojke i pisala sam o njoj na blogu a namjeravam pisati o jos dvije krasne kutije koje sam kupila od iste osobe i koristim ih vec vise od godinu dana.

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