Beauty Review: Essie Lollipop

There are some nail colours you just need to have in your collection. Sometimes it's because you fall in love with them on the spot, sometimes it's because it's the 'it' shade of the season, and sometimes it's because it's an absolute classic. A great red definitely falls into the latter category, and whilst I have a fair few - more on them another time - today I thought I'd show you Essie's Lollipop, which is described as a 'candy-cane' red.

This is the first Essie polish I've tried, and I acquired it by virtue of a happy accident - I ordered a different shade (Lilacism) from an eBay site in the US, but was sent this one instead. I was very tempted to send it back but it looked so pretty in the bottle I decided to keep it.

That's not a chip on my index finger by the way, just a reflection of the trees outside the bedroom window! As usual, base is Nails Inc Hyde Park and top coat is Seche Vite.

I really can't fault the formula of this polish - it's quite thin but the coverage is still brilliant, even with just one coat (as always, I used three for comparative purposes). I love the colour as well - it is super-bright but it's also got a lovely classic feel to it without being too brash. Sometimes a brighter red can look a bit too tarty but this is just a nice, bright, funky shade. I think it'd look great with a monochrome outfit to add a splash of colour or perhaps with a little black dress.

Essie polishes can be bought in the likes of John Lewis or at BeautyBay.com for about a bottle, but I got this one from an eBay shop called beautyzone2007 - they're based in the States so admittedly the shipping costs aren't cheap, but they're great for brands like OPI, Essie and China Glaze, especially discontinued colours.

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