Hi guys, I hope you're having a lovely week so far. I am a bit moody today because now I know what all my fellow Canadian nail bloggers complain about - the shipping costs to Canada! I won't name any names here but I was so choked this morning when a certain site advertised $8 shipping to all orders in the US yet when I wanted to check out, it charged my not only $28 for shipping, but an ADDITIONAL $11 for "international handling"! Absurd! I am so heartbroken and now I am left trying to get my US friends to ship it to me! Ahhhh!!!
So onwards with some actual polish, today I have an oldie but a goodie. This is my very first Essie polish! Essie Turquoise and Caicos which is a timeless vintage seafoam green pastel turquoise, with dusty subdued desaturated tone. I won't lie but this formula was a mess. It took three coats to build to full opacity, but even then, application was patchy. Because this was my first impression of Essie, I was not impressed. I absolutely love this shade and funny enough, as much as I own these kinds of shades - I don't own anything quite like this. Very similar, but not with that desaturated dusty tone that I adore. Here's 3 coats of Essie Turquoise and Caicos:
One thing I noticed about Essie Turquoise and Caicos - I felt like it was close to a Tiffany blue, but the name. THE NAME. Turquoise and Caicos. Tiffany and Co. Is this possibly a play on getting something close to Tiffany blue? Here's a hint - welp, it's pretty close in real life, but in my white light controlled light box, you can see that there is a difference. Alas, the hunt for a true Tiffany blue continues.
And last week I showed you guys what a glitter topper looks like on top of Essie Turquoise and Caicos. Here is China Glaze Glitz N Bitz over top. Hides the nasty patches! I kind of dig it like this:
I know a lot of people who own this polish - what do you think about it? Hit? Miss? Is the shoddy formula worth this unique hue of pastel turquoises that we all love so much?