Friday, June 28, 2013

Splurge v. Steal Throwndown: Summer Nail Polish

I love nail polish. I even like the smell (I'm aware this is strange). I like experimenting with different color combinations and textures. If you buy nail polish often, it can be expensive. OPI and Essie run about $8.50 a bottle (still a lot less expensive than a spa manicure). I decided I'd try an inexpensive brand to see if it worked as well. Here are today's contenders:




The Lowdown: 

Essie Mint Candy Apple: This is one of my favorite Essie colors. It goes on smoothly, and you only need two coats to get the color pictured. If you use a good topcoat, you should be chip free for a reasonable time period. 

Benefits: The nail polish will last you upwards of a year, no goop! 

Negative: $8.50 a bottle 

Sinful Colors Mint Apple: The sheen in this polish is nice, and adds a little dimension. However, It took me 4 coats to get the opaque color that you see in the bottle. Of course, that means the polish is more prone to chipping. 

Benefits: $2.00. 

Negative: You'll have to basically dump the whole bottle on your nails to get the desired color. 

This round goes to the splurge! 


  1. DUH! Essie wins all throw downs. Case in point: my last 2 pedicures were Essie, lasted well over 3 weeks each. This weekend, chose an OPI color: chipped after 3 days!! (let's ignore the fact that I've gotten 3 pedicures since April while unemployed waiting for work to start...use me as an example for how NOT to detox and disarm?)

    1. haha nice! I want one so bad, but I dont want anyone to see my runner's feet!

  2. Loooove that essie color! Might have to get it soon.

  3. Oh my gosh...4 COATS?! I'd get tired after the second coat haha!
    But wow it is such a beautiful mint color!! Definitely worth having in your nail polish collection :)

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