Color Essence is a rather small cosmetics company compared to many big name brands that are popular in stores. Here in Canada the selection is very minimal and I can only find a fraction of the products that are available on the Color Essence website.
I own a few different items from this brand including their eye liner, mascara, blush, lipsticks and eye shadows and for a lower end brand their products tend to be pretty good.
In the U.S. you can find Essence cosmetics in Ulta and here in the Greater Toronto Area the brand is available at Shopper Drug Mart. Shoppers Drug Mart usually has a small display tucked away somewhere in the store. If you would like to check out their website you can find it at: http://www.essence.eu/us/usa/fm0/home.html
Color Essence sells affordable cosmetics at a fraction of the price with some items starting at just $1.50. The nail polishes that I am going to review in this post were about $2.50 each.
I will begin by naming all my polishes in the photo above from left to right
#05 Sweet as Candy (sheer pink)
#08 Ultimate Pink
#39 Lime Up!
#86 A Lovely Secret (pastel lavender color with purple flecks)
#26 Break Through (medium toned deep purple)
#98 Walk On Air (deep blue)
#53 You Belong to Me (pastel mint green color)
#34 Walk Of fame (brown taupe color)
#46 Wake Up (vibrant orange)
#55 Let’s Get Lost (vibrant sky blue color)
I love the color range of this nail polish line. They range from neon colors, to bright and vibrant colors and even subtle and earthy toned hues. These polishes come in small bottles but the fact that they are fast drying was a big selling point for me. They also do not test on animals which is also a bonus.
The polishes apply rather opaque and they are easy to apply. Most of the polishes only require 2 coats and they do dry rather quickly. They give off a slightly glossy finish and the brush is rather standard and easy to work with. I like that the formula is rather thick as opposed to thin and runny.
I find that for the price these polishes are of good quality and with a good top coat I have gotten one whole week wear without any chipping. With any nail polish, chipping also depends on how much you use your hands. If you are doing a lot of work with your hands you may not get as much wear out of your polish.
These polishes are great for all seasons and they look good as part of a manicure or pedicure. I have no issues with the polish bubbling on my nails and they do not stain.
My favourite pink color thus far including all polish brands I have tried is #8 called Ultimate Pink. This pink definitely lives up to its name and with a top coat it looks bright and extra glossy which I love.
My second favourite color in this line is #46 called Wake Up, which is a vibrant orange color and the best orange color I have found throughout all nail polish brands.
If you like pastel colors then you will love the colors You Belong to Me and A Lovely Secret which are colors I love for the spring time.