I’ve been putting off this post for a few days because I didn’t want to give a negative review. Every year, a few of the big nail polish companies release polishes to raise breast cancer awareness. Part of the proceeds, or a donation, to to different breast cancer charities. Every year, Essie releases 1 or more pink polishes and makes a donation the Living Beyond Breast Cancer foundation. I whole heartedly support breast cancer awareness because my Grandmother is a survivor of breast cancer. Cancer has greatly impacted my life, not just through my Grandmother, but other family members, some of who unfortunately lost their battles. I always donate to cancer foundations and do my part to support the cause. So I hate to give a bad review and to dissuade anyone from buying a polish that goes to such a good cause. But, I would suggest picking up one of the other 3 polishes from Essie rather than this one.
Essie “Good Morning Hope” is a sheer milky baby pink creme. I opened it in the store and thought it wouldn’t be as sheer as it is. This polish took 4 coats to get opaque. This is 4 coats pictured above. I have big issues with sheer pinks, they are like my pet peeves in the nail polish world. Formula wise, this fell into the old-Essie trap. If you guys have been obsessed with nail polish for a while then you might remember how the old Essie formula was. It was sheer, not that self-leveling and by the last coat it turns into very thick with a ton of cuticle drag. Every since Essie was bought by Loreal, those issues are few and far between. Well this polish brings back all those memories. This didn’t even out on the nail, I got cuticle drag and bald areas, and it got thick by the last coat. Then after 4 coats, I waited about 20 minutes to put my top coat on. I put a fast dry top coat on, and an hour and a half later I went to bed. I woke up, and I had sheet marks on all of my nails, and nicks and dents everywhere (as you can see from the picture above).
I’m so disappointed because I love the cause and definitely support breast cancer awareness. But if you don’t want to struggle with an awful formula, then I suggest checking out 1 of the other 3 polishes Essie released for the cause this year.
What do you guys think? Do any of you have similar issues with Essie formulas? Do you support breast cancer awareness and purchase the polishes?