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10 Feb 2015

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Some nail polishes are born bitchy. They demand undivided attention and at least three coats before they will be coaxed to reveal an opaque finish. As much as I want to hate them, it’s the end result often makes me cherish these shades the most.

One of the polishes that would surely fall into this category is China Glaze’s Spring in My Step.  A 2014 release, this peachy-pink cream, conjures up the strongest emotions of both love and hate.

I have mentioned it before, hauling it along with Flip Flop Fantasy (also a bitch) and whined then, as I will now. It’s not easy to work with. You need nerves of steel and fixed concentration in order to apply the requisite three layers.  

One coat and all I see is streaks. At this point I am ready to reach for the acetone. Two coats and I can start to see why it might all be worthwhile, although evenness remains a further coat away. Then, three coats later, all is forgiven and I declare the polish my new “all time favourite”.

When I think about it I have a lot of polishes that are like this – they require effort and patience but they deliver on the shade front. And they are nearly all in the pink family. Here are some that immediately come to mind:
  • Essie Fiji – Queen Bitch.
  • Essie Romper Room – I adore this shade and have been on a mission to buy it for myself (if anyone finds it for sale in Dubai please alert me!) because it’s a white-based pink that looks incredible…once you battle the three-coat requirement.
  • Essie Ballet Slippers – blimey, this is becoming a “slam Essie” session, but this is also a shade that you have to hold your breath for.
  • OPI Mod About You – a cherished shade suspended in a formula that ends up “blobbing” on my nails, appearing too thick but yet not always opaque enough.
  • Christian Louboutin Tres Decollete – almost certainly not worth the price (it’s a fairly standard shade) and especially when the formula is not opaque.

It would be so much easier if I didn’t love those pale pink nail polishes so much. Although I whine about the formula and the process of applying it, which is a big deal for someone as shoddy with application as me, I get over it as soon as the work is done and the colour is on. It’s the simple things in life that make me happy and pretty nails counts as one of them.


What polishes do you love to hate?

43 comments

  1. The colour looks beautiful with a tan..

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  2. Pale pinks are always difficult for me! Essie's Turquoise & Cacos is a gorgeous shade, but needs like 4 coats for opacity. And Orly has a neon pink/coral - Passionfruit I think? - that is so so fun but terribly sheer.

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    1. Funny how things are different on different nails. Essies Turquoise and Caicos is opaque in two coats on me, but I really struggle with Essies Burgundy, which works lovely on my sister.

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  3. Oh my gosh, that color is GORGEOUS! Need to pick up ASAP for summer. I find that Essie Van'go is the same way. Patchy and horrible until the 3rd coat. But I always paint them too thick and they smudge and chip in a day. Grrr. That's why with colors and formulas like that I just go get my nails done and leave the application to the professionals ;)

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  4. This shade suits your skin tone so well, I wish I could pull off the lighter colours but I'm so pale!
    Mary-Ann xx
    Angel Flicks

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  5. Essie Marshmallow is the same way! It takes three or four coats before it look good. So annoying yet I keep using it because I love the color. lol.

    http://www.kaciesklosetblog.com/

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  6. I'm not sure I ever thought a nail polish was a bitchy colour, lol. I love these kind of vibrant colours on nails,but I tend to reserve them for my toes, especially when I have a tan.

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  7. Yep, pale pinks = pain in the arse! My bitchy polish is Chanel's Magnolia Rose. Arrrgghgh.

    V
    Life+1

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  8. Essie's Absolutely Shore, a gorgeous muted mint. It requires three thin coats to go from streaky mess to beautiful pastel creme.
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  9. I think opi bubble bath, coney island cotton candy, and in particular those shades that came out with the ballet collection might be on this list. I was at a Jcpenney salon one day buying opi and the lady tried to tell me that maybe it was my application as to why mod about you is a bitch. Well sorry lady that checks me in and rings me up, but I have been slopping lacquer on since I was like 10 and before that my grandma was putting it on me along with her frosty pink lipstick. I think at 30 years old I can figure these things out and don't need you to tell me I don't know a pita polish when I use one, how rude!

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  10. Loreal "Walk on the Beach" .. a creamy tan that streaks like mad. I actually like Essie Ballet Slippers, but I don't even try to build it up .. I just like a light coat.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  11. I really like the Essie nail polish colours but I don't have very good luck with their lighter shades. They tend to need multiple coats and they thicken up over time in the bottle compared to my OPI nail polish. Such a shame.

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  12. Beautiful shade but I agree about bitchy polishes! I tend to apply an opaque white as my base coat when I use really pale shades now - I don't have time for 4 coats!

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  13. gorgeouuuuuus!!!

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  14. I love china glaze shades, I have a strange matte neon coral/orange one. Weird. But great!

    Georgina
    foxonthehunt.com

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  15. love this colour, although I find it so hard to wear!

    TINYTWISST.COM

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  16. Ah Fiji for sure and Barry M Rose Hip... But this is on my hit list now it's gorgeous xx

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  17. I definitely love to hate Essie. It's the same for me-- the first two coats are the worst. It's not until the third coat that I start to realize why I still buy the brand.

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  18. This is such a gorgeous shade but I never have the patience to apply 3 coats. Pale pinks are the worst things ever to apply but they're always so pretty. It's a vicious cycle.

    Raise The Waves

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  19. I have come to the conclusion that I hate most Essie polishes I own. Fiji is more definitely Queen Bitch haha! I don't have any application issues with Mod About You however I do find that the colour almost oxidizes on me after a day - it gets slightly darker and warmer and I am not feelin' it as much. You might want to try Ciate Strawberry Milkshake if you can get your hands on it. It's a glorious bright pastel peachy pink that is not a bitch to apply :) xx

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  20. Essie Shop Til I Drop. Uggggggg. So the consensus appears to be that light coloured Essie is feh...

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  21. I love that colour, it's so pretty!

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  22. I'm not usually into pinks but this shade is wonderful. I might try to find it.

    Taylor
    www.taylordevil.com

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  23. Essie Fiji is most definitely the queen bitch! I haven't been able to find a substitute for it, so I'm stuck with the horrible application.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  24. Haha I love this post! Fiji is definitely a bitch for me too! But the colour is so worth it xx
    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I'm heading to Dubai for a holiday in May if you want a UK haul brought over, just fire over a list!

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  26. I love these shades too! I'd definitely recommend BarryM Gelly Polish in Rose Hip if you haven't already tried it. It's much longer lasting than the original BarryM polishes and you can just about get away with two, generous coats. I'm currently wearing it right now and it's still going strong.

    Kirsty - Effortlessly Excessive

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  27. Yup! Absolutely going to get this colour! xx

    www.2matesandablog.com

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  28. I read this while out in public waiting for the bus and bursted out laughing at Essie Fiji being labeled "Queen Bitch." HAHA. Laura, you have a way with words and describing beauty products. I'll be a reader forever! /fangirling

    sylvialoveslipstick

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  29. Oh gosh I love this post. I have a love hate relationship with Revlon Polishes. Always so very watery and thin. I have given up on the now.
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    Renee x

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  30. I love this post! I personally can't think of many more bitchy polishes as you've mentioned the ones I was thinking of. Pale pinks and glitter are always difficult for me.

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  31. Ohh this is SO true! Essie's Muchi, Muchi is a guilty pleasure and too requires 3 (careful) coats. Its a very baby pink and requires a lot of care. Although a needy shade, looks gorgeous afterward! Great read!! XOXO

    Lisa,xo

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  32. Haha - love this post. So true about Essie's Fiji. I also find this with Model's Own Pink Punch.

    Faye x
    i wish i could wink

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  33. Such a fan of all of your product reviews! Keep them coming!

    www.diversastyle.com

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  34. Such a fan of all of your product reviews! Keep them coming!

    www.diversastyle.com

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  35. You really need to try the Models Own Hypergels if you want a beautiful colour payoff in pale pink shades. They give the appearance of gel nails and give a beautiful even application in 2 coats. Check them out, I think you will really like them! I really like Persian Pink, Prude Nude, and Midsummer Mauve.

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  36. agreed! I own several shades like these! woah the end result on this one is perfection, I really love that shade of pink for summer. xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

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  37. I've hated pretty much every Essie nail polish that I've purchased. Light or dark, they have all been streaky bitches. I'm in love with opi I pink I love you. It's the perfect two coat sheer/pink color although it is a bit on the pinker side.

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  38. I LOVE flip
    Flop fantasy !!!!!!! I'll go apply this to my toes ASAP

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  39. Love the color and this brand.
    claudiapersi.blogspot.ca

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  40. that polish is niceeee.

    the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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