My complexion has a warm undertone, so silver can sometimes be tricky for me to pull off. Nevertheless, I’m always game when it comes to testing out a new silver nail polish because I love how celebratory it looks!
Essie Apres-Chic from the Winter 2015 Collection is a silver that would warm the nail-polish-loving hearts of the Snow Queen and Frosty the Snowman.
Tin Man, eat your heart out!
Wintry with a wind-chill factor of minus twenty, Essie Apres-Chic certainly keeps its cool and found its way onto this blogger’s nails!
I wore this a while ago, but finally I’m bringing you the full review and more swatches of this flashy Essie nail polish.
Essie Apres-Chic Pictures
Essie Apres-Chic Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener – Maintenance version (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of Essie Apres-Chic
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Artificial Light Photos
Natural Light Photos
- Platinum (Yes)
- Name: Essie Apres-Chic
- Collection: Essie Winter 2015 Collection
- Colours Available in the Collection: Shall We Chalet?, Virgin Snow, Haute Tub, Apres-Chic, Altitude Attitude & Peak Show
- Amount: 13.5 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- Retail Price: $8.50 USD
- Disclosure: This was provided as a press sample by PR.
- Where to Buy: Essie website (US), Nail Polish Canada, Trade Secrets & select beauty-supply stores
Essie Apres-Chic Review
Welcome to the platinum life that makes your nails rival the Disco Fever era! Apres-Chic by Essie is a silver with a jolt of electricity!
Some silvers can appear flat, but this one pops with personality, and it instantly gave me a celebratory vibe, which is why I think it’d be ideal to wear during festive occasions like New Year’s Eve.
Also, with such a flashy base colour like this, it works great under nail stamping. Even a simple black design on top would come to life with this underneath.
The finish of Apres-Chic by Essie is a shimmery metallic that reflects the light and shows minor brush strokes. This is the kind of finish that doesn’t require the assistance of a glossy top coat – it pops all on its own, thank you very much!
Application & Formula
With the initial coat, I was able to achieve full coverage because of the high pigmentation. However, you know me – I used a second coat out of habit. Also, I wanted to see if it would intensify the colour. (It didn’t seem to make much of a difference in the shade when I applied the second coat.)
You will have noticed that I got some bubbling. The formula was thick, but not hard to control. When I used my usual medium coats, this unfortunately encouraged bubbling, so if you use this polish, I highly recommend that you use thinner coats because that will reduce your chance of getting any bubbling.
Also keep in mind that the bubbling wasn’t as noticeable in person because my nails aren’t blown up to larger-than-life proportions. While bubbling isn’t desirable, it wasn’t so bad that I felt the need to redo my manicure.
Final Verdict: 7.5/10
I really love the way that Essie Apres-Chic looks on other people, but with my warm undertone, I feel like my skin tone doesn’t do any justice to the polish. Still, I loved wearing this, and I know that I’ll be sporting it again by itself or under nail art.
How would you wear Essie Apres-Chic? Have you painted your Christmas manicure yet? (I’ll be probably doing it later today.) Can you believe how fast December has flown by?