Essie Trophy Wife has a silly name.
(Side note: I’d love to see a nail polish called ‘Trophy Husband’. If I could design it, it would be a deep blue with gold and black glitter.)
This is another one of those polishes that really comes alive in the light – it’s glowy and dramatic!
For a long time, I hardly blinked an eye (or two since I have more than one) at Essie. But ever since they started adding colours that aren’t traditionally feminine (e.g. pinks, reds, sheers), that’s when I sat up and took note. Then I began salivating like Pavlov’s dogs.
(Another side note: If you haven’t seen Ivan Pavlov, you’ve gotta check out this photo. The dude has awesome facial hair. I wish that more men would sport something like that. Haha, it would give you more reasons to smile each day! :P)
Essie Trophy Wife Pictures
Essie Trophy Wife Ingredients
Essie Trophy Wife Swatches
All swatches have:
- Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat
- 3 coats of Essie Trophy Wife
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Deep teal pearl
- Name: Essie Trophy Wife
- Amount: 13.5 mL (0.46 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by Natali Products. Retails for $8 USD.)
- Where to Buy: Natali Products (if you’re an industry professional), Nailsupplies, Beauty.com, Head2Toe Beauty & Trans Design
Essie Trophy Wife Review
Trophy Wife by Essie is a bluish green that reminds me a little bit of mermaid fishtails (not that I’ve seen one, but I keep hoping for miracles)! 😉
It’s as lively on your nails as a song that takes it up an octave for the final verse. This is my kind of colour – vivid and fierce.
If you’re a fan of green or teal nail polishes like I am, I bet my bottom dollar that you’d like it, too. (Heck, I’d also bet my top dollar.)
Essie describes Trophy Wife as having a pearl finish. I guess it is a bit pearly, but I think it can also be called frosty since there’s a noticeable metallic quality. And since it’s frosty, yes, there are noticeable brushstrokes, however, they aren’t in-your-face.
Application & Formula
The formula surprised me. For a colour that’s this saturated, I was expecting it to be very pigmented in a single coat. That wasn’t the case at all! The first coat was sheer and somewhat streaky. With a second coat, it looked much better, but I felt the strong need to apply a third coat.
My bottle of Trophy Wife by Essie was thin and watery, so I had to be careful not to accidentally flood my cuticles. Other than that, the formula was great and easy to control.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10
I kept looking down at my nails (like a vain peacock) when wearing this manicure. It’s another hue that I would definitely classify as a ‘comfort colour’ – i.e. I found it super easy to wear because it didn’t stray out of my comfort zone.
Even though it required 3 coats for me to get it the point where I was happy with the way it looked, I think that extra coat was worth the effort!
Do you buy your Essie polishes at the drugstore, salon/spa, or beauty-supply store? Don’t you just love the sophisticated and minimalist shape of the Essie bottle?