This review is pitting Essie nail polish against Eyes Lips Face (E.L.F) cosmetics nail polish against one another, viewing the pros and cons of each company polish. The polishes in question are E.L.F’s “Mint Cream” and Essie’s “Turquoise & Caicos.”
Essie has been taking care of nails since 1981, and in light of nail blogs and beauty videos, one of the summer’s top coveted colours has been “Turquoise & Caicos”. This colour is described on Essie’s website as a “flirty and pretty tropical aqua.” Essie nail polish can be commonly found at Shopped Drug Mart (Dundas Street West, King Street West, and Yonge Street in Toronto), on Essie’s official website (www.essie.com), and at Wal-Mart.
• Gorgeous colour.
• Smooth finish that leaves no streaks.
• Essie polishes are free of Toluene, DBP, and Formaldehyde. (These three ingredients found in other polishes are hard on the environment, as they do not easily evaporate, and some (toluene) are also found in gasoline, varnish, paint thinners, airplane glue and other harsh chemical substances that shouldn’t be on your nails.)
• This colour is long-wearing. At first I thought it would last usual 3-5 days in wear, but Essie really delivers in I have had this polish on for a week and there has been no chipping yet. In fact, the only chipping that happened was on my “odd nail out”, which was a thick, sparkly gold polish by O.P.I. (which has a lifespan of about a day and a half, by the by.)
• Expensive (I’ve seen anywhere from $8-$11)
• Globby application.
• Needs multiple coats. (While I’m aware most nail polishes need multiple coats, this required three for me not to be annoyed with the translucence.)
While E.L.F has a dupe for “Turquoise & Caicos” called “Teal Blue”, in this review we will be looking at E.L.F’s dupe for “Mint Candy Apple” (also by Essie). E.L.F has just reformulated their nail polishes, causing a price-raise of a dollar (but only .75 cents for the sparkle polishes, such as Metal Madness).
• Low price.
• Outstanding colour.
• Average durability (about five days before chipping occurs.)
• Like Essie, e.l.f cosmetics polishes are free of Toluene, DBP, and Formaldehyde.
• Can cause a streaky application.
• Requires multiple coats (which again, is usual for light colours.)
• Some has claimed that the new formula has caused changes to the actual colour of the E.L.F nail polishes.
• Chronically out of stock.
• Canadian shipping is outrageous. Canadian’s ordering off of the E.L.F website must pay not only the $6.95 for standard shipping, but an extra $8.00 for shipping to Canada. Using a coupon code may technically take away the price of standard shipping, but that $8 kind of takes away from the whole “affordable cosmetics” thing.
I would recommend both of these polishes. I may recommend E.L.F polishes over Essie since both colour payoffs are fantastic and E.L.F polishes are significantly cheaper, however E.L.Fs chronic “out-of-stock” on their polishes makes my vote go back to even.
The Essie polish is technically better, since the colour lasts longer, making you get the best bang for your buck. But you could get four or five E.L.F polishes for the price of one Essie polish, and ladies, it’s just nail polish.