The special on the menu today is Essie's Madison Ave-Hue. This polish has recently released as part of Essie's Spring 2013 collection.
I purchase Essie polishes at Kohl's because I get a pretty decent discount (about 30% off). I don't like to spend more than $5-6 on a nail polish. I honestly don't feel like Essie polishes are worthy of the hefty price point of $8. The Essie formula is a hit or miss. Sometimes the formula is lovely, but sometimes it is worse than a $1 nail polish from an unknown, questionable brand. If it weren't for the fact that Essie is available to me at Kohl's, where I receive a considerable discount, I most probably will not be able to justify purchasing an Essie polish.
Essie's Madison Ave-Hue is a dark hot pink with strong blue and purple undertones and subtle silver shimmer. I would describe it as a lavender fuchsia because it is too pink to be lavender and too purple to be fuchsia. Forgive my strange description. I know my descriptions are quite intricate sometimes, so I have added plenty of pictures for you to reference.
The formula of this particular shade is a sheer creme base with subtle shimmer. The application was not bad. However, this polish is thin when applied even though it doesn't seem that way on the brush. I had to apply three coats for a fully opaque look. I added Essie's Good to Go top coat on top as always.
I removed this polish after four days. I did not observe any chipping. My nails grow fast so I could see my naked nails peep through near the cuticles, but otherwise the polish was holding up quite well. I don't know if a four-day period is long enough to give you all a good idea of the longevity of this polish, but most people I know, including myself, change up their nail color after a few days.
I tested the other shades from this collection in the store. The collection includes Go Ginza (true lilac), Bond with Whomever (milky lilac), Hip-Anema (bright orange), Avenue Maintain (deep topaz blue), and Maximillian Strasse-Her (grayish milky green). I strongly disliked the formula of most of these shades, except for Avenue Maintain and Madison Ave-Hue.
If you all like the colors of Madison Ave-Hue (pictured) and Avenue Maintain (deep topaz blue), I would recommend these particular shades for their decent formula and application.
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