Monday, August 6th, 2012

Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer
Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer

A Little Cotton Candy for a Summer Treat

Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.46 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy, sweet dusty pink.” It’s a light-medium cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a cream finish. Not quite Pepto pink, but it gives me similar vibes. You know, it’s funny: MAC makes a LOT of the blue-based, cotton candy pinks in the world (and not just nail color); all of the closest shades to this are by MAC. MAC Saint Germain is slightly pinker, less cool-toned. MAC Vagabondage is a smidgen lighter. MAC Ice Cream Cake is a fraction darker. Zoya Rory is somewhat similar in color, but it has a very shimmery finish, so they aren’t really dupes.

This color was totally opaque in two coats, and they were two beautiful coats at that. The formula was not too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly, fluidly, and I didn’t have problems with it pooling along the sides of the nail or bubbling.  I’m a huge fan of Essie’s creams; they’re just really easy to use, because they have a good consistency and excellent pigmentation.  I typically get a full week of wear without chips and minor tip wear with the brand’s formula.

The Glossover

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product

Cascade Cool

A+
A lovely cool-toned blue-based pink that's fully opaque and not at all streaky that should work nicely on those with cooler complexions. On warmer skin tones, it can still work, but it won't be quite as naturally flattering.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
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Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer
Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer

Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer
Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer

Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer
Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer

Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer
Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer

Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer
Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer

Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer
Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Beauty.com, $8.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

You know, it's interesting: MAC makes a LOT of the blue-based, cotton candy pinks in the world (and not just nail color); all of the closest shades to this are by MAC. MAC Saint Germain is slightly pinker, less cool-toned. MAC Vagabondage is a smidgen lighter. MAC Ice Cream Cake is a fraction darker. Zoya Rory is somewhat similar in color, but it has a very shimmery finish, so they aren't really dupes.

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33 thoughts on “Essie Cascade Cool Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. So pretty on you! And you always do that best paint job on your nails! 

  2. Avatar of Mirian Vermeulen MIRIANV

    omg i’m on a spending spree this week. must have!

  3. Dominique33

    Yes it’s very pretty, lovely for spring and summer as well. Cascade cool goes very well with Ratin Jot, I only wear nail polish during summer ( hands I mean ) and I simply love the colour. Essie colours are great and usually easy to apply except the pastel shades a bit difficult to work with, but Cascade cool is gorgeous.

  4. Dinitchka

    GARSH!!! That sure is even prettier out of the bottle and on your fingers!!

  5. Joannie

    Love on you Christine! I picked this up while out of state in June. So glad I did. Love it on my toes too.

  6. I love shades like these, but they don’t complement my darker skintone well. :(

  7. This is the epitome of girly nails and while I can appreciate it for others, it’s just not my makeup personality.  Looks great!

  8. shanny21

    This looks like the perfect Barbie pink to me, may have to pick one up!

  9. lolliez

    Holy $%&#!  This looks awesome!  This will be my next nail polish!

  10. Avatar of R. R

    Zoya’s “Sweet” is very, very close, maybe a little darker. Looking at these swatches I’m thinking they might be dupes.

  11. Letty

    Very pretty. I’m wearing a blue based pink on my nails today. :)

  12. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    That’s a fab color! Essie is one of my favorite formulas.

  13. Veronica Sawyer

    <3 lovely

  14. Tommy Carter

    Been wearing this shade for about 2 months now!!!

  15. sanguine13

    I don’t wear pink (red ftw!), but this is an adorable pink. It reminds me of strawberry ice cream.

  16. Avatar of Terri TerriMcMillanMansfield

    I just love girly pinky nails…

  17. Donna Traughber Kiber

    I’ve been wearing this shade for four months and I never want it to go away! Please always keep this!!!!

  18. Avatar of Aida ingerasata

    Reminds me of Zoya Sweet… 

  19. I usually go for darker polishes, but they are very unforgiving if you are not very good at applying it (namely me ) This girly pink is lovely though – quite vintage looking I think

  20. Iris Upchurch

    Love this shade of pink!!

  21. Pretty. Very cute and girly. But it’s not a shade I’d wear myself. Or maybe I would, but then I’d make sure to combine it with a really kick-ass rock chick outfit! To lower the Barbie level a bit :-)

  22. Isabelle Poppy

    hello temptalia!just a little question.What color eye shadow (MAC) go with brown eyes? thank you very much!

  23. Avatar of Angie AngieLid

    Hi Christine. I’m subscribed to your newsletter but I never seem to get it. I’ve checked my spam folder, etc but nothing. Any tips on how I can get it? I love your newsletters!

  24. Ina

    Really nice color! I bought MAC’s St. Germain but its a real pain to apply! Goes on all streaky and does not even out! That being said, I should have bought this one and saved me some $$

  25. Suse

    Stupid question (stupid because I’ve read it so many times and not every really been paused by this before): how can I tell if I have warm or cool skin tones? How would you describe your skin tones?? I’m looking for a gorgeous opaque light candy pink – Essie’s muchi muchi was close, but a little bland…

  26. Avatar of Jade Jade

    I loved this shade when you reviewed it at the time, and I still love it now. I can never find it when I look at the display though! I want it!