Monday, April 9th, 2012

Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer
Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer

Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer

Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “new growth green.” It’s a soft pastel green with subtle warm yellow undertones. The closest dupe I could think of was Zoya Tracie, which has subtle metallic shimmer running through it. It’s also a little yellower. Barielle Myrza’s Meadow is also a bit similar, though a touch lighter, and it has multi-colored flecks of sparkle.  I love the yellow component to this, because it keeps it from being a cool, minty green that screams winter to me; the warmth gives it the freshness of springtime to me.

Navigate Her was opaque in two coats. The initial coat was a little streaky, but it was opaque and even with the second coat. It had a well-balanced consistency that was neither too thick or too thin, so it applied fluidly and evenly without pooling or bubbling. I tested Navigate Her for wear, and it managed a full seven days without chipping and had minimal tip wear at the end of the week.

The Glossover

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product

Navigate Her

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This will be beautiful against neutral and warm skin tones in particular--though it has subtle warm undertones, so I think cooler complexions can still pull this off. The formula was really easy to work with, and there was excellent color payoff.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer
Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer

Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer
Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer

Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer
Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer

Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer
Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer

Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer
Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Ulta, $8.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

he closest dupe I could think of was Zoya Tracie, which has subtle metallic shimmer running through it. It's also a little yellower. Barielle Myrza's Meadow is also a bit similar, though a touch lighter, and it has multi-colored flecks of sparkle.

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24 thoughts on “Essie Navigate Her Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Y

    THAT IS GORG!

  2. I love Navigate Her! As you say it’s a great spring color!

  3. Devi

    Ooh, that is such a beautiful color!!!

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laura Raindrop

    I’m wearing it right now :D
    It’s my first Essie polish and the application was a dream. I’m on my third day and it still looks exactly the same.

    I wasn’t even so sure about buying it, because I have a lime-colored polish which looks terrible on me, but I love Navigate Her.

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Malia Malia

    Really beautiful! Too bad I know it would look horrible on me :(

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carissa Carissa

    I picked up this color a while back because it’s a gorgeous polish. Unfortunately, it looks terrible against my fair, cool-toned skin. It really looks great on olive skin tones though.

  7. Amanda O

    looks like a scoop of pistachio ice cream

    I WANT IT!

  8. evangelia

    i love this polish so much :) it has a great formula too, unlike essie tour de finance

  9. I ♥ the shade. It looks great on you, especially for the Spring :)

  10. Michelle

    Don’t know why so many people are “leavin’ it”. I don’t think my bottle reads quite as yellow-toned IRL, but I think it’s a gorgeous pastel green! Almost like a pistachio green. Anyway, if you’re into trends at all, pastel/mint greens are pretty popular recently. Especially with the release of Dior’s Waterlily!

  11. Melissa

    I’m wearing this right now! The application was beautiful, and it looks exceptional on my skin tone. I have translucently pale (literally white as a sheet) neutral-toned skin that pulls slightly warm, so greens generally flatter me, and this is no exception! It looks so beautiful and I get lots of compliments on it.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    I’ve worn this one frequently since I got it. It’s a perfect spring color.

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Esther Esther

    is this at all like Butter London’s Bossy Boots? I’d love if they were close because I like Essie’s price more than BL’s :P

  14. beachgal

    Love that this is a) not chalky b) a move away from the olive/army greens c) not another mint green d) has that touch of yellow in it that moves it into a new/different fresh category of greens for this spring.

  15. My Favorite for spring!! I love this color on brown skin!

  16. Liz Bracey

    It’s the color of pus. Gross

  17. Debra Archuleta

    Or snot, if one has a sinus infection.

  18. Susan Jordan

    I really want this, haven’t been able to get my mitts on it yet!

  19. Malesa 'Sandy' Saraphanh

    Whoa rude. It’s actually a really pretty color.

  20. Amanda Maria Molina

    I found this ridiculously hard to paint with, as I find all Essie nail polishes!! :( The color is great but I can’t seem to get even, consistent coats! P.S. The green polish “Agor” that is part of The Hunger Games series by China Glaze is fabulous if you like a good emerald green!

  21. Valerie Rouse

    I love this. I got it as soon as it came out- it’s not a pus color!! It’s avocado ;) hehe

  22. Grace Semella Fancuberta

    And red polish looks like blood, brown shades can looks like you know what…the list goes on. I actually love this color, have it on right now.

  23. Shannon Elizabeth

    Wearing it now!! :)