Friday, July 27th, 2012

Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer
Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer

Pop of Pink to Keep Your Summer Bright

Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “a bold hot pink.” It’s a brightened medium pink with subtle cool undertones with a cream finish. Cult Nails Untamed is similar but has a jelly finish and contains shimmer. MAC Pink Nouveau is darker. Chanel May is several shades lighter and more yellow-toned. MAC Ice Cream Cake is much, much cooler-toned. MAC Galore Pink is a smidgen lighter. Zoya Jolene is brighter.

What a happy, perfect-for-summer pink cream!  It has an immaculate formula, too–naturally glossy, full color coverage in two coats, and applies evenly without a fuss. I didn’t experience any bubbling, streaking, or pooling of the polish along the edges of the nail. I typically get a full week of wear with Essie’s formula with some minor tip wear but no chipping to speak of.  When I was swatching through some Essies last week, I was reminded of how much I love their cream formula.

The Glossover

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product

Off the Shoulder

A+
What a happy, perfect-for-summer pink cream! The formula was top notch with opaque color in two coats. Not terribly original, but a very fun shade to wear this summer.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer
Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer

Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer
Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer

Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer
Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer

Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer
Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer

Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer
Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer

Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer
Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Cult Nails Untamed is similar but has a jelly finish and contains shimmer. MAC Pink Nouveau is darker. Chanel May is several shades lighter and more yellow-toned. MAC Ice Cream Cake is much, much cooler-toned. MAC Galore Pink is a smidgen lighter. Zoya Jolene is brighter.

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27 thoughts on “Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Gorgeous pink! Just the right level of intensity for a pretty look.

  2. pinkcupcake85

    maybe its just the camera but,mine looks darker almost like a barbie pink

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Karen kendo

    Christine, I think the color description is wrong… the ‘limitless sea blue’ was another polish.

  4. a limitless sea blue? typo :) beautiful color, thanks for the review!

  5. _bornforastorm

    “Essie Off the Shoulder Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “a limitless sea blue.””I think you need to work on proofreading.

    • _bornforastorm So sorry! I just fixed it – I copy and paste posts to save time on all of the image coding, since I write the posts in html :)  I meant to look up the official description and must have forgotten by the time I finished the review. Sorry again!

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of AS AS1929

        Christine (Temptalia) I do this sometimes in my work even though I also have a lot of attention to detail.  If you look at the thousands of tasks you have to accomplish to create a single post, stuff sometimes will happen, even if your error rate is .0001 %.  I don’t think you have to “work” on your proofreading.

  6. Very Barbie :-) Not something I’d personally wear. But I don’t hate it.

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachel Rachel

    It is a pretty color but I hate Essie polishes with a passion.  I got a couple from last summer’s collection, used one of them once (Braziliant) and never again.  Hated the formula (and the ingredient list) and it chipped like nobodies business.

    • @Rachel What about the ingredient list bothered you? Totally curious – I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a polish’s ingredient list so I’m wondering what stuck out to you.

  8. Very pretty! I seriously need to go buy some Essie nail polishes — if their formula is that good, I’m SO buying some! Great price point, too.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Sophia SophiaK

    this is so adorable!!!!!

  10. Agreed–Essie has an amazing array of colors to choose from and a fantastic formula. This is why I’m never tempted to spend the extra $12-18 for a high-end polish–I am perfectly happy with my Essie from CVS :)

  11. blueraccoon

    Oh, I like this! Bright and happy for summer, and will look great against a lot of different skin tones. 

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat G

    I love Essie! I think I have enough pinks but I agree this is a happy pink!

  13. jennyh

    This looks extremely streaky on my monitor. Even if I liked this I wouldn’t be able to find it. All the displays for this collection are cleaned out or have been replaced by something new. 

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

      jennyh   It looks *extremely* streaky and uneven in that last photo to me too. But not at all in the other ones. It’s so odd. I noticed it myself and went back to look at the prior photos, then thought I must be imagining it. Glad to see I’m not alone. 

  14. army_wife_in_alaska

    Gorgeous shade. Will have to check it out!

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of becky swagarina

    this looks exactly like essie – knockout pout!!!

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of artemis artemis

    oh my buddha(lol), what a pretty shimmer-less pink <3