Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer
Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer

Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “self-assured aqua azure.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a hint of aqua in it with a cream finish. The color reminds me of swimming pools! OCC Pool Boy is bluer but was the only possible dupe I could think of.

This was a little streaky on the initial coat, and the second covered and smoothed out the majority of the polish, but there were a couple places I could see issues with at a distance. It was mostly opaque after two coats, except where the streaks were not covered entirely. The polish itself was somewhat thick, so it was a bit harder to control the thickness to get even coats of the shade. The drying time was slightly longer than average due to the thicker consistency. I typically get a week of wear out of Essie’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — And if my bottle looks tiny, it’s because I bought the mini version since you and I both know I’ll never finish a full-sized bottle so I thought the minis would suffice for review purposes! 🙂

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Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer
Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer

Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer
Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer

Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer
Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer

Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer
Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer

Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer
Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer

Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer
Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer

Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer
Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer

Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer
Essie In the Cab-ana Nail Lacquer

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Minis are perfect for me too. I can’t remember ever finishing a bottle of nail polish.. ever!

Your mani looks fab despite a few streaks which are really not all that noticeable. Blue nails are such a favourite.

I have this polish and love the formula! I’m not a pro at applying polish by any means and I had zero problems with streaking. I think sometimes it depends on the batch. I have purchased a nail polish once and had the consistency be wonderful, and purchase the same nail shade again in the future and had application issues. Kind of irritating.

Where do you find your Essie minis? I’m also a big fan of nail polish minis, but have never seen the Essie ones in store.

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