Essie Naughty Nautical & More the Merrier Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark green-teal with soft, white sparkle. MAC Ocean Dip is darker, no shimmer. Illamaqua Venous is more muted, no shimmer. Zoya Zuza is more shimmery. See comparison swatches. The formula was good; the color was mostly opaque after two coats with the barest bit of the nail line coming through when there was a lot of light in the room. It dried down to a glossy shine, and the sparkles are still somewhat visible even at a distance. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have any trouble applying even layers of the polish. I normally get seven days of wear with minor tip wear with Essie’s formula.

More the Merrier Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, yellow-leaning chartreuse with a cream finish. L’Oreal New Money is more muted. Illamasqua Radium is greener. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is similar but sheerer. China Glaze Def Defying is darker, greener. See comparison swatches. Though there seemed to be good pigmentation, the formula was off, which resulted in a streaky, uneven application. Even the consistency was a little thick, so the polish pooled towards the edges of the nail.

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer
Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer
Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer
Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer
Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer
Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer
Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer
Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer
Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer
Essie More the Merrier Nail Lacquer

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Carrie Ann Avatar

I love Naughty Nautical. I’m a sucker for teal/turquoise shades and I love the subtle shimmer in it. Great name, too. I got the mini summer collection set.

Sam Schweinsberg Avatar

aww, your Naughty Nautical looks SO different from mine. πŸ™ mine is much darker, and the sparkle isn’t suspended very well. it looks almost textured, and it took me a few days to realize it’s actually glitter. my area in GA must’ve gotten a bad batch, because every single one was like this. Lol I thought it was supposed to be like this, but now I see not. BOO!

VickyM Avatar

I really like naughty nautical even though I may even like the Zoya dupe even more! Particularly this shades are very summery and so bright and cheerful.

Christine C. Avatar

In terms of thick, hard-to-work-with texture, I had the same problem with Essie’s First Timer. I love the color, but it was so difficult to get it to distribute evenly on my nails. I don’t think I usually have problems with Essie polishes.

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