Essie Bell-Bottom Blues vs Midnight Cami

Monday, October 12, 2015 0 comments


A reader asked me how Midnight Cami stacked up to Bell-Bottom Blues on my Fall 2015 Comparison post and I promised I would update the post with pics. I hadn't even thought to compare these two polishes so I was glad to be asked. My initial thoughts were that Bell-Bottom Blues was quite a bit lighter and I was thinking it would be closer to Aruba Blue, but in comparison it's quite a bit closer to Midnight Cami than I would have thought. 

Pointer & Ring Finger: Essie Midnight Cami
Middle & Pinky Finger: Essie Bell-Bottom Blues

Bell-Bottom Blues is a bit lighter and keeps looking "blue" even in darker lighting situations, whereas Midnight Cami can look black in darker light. In regular daytime light, Midnight Cami is a true navy with fine blue shimmer, but the shimmer in Bell-Bottom Blues is much more apparent. 

Pointer & Ring Finger: Essie Midnight Cami
Middle & Pinky Finger: Essie Bell-Bottom Blues

Both polishes have a really nice formula and are easy to apply. They both made it into One-Coat Wonder round ups, with Midnight Cami in Part 1 and Bell-Bottom Blues in Part 2, although I will confess that I updated Part 1 to say that my older bottle of Midnight Cami was indeed a one-coater and my fresh new bottle needed two coats to get opaque. Either way they both have great formulas, and are mostly easy to apply, although I suggest going slow and steady when applying both of these polishes. As you can see in the pics above, I got a bit of Midnight Cami on my cuticle and used my usual trick of pure acetone on a small angled brush to clean it up and it definitely did not want to come completely clean, leaving me with blue cuticles (ugh, don't look!). I would also suggest using base coat (maybe even two coats of it) to prevent both polishes from staining your nails. Midnight Cami is the worst for staining. 

So I hope that you found this post helpful Anonymous! Does anyone else have any requests for polish comparisons, colour stories, polishes you want me to review and highlight? As you can see, I'm always taking requests :)

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