Essie Limo-Scene

Monday, January 25, 2016 7 comments

A few years ago, I started admiring slightly off-white, smooth yet not quite opaque nails. Essie Marshmallow was the first to catch my eye, but then I started seeing swatches of Limo-Scene and fell in love. After pining after these polishes on pinterest for years, I finally bought myself Marshmallow in the Fall and then my good friend gifted me with Limo-Scene for Christmas. Yaasssssss! I couldn't wait to test it out!

Limo-Scene was released in the Spring 2004 Collection called Madison Ave (10 years later Essie would reuse that Spring Collection name and call it Madison Ave-Hue). It came out in the same collection as Sugar Daddy actually. On Limo-Scene is described as "sheer pastel pink, perfect for French Manicures". Ummmm.....does that shade look like pink to you? I've always seen swatches online for Limo-Scene as being off-white so I don't know where this pink description is coming from. I have found that Essie sheer pinks change colour over time, so maybe this polish is a victim of that? Lucky for me, it turns a pretty sheer white instead of that yucky yellowy-beige.

I already knew from my Sheer Nudes Comparison that Limo-Scene is quite streaky even at 3 coats, so I wanted to see how it performed with Fill the Gap as my base. 

This is what my nails look like after a coat of Fill the Gap.

This formula of Limo-Scene is very thin and if you put too much polish on your brush it will run down the sides of your nails and pool, so you are forced to keep your coats thin. This is one thin coat of Limo-Scene over Fill the Gap base. It's still streaky at this point but not as bad as one coat on it's own.

At two thin coats, the streaks are much more evened out now. I could definitely wear this as a manicure and be happy with it.

At three coats this polish is smooth with no streaking at all, thanks to Fill the Gap as my base. This result is more opaque than three coats of  Limo-Scene on it's own, but it's definitely smoother without streaks. A ridge filling base is a must with this polish in my opinion.

I really like the look of this polish on, but the formula is so fiddley you have to be prepared to mess with it. I'm not sure this polish really lived up to the hype I built for it in my mind. I think I'd be better off with Marshmallow or Tuck It In My Tux.

Well, I've compared Limo-Scene to other Sheer Nudes but I think an Essie Whites comparison is in order next. I'd love to see how Limo-Scene compares next to Marshmallow and Tuck It In My Tux and maybe Blanc as well to see an opaque white next to the sheers. What do you think?

Do you own Limo-Scene? What is your experience with it? Is your bottle sheer pink?


  • Jess said...

    Great idea for a whites comparison! I think Marshmallow is my favorite but it would be good to see them together. You might include Private Weekend, which even though it looks like it's going to have more shimmer in the bottle reads pretty similar to Blanc, IMO. :)

  • Kindra said...

    Yes Jess! I will totally add in Private Weekend. I know when I've compared it in the past, it looks surprisingly like Blanc. I'm glad you like that idea.

  • Christine said...

    Just a general comment- I LOVE this blog and your Instagram page!!! I find it so useful when I'm wondering about a color or formulation. If I'm trying to decide on a manicure or a new essie to buy I always check to see "what Kindra is doing!" Thank you Kindra!!!!

  • Adry said...

    This polish looks slightly beige in my opinion, not that white but I think it's pretty anyway. Not sure I want to deal with the formula though

  • Kindra said...

    I agree Adry. It's kind of an off-white beige. Definitely not the pale pink it says on If you aren't in love with the look of the polish, there's no reason to mess with this fiddley formula!

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