|Left to Right: Butler Please, Mezmerised, Bouncer It's Me!, Aruba Blue, Loot the Booty and Style Cartel|
Just from the bottle shots you can see there won't be any dupes this time around. Essie doesn't tend to release a lot of deep blue shades like this, although we are starting to see at least one each year lately. So if there's no colour dupes, what are the formulas like? Are all Essie cobalt blues created equal? Lets dive in and find out.
Out of that whole blue lineup up there, I would choose this bottle as my favourite blue every time. But why does the formula of Butler Please have to suck??! I reviewed it a year ago and I really really liked it. I noted how lots of stuff I read online said this was a bad formula but I found it to be fairly easy to apply. Fast forward a year later and we're working with a thick and goopy formula with long stringy strands that would come off the tips of my nails as I polished. Ugh. It's very opaque and covered in 2 coats but it left some ridging because the polish didn't self-level. Unfortunately, top coat didn't completely smooth it out either and I could still see ridging when I looked up close. This polish could definitely benefit from some nail polish thinner but I ran out. She's a beauty to look at though!
Bouncer It's Me!
Bouncer It's Me! came out in the Summer of 2013 released in the neons collection. I'm not much of a neon's person so this one was a pass for me, but my friend Austrian picked it up. In the bottle it looks super close to Mezmerised but since it's supposed to be a neon, I thought it might show up more like Butler Please on the nail. Um....no. Bouncer It's Me is darker than both Butler Please or Mezmerised. And it has such a weird consistency! It's a thick jelly polish and yet it's super sheer. It's really patchy so it's very difficult to polish and make your nails look even. It was opaque in 3 coats but there are thin uneven spots on my nails. It's bizarre how dark this polish is since it was released in a neons collection. It dried dull and matte so it needs topcoat.
Bouncer It's Me! over a white base
I own Bottle Service from the same neons collection and I know that it's much more neon if you paint it over a white base so I decided to try that. But. Just. No.
Ok yes, it's way brighter over white (I'll give it that) but it's SO STREAKY! The weird thick jelly is so uneven, you have to add at least 2 coats. Ironically enough, that second coat deepens the blue up a lot so that its not a bright blue anymore either. And it's still uneven! One coat of white and two coats of polish are as far as I'll go and this mani looks terrible. I know this polish was discontinued, but if you ever happen across it in a clearance bin or something, PASS!
Aruba Blue is forever and always one of my fave Essie blues. It's so pretty and glowing. Two easy to apply coats and it's self-leveling. I reviewed this polish two years ago and it still has the same flawless formula it's always had.
Loot the Booty
This polish came out in last year's Summer collection. This is a deeper cobalt blue that is full of fine turquoise glitter. I love that the shimmer is so visible in this one! It has a great formula too. It's easy to apply in 2 coats and looks gorgeous.
Style Cartel came out in the Fall 2014 Collection. It's not really a cobalt blue but I included it in this comparison, because in the bottle it looked similar to some of the dark cobalts. Once on the nail it's actually more of a navy. It's a beautiful navy nonetheless and it's not so dark that it looks black. It has a jelly/crelly formula that is opaque in 2 coats. This is a good one if you like dark blue's but hate when they turn out looking black!
There's some great formula's in this lineup and some really bad ones too. I'd say my favourite out of all of these in Aruba Blue, although I'd really like to wear Loot the Booty some more because it's so pretty with that shimmer! Butler Please was borrowed from a friend but I don't think I'll be picking up a bottle of it anytime soon. While I love the colour of it, I really hate fighting with thick, goopy, ridgey formulas. I'm lucky enough to still have two original bottles of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue so if I REALLY get the itch to wear that beautiful bright cobalt, I'll use SH instead ;).
What's your favourite Essie cobalt blue?
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