Essie Nude Comparison : Topless & Barefoot, Sand Tropez, Lady Like, Wild Nude, Cocktails & Coconuts, Spin the Bottle, Got Engaged, Mamba, At the Barre & High Class Affair

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 8 comments
Top row, left to right: Cocktails & Coconuts, Spin the Bottle, Got Engaged
Middle row, left to right: Topless & Barefoot, Sand Tropez, Wild Nude
Bottom row, left to right: At the Barre, Mamba, Lady Like

This nude comparison has been a long time coming! A couple years ago I didn't really have any nudes to be able to do a comparison and now I have so many, it was a daunting task to swatch them all! Even after I had swatched all 9 of these polishes, I was cleaning and organizing my room and found my bottle of High Class Affair. That's a great nude polish that was added to the core collection this year so I swatched it last minute and included it (although it didn't make it into the collage).

I used to not get the point of nudes. I didn't like them and I didn't understand why I would want to paint my nails with a polish the same colour as my skin. Huh? Too weird. But then I actually wore a good nude and something just clicked! My hands looked so elegant and my fingers long. You can wear any outfit and your nails match. Now nudes are my favourite, my total jam. Each one has a different undertone so that it actually does you give you a bit of "colour" whether that's pink, peach, nude, mauve...they are all so different and beautiful! Let me walk you through my nude collection.

Each of my swatches have Essie Fill the Gap as my base coat. I have a couple nails that are peeling so I used that base to get the smoothest looking swatches.


Cocktails & Coconuts


This is a pale tan nude with small silver shimmer and a yellow undertone. It came out in the Resort 2014 Collection. I didn't like it at all at the time but ended up grabbing it a year or two later when I found it on mega sale. As much as I love nudes, I just don't care for this one. It has a thinner formula. You can't apply too much at once or it will want to run down the sides into your cuticles. It needs 3 coats to be opaque but it doesn't totally self-level, although top coat helps to smooth out the ridges. The bit of shimmer in this nude is pretty but the yellow undertone in here just doesn't flatter my skin tone at all. I have friends that love this polish, but of all my nudes, it's the one I could part with. Cocktails & Coconuts did get added to the permanent collection but I don't really see it on display at the drugstores I shop at. If you like it though, you can order it on Amazon.


Sand Tropez


This is a classic Essie nude that came out in the Spring 2011 French Affair Collection. It's a soft sandy beige colour. I always passed it by but finally decided to pick it up one summer when Essie had it as their colour of the month. I really wasn't sure I would like it but I was wrong. I loved it! It has a pretty grey undertone making it a bit of a greige nude. It has a perfect formula. It's easy to apply and self-levels great. It's opaque in 2 coats. You can find this one in Essie's permanent collection and here on Amazon.


Wild Nude


This is a brand new nude polish from Essie and was released a couple months ago in the Wild Nudes Collection. I wasn't planning on buying it but the gorgeousness of this shade called to me. It's got a similar sandy grey colour to Sand Tropez but it's also got a rich warmth that I love. Luckily it also has a fabulous formula. Great consistency that's easy to apply and opaque in 2 coats. It self-levels so well. More good news is that this shade is going to be made permanent! Order it here on Amazon.


Topless & Barefoot


This gorgeous polish has a soft beige colour with slight pink undertones. It came out in the Spring 2011 French Affair Collection, same as Sand Tropez, although they are very different nudes. It has a nice, creamy formula. It self-levels well and is opaque in 2 coats. This is an Essie fan favourite (it's the most pinned polish colour on Pinterest this year!) so you should be able to find it anywhere. I found it on Amazon. It honestly looks good on everyone! If I HAD to pick my favourite out of all these nudes, Topless & Barefoot would be it!



Spin the Bottle


I think this was my first ever nude polish. It came out in the Spring 2014 Hide & Go Chic Collection and I was given it as a gift (still my favourite Essie spring collection because of the sentiment behind it).  This nude with very subtle peach undertones sat untried for a long time because I thought I didn't like nudes. Of course once I gave it a go I loved it. It's opaque in 2-3 coats and has a nice formula. While this one wasn't added to the permanent collection you can still find it on Amazon.

Got Engaged


This is the second nude shade I ever owned but the first one I tried! (trying and loving this one is probably what gave me the shove to try out my bottle of Spin the Bottle). It came out in the 2014 Wedding Collection and I completely overlooked it. I had no desire to pick it up but my friend Bailey ordered a bottle. I could not believe how beautiful it was when she wore it! 'Must be her skin tone' I thought, 'it would probably look horrible on me'.  I decided to try it out one day when we were hanging out and it immediately went on my "Essie's I need to buy" list! This nude has strong peachy pink tones to it with tiny little sparkles that give it a little something extra. It has a thinner more sheer formula. It's opaque in 3 coats and self-levels nice. The undertones of this one make it perfect in the summer, or for anyone who doesn't like that "skin tone" nude look. This one has enough colour to not get the mannequin hands vibe but still nude enough to be a nude. Essie never added this one to the permanent collection so it may be harder to find. Surprisingly, it's still available on sparklecanada.com.


At the Barre


This almond nude came out this past January in the Gel Couture Ballet Nudes Collection. Since it's such a nutty shade of nude, it intrigued me. I knew I had nothing like it in my collection. It almost reminds of pale chocolate milk on the nails. And ugh! ! love this formula! It's perfect in 2 coats that are a breeze to apply. Essie added the Ballet Nudes to the core line of Gel Couture and you can find this beauty on Amazon.


Mamba


This polish is brand new to my collection and I honestly didn't even know it existed! It came out sometime in the 90's (its number is 335) and was released in a dance themed collection with other polish names like Cha Cha, Tango and Waltz (which is still in the core line too). It has a really beautiful formula! Great consistency and nice and opaque in 2 coats. It also self-levels really well. I think this nude would look so great on someone with a medium or deep skin tone! I found this polish randomly at DK Beauty in Lethbridge, AB, but apparently it's also a core Essie shade that's available globally (also sometimes labelled Mambo). You can get it on Amazon.

Lady Like


Lady Like is a deeper shade of nude with a pretty mauve undertone. It's warm and cozy like your favourite sweater making it the perfect nude in the Fall and Winter. It actually originally came out in the Fall 2011 Brand New Bag Collection. It too has a gorgeous formula. It's smooth and opaque in 2 coats. I love this beautiful polish. It was added to the permanent collection and you can find it on Amazon.


High Class Affair


This polish almost got missed from this comparison! I came across it in a bucket of nail polish I had been meaning to put back on my polish wall, so I quickly swatched it. High Class Affair came out in the Spring 2016 Lounge Lover Collection.  It has strong peach undertones and is even peachier than Spin the Bottle or Got Engaged. It's also very bright. It has a thicker formula and is opaque in 2 coats but it doesn't totally self-level. It's not bad there's just a little bit of ridging that top coat will take care of. Essie added this polish to the permanent collection at the beginning of this year and you can find it on Amazon.

Whew! TEN Essie nude polishes! I thought I got them all but I just realized I could've include Spool Me Over which looks very similar to High Class Affair. You'll have to go HERE to see that post on that polish, but I did manage to add it to the swatch wheel here to compare all the nudes. (so 11...I compared 11 nudes!)

For the girl who didn't own any nudes, I sure do have a lot now! The beautiful thing is, not one of these is the same as the other (well maybe some of the peachy ones are similar...but not the same!). Also they all have great formulas with the exception of Cocktails & Coconuts. Thats the only nude I could part with actually. Not only am I not a fan of the formula, I don't care for the colour either.

While I definitely have enough nudes in my collection, I have to admit that there are some polishes that have intrigued me over the years. Perennial Chic and Picked Perfect from the Spring 2015 Collection are two in particular. Do you have those ones or recommend them? Any other Essie nudes you have and love?

Also, comment if you have any suggestions for future colour comparison posts I should do!! The last few I've done have been overwhelming since they've been HUGE (here & here). Remember when I used to compare 4 polishes at a time? That was so nice.  Haha. No complaints! I love doing these comparison posts for you guys. Let me know if there's any particular colour family you are dying to see. I've already had reds requested so that's on my list for the future :) 

8 comments:

  • Mrs W said...

    Thank you for doing this post! I'm not a huge fan of nudes but after reading your post I think it's more because I wouldn't even know where to start, I don't really know what my undertone is so trying to find one that would look well on me seems like a big undertaking!! It's helpful to see them all together though, thanks!

  • Anonymous said...

    I have Picked Perfect and Perennial Chic, though I don't think I've tried Perennial Chic yet. But Picked Perfect was the nude that changed me. I had similar thoughts towards nudes as you until I tried Picked Perfect. I needed a palette cleanser so I put it on and was shocked by how much I liked it. More than that, others were complimenting me on my polish. I couldn't believe people would notice a NUDE on me! It has a great formula, if I remember correctly. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Holly said...

    Great post! I love nudes. Sand Tropez is one of my favorites too. I was surprised at how much I liked it once I put it on! High Class Affair is super pretty, but looks very close to Spool Me Over, so I don't think I'll buy it. :)

  • Holly said...

    Oh yeah, and I love Lady Like. I have that one too. Also Demure Vix is almost the same as Lady Like, but with a sheen. So pretty!

  • Mary L said...

    I got Perennial Chic as a mini in the Flowerista quad last spring. It took me forever to get around to it because it leans orange in the bottle in a way I didn't really like. When I finally tried it, I wound up loving it because 1) the formula is the same awesome one all the other colors in that collection have, and 2) it dried down to a truer nude with peachy undertones, like it looks in most online swatches, rather than the pale orange in the bottle. If you like the color, I'd say it's totally worth getting!

  • Caitlin said...

    thanks for doing this post! it came in handy because I'm trying to decide on a nude for a palette cleanser for my mani next weekend.

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