Essie’s Diffusion Line

Before Essie’s diffusion line was launched recently in Boots and Superdrug, I only owned 3 Essie polishes. I love the colours of the ones I already had, but hated the brush (WAY too skinny) and couldn’t get on with the formula. When I heard that the formula was different and the brushes were wider on the diffusion line polishes, it was obviously time to get hold of some colours I’d been lusting after for a while!

Mint Candy Apple. I’m not sure why I have so many mint green shades in my collection since they make my hands look pretty red, but this one might be my favourite. It’s not quite like any others I own, which can only be a good thing! This was two coats, sort of watery on the first coat but the second coat fixed it up no problem.

Lapiz of Luxury. One of the Essie polishes I had before was Splash of Grenadine, from the same collection as Lapiz of Luxury (I think it was Resort 2010?). I reeeally wanted this ’cause I love these cornflower blue sort of shades but I knew I’d get pissed off with the brush and formula. Couldn’t be happier now I’ve got it! This one was 3 coats for full opacity.

Cute as a Button. I have a real weakness for coral-ish pink shades, in case you hadn’t noticed. I must have at least 15 different ones but I can’t think of any others in my collection that are quite the same shade as this one. Looove it. 3 coats again.

Overall, whilst the diffusion line shows a great improvement on the normal Essie brush and formula, these still aren’t perfect. I really like them and will continue to add shades to my collection now I can get on with them, but it’s worth bearing in mind that they’re kind of watery especially on the first coat or two. Also, I’m glad they’ve widened the brush but if I’m being critical it’s maybe slightly toooo wide, I have super narrow nails and wide brushes tend to be too big for my little finger!

Definitely worth investing in though, they’ve selected some really nice shades for the diffusion line but I’m sure it’s too much to wish for that they’d ever revamp their entire range. Essie nail polishes are £7.99 in Boots and Superdrug.

Have you tried any of the Essie diffusion line, or any of the ‘original’ ones? If you’ve tried both, how do you think they compare to one another?

6 thoughts on “Essie’s Diffusion Line

  1. These shades are lovely. I do find the Essie formula quite watery but its worth persisting with as the polishes last a week on me without chipping. I love the coral shade here. x

  2. I recently caved and bought my first Essie polishes which included Mint Candy Apple. Have to agree with you about the brushes, they’re wider than my little finger nail and I find it hard getting into to the corners.

    A day before I bought MCA I picked up Nail Pop Vintage which is almost a dupe of MCA so I think I either love this colour or have a problem!!

  3. I love Mint Candy Apple such a beautiful shade! I actually love all the shades you have on in the pictures! :)

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