Monday, December 3, 2012

REVIEW of Essie Chinchilly With SWATCHES

Hi chickadees!

Chinchilly has been around since Fall 2009 so I'm sure you've already seen swatches and read reviews. Here's my take on the matter.

Color: Essie's Chinchilly is a basic creme polish. I suppose you'd say that it's light gray but I think depending on the lighting, it can also look like a light brown or a light purple color. It's not a duochrome, but it looks slightly different depending on whether you're outdoors in direct sunlight or in the shade, or indoors in fluorescent lighting or in dim lighting. I think Chinchilly comes very close to clashing with my skintone. It's not terrible but I wouldn't say it's a color that really suits me either. Whatever the color is, it doesn't remind me very much of a chinchilla.
Formula: I thought the formula was very smooth, though a bit thin and watery. I'm not sure if you'll be able to see a difference but for the two nails on the left I used 3 coats and for the two nails on the right I used 4 coats to get the polish opaque.
Application: Application was pretty smooth when I was using my dominant hand to paint. The watery formula wasn't a major issue and any cleanup was easy. I had a bit of difficulty getting even coats painting with my non-dominant hand but I thought it looked alright in the end. It's just that I can't declare it a perfect Essie formula because of the thin formula and the lack of ease when painting with my non-dominant hand.
Wear: I removed the polish after 6 days and there was definitely tip wear. It may have started before day 6 but I wasn't paying very close attention.

CONCLUSION: I don't think this color will be everyone's cup of tea but it definitely has a cool, chic vibe for something named after a rodent (adorable as they might be). If you like the color, I think the formula is acceptable though not spectacular. I'd probably recommend this polish but I don't think I'll be repurchasing it as the color isn't quite right for me.

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