Everyone has seen the fabulous posts on Pinterest of gorgeous Essie hues and nails adorned in colors only seen through Instagram filters. Is the only way we can achieve this professional looking manicure with rich color depth by using $8 bottles of Essie nail polish? I think their selection is amazing. Trust me, I do. But something bugs me about paying the same amount for an entire Flame Broiler lunch as a 0.5 ounce bottle of nail polish. I can’t seem to pay for it when brands like Wet N Wild, Revlon, Sinful Colors and China Glaze range from $0.99 to $4. The only problem is, using less expensive nail polish doesn’t have the same rich effect as Essie; I am always left with translucent shades and a streaky finish. Not to mention, I need to apply about 4 or 5 coats to even decipher there is a color on my nails, which leaves a ton of room for error in the hours those coats take to dry!
We have a new solution. Paint one coat of solid white as a primer first! You will be amazed how much better the color pops and gives a deeper hue. I was experimenting with some wild colors like lime, neon blue, cream, etc. and I was disappointed with the way they turned out. I tried applying one coat of white underneath any color, and I was greatly surprised by the final result.
Therefore -- get the same manicure as Essie would give by using one coat of white (I used Wet N Wild for $0.99) under any other off-brand of colored polish. You will be amazed at how much more your color stands out!