Noteworthy Nails

Photo by: Ashley E. Angle

For any girl getting a manicure or pedicure can be an affordable luxury. Whether it’s professionally done or with a gathering of girls the key lies in the nail polish. My favorite nail color brand is Essie. It comes in cute square bottles and is offered in over 200 cleverly named colors.

The company was started by ex-ballerina, Essie Weingarten, in 1981 with only a $10,000 investment. It was launched with only 12 nail colors and since then the brand has expanded to include not only an abundance of nail colors, but also nail care serums, top coats, and bottom coats. See the full array of products by visiting Thirty one years later the company is thriving and is often featured in women’s magazines such as InStyle Magazine, Redbook, Fitness, and CosmoGirl.

Turquoise and Cacaos on the toes;
Ballet Slipper on the nails

I love this product because it seems to be longer lasting than any other nail color that I’ve used. Although it is not on the lowest range of drug store nail polishes it is in the mid-range and I can find it for $6 to $8 a bottle depending on where I buy it. Check your local grocery store first, then Target, ULTA, or a drug store. My favorite colors include Ballet Slippers, Turquoise and Cacaos, and Scarlett O’Hara. I buy my nail polish based on the unique name of the color and Essie does not disappoint! Its newest product lines are named Naughty Nautical, DJ Play That Song So I Can Get My Grove On, and Madison Ave-Hue (which touches my East Coast heart).

Queen Elizabeth has been known to wear Ballet Slippers and Kate Middleton (aka Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge or Princess Catherine) chose to wear the color Allure for her wedding to Prince William! I should probably stop and tell you now that I am a huge royal family and Kate fan, so yes, I was squealing with excitement when I found this out - and I plan on picking up Allure! I wonder if Pippa and Carole Middleton are fans as well…

Essie even offers nail polishes that can be used for special occasions. I came across Bachelorette Bash (a hot pink) and Borrowed and Blue (a pale blue) on their website. How cute would these colors be to use for a bachelorette party or on your toes for your wedding day?! Just a little bit of flair! Visit to see a full array of colors,  to get nail care tips, and to see the Sleek Sticks product (pre-cured UV appliques that last up to 10 days). The company also offers metallic and glitter colors.

I can’t wait for my next Essie purchase which will most likely be Allure and No More FIlm – a deep purple (my favorite color!). What will be your signature Essie color?

Ballet Slippers and my gorgeous rings from my hubby!
photo by: Ashley E. Angle

A Cute Angle has not been compensated in any way for this review.


  1. i have yet to buy essie nailpolish but see it everywhere and should!

  2. What color is Allure!
    Love their colors, but I find Essie to go on watery.

  3. Interesting... how do you compare it to OPI? Allure is a very neutral pale, pale pink color.

    Thanks for reading!

  4. Pretty nails (and pretty ring)! I love Zoya polish too, you should try it out.

  5. Thanks Laura! I'll have to check Zoya out. I've never used it before!

  6. Turquoise and Caicos and Ballet Slippers are my two favy Essie colors I own! Your nails look fab! :)

  7. These are great colors! I especially love the turquoise and cacaos!

  8. I absolutely love all of the color names! I always wear neutral on my fingers so I will get the ballet slippers but I am loving the dark purple color also! Love this post! - Crystal

  9. I love nail polish. I have quite a few Essie Polishes. I love No more film, Turquoise & cacaos, Butler Please & a few more.