The Best Essie Colours According to Byrdie Editors Who've Worn Them for Years
As beauty editors, we try our best to remain egalitarian when it comes to our product repertoire—doling out our love and admiration equally to those special colours, shades, and formulas that make our hearts skip a beat. However, there are certain situations when we want to exclusively date a product. And to be honest, it happens most often with nail polish—especially the best Essie colours we've loved and used since what feels like forever.
Not only does the beloved nail polish brand master the basics (it boasts some of the most iconic shades of light pink, red, and moody hues known to beauty lovers), but it continues to dish up mesmerising new shades as well. Just when we thought we had an inarguable favourite, Essie goes ahead and debuts a brand-new collection that makes us second-guess everything. Therefore, we thought we'd write an ode to Essie featuring, you guessed it, the best colours Byrdie HQ plays favourites for. Keep reading for 12 of the best Essie colours we love (and pray the brand will never discontinue).
Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue ($15)
The shade: Fifth Avenue
Sometimes there's nothing more satisfying than the perfect shade of red. After all, it's one part classic and retro and one part modern and fresh. So when it comes to hues of crimson and scarlet, Byrdie editors go for Essie's infamous red: Fifth Avenue.
Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers ($17)
The shade: Ballet Slippers
One of the most iconic shades of light pink within the nail polish universe, it could be argued that Ballet Slippers is one of the best Essie colours ever developed. Not too nude but not too pink, it never veers overly precious yet offers a sheer, demure, and overall put-together nail look. It's one of wellness editor Victoria Hoff's consistent go-tos.
Essie Nail Polish in Midnight Cami ($15)
The shade: Midnight Cami
Navy lovers, this one is for you. For a vampy update to your favorite go-to hue, this best-of-the-best Essie color (favoured by senior editor Hallie Gould) is one to incorporate into your nail routine ASAP. It's shimmery enough to glint and glow gorgeously when the light hits it, but it will never read too ostentatious for comfort.
Essie Nail Polish in Exotic Liar ($15)
The shade: Exotic Liar
Okay, okay, this one isn't for the faint of heart. However, if you love an eye-catching pink moment on your nails from time to time, you'll immediately fall prey to this shimmering hot magenta, which to be honest, feels like a party on your tips.
Essie Nail Polish in Sand Tropez ($15)
The shade: Sand Tropez
Editorial Director Faith Xue's go-to shade of nude, Sand Tropez (in addition to Ballet Slippers) falls into the category of effortless nail colours that never cease to flatter. A tad more pink than Ballet Slippers, this best-of Essie colour is great for when you want something subtle and sophisticated.