The transitional collection, Essie’s Cashmere Mattes, is my kind of collection, as I knew it would be – filled with interesting but neutral polishes that tended to lean on the greige side of things with nothing remotely resembling the frou frou. It was the beginning of January that the collection started popping up along the blogosphere and conveniently the timing coincided with my more recent renewal of my love affair with all things polished and this became an object of fixation for over a month. Finally, I spotted the whole collection in Lawton’s at the beginning of March and I’m pleased to report that I restrained myself and only picked up the shade that I was lusting after the most, the Essie Cashmere Matte Nail Lacquer in Comfy in Cashmere ($9.99-11.99). Although I do concede that there is truth to the complaints of many, – the polish dries so fast that it requires some extra care to ensure that the coats are applied evenly without streaks and the demi-matte formula tends to chip very quickly without the use of a topcoat – I have to say that I’m still just as obsessed with this greige polish as I was before acquiring it. Essie describes Comfy in Cashmere as “a mauve with deep velvet undertones” but I would disagree saying that it has more of that grey-tinged taupe to it than a mauve would have in my view and velvet is not a colour descriptor, I’m telling you. I would call the beauteous polish a medium-toned greyed taupe with a semi-matte finish and that unique blue iridescence running throughout.
The polish is very susceptible to chipping, especially when worn without a topcoat (I’m wearing it with the CND Vinylux Weekly Top-Coat), I do assert but in its defense the matte finish allows for it to dry uber-fast which is convenient when you’re as impatient as me and I do appreciate how the formula covers well in one coat and becomes completely opaque within the second one. If you’re looking for a neutral polish with a bit of an edge and/or fancy a polish that will dry fast and opaquely, I would highly recommend Comfy in Cashmere.
Have you tried any polishes from Essie’s Cashmere Matte Line?