Rated 4.38 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Not what I expected
I looked at Essie polish colors online and chose a few I wanted to buy before going to shop for polish. The colors appeared pink or pinkish online, but in the store they definitely were NOT pink or pinkish. I was very disappointed that the color depictions online are not accurate or even close to being accurate and that I had to scrap my choices. I was also disappointed that Essie offers so many colors that are almost almost identical. Doing so overwhelms consumers, wastes their time and causes confusion. Sometimes "Less is More". Simplify Essie ... please?
After giving up on trying to choose a pink shade (because there were SO many to choose from), I decided to try a neutral color for every day. I choose "Hi Maintenance". It's actually the same color as my skin and my skin isn't pink. (see the photo I posted).
But I'm glad I gave it a try. The color looks awesome on me! I'm an older woman with nails that have deep ridges and my nail beds are varying shades of blue, purple and yellow. I've always worn thick, opaque polish to try to hide the ridges and unattractive nail bed colors. The thick polish was hard to apply and the ridges were never hidden completely but I didn't know what to do. "Hi Maintenance", as sheer as it is, makes the deep ridges disappear and hides my weird nail bed colors too. I consider THAT a miracle!
I'm not good at applying my own polish and was overjoyed that "Hi Maintenance" went on perfectly with no streaks! It was thin and easy to apply. It didn't dry too quickly, but dried quickly enough that I didn't mess it up like I always do when using thick polish.
I especially like that the white tips of my nails show through the polish and look a bit like a French tip. My nails haven't looked this good, with or without polish for many years. I'm over the moon in love with this polish and color. Essie "Hi Maintenance" is my new every day polish. And I'll never go back to using thick hard to apply polish that doesn't hide the ridges. Thank you Essie!
Most Helpful Critical Review Hmmm...
When I first bought this colour, it was the perfect lilac shade for my skin tone and I loved it. After a while though, I noticed that the colour in the bottle turned light blue with no purple in it at all. I applied it and the colour was a light blue on my nails too. At first, I thought that it was only because I stored the nail polish in a spot that made the colour turn blue. But all my other Essie nail polishes that were stored there did not change in colour. So I bought another bottle, and the same thing happened. I bought a third bottle, and my results were the same. Overall, I was disappointed that it turned to light blue, because the original lilac shade looked really good on me and I loved it a lot. Maybe its just me?
Reviewed by 4978 customers Why did I wait so long
daisygirl295 from St. Paul MN
I don't know why I waited so long to try this color. It's been available for years. It is classic. I have gotten so many compliments!!!
A Cut Above!
Jac from Florida
I really love this polish! It adds an amazing effect on top of any polish. On the first coat it has a very nice scattered effect, but you can build it up with a second coat to be denser , or even a third one for an almost chrome-esque fully packed nail. It's truly so gorgeous and shines so bright, even without a top coat. Due to the nature of it being a glitter, it lasts extremely long, but it does take a little bit of time to take off. I usually just need to soak my nails in acetone. Sometimes if I try and wipe it prematurely, it will actually just wipe the coloring off of the glitter and then the cotton ball is all caught in the glitter on my nails and everything. If you let the nails soak for at least like 10 or 15 minutes, it should all swipe off effortlessly. A little goes a very long way, I've had my bottle for two years now. It is also so versatile, you can put a singular coat over natural nails for a really cute pop of glitter, add some glitter on top of polish, or even make a full glitter nail. It is definitely worth a buy!
Great for the simple
nicki from florida
I like it because I only apply about two coats to get the natural pale pink color that my nails already produce. But more shiny. I want someone to hold my hand while they look like this lol
Love the watermelon color
Violet Gal from Jefferson, NJ
I saw the color "watermelon" in a magazine add and new I wanted to wear it. Love the color! Did find that it chipped quicker than I thought but I will try again with a different top coat to see if that makes a difference.
Heather from 78501
I would def not purchase this again~ it's alright
After School Boy Blazer Nails It
CDW from Georgia
I've bought a LOT of blue polish over the years, looking for the darkest navy. This one "nails" it. Almost black, this is the navy blue I've been looking for.
reminds me of white-out
mehlanie from san diego, ca
my 18th birthday is coming up so i decided to buy blanc to do my own nails. the coverage is there but i can't make it not look streaky and it looks like white out. it's really unattractive
Neutral with a Shine
Easy Maintenance from Gulf Shores, AL
Great to put on just on coat and nails look refreshed.
Yvonne from Apple Valley Ca
Very unusual color so it really pops. Perfect for fall.
Love this color!
MellyMel from MD
Beautiful application. Only needed one coat.
J from Tennessee
a nice change from my previous orange shade
Love this color. Long lasting
Heather from Florida
I used this on my natural nails (I always just paint my own) with no base coat and the hard as nails top coat (not by Essie) and it's lasted for days with no chipping!!! So awesome that it's held up so well especially with all the hand washing I've been doing! I'm on day 5 currently and it still looks great.
Amazing fall color I would definitely buy again
Miapop from Odessa TX
Loved it, must have during this time of the year! Great quality
Beautiful color for Fall.
Boss from Greer, SC
Love this color! It screams Fall, which is my favorite time of the year.
Nail Polish User from USA
Love the color! The perfect neutral!
Color: Ballet Slippers
Stephanie from Minneapolis
I don't know if it was just this color but it did not apply well at all. it was almost too thick
LOVE "Off Tropic"!!
B from Michigan
This dark green color is amazing and dried quickly and the second coat was perfect! I also purchased the Essie Top coat (white zig zag bottle) and I'm impressed! Essie is my favorite ❤️
H from Detroit, MI
Such a great color for the Fall - glides on smooth and solid after the first pass! No streaking or unevenness - definitely recommend!
Love this nail polish
Fashionqueen from Sparks Nv
I do my own nails.... so great
Janice from Georgia
Love the color.
The brush makes it very easy to apply to your nails. The finish looks like I had it done in a salon.
Hailey from Savannah GA
Waaay too thick. It doesn't go on smoothly at all. I had to use too many coats to get an even color. I think for white polish you're better off using nail strips or dip powder. Or OPI polishes.
Always loved essie!
Claudiaaa.27 from AZ
I love the color blue green it's so pretty! 🤩 Always like how the brushes are more expanded so it looks nicer and easier to paint my nails.
Best nail polish ever!
Mrs J from Knoxville
I've tried all brands of nail polish, and ESSE is the best...no matter the color.
Best Nude Nail polish
Care from Chicago
I've had issues finding a nude nail polish that isn't too opaque or transparent and this one is perfect in my opinion.
Slc412 from Pittsburgh
I bought kimonover and it is a very beautiful dark purple. Perfect for fall.