Essie Peak of Chic

Essie Peak of Chic coverThis is the kind of polish that generally makes me run for the hills. Furry looking nails really aren’t my thing. And even if they were, I’d go the way of a velvet manicure instead of bar glitter. But how could I resist the prospect of trying an Essie polish that has bar glitter? My curiosity got the best of me!

Essie describes this polish as an “alpine white holographic rainbow fringe.” Seriously, I had to see a polish with that description in action!

Peak of Chic is matte white bar glitter mixed with more sparse silver holographic bar glitter suspended in a clear base. It’s an interesting concept. And truthfully, I don’t hate it.

The formula is easy to work with. I used one coat of Peak of Chic in all my swatches. I had no problems with the bar glitter sitting flat on the nail nor was the glitter clumpy or hard to get a smooth coat. I did have to use a top coat over Peak of Chic to keep the bar glitter from curling.

I’m not exactly sure how much use I’m going to get out of this polish. Like I said, I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. And I’m not sold on using this over a dark base. But hey, worst case scenario, it’s a better snow looking polish than the disaster that was China Glaze There’s Snow One Like You! Perhaps it has some nail art potential…

Below the jump there are swatches of Peak of Chic over PISTOL polish Big Bang which is just a plain white creme. There are also swatches of Peak of Chic over Revlon Perplex which is fairly dark.

I’m thinking of trying Peak of Chic over a light blue (like Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams) or a silver (like Essie No Place Like Chrome). If you have any suggestions/thoughts please let me know!

This collection is currently in stores (I’ve seen the display at CVS) but it’s of course also available on the web at Ulta and Dermstore.

This is the third polish from the Encrusted Treasures collection I have tried. Make sure to check out my reviews of Belugaria and Lots of Lux!


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  1. love your site. ive learned its not the brand but the color. i think essie is the best ive ever used but they have some horrible products.

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