Essie – Just Stitched

just stitched (bottle)While January and February are traditionally nail polish dead zones, I’m in heaven with the transitional collections! Zoya released the Naturel Satins and Essie released their Cashmere Mattes – bam. I guess OPI needed a nap. No judgment, I love naps. Though to be fair, they had this down in 2009 with the Suede polishes.

Oh Essie. I love you. I love you and your Cashmere Matte Collection. My life is complete: a light pink shimmery matte. I have been dreaming of a polish like this for years. Seriously.

Just Stitched is a sophisticated soft pink. The crushed micro pearls create a lovely blue micro shimmer. Essie describes it as a warm pearly-plush pink. Pearly? Yes. Plush? Sure. Pink? Obviously. Warm? Ehh…maybe cozy would have been a better choice, the blue micro shimmer situation makes me want to put this in the cool category, but I get what they were going for.

While this polish is a dream come true, it’s taken some trial & error with the application: it certainly wasn’t love at first brush stroke. I tried it with and without a base coat – finally finding success with Julep’s Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat. I ended up using 4 coats, which is more than I usually have the patience for but… light… pink… matte… I’ll do anything for you.

Alli had a great experience with Coat Couture & I really need to get my hands on Spun in Luxe. I really hope that essie makes more of these lovelies. Can you imagine a sea foam green with this shimmer!? I’d freak.

The Essie Cashmere Matte polishes retail for $8.50 and are SO easy to find. I’ve seen the Cashmere Matte collection at Ulta and Walgreens. There’s also a Cashmere Matte Trio available at Ulta & Nordstrom’s for $25.50. The trio includes Just Stitched, Coat Couture, and All Eyes on Nude. There’s no special value with the trio, it’d make cute gift though.

Have a beautiful day!

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essie - just stitched

essie - just stitched

essie - Just Stitched


  1. I love this color!! But I have read and heard mixed reviews on this collection, do you think it’s because of how hard it is to apply? I am just an amateur nail polish lover so if the formula isn’t easy for you, it will be super hard for me to apply. Can you share any other tips with us please? I would really love to try this collection but I’m afraid I’m going to end up hating it. Thanks for your honest opinions!!

    1. I talked to Alli about it last night – she said she had no problems with Coat Couture. The key to good application for mattes/satins: use thin coats and make sure each coat is completely dry before you add another. Using a either a smoothing/ridgefilling base coat or a matte top coat as a base coat can help hide imperfections.

      I think the mixed reviews probably come from the different application style and the fact that mattes/satins don’t have the same wear time as typical polishes.

      I say try it and see what you think 🙂 They’re just so lovely.

  2. First, you said seafoam so I love you. Second, this was the first and only one from this collection I grabbed so far. We are on the same wavelength and now I can’t wait to use mine. I think All Wrapped Up (the ivory one) is next. Think of all the possibilities with AWU as an accent with seafoam!

    1. You love me anyway! Seafoam for life. It’s so extravent. THAT’S RIGHT. I WENT THERE. Ahhhh All Wrapped up + my made up seafoam cashmere matte would be gorgeous!

  3. i love this collection and i ended up getting them all except the very light one.. they all chip on me the very next day! 🙁 so sad!! does anyone else have this problem with these polishes?

    1. Sadly, polishes with a matte finish do have a shorter wear time… but they should last more than a day. Make sure to give your nails a quick swipe of remover to remove any oils before applying any polish. Are you using a base coat?

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