Essie – Perennial Chic

essie - perennial chic Good morning, lovelies! I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday weekend. We decided to have Easter lunch with my Nana so I chose this lovely peachy nude for the occasion. If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll recall that my Nana considers the fingernails to be an extension of the fingers – and she much prefers nude or sheer polish. A few years ago her salon stopped carrying her favorite nude so I went on a quest to find her the “perfect” nude before  she finally settled on Sally Hansen Smooth & Perfect in Dune. She’s since moved onto OPI Bubble Bath, but I digress..

Perennial Chic is our last pick from Essie’s Spring Collection for 2015. Perennial Chic is a demure peachy nude that essie describes as a neutral peach-brown accented by crème rose highlights; a sumptuous tawny tulip. While I usually choose nude polishes with a bit more brown, I ended up really liking this polish more than I expected. The application was average – streaky on the first coat but by the third coat it’s a perfectly opaque creme. This is a nice subtle polish to have in your arsenal – perfect for a conservative work environment or interview.

Overall, this polish gets a thumbs up, but if I’m in a neutral / nude kind of mood I’m probably more likely to reach for Cocktails & Coconuts.

While this polish is beautiful, I was ready to dress it up by mid afternoon. You can never go wrong with a little glitter! Or… as you’ll see below you can if you choose the wrong glitter.

Before you’re totally put off by my glitter disaster, make sure to check out our reviews of the Spring 2015 Collection: Picked Perfect, Blossom Dandy, Flowerista, and Petal Pushers.

Essie polishes retail for $8.50. The Flowerista collection is currently available at Nordstrom and Ulta. Picked Perfect can also be found on Amazon. You can also opt for the Flowerista mini set includes Perennial Chic, Blossom Dandy, Flowerista, and Petal Pushers.

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Essie - Perennial Chic

essie - perennial chic

When I decided to add a little sparkle to this manicure, I chose Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter & Be Gay – which is lovely, this was just not a match made in heaven. I’ll have to try again with something a little more sparse and toned down.

Essie - Perennial Chic + Glitter

Ick. See what I mean?




  1. I’m trying to pay more attention to nudes lately. Not bonkers for them, but I have discovered to my surprise that I don’t have even one! I probably should have at least one, eh? This isn’t the one, but I’m keeping an open mind.

    Quite right though, the glitter didn’t work. I wonder if another thin coat of the nude on top might have had a candyish effect, like a toffee? Just a thought. 🙂

    1. You should definitely have at least one!

      I’m not sure it’d be worth the effort to try with that glitter on top – maybe with another though… I do love toffee 🙂

  2. Uggh, I love this one! I love it all by itself, gorgeously plain! Will you two stop torturing me with delectable nudes? There are now several nudes on my wish list, which is crazy given the number of nudes that I already own. My husband says that I treat my fingernails like toys. I don’t know why he says that like it’s a bad thing, lol.

  3. I know this is an older post, but how does this Essie shade compare (tone wise and formula wise) with Lippmann’s Shifting Sands? I’m debating between the two. Would LUV to see a comparison swatch, but even just your opinion would be great!!

What do you think?