Long gone are the tipex-esque nails; the beauty industry have stepped up their game and have delivered some super chic shades to keep your mitts looking stylish all year 'round. I popped out to pick up Essie's Blanc after seeing Kate from gh0stparties donning it on her instagram page, and came back to find that I already had its Models Own counterpart 'White Light' in my collection, and that sparked an idea. I immediately got painting in order to determine which white was to ultimately steal my heart (#firstworldproblems much?), and here are the results...

Essie 'Blanc' (£7.99):
At £3 more expensive and a tad on the sheerer side, you would have thought that this would have already lost the race, but there's something about it that just makes me swoon. Both are pretty white, and from a distance you wouldn't notice a difference in colour, but close up I noticed that the Essie polish is ever-so-slightly cooler toned (more pink based) whereas the Models Own polish leans slightly to the warmer, cream/yellow side. Like I said, you wouldn't notice it if you weren't looking for it, but as I was, I picked it up and now it's all I can see. Personally the slightly cooler tone of the Essie version is more appealing to me, and that's why, despite it's slight faults, it wins my vote.

The cheaper of the two, and probably the best performing when it comes to opacity and shine, yet it's still Essie that takes the cake for me. This went on in two coats with no problem whatsoever, and due to it's 'hypergel' finish, didn't really need my 'ever-so-shiny' Seche Vite top coat to finish off the job. Both were pretty easy to work with, although this was less streaky than the Essie one on the first coat. If it had the slightly cooler tone that 'Blanc' did, then this probably would've won, but it's the Essie polish that wins for me.

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15 comments

  1. I've been so into white nail polish this past summer! I've been loving one from the L'Oreal Color Riche line, but that Essie one looks great! The picture is gorgeous! ;) xx

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  2. I don't wear nail polish much but I do like the sound of white! Might be nice for our summer.
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  3. My favourite white nail polish is Chanels Eastern Light!

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  4. I've heard good things about OPI Alpine Snow as well but I've been looking at Essie Blanc the most. I haven't purchased a white nail polishes yet but I definitely want to! xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  5. I've been thinking about getting a white nail polish, but I am still not sure. I have a question about Essie. I don't owe any Essie shades. I love the colours (who doesn't?) but I'd like to know if they cracked easily. I mean, I love wearing nail polish but I absoloutely hate when tey just last a couple of days. Are Essie products more lasting? Thanks

    I'd love you to give it a read to my last post. I've made some questions about how having a blog and telling people about this is. If, you know, you feel like people are gonna change their opinios about you. Love to hear what you think :))
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  6. I don't know why but I am not a huge fan of essie they are all pretty sheer and require a lot of build up, but maybe t's because I am lazy and have high expectations of something instant?! I am yet to try the white nail trend xxx

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  7. Ah okay, I love the L'Oreal polishes! x

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  8. Definitely worth at least a try :) x

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  9. Ahh I've never actually tried a Chanel polish - bit of an investment eh? x

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  10. Couldn't recommend it enough Celina :) x

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  11. Actually the fact that you have to apply 2-3 coats is good because it means that the polish isn't too thick so it won't peel off as easily. Don't worry - I'm lazy too but I sit down and watch a TV show or something when I don my nails so I don't rush it too much :) x

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  12. I've never really had a bad experience with Essie - I love all of their polishes but it honestly depends on your nails. I'll definitely check out your last post :)

    Lo siento que aún no he respondido a tu email - lo he leido y lo aprecio mucho, y voy a responder pronto pero he tenido muchos trabajos para universidad de hacer. Espero que puedes entender mi español - necesito practicar jaja! xx

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  13. Thanks for the info! I might try Essie soon to see how it works on my nails :)
    You're Spanish is quite good! I understand everything you write :) Entiendo tu situación, yo también estudio en la universidad y tengo trabajos y deberes que hacer. Gracias por leer el email, it means a lot :) besos!

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