This post was prompted by a review of the Doves and Roses’ review of Essie Spun in Lux in which she talked about how quickly the polish chipped. I had purchased 3 polishes from the Cashmere Matte collection from my birthday haul but I had yet to try them. After reading Anne’s review, I was a bit apprehensive about the formula. The Cashmere Matte collection came out earlier this year with 6 shades ranging from ivory all the way to a deep blackened navy – I bought the mid-range shades (as I’m wont to do!):
I’m not a fan of matte finish polishes but I bought these with the intent to apply a topcoat over them to bring out the neat blue shimmer.
Just Stitched – matte creamy light pink with blue shimmer
The upper photo shows the polish without a topcoat, and the bottom one with Poshe topcoat applied. This shade applied very patchy – it required 3 coats to smooth out. Adding a topcoat brought out the blue shimmer slightly but it wasn’t as apparent as in the bottle.
Comfy in Cashmere – matte mauvey taupe with blue shimmer
This had a fabulous formula – it was fairly thin and easy to spread and opaque in 2 coats. The topcoat brought out the blue shimmer somewhat but only really visible in certain light.
Coat Couture – matte bluey grey with blue shimmer
This formula was decent – it had a thicker consistency and I could get away with just one coat. The topcoat really brought out the blue shimmer in this one – it was quite mesmerizing.
I found it interesting that the formula of these 3 were all over the place – with Comfy in Cashmere being the best. This was the colour I ended up keeping on for the week to test out the wear time. On the morning of day 3 of the trial, I posted a photo on Instragram saying that the polish was performing well… but I spoke too soon. That evening I was out with a friend and happened to brush through my hair with my hand and the polish on my index finger flicked right off in one sheet!
It was kind of amusing and amazing! The polish sheet looked like a press-on nail. 😛 I really didn’t know what to make of it because none of my other fingers showed major signs of wear or peeling. So I just reapplied Comfy in Cashmere back onto my index finger and went about my business.
Then came day 5 in the evening – I’m at home, washing my hands and notice that my middle finger is suddenly sans polish! I retraced my steps and found the nail polish sheet in the hallway:
This couldn’t possibly be a fluke! I’ve never had nail polish pop off like this before! Just for the record, I used my typical base and topcoat that I use for most manicures: Orly Bonder and Poshe. I cannot explain what happened with the Cashmere Matte formula – maybe it interacted with my base and topcoat to cause it to not adhere properly to my nail bed. Also, you’re not imagining things, the colour of Comfy in Cashmere did turn darker once it dried – I noticed this the next morning after I applied it. I should mention that on day 5, I also started experiencing major chipping:
The chipping was isolated to just my right thumb and my left middle finger (the one that popped off) – but look at how well kept my left thumb is! I had enough: that night I removed this polish from all my fingers (it would have been nice if they all decided to flick off at this point but nope).
I’m not giving up on the Cashmere Matte formula – I’ll experiment with other bases and topcoats to see how they perform. As well, I’m curious if the other shades I have will perform differently. What a puzzling polish! Have you tried the Essie Cashmere Matte polishes?