Essie Wrap Me Up is a pinkish off-white creme that dries to a satin finish. It is from the Spring 2015 Cashmere Matte collection. How did I score a recent release without paying full price (parce que je REFUSE)? I found it on sale at TJ Maxx last week.
Exactly WHY it was on sale this soon is the real question. Some people have been denouncing this as the worst formula ever in a nail polish collection. Check out this rant by Young Wild and Polished!
But I suspect some store in the vicinity must have been unloading a ton of old Essie, because the shelves were overflowing with them! I wanted them all so bad! I snapped up the new ones instead. A ton of their pinks are milky, sheer and similar anyhow. But these gorgeous glass bottles are so fun to hold in your hand!
The formula is a tricky one. Leave the cap off too long, and it starts to dry on the rim and become gloopier with each dip, so quick brush strokes are key! The first layer will pull, and you will experience what the Nailluminati call balding if you lay it on too thick. Those are patches of nail poking through near the cuticle. So make your first layer super thin. Second and third coats can be thick to prevent streaking. You may want to do a final (yes fourth) thin coat to quickly even out the surface in the event of any remaining sheerness. Unlike some other colors in this line there is no pink or blue shimmer in the formula.
Another thing that may help is NOT to layer it over a base coat. I tried it with Essie All in One just out of habit, but I don’t need it to adhere for longer than a day, and sometimes a base coat will cause unevenness. Just like you don’t use one under metallic polish.