Essie “Turquoise & Caicos” – Swatches and Review – and some Deborah Lippmann “Fairydust”

Hello hello!

This past weekend I felt like going turquoise again so I went for my newly purchased Essie Turquoise & Caicos.

Like the other Essie polishes I’ve tried so far the formula is on the thin side and I needed 3 coats for full opacity and evenness. Some fingers actually needed an extra swipe here and there so I guess you could say I used 3.5 coats.

These pictures are all with Nubar Diamont top coat.

These pictures are taken in my lightbox where bright lights point to my hands so the colour seems bright, but in real life the colour is a bit darker and it feels dull and flat to me. I was quite disappointed about that; I just prefer my turquoise brighter. I guess you just can’t love them all.

So to brighten up my nails I added Deborah Lippmann’s Fairydust from her Forsaken collection (inspired by True Blood). This is a milky white base with an iridescent shimmer that shifts between red and orange, which the camera did not quite pick up, unfortunately.

Mission accomplished!

What do you think?

– Chantal 🙂

Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.

  • Ugh, every time I see a photo of that skinny Essie brush, I just want to scream. It's definitely one of the worst brushes next to Revlon and they don't even have an excuse because Essie is becoming pretty much on par on price and availability in salons like OPI. Ugh terribad!

    Like I said, it sucks that you ended up not liking Turquoise and Caicos. I really like it but again, I think of it more for a vintage mint sort of feel. I would definitely considered it as my top contender for that "vintage rose mint wallpaper" nail art you see everywhere. I am wondering if it's based on the Tiffany and Co. colour because "Turquoise and Caicos" sounds pretty much like a play on words, don't you think?

    Anyway I hope you find a better turquoise mint polish outside of Essie – I am sure you'll find a winner out there. :3

    • I agree with you about the vintage feel of this polish, I see what you mean. It think this would be a perfect colour for a vintage rose mint wallpaper nail art. Okay, you've made me appreciate this colour a bit more now. 🙂
      Oooh good call on the play on words, I never thought of it that way but it's definitely there.

  • Wow, they look amazing! i wish i was that talented. The color is lovely!:)

    • Thank you LollyLou! 😀
      I did not use to apply nail polish this cleanly. Actually I still don't, but I clean up my cuticles after I'm done, it makes all the difference!

  • No problem, I don't have a steady enough hand to apply it or tidy them up without going wrong and making them worse!

  • thanks, I will!:)