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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The perfect red nail polish

Yesterday Toby and I went on an adventure to the nail salon so that I could get a pedicure. (He was cuddled up in the sling and loved the massaging chair.) But the best part was that, after years of trial and error, I finally stumbled upon the PERFECT red nail polish! Most reds are too bright or too dark, but Essie's Fishnet Stockings is just right and made me feel like a 1920's starlet (despite wearing a T-shirt covered in spit-up). I'm loving it and would highly recommend it. xo

93 comments:

Reyna♥ said...

Such a bold and pretty color! (:

Patricia said...

I love essie! I like revlons frankly scarlet for the perfect red and also revlons red hot tamale

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Joanna Goddard said...

it is bold! but not too bold. seriously, it's perfect -- and that has been so hard to find! i've never been quite satisfied with the color until now. :)

Joanna Goddard said...

ooh, thanks, patricia!

Rebecca said...

OOh! That's my favorite, too!

Kelly said...

i always wear red on my toes, usually OPI. but i love painting with essie because it's nice and thin. definitely trying this color!

xo
Kelly

Angela said...

I've never tried Essie. Thanks for the recommendation.
And I love the name.
Wouldn't that be a good job -- naming nail polish??

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

I'm totally with you... I have a red I kinda like but it's too bright... might have to give this a try (and I'm sure you looked fabulous in your T even if it was covered with spit up!!! :D so cute!!!)
xxx

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sylvie said...

finding a great red - polish, lipstick - is like finding a pot of gold. this one is a beauty!

i am quite the fan of essie too. lately, i've been obsessing over the silvery lavender hue of the "miss vixen" color. it's a great transition polish into fall :)

xo,
sylvie of silver lining

The Neo-Traditionalist said...

Must pick up a bottle! So true on the perils of finding the perfect red. Glad Tody enjoyed his adventure : )

xx Katie

beautybets said...

Nothing more classic or pretty than short, glossy, red nails. Not too orange, not too pink—this one looks perfecto!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oooo I'll try that!!!

Kate [Union Jack Creative] said...

I've never tried Essie, but I've heard rave reviews - your red recommendation and Kelly's note about it being nice and thin might be just the motivation I need to give it a shot.

Doesn't red on your toes just make you feel on top of the world? Love it.

Karena said...

It just makes you feel so prettty to have your nails and toes painted with a color like this!

Karena
Art by Karena

classycareergirl said...

Love this color! It looks like the perfect red. Can't wait to check it out!

Rachel Dangerfield said...

I love having dressed up fingernails :)

I've been in a deep purple kind of mood lately. It looks just right with my short nails and super pale skin... but this red might have to be my next adventure!

Mr. & Mrs. H. said...

ooh, i have been looking for a good red colour as well. thanks for the recommendation! i am definitely going to try this.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I have used this color for a long time. It's one of my favorites!
Plus Essie seems to last longer than other brands :)

my33people said...

I discovered Essie's Bordeaux last year and it's been my favorite shade of red since, you should check it out, it's not too dark and not too bright.

Starry said...

I LOVE red nail polish and must have about 5 different shades that I use in rotation. My Fave right now is Rimmel 60 second express finish. My Second fave is a Chanel one which is rather extravagent but it stays on for 2 weeks straight, no chips. I used to like one called black cherry, not sure who it was that did it, it was lush.

Luisa said...

Yes! That's my favorite red, too. xo

Signe said...

It's a very nice color, but I'm not a huge Essie fan myself, hate that you always need two coats. Guess I'm just lazy :)

Becca said...

I love classic reds! I will have to give that one a shot, I think Essie makes a great polish.

Becca

Paige at Mudroom Boston said...

I's always in search of the perfect red...particularly hard since I have a lot of red in my skin. I'm a huge fan of Essie's New Fortune Cookie...think it was a Spring or Summer 2010 color...

bink and boo said...

I love Essie. Great color!

Maxine in Trousers said...

one of my favorite reds <3 great choice!

D&D said...

good to know because i love me a good red
wait. are we talking wine or polish?

animal print gal said...

Red is always a winner isn't it?

Jessica said...

Essie's selection of nail polish colors is ah-mazing and the application is great, too. I haven't tried this shade of red, though, so now I'm going to have to buy it!

Kim in the Cove said...

As a mom of 5 and 2 year olds, I can say that a mani/pedi is never sweeter than when you're wearing a t-shirt covered in spit up.

:)

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, kim, so true. :)

Joanna Goddard said...

i know! it's so funny how simple red polish on your toes can make you feel so instantly glamorous.

ag. said...

i've seen a lot of happy essie users lately! will have to try out this red, it truly is hard to find the perfect one! wishing i could go for a pedicure right now!

Sarah K said...

Good to know:) I agree, a little red nailpolish goes a long way!

Siubhan said...

Lovely! I hardly ever wear nail polish, but that kind of ringing endorsement has rather made me want some! A good red in makeup is always hard to find.

Dancing Branflake said...

Yay! I love a good red. Now, can you please find us the perfect shade for our lips? That quest has been on going since I was fifteen.

the chirpy bird said...

red is probably the best color for my pale white skin! It makes me look a little chicer rather than a a human form of toothpaste! Cheers for the hot tip!
xo tash

Annie L. said...

I JUST had a manicure on saturday and this is what I chose! Its sooo gorgeous... and the manicure is still looking good! I just love essie colors!

Jill Turner said...

I have this!!!!! I love Essie too - it goes on so smooth!

Alina said...

Apertif is also a great red Essie makes, will def try this one out though! Thanks

Alina
www.dreamingchic.blogspot.com

Keri said...

Joanna,

I am coming to new york in september for a little holiday with my mom. where did you go to get pedicures? that would be such a nice thing to do with my mom.
i was also wondering if you could tell me some of your favorite places to eat and what are the top things to do when visiting the city!

thanks! keri

DiamondsandTulle said...

Beautiful Red! Essie is my fave!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

Arielle I. said...

I have one of the OPI Christmas sets and I love a couple coats of Little Red Wagon (I think it's called) on my toes. It has a little bit of a pink tone to it but once you get a few layers, it looks nice and red.

Anna Walker said...

Hey! It looks great! I really like the color red for a nail polish, but i am always afraid that they will come out too dark or will be too bright, or even to orange! This color looks prefect!

And the name is great too! :) P.S. Be proud to wear that spit-up T-shirt, Your a mom! That's amazing in itself!

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kati said...

oooh, i love essie. even the texture is superior :)

Monica from Hola!design said...

I've been looking for the perfect red, this looks amazing!
red nails are so glamorous, right?

Various Projects said...

i love essie, too. this summer i bought what i consider the perfect red (for me!) -- "one of a kind". it's a summery tomato red. :)

Mrs Mason said...

Am loving Watermelon by essie too

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Kathleen said...

Oooh... I'm terrible at picking out nail polish colors so thanks for the tip! I'll have to try this.

monkeyandsquirrel said...

that is the perfect nail polish name for such a sassy color!!!

Melissa Blake said...

Red is my favorite!!

wonderchris said...

Completely agree with you on finding the perfect red - always a challenge.

Thanks for doing the footwork! ;)

I can't wait to sport those red toes!!

Platform said...

Essie always has great options. Love O.P.I, too.

IEatFashionForBreakfast said...

Thanks for the recommendation.

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by Sutton said...

red toes are so CLASSIC. thanks for the tip... i will have to try this shade!

logan said...

I think that might actually be the perfect red! Eureka! When I pick a red I end up walking out of the salon disappointed and repaint at home with one of my go to pinks or almost black purples. I'm going to give red another chance with "fishnet stockings."

Ashley said...

Awww... such a sweet image. How nice that you were able to get a pedicure with him along.

Ashley said...

I love red nail polish!! thanks for sharing!! How sweet to take your little man!!! I was never brave enough to do that!

It's Legs! said...

omg yes you are my hero I have been on a hunt buying every red i come across mixing them with other reds to try to make them perfect. thank you! im so excited to try it



-legs :)

elsie said...

Err, is it OK to have a newborn in a nail salon? Weren't you worried about fumes?

Miss Hothouse Orchid said...

Totally agree! I always go red on toes and that's my go-to polish. Red polish is my secret shout-out to the Ms. Diana Vreeland ;)

Joanna said...

Oh, yes, I'm quite familiar with Ms. FIshnet Stockings. Tres chic.

I wonder if Essie is now a three-free polish (i.e. free of the three harsh chemicals found in most nail polishes: formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP phthales)? I know OPI, Butter London, and Rescue Beauty are free of them, so I was hoping Essie has jumped on the bandwagon. Until they do, I'm sticking with my 3-frees. :-)

Lulu said...

ah perfect! thank you so much for the polish recommendation =] it looks lovely in the bottle, and you're so very right about it being difficult to find a nice red!

Anonymous said...

This looks great. I'm also a fan of OPI Vodka & Caviar, and Essie Pouf Daddy. So pretty.

Sarah said...

I wrote about my favorite summer color Essie polish(boat house) on my blog.. Check it out! SarahHendler.com

reckless daughter said...

hey! that's my favorite red too! I own two or three bottles at this point.

Tina said...

I took my son to the salon so that I could get a manicure-more importantly get that feeling that I'm more than just a diaper-changing-sippy-cup-filler!
He's 4 & sat quitely in the chair playing games on my iPhone. He enjoyed playing without his 1 yr old sister grabbing for it. I got what I needed.
I've never done that before.
It worked like a dream!
Gonna look for your red pick next time.

Leigh said...

Yay for babies who love nail salon massage chairs!!!
Love that color.

iheartkiwi said...

i love Essie!

i will have to pick up a bottle asap. red nails never go out of style.

Torrie said...

I've had the same issues with red nail polish - until I found this...

http://www.zoya.com/content/38/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Posh.html

LOVE the 'red wine color and sparkly matte finish'... stands out but in a subdued way (due to the matte).

I'll try the Essie one as well- to add to my 'can-wear' red collection"!!

Tree said...

I love Sally Hansen's Honeymoon Red shade. :)

Aarti Badamikar said...

Yeaa!! Its is so difficult to get the perfect red!!!

Meg said...

ooo that is the perfect shade of red! thanks for filling us in!

Holly said...

love red noveau!

Era Girl said...

opi's vodka & caviar is also amazing! it's my go-to retro red :)

Shannon said...

gorgeous red's are so sexy and beautiful good colour choice.x

the adventures of a modern housewife said...

looks perfect - a good red is hard to find but looks so good when you get it right

Rachel said...

I have this one too! Great minds must choose nail polish alike ;)

Darcie said...

I've never heard of Essie, I'll have to check them out!

I love red nail polish and have a hard time branching out from it. My favorite is OPI's I'm Not Really A Waitress and Vampire State Building, although I don't think they make that one anymore.

wsake said...

i recently abandoned my red nailpolish and got capri from essie instead - all into orange now!

Anonymous said...

Young lungs should not breathe in those chemicals. 'As a newborn' he should be protected. They're carcinogens. Protect him as if you were still pregnant with him. You won't be able to do it for much longer. Give him the best start you possibly can.

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Vanessa said...

I'll have to try this red. So far I've found OPI's I'm not really a waitress to be the perfect red.

azeebay said...

I am totally addicted to sally hensen "all fired up" it is alarm bright red!!!!! love it!!! I noticed when i wore it on a foggy day it looked like color in a black n white movie.

Eyeshadows said...

That is a great nail colour! Napoleon in Australia have a very similar red.

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Celine said...

I dont think we have Essie here in France. But frankly, your red looks gorgeous. Just like the Chanel Dragon (bright red or so) I got myself yesterday ! I am planning to have it on for my elopement - i totally agree with you : those make you feel like a starlet, despite the baby's spit (or, variant, my favorite A&F tees, totally unglamorous) !

Ashley Hayne said...

I just bought this and painted my nails. It really is the perfect red. I am so ready for fall and this is the perfect red color for fall.

Ashley L. said...

Essie is the best nail color company. It's more expensive but you really get what you pay for.

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