Wear Test Wednesday: Essie Fondant of You
Recently I mentioned that I’m planning a new series of nail polish wear tests, and I decided to dive right in! My plot to make myself actually wear nail polish is semi-working, at least so far. I recently got a couple colors from the Essie summer collection (kindly provided by the brand) so today I present to you the first edition: Essie Fondant of You.
Fondant of You is a really pretty pastel orange that reminds me of orange sherbet. It’s a great summer color but since I don’t put a whole lot of stock in seasonal colors I can see myself wearing it pretty much year round. It’s a creme glossy finish that was opaque with three thin coats.
As I mentioned last time, I followed my basic nail routine:
- Cut & file
- Push back cuticles
- No buffing
- Remove oils with nail polish remover
- Paint with no base coat
- Finish with drying drops (I didn’t use a top coat)
Day zero saw no chips, of course, and the polish dried quickly enough with OPI Drip Dry that I managed not smudge them even when I went to bed.
After a full day, so far so good. Still pretty pristine, but I need to work on my hand model skillz.
Likewise, they still looked pretty good after 3 full days. A few scratches on the surface, but other than that smooth sailing.
The fifth day is when my manicure started to show its age a bit. There were chips on 3 nails right at the corners which is pretty common for me – my nails are a little soft, so they bend slightly if I run them into things. They might have fared better if I used a top coat, but by that point there was some visible growth anyway. I didn’t take pictures, but bicycle maintenance on day 6 definitely put a nail in the coffin. That’s maybe the world’s fastest way to ruin a manicure so no big deal.
In Short: I think this is a really pretty color and the application was easy. It’s not bullet-proof but I was pretty happy with the wear time, especially considering I didn’t have a top coat on and I wasn’t especially careful not to damage my polish.