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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Essie A-Crewed Interest: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I have some time to write a post. Yippee!

Today I have Essie A-Crewed Interest for your perusal. A flattering, easy to wear pink leaning peach crelly, Essie A-Crewed Interest is so pretty; creamy, rich and delicious to look at as peach ice cream. Talk about your perfect Summer polish colour.

This swatch is three coats and top coat shot out in the sun.







Where do I start with this part of the review? With something positive; the colour. Unfortunately, that is all I can like about this polish. The formula on this is just wretched. It was streaky on all three coats, It wanted to glob up, run, pool, drag and it bubbled, too. Top Coat helped to melt and smooth it a little but it never did smooth out completely. 


I realize that I have been pretty hard on Essie, lately. Not, in my opinion without cause. I am not trashing this brand. I don't believe in trashing polishes or brands, even when the polish is an unmitigated disaster, I try to find something positive, something nice to say about it. And I have tried to find the nice in my recent Essie acquisitions. I love the colours, the soft, ladylike quality of the shades and tones, the bottles and the brand cache. But if those things aren't backed up by solid, high quality formula that applies beautifully and wears well, what the heck good is a marquis name, pretty colours and great bottles? I don't know abut you but these polishes are too expensive for me to use them as paperweights or artwork. I am sad to say that until Essie turns things around with their formula, I am going to have to pass on their polishes. I just can't afford to pay eight dollars for one difficult, sub quality swatch, over and over again. 


I received so much good feedback on my last Essie post; I heard from those of you who, like me have a lot of difficulty with this brand and I also heard from gals who have no problem with it and for whom Essie behaves perfectly. Beauty products are funny animals, not all of them suit everyone and perhaps a match between me and Essie just isn't meant to be. If Essie does work for you, I am truly happy for you, continue to enjoy this beautiful line of polishes. 


Do you own Essie A-Crewed Interest? Love it? Did it drive you as batty as it did me? If you are interested in buying this polish, it is available in stores and online, now. 


Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. 

27 comments:

  1. IheartprettypolishJune 19, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    I just posted a swatch on Essie Van D'Go and I feel like you...I feel like I am ripping on Essie.  I tried to be easy on them by saying I like the final product, but for crying out loud - it's such a pain to apply!  I just want to love these polishes so much because they look so pretty in the bottle - but how can I justify grabbing for one and struggling with the application when I can grab any other brand (even drugstore brands) and it will go so much smoother!  I just put Turquoise & Caicos on last night and I just couldn't believe how thin it was.  I actually have FIVE coats on right now!  LOL.  Now that is ridiculous.  I don't think it is meant to be a sheer polish...but maybe?  Maybe I should give them the benefit of the doubt.  Anyway, great swatches and I did consider getting this - but if it's how you say and like the rest, I shall pass. 

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  2. This looks absolutely gorgeous on you!!!  Booo to the sucky formula!

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  3. I agree. Absolutely gorgeous color! I haven't had much of a problem with Essie on my nails. I think it's all in the type of nails and who knows what else? I'm so new to all of this.  If I could just get the hang of the smooth border so it doesn't bleed onto my cuticle - is there a secret tip for that or just lots of practice? I glub it up almost every time. I try so hard to start further out and still it isn't as smooth and even as yours. You're a pro at that!

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  4. Allie, getting a neat, precise finish is a combination of practice, a good application technique and cleanup. Cleanup is huge, it lets me fix my little boo boos and have a neat, clean manicure. You just need acetone, a small, fairly short, stiff bristled brush and an acetone safe dish. I get those ready then as I polish, if I make a mistake or want to refine things, I grab my brush, dip it in acetone, blot the excess then use the brush to whisk away any polish on my cuticles or the skin beside my nails, or refine my curve or whatever. It is faster and easier to clean up as I go, rather than saving it for after I finish everything and it is all dried. :) 

    Anyway, yeah. Just keep at it. :d

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  5. Thank you and... Yeah. :)

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  6. I think I was one of the ones that piped up in the last post. I hate how the formula has gone to the dogs. Polish thinner is a must when using this brand. :/

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  7. absolutely adore this color!! I must find it!!

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  8. So.....yes and yes. I had this color and it was such a PITA to work with, and the final effect was NOT good,  I returned it to the store. Also, it looked less colorful on me. Just sort of a pale pink-peach that was trying to emerge but, sadly, it kind of ended up DOA (horrible analogy, I know. Sorry). On to happier colors and better formulas. ^^

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  9. I wish that I had purchased this in store so that I could return it. Alas, I bought it online and I have to eat the cost. Lesson learned. 

    I love this shade but the formula... Gah! What a frakking nightmare. I am heartbroken because it is so stinking pretty!

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  10. I hope that you do find it and that you have better luck with the formula than I did. :)

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  11. Yes, you did. :D

    I might try thinning some of my more problematic Essies and give them another chance before I take more decisive action. 

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  12. I got Turquoise and Cacios opaque in three, if I remember correctly and the formula wasn't too bad. One of my rare Essies that had decent formula. :) 

    I hate to have to be so mean to a brand, I really do but really! Do better, Essie! So many of us want to love you! Give us the chance to do so. :)

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  13. I did not try Essie yet and I think I will wait with trying a bit longer, for I heard a lot of complaints about it as well lately..

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  14. Don't be afraid to try Essie, some of them are great. I have some that are lovely, colour and formula. 

    I am beginning to feel like an assassin, I don't mean to. lol

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  15. I have a love/hate relationship with Essie. Specifically with their lighter colors like this one. The only pastelish color I have from them that works for me is a nude from one of the old wedding collecions. I really like the color of this one, though!

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  16. I have no problem with Essie but Butter London and I don't play well.  I think nail chemistry plays a role don't you?  Of course I don't have this one-it's friggen pink! HAHAHAH!

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  17. It's peach, actually. :P 

    I agree, individual chemistry has a lot to do with how well a polish works for a person. A lot of people have no problem with Essie, while I have a very hard time finding an Essie polish that will cooperate with me. I have yet to try Butter London. I have my eyes on a few, I am just girding myself to pay the price per bottle. Fourteen clams a pop is steep, for me. :)

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  18. I do have some Essies that work well; Demure Vixen has a really nice formula, Turquoise and Caicos was pretty easy, if a bit sheer and the two special effects toppers I bought last holiday are really nice. The pastels, which I adore are just too mean to be believed. lol

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  19. I love Essie's colors so much, but agree their formula can be difficult. I do have better luck when I apply three coats.

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  20. I have also found that three coats is helpful when applying Essie. I can usually get an Essie pretty smooth in three but every now and again, even three coats can't smooth it out, as with this polish, also French Affair was like that for me. Like you, I love their colours. So much. I just wish that their formula was more consistent. :)

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  21. I tried A Crewed Interest... loved the color, but had a hard time with the formula, too.  It either dragged or was gloppy.  Also chipped faster.  So sad, because the color is so pretty.  My favorite Essie's are Turquoise & Caicos and Sand Tropez.  Love the colors and how they apply.  Trying Ballet Slippers today.  Pretty color, but took 4 coats.  

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  22. I know this post is so last year, but I found found a dupe (for Essie A-Crewed Interest) in Orly's Prelude To A Kiss. It's a bit smoother and flows better than the Essie. Same shade, cheaper for more and I liked it's application better. Thought it might help someone ;)

    I do love Essie since they've become more playful and colourful, but I too have issues with certain colour formulas being a little streaky :(

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  23. Yes, I am so disappointed in so many Essie polishes. Their formula is extremely inconsistent. When it is good, it is great, when it is bad, it is a nightmare.


    I own Prelude to a Kiss by Orly and I love it. It is everything I wanted A Crewed Interest to be and wasn't. Thank you for suggesting it, tho, hopefully anyone who reads this will try the Orly (if they can find it) instead. :)

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  24. How did I miss this comment? This reply is sickeningly late and I apologize. I have trouble with a lot of Essie polishes. Turquoise and Caicos is a great formula but I had to apply three coats, to cover my ridges. It sure is gorgeous, tho. :)


    I do't have Ballet Slippers, yet. I keep meaning to pick it up and keep forgetting. LOL

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  25. At least Essie got bolder with all their colours.
    And no probs (thought I should at least suggest it as I know a lot of people wanted that colour). I sometimes see it sold on Ebay.

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  26. It's really gorgeous. I think I have seen it floating around on Amazon, too. :)

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