I’ve noticed I’ve been doing a lot of red-based colors the past few weeks, haven’t I? Maybe not, but that’s how I feel.
Anyway, my S.O. and I have been on a bit of a nail polish buying spree lately, and our list of untrieds has been growing quickly. So much so that we decided to dedicate a Helmer drawer to new bottles of lacquer.
Essie Secret Story is very appropriately a core color, as its definitely a color with a lot of “re-wear value.” Its bright and fun, but not so extreme that it will tire out with multiple uses. It strikes me as a great year-round Friday night out color.
The formula is a blue-biased jelly that sits somewhere between pink, purple, and fuchsia. The formula itself flowed smoothly from brush to nail, and presented no application issues to speak of.
The smallish brush required some double-dipping on my wider nails, which is typical for Essie. I will say, however, that I think the brush bristles on the newer drugstore Essies are a bit longer and wider. Not quite a Pro-Wide equivalent, but a good marginal improvement.
The QuantRating should give you a good idea what I’m thinking about this color. It’s a sharp looking pink-purple-fuchsia transition jelly that should work well for most nail shapes/skin tones.
QuantRate: Essie “Secret Story”
=Total Composite Score: 92.525/100
Quality Rank: Excellent