Essie: Mesmerize

Mesmerize with flash

Mesmerize without flash

I purchased this a few weeks ago at my local DM and finally got around to giving it a try.  I’ve really been inclined toward shades of blue lately, so Essie Mesmerize seemed like it would be a good addition to my collection.  To be honest though, I’ve really kind of just been into Essie lately.  For one, I generally quite like their formula, but

CG – First Mate, Essie – Mesmerize, OPI – Suzi Says Feng Shui

the big draw for me recently is this new wide brush, I just can’t seem to get enough of Essie polishes that have this brush.  You’re probably thinking, “this girl is nuts,”  but I’m telling you this thing is amazing.  I believe I have mentioned this before, but it really does make application a breeze.  Not only does it provide for nice even coverage, but it allows you to put on your polish incredibly cleanly with minimal to no clean up which makes all the difference for me.

I paired Mesmerize with my usual suspects, Essie Sensitivity Base Coat and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.  Believe me, a good base and top coat is worth the investment and extra time to ensure a longer lasting manicure ladies.  Not to mention the fact that a base coat can also provide protection from dreaded staining.  So I wore Mesmerize for five days before I removed it.  It started chipping just a bit on the fourth day and even more so by the fifth day.  I am admittedly hard on my nails but I feel the chipping I experienced was mostly due to the fact that I had been doing some serious cleaning (without gloves, I know it’s so bad) and baking, which I have noticed shortens the wear time of any polish for me personally.  I loved wearing Mesmerize.  It definitely reminded me of another one of my favorite blue polishes, China Glaze First Mate though.  Mesmerize just seems to pop more as it is just a bit brighter than First Mate, as you can see in my comparison above.  Just to show the difference in color I also included a swatch of OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui.  I think this color is great for summer, although I don’t exactly adhere to what’s necessarily said to be “in” for a certain season and just go for what I like regardless, I’m rebellious that way I suppose.  I know Essie can be pricey and just because I have an affinity for Essie and similarly priced brands of nail polish, I am well aware that not everyone wants to hand over quite so many of their hard earned coinage so I have and will continue to include a list of other options ranging in brand and price.  Sadly Essie Mesmerize hasn’t been so easy to find doppelgangers for, so the list is short.

Doppelgangers:

  • OPI – Dating A Royal
  • Color Inc. – Chara 98
  • Sephora by OPI – Blue Grotto
  • L’Oréal – Jet Set To Paris
  • Golden Rose – Sweet Color #60

*Disclaimer: As always, my Doppelgangers (previously know as Dupes) list is my own personal opinion and it consists of colors that I simply feel look similar or close enough to the color featured in my post.  So we may just have to agree to disagree.

I paid about 7,75€ at my local DM for Essie Mesmerize here in Germany.  My fellow American gals can find it at Walgreens, Target, Walmart and it is easily accessible for all via Amazon which I have conveniently provided a link to down below.

Essie Mesmerize #679

P.S. I received something fun and exciting in the mail today from my lovely fellow American friend in the Garden State!  So keep an eye out for an upcoming post on that.

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