Blogmas 2014: Comparison of White Nail Polishes

It's hard to find a good white nail polish with cream finish that would be opaque in two coats. Usually they have too watery formula, are sheer and require three coats, apply streaky or even contain tiny shimmer in it. Today I'm going to talk about four white nail polishes, that are, surprisingly, all quite good.
I’m actually not even sure why I decided to post this comparison, because you can’t really notice the difference between white polishes on photos, but formulas definitely aren’t the same and polishes do differ.




Essie Blanc – this one has great creamy formula, that applies evenly and it covers the nail completely in two coats. When it dries it looks glossy on nails. It contains 10 ml and it costs 9,95 €. In Slovenia is available at DM.

Catrice On the Top of the Alps – this is a white polish that contains tiny shimmer, which isn’t really visible on nails. It applies streaky, so it needs at least two or three coats to look even. I usually apply two coats, first thin and second thicker. Although it can still look streaky after second coat, I always do a nail art over it and then apply a top coat, which covers all imperfections. It dries semi matte. It contains 10 ml and it costs 2,69 €. It’s available at Müller. I’m not sure if you can also get it at DM, because I never check Catrice stand there.
  
Essence Wild White Ways – this Essence white polish is very similar to Catrice one. It also dries semi-matte, it needs at least two coats to be opaque, but I have a feeling that it applies less streaky and, of course, it doesn’t contain any shimmer. The bottle contains 8 ml and it’s available at Müller for 1,69 €.

S-he Stylezone 115 – this one has a bit more watery formula than other three, but still thick enough that it can cover the nail in two coats. Okay, have in mind that I usually apply thicker coats; I never go with very thin ones. You can get this polish at DM for 2,50 € (10 ml). But the last time I found it in section, where they have products that won’t be available anymore, so I think it’s discontinued.



Essence and Catrice polishes are marked as “colour intensifying base coats”, which means that they should be applied as base coats for coloured nail polishes. That makes me think that someone out there must be a bit crazy. If you apply a regular base coat, then two or three coats of a white nail polish, after that two coats of coloured polish and you finish with a top coat, that means 6 or 7 coats. Are you f* kidding me? Why would anyone want to apply a white polish under a regular coloured nail polish, if that one is already enough opaque on its own? If you want to achieve a good intensity of a coloured polish, white base must be strong, so two coats are minimal. If coloured nail polish isn’t thick enough and opaque in one coat, the application will look uneven with one coat over a white base, so that definitely means at least four coats and that’s just too much for one simple manicure.  I definitely find white polishes as a great base for neon shades, because they made them pop out, but that’s it. Girls, if you’re going to buy Catrice or Essence white polish, use it as a regular polish, because otherwise you’ll have too much coats on and your manicure will chip faster.


First photo: left are 2 coats of Catrice On the Top of the Alps and on right 2 coats of Essence Wild White Ways.
Second photo: I applied one coats of Bourjois Amande Defile over each polish.
Third photo: I applied two coats of Bourjois Amande Defile over each polish. This means I'm wearing four coats on my nails without base coat and top coat and since this shade is very sheer it doesn't look completely opaque yet.
On many blogs you can read that Essie Blanc is favourite white polish of many bloggers, and I love it a lot as well, but for a person like me, who uses a white polish a lot and finishes two or three bottles of it in a year, Essie isn't a good investment. That means that I'd spend around 30 € a year for a white polish. No go. But I'd say Essie is a good decision for those who wear white polish very rarely, because it’ll last you for a long time. For me the best choices are cheap white polishes and now I actually have quite a nice selection; at least until Essence or Catrice don’t decide to discontinue those polishes. I especially find Essence very good and I think this one will become my first choice while buying a white polish.



Do you like white nail polishes? Which one is your favourite? Thank you for reading!

20 komentarjev

  1. I also like the white polish by Manhattan and Wet'n'Wild, they are like the essence. I also had Essie blanc, but I emptied it. I kept the bottle and put another white polish in it because the Essie brush is so great :)

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    1. I didn't see white Manhattan polish in our stores yet. I love Essie Blanc, but I finish up a bottle of a white polish so quickly that it's just too expensive for me.

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  2. OH NO, NOT 115! Okay, now I'm panicking. I hope I can find it, the essence white is always sold out at my Dm -_-" Essie looks great, but there is no way I'd pay that much money for a white polish. Awesome post! :D

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    1. Maybe you should try to find Essence somewhere else? Yes, I think S-he is discontinued, I haven't say it on their stand anymore, I found it in a box between other products on sale, that were discontinued before.

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  3. I had that S.he polish for years and loved it so much, but I can't find it any more so I also think it is discontinued. Now I have white from Wet'n'Wild and it's... well, not the best white polish on earth, but not as good as s.he was.
    I like how Essie looks, but as you mentioned, to pricy if you use it a lot.

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    1. Then I recommend you Catrice or Essence, they are cheap and quite good. :D

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  4. Zdej pa me je privleku Essence Colour & Go, ker se mi zdi da se je na slikah res najbolje izkazal pa za to ceno!!!!
    Ga pa sama nikoli nisem želela preizkusit, ker so me do sedaj tej Essence Colour & Go res razočarali...očitno bom mogla dat novo priložnost!
    Super post! :)

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    1. Hvala, Aleksandra. :) Zdaj če iščeš dolgoobstojen lak, potem Essencovi res niso zate, ampak na meni se vsak okruši hitro, poleg tega pa pa bel lak porabim v nekaj mesecih, ker ga veliko uporabljam za nail art. :)

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  5. I've put on Essence Wild White Ways a few minutes ago and I agree, for a white, its a very good polish. Two easy coats and no streakiness at all :-)

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    1. They definitely made a good job here. :)

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  6. Včasih sem bila prepričana da so beli nohti grozni, potem pa me je kar naenkrat nekaj pičilo, in sem se odločila da so mi tako všeč, da jih bom probala naredit z Edigsom. Ja, Edigsom, predstavljaj si to katastrofo :) Drugače pa hvala za post, jaz sem še kar v iskanju enega dobrega in poceni belega laka, tako da bom očitno morala sprobat Essence, Catrice in S-He :) Jaz zadnje čase uporabljam enega od ArtDeco in je kraseeen, samo nebi ga pa rada ponovno kupila, ker mi je škoda dat toliko denarja za en lakec :/

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    1. Haha, mislim, da nisi edina, ki se je kdaj igrala z Edigsom. :) Drugače pa priporočam Essence, čeprav pazi se čopičev, znajo imeti kar grozno obrezane včasih. :/

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  7. Zelo dobra objava in primerjava. Jaz imam tudi v mislih napisati primerjavo Catrice in Essence belih baz ampak nekako mi ne uspeva najbolje :)

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    1. Hvala. :) Se že veselim tvojega mnenja. :)

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  8. At the moment I use China Glaze - White On White and Im quite satisfied. Sometimes I use white base for less pigmented neon polishes and it works awesome with it :D

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    1. White is a great base for neon polishes. :)

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  9. Ja sam jos zadovoljna s mojim Golden Roseom, al na slikama ta bijela uvijek bolje izgleda nego uzivo

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    1. Meni pa v živo tudi izgleda krasno. :)

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  10. I find the white nail varnish from Barry M is great in consistency but so hard to put on! Victoria www.thedaisyjaynes.com xx

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    1. Then it's too thick, otherwise I don't imagine why would be so hard to apply. :)

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