Ah, Essie Mint Candy Apple. It’s one of my favored Essie colors, even though it apparently sort of gives me lobster hands.
I’ve been wanting to write about this color for a while because I’ve found its actual color to be weirdly inconsistent. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve definitely seen some bottles that look more like a light minty blue and others that look more like a light minty green. I’ve even brought my bottle (which I bought online) and compared it to other bottles in stores, and my bottle is definitely bluer than some other bottles of Mint Candy Apple. Most of the swatches I’ve seen online also look greener than mine. It confuses me.
Anyway, here’s my particular bottle, swatched and held against the Rainbow Dash My Little Pony figure on my desk, to demonstrate just how blue my Mint Candy Apple is:
Sure, the nail color is a little greener, but see how close the color is to Rainbow Dash’s? (For you non MLP fans, Rainbow Dash is definitely very blue and not green at all.) I’m telling you, my bottle of Mint Candy Apple is weirdly blue.
This photo in indirect natural light looks maybe a bit greener, but still not the mint green that I was shooting for when I ordered Mint Candy Apple:
Don’t get me wrong. This pale aquamarine color is nice, too, but it just looks nothing like what I think it’s supposed to. See? Here’s Essie’s own product shot:
I mean, it’s just not the same color. Essie’s bottle shot looks pretty accurate based on the other swatches I’ve seen online, too. Why is my particular bottle so blue? I’ve also seen other bluer bottles, like mine, when closely studying this color in stores. Does anyone know? Did Essie change the color formula at some point? It’s not like this is an indie polish.
Anyway, the above photos show two coats of Mint Candy Apple topped with Julep Freedom top coat. The formula was a little thick and streaky on the first coat, but it mostly evened out on the second. Some nails on my other hand (not shown) needed three coats, though, since I applied a bit more clumsily with my less-dexterous hand. Not the smoothest formula I’ve ever worked with – it wasn’t super even without top coat, even with reasonably careful application – but it dried fast and wasn’t too difficult to handle in the end.