(Closed) OPI vs Essie

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Which brand is your favorite?
    OPI : (43 votes)
    59 %
    Essie : (30 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    For me, OPI hands down. Essie has beautiful colors, but doesn’t last.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @rebwana:  I disagree, actually. I have never noticed a difference in the quality between these brands.

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I have way more wear issues with opi.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I voted Opi!

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I voted OPI just because they have a few colors that I will wear until I die, but I buy based on color, not the brand – I have a lot of China Glaze and Sinful Colors, too.  OPI Chip Skip and Seche Vite top coat are really the only things I’m particular about.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m gonna say neither and say Orly, Zoya, or China Glaze. And OPI and Essie are pretty opposite IMO. OPI has a huge brush that works great for wider nails and Essie has a super skinny brush. OPI’s formula tends to be on the thinner side while Essie tends to be thicker. I def say just choose which color you like in whatever brand! But for polishes in that same price range, I say Orly, Zoya, or China Glaze!

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Both and neither:)

    Both of these are great brands.  However, they each have colors/finishes that aren’t great and others that are outstanding.

    As a PP pointed out, your base coat and top coat are also really important.

    My other favorites are China Glaze, Finger Paints (Sally Beauty house brand), Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure and Orly.  I have had bad luck with Zoya.

    If you really want to dig into this, check out the nailcare board on Makeup Alley.  Also, there are a zillion nail blogs.  If you check out the archives of Scrangie and All Lacquered Up, they have reviewed just about every collection over the past several years.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @rebwana:  I agree with this 100%. If only the two companies would merge.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Neither – the new Revlon Colorstay longwearing polish beats them both.  Before I found this though I’d pick OPI, I think that Essie doesn’t cover as well/goes on streaky, maybe its the brush.

    Whatever polish I use, I alway top it with Seche Vite! 

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I LOVE Essie. I love OPI as well and Butter London but I voted based upon the brush. I think all three brands have awesome colors and quality, but the OPI brush is a bit too big and I feel like I either have way too much polish on it, or not enough. The Butter London brush, on the other hand, is tiny and I feel like it takes forever and gets streaky. Essie’s brush is perfect for me.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I like OPIs color options, but I think Essie  is a better polish!!! 🙂 Regardless, Cajun Shrimp by OPI and SMokin Hot by Essie are my two favs!!!!!

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @PaisleyMedic:  Funny. I have really small nail beds which would explain why I prefer the Essie brush over the OPI one.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Georgia Bee:  I do hear that some people have bad luck with Zoya =/ I am lucky that I have no wear issues and I find that they have one of the most consistently good formulas. 

    I def also agree that wear has a LOT to do with your base and top coat. I use Nail Tek Intensive Therapy II and it works great as a treatment and base coat. I use Poshe for my topcoat and I swear by it. I used to use Seche Vite but the smell got to be too much so I switched to Poshe which doesn’t use Toluene. Once you find a top and base coat that work for you, you’ll be fine with almost any brand! And try to never just use one coat. I find it always chips the next day if you use one coat of any polish. But again, just my experience. I should also mention I typically change my polish every other day, so it’s rare that wear is a problem for me. I don’t give it the chance to chip!

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