The polish I’m reviewing today, Not just a pretty face, is an oldie. Essie released this polish in the Summer 2009 collection, together with colors as Cute as a Button and Lovie Dovie. True Essie classics! Here in Europe Not just a pretty face is part of the permanent collection and should be fairly easy to find. Essie recently re-released Not just a pretty face in North America but it has a different formula than this European version. So keep that in mind!
Not just a pretty face is a sheer nude nail polish. I’m wearing three coats in these picture, and it is almost opaque. You might still see a little bit of nail line at three coats. This polish might also be worn with two coats, then it truly gives a “my nails but better effect”. I was actually surprised with how opaque it is with three coats. It is definitely a lot more opaque than other sheer Essie polishes, such as Mademoiselle or Sugar Daddy. I’m really in love with the “jelly ” effect of this nail polish. It reminds me of acrylics that are done in a good salon.
I would call Not just a pretty face a pink with warm undertones. In my photos the pink is not that obvious, but in real life it is a lot more. It is actually kind of the jelly, dusty sister of Excuse me, sur. When I first got it, I wasn’t really amazed by this color in the bottle, but as it turns out this is the ultimate sheer pink for me. I really really love how it looks!
If you want a fully opaque coral polish, Not just a pretty face is probably not the color you want to go for. However, if you have slightly warm undertones in your skin and you’re looking for a “my nails but better” polish, then Not just a pretty face is definitely a color you want to check out. Don’t be intimidated by the slightly dirty looking color it has in the bottle, and just try it! You are going to be amazed 😉