Hello guys! Today I have a polish for you that I should have bought earlier.
It’s Essie – Angora Cardi. A true cult classic. It was the most pinned Essie shade for fall 2016. I found Essie Angora Cardi in the designer outlet in Roermond. They have a L’oréal outlet overthere, which also sells Essie polishes for half the price. Super exciting! There were treatment polishes, the gel couture polishes, polishes from the permanent collection, and some limited edition shades. Plus if you bough 4, you got one for free. So in the end you can buy 4 essie’s for 15 euros!!
OK, back to Angora Cardi. I have seen it so many times, and I have considered picking it up for a few times, but in the end I never did. I definitely understand the hype around this color now. It is só flattering! If I could only wear one more polish for the rest of my life, it would probably be this one. It is not that it is anything special, I would say a dusty red. I believe Essie calls it a deep, dusty rose, which I agree with. It is more muted than a normal red, which makes it very sophisticated, and sometimes it is even almost brown.
The formula was perfect! I haven’t seen or heard anyone complain about the formula. For me, it covered in two coats.
I think you might be able to find dupes, but it might be very hard. Angora Cardi is the older sister of Island Hopping. I plan to compare Angora Cardi and some similar shades myself, because I think I might have some shades that are quite similar. But until that time I would like to refer you to Essie Envy’s comparison post. To be honest, I was already extremely enthusiastic about Island Hopping, but I think I might like Angora Cardi a tiny bit better!
And as an extra: Angora Cardi was released in 2009, for Fall in the “Cuddle with color” collection. You can find the polishes over here. The fun thing is, 10 years after the release, a lot of them are still available!
Would I recommend this polish to you? Yes! This is definitely a polish worth investing in, even if you find it for the full price!
EDIT May 2020: This shade is now part of the originals remixed collection, which means that it is available in a version with a beautiful print and a “remixed” version of this polish is available called “Satin Slip”.