This is the first time that I use a Treat love & color polish from Essie. The treat love color polishes are a bit more expensive than regular Essie nail polish, but Essie claims that it is a “treatment” type of polish. I carefully checked the description and it basically means that the Treat Love and Color line are all nail strengthers with a color. You might also know this concept from OPI, who released colored Nail Envy at some point.
At first I was not really interested in the Treat love & color line, because the polish is a little bit more expensive, they are all neutral colors and my nails are in general in OK condition. However, there was a sale in my local drugstore and I was able to pick them up with some discount ánd I really loved the color of in a blush. It is a nice detail that the bottle says with what type of polish you are dealing with. This one says “creme”, but there are also polishes saying “sheer” or “shimmer”.
If you are looking for a review of the strengthening part of the nail polish; I have to dissapoint you. If you want to use it as a strengthener, you have to wear it without a basecoat. Essie claims that you can already see the first results after a week. I did wear the color for about a week, but I used a basecoat and didn’t see any results.
In a blush is a light shade of pink, with a drop of peach. I was surprised by the formula of this polish. Normally these type of shades can be horrible, but in a blush almost covered in two coats. Essie says you do not need a topcoat. But I ended up using one anyway. Below I have a comparison of similar shades in my stash.
Essie Fiji and In a Blush are definitely comparable. However, Essie in a blush has a much better formula (my Fiji is very liquid), and Essie in a blush is a tiny bit more peachy than Fiji. I have to admit. In a Blush is my favorite of these two!
I’m really happy that I had the opportunity to try out In a Blush. I think I will definitely grab In a Blush every once in a while when I need a clean manicure.