Essie Silk Watercolor Review: Is It Worth To Buy?

Written by , Modified February 22, 2018
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Good grooming speaks a lot about a person’s personality. You look at the face—it’s well made up and you would think a person is well groomed but, when you look at the nails and they’re not well kept then, that becomes a major turn off, doesn’t it? Keeping your toe nails and fingernails neat and well groomed are just as important as making sure your eyebrows are always well trimmed.

Essie Silk Watercolor can help you achieve that neat and clean image, without going overboard with extremely loud nail color nor leave you bored with quieted down hues.

About Essie Silk Watercolor

Essie Silk Watercolor comes in eight watercolor hues plus a white nail color. Tinted shades include:

Essie Silk Watercolor
  • Essie Love Sheen: light pink
  • Essie Pen and Inky: light teal
  • Essie No Shrinking Violet: light purple
  • Essie Muse Myself: light sunny yellow
  • Essie Art New-Beau: peachy orange
  • Essie Blush Stroke: blush pink
  • Essie Highest Bidder: old rose pink
  • Essie Point of Blue: bright baby blue

It costs $8.50 for every .46 oz. bottle of Essie Silk Watercolor.

Manufacturer Information and its claims about Essie Silk Watercolor

Essie, now under the management of L’Oreal, is undoubtedly the choice nail polish of salon professionals and which do-it-yourselfers find just as easy to apply. Back in 1981, Essie started out as the bright idea of Essie Weingarten, a New York employee turned entrepreneur who took her nail polish supply (literally in cartons) to sample in every salon she could find in Las Vegas. Story goes, 10 days after, each salon she visited placed their order, and the rest was history!

Hundreds of shades and millions of bottles sold later, the woman behind Essie, remains as the brand’s style consultant, keeping the identity that is undeniably Essie intact.

How Does Essie Silk Watercolor Work?

The Essie Silk Watercolor was made for nail art and made to support the art of nail artists and do-it-yourselfers who like taking their art with them etched on their nails day and night. The formulation of Essie Silk Watercolor is extremely easy to blend and highly versatile. The individual watercolor nail paints transform themselves when placed on top of the Essie White Page, coming out bolder and more metallic as compared to the colors’ tint without Essie White Page which come out as very translucent and very light.

Ingredients in Essie Silk Watercolor

Essie is one of very few nail polish brands that have completely skipped three dangerous chemicals from their product compositions since 2004 — which are, formaldehyde (a carcinogen), and dibutyl phthalate and toluene (two widely recognized harmful toxins). Formaldehyde, unfortunately, has found its way back into the Essie ingredients list.

The complete list of ingredients found in every bottle of Essie Silk Watercolor are enumerated below:

Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl, Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Ethyl Tosylamide, Camphor, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Diacetone Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Benzophenone-1, Citric Acid, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Colophonium/Rosin, Alumina, Dimethicone, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polyurethane-11, [+/- May Contain CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Mica, CI 77120/Barium Sulfate, CI 77491, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI 15880/Red 34 Lake, CI 15850/Red 7 Lake, CI 15850/Red 6 Lake, CI 77510/Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, CI 77163/Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 77266 [Nano] /Black 2 CI 77891 [Nano]/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007/Ultramarines, CI 42090/Blue 1 Lake, CI 77000/Aluminum Powder, CI 77510/Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 15880/Red 34, CI 73360/Red 30 Lake, CI 75170/Guanine, CI 47000/Yellow 11, CI 73360/Red 30, CI 60725/Violet 2]

All of these are infused in the nail polish composition, with ingredients carrying health and safety risks included way below known toxic levels.

Essie Silk Watercolor Benefits

Essie Silk Watercolor nail polishes are made with artistic sophistication in mind. It gives your nails the stylish pampering they need without going over-the-top.

Essie Silk Watercolor Drawbacks

Despite being free of the so called “toxic trio”, the Essie nail polish brand has re-incorporated formaldehyde as an ingredient. The brand also has a long way to go in terms of freeing its products completely from all potentially toxic ingredients.

The cost, of course, is another drawback at $8.50 per bottle.


Use only as intended. For external use only.

Keep out of reach of children. Store away from flame and heat sources.


Some ingredients can cause irritations and can be potentially toxic to your health.

Essie Silk Watercolor Side Effects

Formaldehyde is carcinogenic. Short-term effects of Essie Silk Watercolor include coughing, skin irritation and burning sensation in the eyes.

Who can use Essie Silk Watercolor

Adult women and men may use the product as directed only.

Final Verdict

When used as indicated, Essie Silk Watercolor cannot be expected to cause any immediate health risks. Its unique blending potential should be good reason enough to try if it works wonders on your nails.

Essie Silk Watercolor
Melissa Snyte

Contributor : Melissa Snyte (The Beauty Insiders)

This Article Has Been Published on December 4, 2015 and Last Modified on February 22, 2018

Melissa Snyte has been a part of TheBeautyInsiders for over 6 years. Makeup is not just a hobby for her but it’s a lifestyle. She found her love with the beauty industry and began contributing her ideas in this field. In her free time she enjoys painting and gardening. Follow her on Twitter

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