The 10 Best Essie Colors of All Time

With their chic little square bottles, easy-to-justify $9 price tag, and incomparable colors, Essie polishes were made for collecting. And since you'll be sporting many a DIY mani/pedi over the coming months, we took it upon ourselves to create a master list of the best Essie colors of all time.


A creamy pearlescent eggshell, the subtly sheer Marshmallow ($9) shade is as elegant as they come —a far cry from its Wite-Out reminiscent counterparts. We’ve never found a white this good. 


The slate-inspired Chinchilly ($9) color takes on different hues in different lights, alternating between shades of gray and mousy brown, with lavender and camo-green undertones. Beyond chic with a chunky white sweater and denim cut-offs, it elevates any casual ensemble.


Fiji ($9) is the most perfect baby pink ever created. It’s not too sheer and the hue is the ideal candy pink, making it perfect for showing off a (faux) tan.

Dive Bar

An unparalleled moody blue-green-black worthy of the cosmos, Dive Bar ($9), has an understated sparkle, and the shimmery swirl of colors is dramatic and sexy. 

Borrowed & Blue

We’re obsessed with this Borrowed & Blue ($9) gorgeous robin’s egg blue that looks both white and mint green in different lights.


For dark vampy nails, Luxedo ($9) the ticket. It somehow pulls together plum, black, burgundy and oxblood into one rich color.

Sand Tropez

Sand Tropez ($9) is the only sandy beige-nude nail polish you’ll ever need.  

Turquoise & Caicos

Turquoise & Caicos ($9) is a unique mixture of sea foam, jade, and true turquoise.  

Big Spender

For a playful pop of purple, we love this bright violet shade. Big Spender ($9) is flirty and bold, but not over-the-top. 

Mint Candy Apple

A cult favorite, the Mint Candy Apple ($9) Easter-egg pastel mixes mint green with Tiffany blue for a minty fresh kick. 

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