Essie’s Muchi, Muchi Polish Is a Perfect Pale Pink, but It’ll Take Time to Build the Color

Between the typing and washing hands constantly while taking care of my daughter, making meals, etc, I’ve pretty much given up on wearing nail polish most of the time. I really like dramatic colors, but they look terrible after a few days in most cases because they chip and I don’t have time to fix them.

I decided to look for a light pink shade that would make my fingers a little prettier (I can use all the help I can get when my hands are cracked and dry) and wouldn’t make chips so obvious when they did happen.

In the past, pale pinks, peaches, and nudes have just made my hands look worse for some reason. I can’t put my finger on what it was, exactly, but I think the colors were wrong and they drained what little color I did have out of my hands and nails.

I really like this shade for several reasons:

  • The brush isn’t anything special, but it makes it easy to apply the polish. I’ve used polishes in the past with “fancy” brushes that just didn’t work. This is a solid brush.
  • The color is a light, bubblegum pink. There’s just a hint of lavender in there that keeps it from becoming boring and works with my slightly cool undertones without going overboard (my undertones are cool-neutral, so very cool undertones don’t work for me).
  • The gel-like finish is gorgeous. It’s shiny and opaque (after three coats) and just looks very professional.
  • It does indeed make my hands look prettier when I wear it.
  • It didn’t chip for a few days. I can’t comment on just how long it lasts because my daughter likes to pick at it.

What I don’t like:

  • If you don’t have time to apply three coats or let them dry, you might as well not use the color because it will look like a sheer, streaky mess. And it takes a long time for three coats to dry.

Overall, I really like it. I may actually use this bottle up before it goes bad and starts separating because it’s versatile, doesn’t make my hands look terrible even when it’s no longer covering each nail completely, and because I have to use three coats’ worth at one time.

Photo credit: Essie

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