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Lately Ive been on a kind of pastel kick. It seems that pastels are the colors of the spring season this year and at first I wasnt too excited about the trend. Then I saw Essie Navigate Her, which I snatched up the first chance I got, and it seems ever since then I been gravitating toward lighter shades of blues & greens. When I stumbled across Mint Candy Apple I thought it might be a nice addition to my ever expanding collection.
I had originally expected Mint Candy Apple to be more of a true mint green which is why I bought it in the first place. However, I think its actually more on the teal side and ended up looking like a lighter version of China Glaze For Audrey or another Essie shade called Turquoise & Caicos. Dont get me wrong, I do like Mint Candy Apple, it just wasnt exactly what I had expected and in all sincerity I probably would not have purchased it had I known how similar it was to For Audrey, which I already had. I really try to only pick up nail polish colors that I do not already have something similar to, otherwise my collecting would spin out of control and I would definitely end up in a documentary about hoarders.
I felt as though Mint Candy Apple had a slightly thicker formula than other Essie polishes I own and didnt glide on quite as smoothly. I think you really could achieve good coverage and opacity with two coats, but I personally like to do three thinner coats. I only wore this for four days but in that time I found that it wore nicely and I didnt experience any chipping. On the last day I thought it needed a little something so I added a few coats of Nicole by OPI Rainbow In The S-Kylie (its from the Kardashian collection), which is jam packed with rainbow glitter of varying sizes to my ring fingers.
If youre looking for a light pastel shade of teal then I would definitely give Essie Mint Candy Apple a try. It really is beautiful color and would be great on your fingers or toes this spring and on into the summer. Just be sure to start with a good base coat and finish with a durable top coat to ensure maximum wear time.
Mint Candy Apple Dupes:
China Glaze For Audrey
Orly Gum Drop
Essie Turqoise & Caicos
American Apparel Office
Maybelline Express Finish Minty
E.L.F. Blue Mist
Pic #1: "Mint Candy Apple" with flash
Pic #2: "Mint Candy Apple" without flash
Pic #3: "Mint Candy Apple" & Rainbow In The S-Kylie with flash
Pic #4: "Mint Candy Apple" & Rainbow In The S-Kylie without flash
Please feel free to leave a comment. Let me know if there are any other dupes for this color that I may have missed. Happy polishing ladies and as always, thanks for reading!
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