Sunday, 5 January 2014

Essie Bahama Mama / Review and Swatches

Essie Bahama Mama

Essie Bahama Mama

Essie Bahama Mama

Essie Bahama Mama Swatches

Essie Bahama Mama Swatches

Well Essie did it again. I got in the store, not planning on getting any nail polishes - and I left with three. All from Essie. Went back home, applied Bahama Mama and I felt head over heels in love with it. Now I am obsessed and I have been wearing this beaut non-stop since I got it, and I absolutely adore it.

Apparently, Bahama Mama is one of Essie’s most popular shades (have I been living under a rock?), and for a good reason. It is this absolutely stunning deep plum berry cream that looks beautiful onto pretty much all skin tones and has lovely glossy finish. It does look a bit darker on the nail than in the bottle but I don’t mind it as I love darker, more vampy shades. What I adore about Bahama Mama is that it’s dark, but doesn’t look black on the nail, as many other dark lacquers do. The purple undertones in the shade completely stole my heart and we have them to thank for the very unique shade of Bahama Mama. Depending on the lighting, the color changes and it may lean more towards light purple or darker red wine-ish. Love that!

The formula of this polish is not my favorite but it gets the job done. I find that Bahama Mama is more on the watery side and it’s a bit runny, which makes the application a bit more difficult and faff-y but it’s nothing that horrible. Also, unlike most of my Essie varnishes, this one is not as opaque and you need about three thin (or two thicker) coats to get the color even. It’s a good thing that Bahama Mama dries fast, otherwise I wouldn’t be bothered with it, regardless the fab shade. It is also not the longest lasting nail polish I own as it starts chipping around the third day mark. When I wear top coat though, I can get around six days of wear, so let’s say it’s fine.

Not the best formula out there, but for this gorgeous plum-y color I’m willing to overlook the minor drawbacks. Bahama Mama is a brilliant shade for fall and winter and if you haven’t tried it yet – do it and I am sure you’ll have a new favorite in your collection. :)

Have you tried Bahama Mama before? What do you think of it?

Lots of love,

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46 comments

  1. absolutely gorgeous colour ! really need to have this :)havent tried essie yet
    Melissa x
    http://somelikeitblonde.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I love this shade - it's going straight on my wishlist!

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥ HUGE Giveaway Now on!

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  3. I have this polish and I love it. Very similar to also well known Sole Mate. Beautiful photos :)

    Blu Button Box

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  4. That's one of my favourite shades as well :) amazing photos as always x

    anacelinelabod.blogspot.com

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  5. yasss this has been one of my favourite colours lately. i think its the perfect autumn/winter shade xx

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  6. Stunning shade...I have never bought any Essie polishes but tempted by this..it's gorgeous x

    thebeautyfairground.blogspot.com

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  7. Keep putting off buying this but it's seriously such a beautful colour! It's like a more purple/vampy version of Barry M's raspberry which is one of my all time favourite polishes :)

    www.julieelizabethh.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. This is lovely, I nearly got it the other but changed my mind and got something else instead! I love the shape of your nails too, it's exactly how I like mine!

    Would love for you to check my blog out at some point, I've just redesigned it!
    www.beekle.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Gorgeous colour, love Essie polishes xx

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  10. This is such a beautiful colour! I find Essie nail varnishes really watery and streaky as well which is annoying because they're not cheap xx

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  11. Its a real shame about the formula because the shade is simply gorgeous and perfect for this time of year :p xx

    EmmiHearts

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  12. Man this is be-a-utiful!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251/hope-freedom-love

    xxxxx

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  13. I don't really like runny nail polishes but this shade really is amazing! Just gorgeous! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

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  14. SUCH a gorgeous color!

    http://mercuteify.blogspot.com/

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  15. i'm agree with you, i love dark nail polishes that don't look black on my nails!
    it's a perfect colour for this season!

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  16. Love this colour, it is such a pretty pink! x


    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  17. bahama mama is so raved over and I've actually been worried it wouldn't fit with my skin tone but it looks so lovely on you I might just have to try it out
    casualllyawkward.blogspot.com

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  18. Your pictures are always STUNNING! (and Bahama Mama is stunning, too!)

    Shaunyland

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  19. This is gorgeous! I love this shade. Never heard of it myself either x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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  20. I love this shade so much, it's definitely one of my most worn nail polishes in 2013 :)

    sparklewithlaughter.blogspot.com

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  21. I agree with you about the formula--definitely not a one coat polish! But I do find the color to be worth it. (I have to say the name is a little funny because I associate Bahama with summery colors haha). This is one of my favorite Essie shades!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  22. I bought this for my mum and it was so hard not to keep it for myself especially when I realised a few days later that it was nowhere to be found! Luckily I could get my hands on a bottle for myself the other day and I caaaaaan't waaaaait for it to arrive here! :D <3
    xx

    www.kazetime.blogspot.com

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  23. This is really beautiful shade! I love Essie nailpolishes :)

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  24. I love this polish, actually wore it last week and on New Years Eve! This is one of my favorite dark shades for the winter months! xx

    beautyvisions.blogspot.com

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  25. Nails polish is great color of your skin tones. .

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  26. I think this color would be cute on the toes!

    Emily
    ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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  27. This is one of my favourite shades! Luckily, the formula of my nail polish is amazing. I've noticed that there are two types of formulation when it comes to Essie. In my country, for example, Essie nail polishes that are sold have a very wide brush and a great, thick and opaque formula, but the ones I picked up in the States are completely different - small brush and a very watery formula.

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  28. Essie nail polishes seem amazing, I love the colour of this one, they dont seem to sell them here in Ireland though:(

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  29. Oh my gosh! I think we're living in the same rock! Haha. I also haven't heard of this before. Now, I'm totally pumped up to by mine.

    Zoe
    http://thatszoe.blogspot.com

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  30. Bahama Mama is one of my favourite shades! It's such a great Autumn/Winter colour!
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  31. Isn't this color gorgeous? It's one of my faves!


    www.fashionsontop.com

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  32. Oh my that colour is gorgeous! You have perfectly shaped nails as well

    cassandramyee.blogspot.com

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  33. Love how bright this plum colour is! Definitely will be a perfect fall colour!

    Susan | Susan Loves...

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  34. I have been searching for a shade like this for ages, Im stuck in a nail polish rut.
    Its always either Essie Lovie Dovie or Fiji.
    You've captured the colour well in your photos!

    www.chlotalks.blogspot.com

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  35. This is definitely my favourite nail varnish! Might have to buy a second bottle soon because I'm getting through it quickly. I think it's the perfect shade for winter :)

    www.beautifulcuriosities.co.uk

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  36. What a gorgeous plum shade. I actually don't own any Essie polishes (HOW?!) and so far haven't been too sold on any I've read about/seen, but this is beautiful. I think I'm sold! :) Wendy xx
    Scottish Wendy | Wendy's World

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  37. i love bahama mama!

    www.sparklethiscity.blogspot.com

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  38. Hmmm that shade looks so familiar, I think I have it? It's weird how I don't know for sure, I don't even have many nail polishes! The color is gorgeous, I really do like it. I like Essie's colors and a good chunk of them are opaque and some are on the sheer-er side. Doesn't bother me with the lighter shades but the darker shades it kinda does. I think my biggest peeve with Essie is as you've mentioned, they're not very long lasting. I've tried multiple Essie shades and this is my opinion. It doesn't take long for them to start chipping even when I use a topcoat. Blah. I don't know, I love Essie and their beautiful shades but that's a little annoying. Aha. Maybe I should just switch my topcoat? I'm not sure. Anyways, this was a lovely review! I thank you for making sure to put the pro's and con's of a product. It shows that you're truly honest. :)

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  39. wow what a beautiful colour! I love Essie polishes x

    http://ciarapocket.blogspot.ie

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