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,