I know the white mani has been around, like for-ev-er…but I wasn’t that girl in junior high who painted her nails with White-Out to test the look. It really never appealed me, kind of like black polish never appealed to me until a certain nail shape (and an outfit not comprised of a black tee and spikes) made it look glam instead of goth.
Well, I’ve come around. In my 40th year, a crisp white manicure suddenly seems chic and relevant, thanks to the Aussie bloggers who’ve been haunting my Bloglovin’ feed. These ladies wear it well: on short, impeccably manicured, squoval nails; on perfectly-pedicured feet; in Australia, in Europe, in summer, in winter.
As such, for me, white is the new black…
So, about the mani. Essie Blanc was recommended to me, and it was exactly what I was hoping for. Many white polishes are actually transparent; when I asked for a recommendation, I made sure to specify that I wanted an opaque polish that would yield bold, non-sheer color in two coats. Who has time for more than two coats, plus top coats, etc.? Not moi.
Products for a Quick-Drying, Long-Lasting White Manicure
I confess: I had my manicurist paint my nails (I was due for some cuticle clean-up), and I used the salon’s bottle of Blanc to test-drive the color. You know how at the salon, they pile on three-to-four coats with very little dry time in between? Well, even after fan-drying for 10 minutes, my nails were still a little squishy—but I LOVED the shade and knew I needed to get a bottle, stat. Plus, I needed to put on my rubber gloves and do my toes too. (Yes, I must have matchy-matchy fingers and toes.)
I headed straight from the salon to Ulta to pick up Essie Blanc, plus two other goodies, brilliant products for keeping my fresh mani flawless:
After very carefully driving/picking/paying with my squishy nails, I used the Quick-E Drying Drops immediately. Not kidding. Immediately in the car. Uh, WOW. The drops really worked! I was pleasantly surprised, and excited to have a new weapon in my nail kit. These drops are especially helpful when you need your pedicure to dry fast in order to don shoes again.
When I got home, I washed my hands because the drops have oil in them, and applied Essie Non-Yellowing Top Coat. This product is critical for white, nude, or pale manis. There is nothing worse than seeing your nail polish turn yellowish after a day at the pool or a week of indirect sun exposure. A top coat with UV protection is the only way to stop that from happening, so ladies, even if you have a pro managing your mani, be sure to grab a bottle and swipe a fresh coat on every couple days to keep your fingers—and toes—looking freshly polished and fabulous.
PS: This is not a sponsored post. I was not paid to promote these Essie products…they just happen to rock, so I wanted to tell you about them.