Bold, bright colors for tips and toes are so wonderful, but once in a while a girl just has to have a classic, go-with-everything shade. I was yearning for one of those fleshy tones you see on all the model's feet in the magazines - the kind that makes you look polished but lets your footwear be the stand-out. A lot has been written about Essie's pale pink Ballet Slippers, but I was interested in something not as pink, but not too peach, just somewhere in between with a glowy, pearlized finish. Enter East Hampton Cottage.
Like it's name, East Hampton Cottage (EHC) has that aristocratic look that makes one feel positively blue-blooded and priviledged. When wearing this shade I imagine I should be dressed in a long, classic white linen dress and chic, strappy flat sandals, straight from a Ralph Lauren ad. Unfortunately, I own no such outfit but it looks equally lovely with a work dress or a pair of shorts and t-shirt. It's a very pale shade, which works well with my fair complexion, and is completely neutral to my eye. The best part is it isn't shimmery and it isn't matte. It's truly what I call a subtle pearlized finish. By the very fact that it's so understated, it makes quite a statement.
I know it sounds like perfection, but this isn't a throw-it-on-and-go shade. Part of the appeal in a lighter polish to me is that it should be easy and fast to apply. But EHC can be streaky if you don't apply it exactly thus: three thin coats. Emphasis on the thin part. So, I give it a B because of its tempermental nature, but I still love it for its final elegant outcome. It also wears several weeks as a pedicure for me, which is a requirement, and contains no toluene.
Essie East Hampton Cottage Nail Polish retails for $7 for .5 oz. and can be found at most beauty suppliers.
Originally reviewed July 8, 2009