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The ALU Archives – Essie Mesmerize

By on April 23, 2009
in Blue, Creme, Essie, The ALU Archives
The ALU Archives focuses on older, beloved shades from the All Lacquered Up stash.

Another Thursday in April, another Rainy Day Blue. Now I realize that Essie Mesmerize isn’t exactly an old color, that I didn’t have go digging through “the archives” for this one, but it really fits the theme perfectly. Plus, I didn’t review the spring Essie collection because I just wasn’t feeling it but I LOVED Mesmerize so much that I had to share.

When I look at Mesmerize I think of blueberry pie or Strawberry Shortcake’s friend, Blueberry Muffin (I was an avid collector of the line). To me blueberry should be bold and vivid, not some dark “almost black” even though that’s the route a lot of brands take. And I love that the formula is so pigmented and smooth. It flowed on the nail like a dream.

You all know that I’m not one to scream and shout the joys of Essie polishes and it’s not because they’re not a quality brand. It’s just that their usual color collections don’t scream “me” But between Mesmerize and the North Fork collection, I’m really looking forward to seeing what direction this brand is going. If it’s more polishes like this, consider me on board!

Essie Mesmerize is available for a limited time with the rest of the spring collection. You can find Essie in chain salons like ULTA, Trade Secret and Regis or online at

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Oy….love you but it’s North FORK. As in the North FORK of Long Island. Not Folk. I don’t know if you’re posting that as a cute little joke or just keep making the same mistake, but as a native Long Islander, it’s frustrating. Love the blog anyhow- just needed to point that out..xo

  2. Amerie says:

    I love this color alot. It’s gorgeous!

    By the way, I noticed your swatching without your index finger. Why? =\ Just asking, hehe!

  3. Cindi says:

    Ooooo pretty for my little piggies!!! I don’t go for too bright on my fingers but toes are a totally different thing.

  4. Phoebe says:

    that royal blue is gorgeous!

  5. Anonymous says:

    This color is great, I bought it when it first came out!!! PLEASE check out the new neon collection that was released April 15th, I SO love the bright colors.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Any idea how that compares to OPI Dating a Royal? Thanks for the swatches!

  7. George says:

    Hi Michelle:

    As one of your loyal male fans I love this Essie North Fork Blue. Normally I would look for a OPI and/or Sephora by OPI Collections but this blue would be smashing for a cool pedicure for the summer. I have to get this color now. I wonder if when men get into nail polish like most women do, is it like they are hooked for life on obtaining more and more colors? LOL. Thanks. xoxoxo Geo :)

  8. CincyFan says:

    Anon – it was just a mistake, my bad. I misread the name. Sorry it was so frustrating for you.

    Amerie – Oh it’s because I was being my total klutz self and jammed my index finger into a wall. So until the break heals, I’m only showing three fingers. Just my luck, ha!

    Cindi – Oh it will definitely make a great pedi shade

    Phoebe – Thanks!

    Anon #2- I’m playing with the neons this weekend.

    Anon #3 – I’ll show you. Check back later today.

    George – this shade is actually from the Spring collection, not the North Fork. How many polishes do you have now?

  9. Khabeer says:

    In response to George, I am also a guy who wears nail polish (since 2007). & I must say in quite hooked! I paint my own nails, I have a collection of polish that’s well over the 200 mark. I say if u like it, do it…life is too short.

    Michelle ur doing a wonderful job w/ this blog! I visit everyday. I love the swatches and keep up the great work! =)