Key Summary A hand holding a bottle of pastel blue essie nail varnish. The nails are painted alternately in light blue and bright blue polish. They have dots of the opposing colour polish painted on top.

Welcome to my essie Saltwater Happy review. Saltwater Happy is a warm pastel blue coloured nail polish. It glides on smoothly and offers great chip resistance. Perfect for a Spring/Summer pastel effect or for cheering up January’s blue Monday! I use it with both a base and top coat so  it can last almost a week without chipping.

My Review of essie Saltwater Happy

This is the first essie nail colour I’ve purchased. Swayed by great reviews I decided to try it out. I chose the lovely light blue shade Saltwater Happy because is so pretty and on offer. It’s only £3.23 for 13.5mls on Amazon and also comes as part of the Summer Kit (3x 5mls) along with a nude and a bright red. I went for a dotty pattern combining Essie’s saltwater happy with Boots 17 gel colour in Hurricane (now discontinued).

There are ball bearings (small metal spheres) in essie polish: always a good sign of quality! I gently turn the bottle between my palms so that the ball bearings mix the polish evenly before use. To ensure my polish lasts longer I always use a base and top coat. I use 2 coats of Saltwater Happy (after a base coat) and it goes on so smoothly. That is, no lumps or streaks. I always wait a good time for each coat to dry before finishing with a topcoat. The colour remains true with no lightening or fading. I’ve used it a few times and usually get up to a week without chips.

I’m very impressed with the ease of application, quality of finish, longevity and colour. I’ll definitely buy essie again!

About essie Saltwater Happy

essie Salt Water Happy nail polish is a sugar-sweet atlantic blue nail colour with a soft creamy finish. Soft and inviting, nothing says summer on the ocean like this light blue nail varnish that stretches on and on. essie nail polishes selling points are:

  • Intense rich colour with high coverage
  • Wide brush for quick, easy and smooth application High shine with a glossy finish
  • High shine with a glossy finish
  • Professional long-lasting, chip resistant formula
  • Available in over 100 sheer, shimmer and crème shades

About essie the Brand

essie is the go-to nail brand for salon professionals, beauty junkies, industry insiders, celebrities and fashion icons around the world.  America’s nail salon expert, essie aims to inspire a love for the manicure experience with a wit and style that touches people everywhere.

essie remains center stage on runways around the world, offering highly anticipated colour collections that drive trends season after season.  the salon-quality formula and catchy, whimsical names have led to the creation of thousands of shades.

For more than 35 years, essie has been a colour authority and leader in nail luxury, committed to high quality standards with an award-winning line of nail polishes and nail care products.  started in 1981 by our namesake Essie Weingarten, essie continues to delight the colour-obsessed with a love shared all over the world.


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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Ooo I want this colour! I have a few Essie colours, a green pastel and a nude colour (because I heard it was the colour J LO used and it was the trend colour that year (also it goes with every outfit) so I’m a fan of this brand ☺️

    1. Sabina Michnowicz

      Nude is universally timeless, sounds like a top choice! I’m definitely going to add more Essie to my collection 🙂

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