Essie Topless & Barefoot

The time of year has come where my Facebook newsfeed gets clogged up with cute pictures of people with their parents, wearing skewiff hats and clutching little owls with ‘Class of ’12’ emblazoned on, yes it’s graduation time people! For me this momentous occasion was over a year ago (BSc Psychology if you were wondering), and after seeing some bloggers debating what nail colour to wear for the big day it got me thinking as to what colour I wore and after a quick inspection of the god awful photo that my Mum insists takes centre-stage in our house I remembered that of course, it was one of my favourite Essie’s…

Topless & Barefoot was a colour that I first tried when I purchased a mini set of last Spring’s ‘A French Affair’ collection as a treat for finishing my exams (yes, I used to use beauty bits to bribe myself). I quickly used up the mini bottle and purchased the larger one just in time for graduation. I found it to be the perfect colour – nude, but not too mannequin hands, a nice mix of rose and beige, and it stays put on my nails for a good four to five days. Plus it didn’t stand out too much when it came to the awkward ‘holding the fake scroll’ photo and it’s hopefully not a colour I will look back on at 20 years time and cringe at. It’s also good in terms of opaqueness too – two coats, carefully applied a dash of Seche Vite over the top and I’m good to go.

Unfortunately it’s not part of the diffusion line, so you can’t pick it up in Boots or Superdrug, but you can get it online at BeautyBay – just note that the brush is the old skinny design. But it’s well worth the hassle and definitely a colour that will always be in my collection. You could pretty much bet your bottom dollar that an Essie polish would adorn my nails for the big, big day……. But I may have to wait a while to test out that beauty hypothesis. What nail colour to do like to wear on special occasions? Something nude like me or are you a little more daring?


  • Margaret

    Lovely, I want to try it. I have to. xx

    • Oooo yes throw it on πŸ™‚ x 

  • Lyndseytindle

    i really want to try this polish, ive not long realised im lacking a nude in my collection and this seems a good way to enter the minefield hehe x 

    • Ah this would be the perfect first time nude – a nice hint of pink in there to ease you in πŸ™‚ x 

  • Hope

    love this colour! its so weird, you and meganisobel posted about this nail polish at like exactly the same time! both great reviews xx

    • Yes what can I say – great minds think alike πŸ˜‰ x 

  • Catriona Gribbin

    That looks like the perfect nude. πŸ™‚

    I wore red polish to my graduation (number 1, 2nd and “proper” graduation is next June) as we have a black/white dress code so I wanted something to stand out!

  • Holly

    I love Essie polishes, they are definitely my favourite and they wear the longest too! πŸ™‚ Always a bonus!

    Holly x

    • I agree! x 

  • Diane11792

    Nude polishes are just classic timeless shades that won’t ever go out of style.Topless & Barefoot is such a BEAUT but it’s such a shame that it isn’t part of the diffusion line.I really want to get my fingertips on it – (see what I did there? πŸ˜‰ )

    • Haha love what you did there πŸ˜‰ x 

  • Emily B

    I love neutral nails!

    • Me too! x 

  • Caroline

    Haha, I love this post because my dad insists hanging the pictures of me and both my sisters on our graduations in the hall for everyone to see, and they are awful pictures!

    For something like graduation I’d go subtle like you, but for my dressier occasions I like bright and bold :) xx

    • Haha parents eh πŸ˜‰ x 

  • Catriona

    That looks like the perfect nude. πŸ™‚

    I wore red polish to my graduation last year as we have a black/white dress code so I wanted something bright! Our scrolls are also red and there was some red in my hood.  

    • Ah bet that stood out beautifully! x 

  • My graduation manicure was Opi’s Skull and Glossbones πŸ™‚ So glad I made that decision because everytime I paint my nails with them, I think back of graduation! xx

    • Ooo love that shade – I think the same everytime I paint my nails with topless and barefoot πŸ™‚ x 

  • JoySteib

    Such a nice color to wear on such a rewarding occasion!!! I love all colors but depend on the mood at the moment!!

    • Ah I agree! x 

  • Amber Jane

    How do Topless and Barefoot and St. Tropez compare? 

    • Topless and Barefoot is very pink based and St Tropez is much more tanny sort of biscuit based in tone – if that makes any sense! x 

  • Clé

    Hi Anna, my favourite nude is Essie Au Naturel, which is the exact color (really exact, it’s amazing) of my nails. I think it’s made on purpose because it had a little bit of frosty blue in it, just as the blood we can guess under the nails. Really amazing.

    • Oooo that sounds interesting – will have to check out that colour πŸ™‚ x 

  • Line Juul Noergaard

    Right  now I’m really into OPI’s Miami Beet, which is a beautiful dark pink/slightly purply colour, I think it looks nice with matching lips, white shirt and hair in a high ponytail. πŸ™‚ x

  • Love this shade, as well as OPI tickle my france-y ! Nudes never go out of style πŸ™‚ xx

  • VeriHolden

    I still haven’t found the perfect nude for my complexion, the search must continue… sigh πŸ˜‰ xx

  • barb brussels

    I really like the Essie Fiji!

  • I am painting my nails Essie Fiji tonight for my boyfriend’s graduation tomorrow.


  • Naomi Carndorf

    Hi Anna, I’m looking at applying for Psychology at Uni, and was just wondering where you did your course/where your choices were? If you could reply by e-mail that’d be great! Thank you so much.

  • I tend to wear nudes for special occasions too, although sometimes I go a little crazy and wear light pinks lol. My favorite nude is Sand Tropez by Essie. My favorite light pink is May by Chanel. πŸ™‚

  • Anh

    I love essie nail polishes πŸ™‚

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  • Priyanka

    so classy and chic! 

  • Joanne

    love that color! so classy!

  • I’m still searching for the perfect nude polish for my skintone – I’m going to have to try this one next, it looks perfect. I would also like two of whatever you’re drinking on that beach…

  • I wore this for an interview the other day for the exact same reasons, it’s professional but not boring, and the perfect shade! I can’t say it was all down to the nail varnish but it seemed to do the trick! 


  • Lorna Patrick

    have wanted this ever since I saw you mention it first time round, still wanting fear or desire because of you… only just picked up an orange though so can’t quite justify it! 

  • Rainer Lara

    It all depends on my mood and the outfit. πŸ™‚