One Stop Red – Essie’s Aperitif

There is something about sporting red talons that just makes me feel glamourous, you know? Simple, elegant, chic, but with a touch of ladylikeness about it. Being a nude lover, I don’t have too many polishes to reach for when this mood takes over, so it’s Essie’s Aperitif or nothin’. But I’m ok with that as Aperitif is fast climbing my Essie chart…

Cherry red, describes Aperitif perfectly – not too orange or blue toned, just a straight up bold and bright classic rouge. I like to wear it with short and square nails; there can be something a little ‘Grandma’ about rocking it with long talons, so I save it for my stumpy days. Colour aside, the best thing I have found about this polish was discovered one rushed morning when my nails looked pretty darn rank and I had a swanky event to go to in the evening – I lacquered on one coat of this, ran out the door and crossed my fingers (careful not to smudge). And to my delight I made the right choice, just one layer of Aperitif does the job. On closer inspection it could do with the extra coat, but lets just say this quick morning mini mani has happened on more than one occasion.

You can pick up Essie’s Aperitif as part of the diffusion range that’s in Boots and Superdrug for £7.99. It may not be the most unique colour of them all but it’s the formula that grabs me – one stop red? Yes please.


  • KLG_Hair

    I love Red. At the moment a Nails Inc Red is in my top 5, but this one looks gorgeous and I love Essie.

    • Haha me too 😉

  • Rebeka Cuprynaite
  • anon_fashion

    I need this in my life! This is the perfect nail polish for me


    • Haha one to add to the wishlist 😉

  • Laura

    I don’t tend to wear red nails much, but I picked up the free Nails Inc one in Glamour & now have a craving for more! This may have to be my next purchase (:

    L x

    • Definitely one to add to the wishlist then 😉

  • Blair

    You have perfect nails… Jealous! xx

    • Ah thanks – a lot of filing goes into them! 🙂

  • Ally

    Anna, stumbled on your website/Youtube channel just a few months back, but have hooked since! I’m a fan all the way over from Eugene, Oregon in the United States. I’ve been a lurker, but now I just had to comment – god, leave it to a post on Essie polish to push me over the edge. Love the red. Have you tried Essie Geranium? One of my all time faves! xo

    • Thank you so much for leaving a comment and saying hello! No I haven’t tried Geranium – will try that out! 🙂

  • abeautyromance

    Lovely post as always! Love this colour, such a classic!! 🙂 ♥

    • Ah thanks! 🙂

  • Gem

    I love this shade of red, it’s very classy!

    Gem x

    • Cheers Gem 🙂

  • beckysmakeup

    Totally get what you mean about the long nails and red polish! 🙂


    beckys makeup

    • Haha! Just reminds me of my Grandma – bless her! 🙂

  • katherine.parkes
  • Love the color! There is definitely something about red nails that just make you feel great!! xx

    • Ah thanks – I agree! 🙂

  • Sophiabencks

    I love this colour but Essie chips so easily! I find OPI lasts much longer on me…

  • Miss Pérez

    I was looking for a red nail polish and i bought this one as soon as i saw your review. I have been wearing it for 3 days and its still perfect, so thank you for the recommendation! ^^

  • Katie Fawcett

    stunning red, I feel like it would be perfect for the winter months but also really nice during summer.

    katie xo