Essie Fiji swatch and review (new formula)

Bottle shot of Fiji

Today I’m showing you a nail polish that was my first lemming ever! I didn’t know back then what a lemming was, but I knew I wanted to have Essie – Fiji really bad. However, the stores in my country did not sell Fiji and I also didn’t know about ordering nail polish online back then.

swatch of light pink nail polish Essie Fiji
Swatch of Essie Fiji

During that time, I bought a lot of light pink nail polish, hoping that I would find a dupe. I kind of gave up on ever owning Fiji and I didn’t even care anymore about it. However, when I saw that the dutch website had Fiji in stock, I couldn’t resist any longer. But the strange thing is… When it arrived, I realized that I probably had some dupes. Don’t get me wrong, the color is very pretty. It’s just not THAT unique as I thought it was.

Fiji has changed over the years. The US and EU versions seem quite different. The one that I have is almost white, but you can always see that it’s not white (does that make sense?). I’ve seen some other pictures where Fiji looks much darker, so I’m definitely happy I do not own that variation. The shade of pink doesn’t lean too much to orange or purple. I normally prefer pinks that are a little bit warmer. But when I have a tan, this kind of pink is also fine.

swatch of Essie fiji

The formula is OK, not the best ever. I have used 3 thin coats, but a fourth coat might even have been better. However, I just refuse to do that! When you polish too thick, Fiji easily bubbles, so it’s important to be aware of that. But is it worth the trouble? Yes! I love the clean look this Essie gives! I can’t stop staring at my hands, I can definitely understand why it is such a popular color. If you’re disappointed in Essie Ballet Slippers, Essie Fiji might be more to your liking.

Because I have so many dupes, I have decided to do a little comparison! Over here you can find the comparison post.

EDIT May 2020: Most of the polishes in the comparison post are already discontinued, for an up-to-date version click here. I also found a TLC – Essie that looks a lot like Fiji over here.

Do you think Fiji is worth the hype? You can find it over here on Amazon (Affiliate link).

This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I bought all these products myself.

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