Essie Nail Lacquer – Size Matters Review

Essie Nail Lacquer – Size Matters Review

Hello everyone,

Hope you are having a fun day! Today, I am reviewing a beautiful dark red nail paint from the brand Essie. This is in the shade “Size Matters.”

Essie Nail Lacquer

Product Description from the Essie site:

  • Essie is the ultimate color authority offering a line of superior nail polishes. The fashion-forward shades with an exclusive award winning formula are always classic, chic and elegant.
  • Essie polish provides flawless coverage along with outstanding durability, a chip-resistant formula and whimsical names in the most up-to-the-minute colors.
  • All Essie nail polishes are DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde free.

Essie Nail Lacque Size Matters


CAD $10.99 (Price varies across stores) for 13.5 ml.


Essie Nail Lacquer Size Matters

My Experience with Essie Nail Lacquer – Size Matters:

The nail lacquer comes in a rectangular glass bottle with a white cap. The cap has a sticker on the top, with the shade name printed on it. The brush is a little bit smaller than conventional nail paint brushes. This means you might get streaky color if you are not careful, but on the other hand, it also helps to easily paint the sides of the nails with the narrow brush. I really like this brush for my narrow nails!

Essie Nail Lacquer Size Matters

The shade “Size Matters” is described as “a blazing hot ruby red” on the Essie site. That is how it looks in the bottle, but on the hands, I feel it sometimes looks like a much darker red. Under some lights, it appears to be a bright cranberry red and sometimes, it looks like a dark burgundy red! But it is a shade which would look good on all skin tones. It is a good color to match those dark lips this fall/winter!

Essie Nail Lacquer Size Matters

The formula is creamy with a gel-like consistency. It applies easily on the nails. Because of the dark color and the formula, you can get full coverage in just one coat.

The drying time is really fast. This is the biggest plus point for this nail lacquer for me. A single coat takes hardly a minute to dry, even though the formula is so creamy.  As with most Essie nail paints, this one too stays intact for at least 5 days, even with my daily kitchen activities. After 5 days, there is some minimal chipping at the tips or base and the overall shine seems a bit faded.

Essie Nail Lacquer Size Matters

Using a good base and top coat can help retain the nail paint for the full week, without any chipping. But even without that, it lasted me a decently long time. All Essie polishes are also DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde free, which is a major plus.

Essie Nail Lacquer Size Matters

Pros of Essie Nail Lacquer – Size Matters:

  • A beautiful dark red shade which would suit all skin tones.
  • Easy to apply.
  • Dries very fast.
  • Long lasting – for at least 5 days, with no chipping.
  • DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde free.

Cons of Essie Nail Lacquer – Size Matters:

  • Availability in India is very limited. Even if you manage to find it, the price is marked up too much.

IMBB Rating:


Would I Recommend Essie Nail Lacquer – Size Matters?

I love the glossy finish, the color and the staying power but I feel that the color is not really unique. I would recommend this particular shade only if you do not have a similar red in your collection.

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