vintage varnish | essie mesmerize spring 2009 nail polish

I haven’t worn blue nail polish on my fingernails since my teenage years (which, OK, wasn’t that long ago), but when I saw Essie’s cobalt-blue “Mesmerize” in the lineup at Beauty Brands, I knew I had to have a little vintage varnish on my fingertips.

essie mesmerize spring 2009 nail polish

{Essie's "Mesmerize" is a creamy, cobalt-blue nail polish that has a splashy, wet look.}

“Mesmerize” debuted in spring 2009 and has since become a staple, along with “Marshmallow” and “Ballet Slippers” in Essie’s nail polish collection. I added “Mesmerize” to my own growing-collection of nail lacquers over the weekend and have since gotten some oohs, ahhs and eyebrows at my choice of such a bold blue usually reserved for toenails (sorry, I have turquoise on those boys right now!).

What do you think of shiny, splashy, cobalt-blue for fingernails? Do you work in a more traditional or creative environment? Would this color be OK for your day-to-day? Let me know in the comments section! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • your nails look gorgeous! i love how it appears both creamy and shiny ~ if i worked in an environment that was too conservative for lacquer like this, i’d leave! haha! nails are too important ;)
    xo ~ kristina

  • Thanks Kristina! Haha, I agree, nails are way too important to have to stick to basic pinks and reds. :)

  • Love the different colors other than pink and red

  • Thanks for stopping by, Megan! Heading to your blog now :)

  • I adore the blue nail polish! So different, so summery, so bold. Why did it ever go out of style? I do remember it being heavily associated with the Spice Girls back in the day. Thanks for this post — love the glimpses into your everyday life!

    • You get to see it in real life this weekend! I strayed from blues for a while because, as you said, I associated it with 13-year-old Spice World kimberlyloc — so glad it’s making a comeback on my fingernails! :)

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