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Essie French Manicure Colors + Color Discrepancy

May 22, 2012

I’ve used the same colors for doing a French manicure for nearly five years: Essie’s Marshmallow for white (the perfect soft pearl color) and Essie’s Mademoiselle (a pale, sheer pink). The perfect colors, I think, for a natural looking French manicure. I don’t usually like the stark white manicures, so the pearly white of Marshmallow with Mademoiselle over the top is perfect for me. [See these colors used in a video showing my French manicure process HERE]

When I went to Ulta the other day I thought it would be smart to pick up a couple back up bottles. After I came home, I realized that I really only needed a new white bottle. I had plenty of the pink, but for some reason thought I didn’t. Anyhow, after I did my manicure last night I kept thinking that something looked different. I wasn’t able to place it until I looked at the new bottle of Mademoiselle next to the old one…

The new bottle is much more yellow than the original. Almost more nude. Well, crap. :(

I still like it on my nails, but the pinky-ness of the older bottle usually makes my nails look more healthy. Not so much with this new version. So, Essie, what’s up? Did your color checker take a day off when you approved this color coming off the line in production? So strange.

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  • Sandi Neumann May 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    either way your nails look beautiful:) I myself like the older color too:)

  • Val Brotton May 22, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I wonder if the new bottle is really old? Doesn’t polish change when its old? Just a thought.

  • Julie May 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

    No, you’re not imagining it. I picked some up the other day and they had both the nude and the pinkish version of Mademoiselle. Very odd. And I’m in Canada.

    • kristina May 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Oh, man! I was hoping is was a fluke but it sounds like they changed the color. :(

  • Rhonda May 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I just ordered this from Trans Design. While I don’t have an old bottle to compare it to, mine appears to be like your old bottle, more pink than nude.

  • Stephanie June 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I love Mademoiselle and marshmellow together as well. I saw on pinterest a french manicure that I’ve been doing and love! Start with mademoiselle on entire nail, do tips in marshmellow and then add pink glove service over the entire nail.

  • leila July 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    your “new” bottle may actually be an old bottle. that color tends to yellow a bit as it sits. either that, or it was in the sunshine/uv light for too long and it changed the color. it happens to nail polish. i’m a nail technician/manicurist. i see it all the time.

  • Lisann July 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Your nails look really great! I tried doing a french manicure with the same polish but it just looked like shit. :/

  • Cindy in Oregon July 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I switched to using Essie’s Sugar Daddy-it’s a little bit darker and seems to be staying true in color. I finally tossed my year old Mademoiselle bottle since it had turned beige-NOT a good color for me!

  • Shawna November 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I am SO glad I found this post! Now I know that I’m not crazy…because this happened to me. I got Madamoiselle at CVS after hearing it was great for french manicures. I’ve actually never gotten an Essie polish before, so I was excited to finally pick one up. But, the next time I saw this polish in a different store, I noticed that it looked a lot more pink than mine did. I thought that maybe I was just seeing things. Then, I saw it in a different store and once again, it was pink. So, I took a picture and compared it to my own at home — DEFINITELY not the same color. Apparently it’s SUPPOSED to be that sheer pink color, but mine’s more beige. I thought that maybe the bottle had been labeled wrong, but even then, I couldn’t see any other color that quite matched what I had at home. So, I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one with this issue and that it IS a flawed Madamoiselle and not just a different color with the wrong label. I’ll be heading back to CVS tomorrow to exchange it for a better bottle.

    • carissa October 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      funny (not really) but I also had the same CVS experience as Shawna, just this week! They actually had 3-4 bottles of mademoiselle but one of them was that nasty yellowish nude (very non-pink) color! in late-2013!

  • Melissa August 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    You guys should switch to Rimmel French manicure pro #140 French Rose it’s light pink and beautiful that’s the color I use. And love