manicure monday: sleek sticks

Essie sleek stick
{ Art Deco Beaded Clutch c/o BHLDN}

Essie is one of my favorite beauty brands. Even before their pretty polishes started showing up on my drugstore’s shelves, I searched the sale bins for marked down bottles at specialty stores. I love their highly pigmented colors, and I can make an all-Essie manicure last at least a week.

So when I spotted a glossy ad for Essie Sleek Sticks in a magazine a few months ago, my heart pitter-pattered. I didn’t know where to find them, so I filed it away in my mental wish list and went about my business.

Essie Sleek Sticks
{seriously, how’s a girl supposed to choose?!}

Late last week, while cruising Walgreens for toothpaste and deodorant for the mister, I breezed down the beauty aisle and there they were!! I wanted. them. all. I stood, mouth agape, for a good five minutes trying to decide which pattern to buy. As if it was a permanent and unalterable choice. Weirdo.

One agonizing decision and about $11 later, I was on my way. Like other polish strips, application was easy breezy and took about five minutes start-to-finish {and no dry time, FTW!}.

Essie sleek stick 2
{ Essie Sleek Sticks in “Glam it On” }

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  1. 2.18.13

    Glam it on is amazing <3

  2. 2.6.13

    OMG Would so want these!

  3. 2.6.13

    Reblogged this on Just Another Girl :).

  4. 2.5.13

    Obsessed with these nails…. I must have! Also love the clutch!!!

    CeCe @

  5. 2.5.13

    the nails are awesome but I want to steal the beaded clutch! WANT!

  6. 2.5.13

    These look awesome! So, are they the color and the design or do you have to paint and then the design is an applique for over your paint? Clearly, I’ve been in a box. No, really… if my house was a box, I’d say I’ve been in a box for about 8 months. Shew! Time to get back out there!

    • 2.5.13

      It’s one-and-done, Kim! No base or top coat required. In fact, a top coat will make the strips shrivel (speaks from experience).

  7. 2.5.13
    BegümGnd said:

    I love love to love you :)

  8. 2.5.13

    These are awesome! Can’t wait to pick up my set! Love the clutch too, beautiful!

  9. 2.5.13

    Such cute designs. Thank you for sharing. I might just have to drive down to Walgreens and choose one too. Or three. :)

  10. 2.5.13

    really loved it!! inspired me for my next nail polish!! :D

  11. 2.5.13

    I love it! your nails look great

  12. 2.5.13

    They look great! I may have to give these a try…I’m a die hard fan of a gel manicure, but I would be willing to give those a go.

  13. 2.4.13

    They are beautiful! How long do they stay on? I’m always worried that they won’t fit my nail beds correctly, either! Let us know how things turn out, though.

  14. 2.4.13
    Ashley said:

    Gorgeous nails, lady! Now I feel the need to run out and and try the Sleek Sticks!

  15. 2.4.13

    I didn’t know about these?!?!? I love any Essie polish because your totally right, it lasts a very long time and has such deep beautiful colors! I have to check out Walgreens for these!!! =)

    • 2.5.13

      I think they just came out last month, so they’re still pretty new. Let me know which pattern you choose!

  16. 2.4.13

    Matchy Matchy! Bag and nails look so cute together!

  17. 2.4.13
    boxnoire said:

    Love the colour AND the clutch x

  18. 2.4.13

    I love Essie and I love them even more now that they’re not salon only. It’s been that way for a few years but I remember having to buy them from the nail salon along with OPI (which even Publix sells now!).
    I know the closest one is 30 minutes away from Winter Haven but Target has the entire line of polishes and strips.: ) I can’t leave without buying one. It’s dangerous.

    • 2.4.13

      Oh man, Target is my kryptonite. I’m actually grateful that we don’t have one in town yet. I can’t make it out of there without a tee/sweater/scarf/bag/lipgloss/stationery. It’s trouble!

  19. 2.4.13

    Love how glamorous these are! Great for a rookie manicurist like myself! Thanks for sharing. :)

    • 2.4.13

      Perfect for a rookie! Pretty foolproof, and it will look like you have major manicure skills ;-)

  20. 2.4.13

    I was eyeing the “Over the Moon” ones in a magazine recently. They look great! They should last about 3 days as a florist huh? :)

  21. 2.4.13

    love it. picked this color too!

  22. 2.4.13

    I like this post. I just had a manicure and used Essie’s Lavender color. The color is so pretty and delicate.

  23. 2.4.13
    Must Have Boxes said:

    These are gorgeous! I love silver nails.

    – KW