So that silly web site Klout.com actually ended up being of use! I'm not quite sure how it happened, but I qualified for a perk from Essie Nail Polish. I thought, free polish?? Sure you can have my address! LOL (I'm not the brightest bulb).
Imagine my surprise when a box arrived from Klout containing, you guessed it, free nail polish. The color was a midrange orange, not quite pure but definitely not pastel (Note: the picture is darker than the hue actually is). It was called "Fear or Desire" Awesome name, meh color.
I polished my nails Monday night while we were watching True Blood with two coats of polish. I didn't use a top coat like I usually do. And then Tuesday I made dinner, emptied the dishwasher, did dishes, a load of laundry, took a shower, and wrote a bunch. So basically, I did everything I could do to screw up my nails apart from yard work or auto body work (not that I ever do the latter).
You can see the results in the photo below (from Tuesday evening). There are a few chips. But considering there was no top coat, I'd have to say the polish handled decently.
Given Essie generally goes for about $7 to $8 at Walmart, I'm not sure I'd count this as worth it. Not when I can get China Glaze for $6 or ORLY for $5 at Sally's Beauty without a sale.
I'll make up my mind for sure once I try it with my Konad stamp stuff...
But for a free polish? Yeah, it's definitely worth it!
Update June 16th: The Essie polish worked well with my Bundle Monster image plates and image stamping. It's not a thick transfer like the Konad stamping polish but it's better than the bargain polishes I've bought.