Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil Review

A few months back, Essie was offering customers a sample of its new Apricot Cuticle Oil. Sign me up, right?! I thought maybe they would send out mini sample bottles…nope. I shouldn’t have been surprised but was a smidge disappointed when I got a postcard with a sample pod on it instead. Hmph!

Womp, womp

Womp, womp

Essie instructs users to start your mani with its cuticle oil. Or, according to the back of the above postcard:

Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil

I can follow directions pretty well, so I started with bare, plain jane nails. Here are my naked nails before using Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil -

Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil

Up close & personal

Up close & personal

Next, I wrestled with that little pod for about ten minutes. It has a perforated tear off top – handy, right? You’d think, but no. I folded the flyer at the perforations, tore, andddd…nothing. It didn’t open. I pulled. I tugged. I bit. Finally, I cut. Then I had to squeeze and squeeze to get a dribble of the oil out. Man did Essie make me work for it!

Essie Apricot Cuticle OilI dabbed the oil on my fingertips, then massaged it into my nails and the surrounding nail beds.

Immediately after applying

Immediately after applying

After massaging the oil in

After massaging the oil in

After letting the oil sit

After letting the oil sit

The Apricot Oil does have quite a few pros. It’s quick to absorb and doesn’t leave your fingers feeling greasy after it is massaged in and given time to sink into skin and nails. It left my cuticles and nails looking both smoother and healthier. The best thing about this oil? It smells light and fruity  :)  The con is that this oil was hard for me to control. I think the majority of this problem was due to packaging though – using a brush and bottle will probably make applying this oil a breeze. Darn you and your pod samples, Essie!

You can purchase Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil for $8 at mass beauty product stores like Target, major beauty retailers like Ulta, or online.

Have you tried this cuticle oil yet? What’s your holy grail cuticle treatment?

 

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9 thoughts on “Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil Review

  1. I’m such a betch. I got so annoyed with this blister packet disappointment that I just trashed it. I should have given it a shot, but I wouldn’t know if this cuticle oil would work for me if I only had enough for a couple applications. I’m rather liberal with my cuticle oil application so I might have used it all up in one application even if my hands and nails looked like I dipped them in lard. I love the shape of your nails!

    • I only applied it once – between how much I put on and my fight with the blister pod, I didn’t have enough left for any more applications, haha. So I know what you mean! I always have to just sit without touching anything for awhile after I put on any cuticle oil or cream because my hands have that lard-dipped look after too. Thank you! I always love your photos; I’m trying to get better at mine, especially in terms of lighting.

  2. I received the same sample – and like you I was a wee bit disappointed in what I received. It was a PITA to get some oil out of that thing! My go-to oil is California Mango Magic Cuticle Oil – the stuff smells so damn yummy, and it soaks in well overnight. Speaking of which, I need to go do that before I go to bed! ;)

  3. The product description looks actually interesting, but then again any kind of oil is suitable for taking care of our nails, as long as we do it on the regular basis, right?!
    Do you use any other nail & cuticle treatments?

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