I’m a massive nail polish addict and whilst I love to change my nail polish two to three times a week, I have found myself neglecting my cuticles over the last few months. We all have our own pet hates when it comes to beauty, and mine has to be dry and raggedy cuticles. There’s just something about them that makes my hair stand on edge, and I’ve not been loving how dry my cuticles have been looking lately. I religiously apply hand cream throughout the day, but applying cuticle oil is a step I often forget. I had been using the ORLY Cuticle Oil, but I wasn’t wowed by it so I didn’t repurchase it once it ran out. There are so many different cuticle oils to choose from, but I decided to try the Essie Apricot Nail & Cuticle Oil to see if it was any better?
Cuticle oil is one of those products that you don’t necessarily *need* within your beauty routine. Using an intensive hand cream should suffice in looking after both your hands and nails, but I’ve always enjoyed the ritual of using a cuticle oil. When I’m being good, I try and apply a cuticle oil every night before bed but in reality I tend to use it straight after removing my nail polish to try and replenish lost moisture thanks to the nail polish remover.
I hate super greasy cuticle oils which take forever to absorb and just leave your fingers feeling almost sticky, and wanting to wash your hands. I like my cuticle oil to be lightweight, quick to absorb and effective so I chose the Essie Apricot Nail & Cuticle Oil after reading some rave reviews online.
I ordered mine for £8.99 from Superdrug whilst they had an offer on Essie products, but after I’d checked out I noticed on Boots that the oil had a couple of negative reviews mentioning it staining their cuticles so I was a little worried I’d be left disappointed once it arrived.
“Don’t underestimate the power of professional nail care and healthy looking nails! Apricot Cuticle Oil nail treatment absorbs quickly to instantly condition, protect from dryness, and provide nourishing moisture. Essie Apricot Oil now contains 75% apricot kernel oil to instantly revitalize, hydrate and instantly condition, without any greasy residue.“
Helps protect from dryness and provide nourishing moisture to cuticles
Absorbs quickly and instantly conditions
Smoother, softer, and healthy looking cuticles
Rehydrates and revitalises cuticles
The Essie Apricot Nail & Cuticle Oil contains 13.5ml of product in a clear glass bottle, with a wide, thin brush. Strangely enough, the oil contains 15ml in the US and is $9 yet the UK version contains 13.5ml and is £8.99. I find that one dip of the brush holds enough oil for three nails so I can imagine this bottle lasting forever. I have only read about the issues of staining on the Boots website, but I was worried I’d experience the same but I haven’t had any staining of my cuticles or nails.
I don’t know if it’s because the formula has changed or what, but even when I apply a generous amount of the oil, I don’t have any staining issues and I really enjoy using it. It has a really nice, sweet apricot scent which does linger on the nails but the oil is not at all greasy. I think it might actually be the most lightweight cuticle oil I’ve tried as there’s no residue left behind, yet it still manages to fully hydrate and nourish the cuticles and nails.
My cuticles are looking the best they ever have, and it’s 100% down to this oil. I like that my nail polish applies so much better when my nails are nourished, and the polish lasts longer too so although applying cuticle oil is a bit of a faff, it definitely pays off and I’m no longer trying to hide my offensive cuticles as they look so much healthier. I didn’t love the Essie Gel Setter as it was extremely thick and gloopy, but I did buy the Essie Speed Setter at the same time I bought this oil and I’ll be featuring the top coat in a post very soon.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried the Essie Apricot Nail & Cuticle Oil before?