I’ve been using the Essence range of nail polish since highschool because it was always incredibly affordable and they often offered so many colours to choose from. I feel like their quality has substantially improved over the years, where they’ve definitely kept track on trends and created a brush and formula that works really well together.
So the Essence nail polish retails for R29.95 (which is incredibly affordable, considering I’ve never actually run out of a colour I’ve purchased).
The Essence nail polish formula is quite thick and usually dries pretty fast. With some colours, I can get away with one coat, whereas with others I just have to do two coats. On my nails, I can go about 5 days without the nail polish chipping off (which is really awesome). I find what helps is preppy your nails before applying the nail polish, by buffing them and applying a base coat.
These are my favourite brand nail polishes, simply because they work for me in both budget and quality. I haven’t had any issues with the product and I now probably own about 30 colours.