Review & Swatch

Essie Penny Talk Swatch & Review


 Another favorite from Essie’s Mirror Metallics collection is Penny Talk, “an authentic copper metallic.” The official Essie description says it all. This is a unique true copper chrome color. You can basically imagine having shiny new 2013 pennies on the tip of your fingers with this nail polish.


The color actually looks like uneven gold and copper mixture in the bottle but once applied, you’ll get the true copper color. The formula is somewhat thick and opaque but I did 2 coats anyways for full opacity.

As mentioned before in this Essie Good as Gold post, these chrome polishes will reveal basically any imperfection on your nails. The polish will easily appear streaky if you didn’t use a ridge filling base coat or buffer your nails smoothly before applying.


L: 2 coats with flash  |  R: 2 coats without flash

You can see visibly the bumpiness on my middle finger and the streaks on the other. I didn’t buffer my nails nor use a ridge filling base coat / topcoat for these. I only used OPI Natural Nails Base Coat.


Here I added Salley Hansen’s InstaDri Top Coat and Essie Matte About You on the accent finger. I find myself not loving the glossy texture from the topcoat. It’s rare but I feel the original finish without a topcoat to be much more elegant and true to its metallic chrome nature. I also like the nail polish matted because it almost feel like it’s got a muted silk/satin look.

Overall, Essie’s Penny Talk is a beautiful metallic copper nail polish if you don’t mind spending time to make your nails perfect or not having your nails look perfect. 😛 Copper nail polishes are somewhat hard to find compare to the popular golds and silvers. Other options include Deborah Lippmann’s Glamorous Life and Orly’s Rage.

-a pennylicious charme


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