For the longest time I was an Orly girl. I have tried numerous brands (local and international) but it was only Orly that got me satisfied.. to a point. It was only Orly that at least lasted for 3 days. Actually, by the 3rd day, it would start chipping but by then I was just happy that I could have 2 days of still (almost) perfect polished nails. I thought this was the best I could get even from a top of the line brand. The Essie nail polish line proved me wrong.
Me wearing Essie's "Mauve-ing Along" polish while holding my favorite "After Sex" nail polish color.
When I discovered the Essie brand, I have been a convert and very satisfied user ever since. It's not chip-free BUT the chipping would be so minimal that it's hardly noticeable. I could even wear my nails for more than a week and the paint would still look more than decent. And that's saying a lot because I'm a computer programmer and my work requires me to use the keyboard on a 9-10 hours shift, 5 days a week. You can just imagine how much beating my colored nails must get from me. I remember a year ago when my friends and I went to Boracay and I had my nails done on a Monday (with Orly Moonlit Madness). I had to have my nails colored again by Thursday (in time for our Friday trip) because by Wednesday, the polish started chipping noticeably. Boo hoo! If I had known of Essie then, I probably could have saved money by going to the salon only once!
Source: Essie Nail Polish
For my wedding day, I am definitely getting my nails done and will be using Essie. Just have not decided yet on what color.
Locally, the salons I know that uses them are Tips N Toes, Nail Spa (have yet to try here), and Relaksasi Spa (this is where I got a hold of the brand!). If you want to buy your own bottle, Rustan's have it on stock (limited colors, though).