Essie Petal Pushers Swatches & Review

Essie Petal Pushers Swatches & ReviewEssie Petal Pushers from the Spring 2015 Collection isn’t the colour I’m normally drawn to first, but I enjoy trying out a whole smorgasbord of colours because when you venture to new territory, it could open up doors.

This grey nail polish has a smidgeon of purple mixed in, which is more evident when you see the polish in person and in certain lighting.

Although it can slightly shift based on the lighting, it is predominantly a grey-based nail polish. But I wouldn’t say that it’s a concrete-slab grey because the purple undertone gives it that little extra.

P.S. Did you see yesterday’s second blog post that I snuck in here in the evening? 😉 Check it out! It features makeup, nails, and fashion looks from Mikhael Kale’s show during World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.

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Petal Pushers Essie Spring 2015 Collection

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Essie Petal Pushers Review

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Petal Pushers Essie Spring 2015 Collection


Petal Pushers by Essie

Essie Petal Pushers Swatches

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Essie Petal Pushers Review & Swatches

Essie Petal Pushers Swatches Spring 2015 Collection Swatches

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Claims: TRUSTED (The ‘smoky stone’ part is accurate.)

  • Smoky stone (Yes)
  • Rose (No – When I think of rose, I think of pinks and reds)

Key Notes

Essie Petal Pushers Review


Petal Pushers by Essie is a grey that isn’t so harsh or dark. It has a softer edgy that’s ‘smoky’ as the press release suggests.

The softness comes from the purple undertone, which is easier to see in person than it is in photographs. It’s not a strong purple, but you can tell that it influences the grey so that it’s less like a straight-up concrete-slab grey.


The creme finish of Petal Pushers by Essie is simple, pretty, and not flat or boring. It’s also easy to remove.

Application & Formula

Painting with Petal Pushers by Essie was a breeze because it reaches opacity quickly. I could’ve used just two coats to achieve full opacity, but I tried a third layer to see if the colour would intensify. It looks pretty similar with two and three medium coats.


  • Purple-tinged grey
  • Smooth formulation
  • Reaches opacity in 2 coats


  • Grey nail polishes aren’t my favourite, so I didn’t go crazy over this colour. However, if you’re a fan of grey, I could see you really enjoying it!

Final Verdict: 6.5/10

There’s nothing inherently bad about Essie Petal Pushers, but since greys don’t usually move me or make my nailphile heart sing, I couldn’t give it a high score.

The formula is easy enough to work with, and you don’t need to do a bazillion coats to achieve opacity, so that’s always a plus. However, this grey didn’t ‘wow’ me. It’s soft and the tinge of purple is a nice touch, though. I can see that grey fans would really enjoy this one!

If you are a grey fan, which is your favourite grey nail polish and why? Do you like wearing grey by itself or pairing it with other colours? Which Essie Spring 2015 Collection shade would you like to see next? 


10 thoughts on “Essie Petal Pushers Swatches & Review

  1. Robbie

    I might get this pedal pusher because you know it has a smidget of purple in it. And you know how I like my purple haha.

  2. Melissa

    I’m loving this color. I’m a sucker for gray polishes and this one is right up my ally. Thanks for doing a review of this one. 🙂

  3. Tanya

    I love this! Gray flatters all skin tones, it’s an edgy neutral to me. Graphite, steely, warm, cool, I want them all! My favorites are American Apparel Echo Park and Factory Floor, such great formulas.


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