The Nails: Essie Master Plan

I’ve mentioned Essie’s Master Plan countless times since I purchased it at the beginning of the year, but after a fair few of you tweeted me last week to ask what was on my nails I decided a full ode was on the cards.

I’m often told that my perspective on colours is rather off, but to me Master Plan varies from a taupe-y grey to a lilac grey depending on whether you’re in shade or sunlight. As with all Essie formulas they dry super quick but the longevity of the formula is questionable at best – Seche Vite is a must I find. The taupe shade has been a go to recently with my monochrome outfits as it adds a different shade of grey, but with a little more colour than a bog standard grey. If I fancy wearing colour as well (on the off chance I’m feeling adventurous, y’know?) then it doesn’t interfere with anything else I choose to wear, making it a pretty safe bet. For that reason I love it as it’s brought me out of my nude nail rut.

If a more warm toned grey isn’t for you then keep your eyes peeled next week as I have a little something up my sleeves with a tad more blue in it. Oooh, spoilers…


  1. Natalie MacDonald β™₯
    17 Mar 2014 / 1:29 pm

    I love this colour! It is so versatile, gorgeous, another Essie polish I need to add to my never ending list of things to buy!! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    Natalie | Shabby Chic and Teaβ™₯

  2. lolakate
    17 Mar 2014 / 1:30 pm

    This is a lovely colour and would go with pretty much everything. I don't own any grey nail polishes and although we are heading into spring and pastels are everywhere, I think I might purchase one anyway x

  3. Daniella C
    17 Mar 2014 / 1:43 pm

    bbbeautiful color!

  4. Lauren Wanders
    17 Mar 2014 / 1:46 pm

    Such a lovely colour!

  5. Tamira Alison
    17 Mar 2014 / 1:47 pm

    This is STUNNING – I'd never even looked at it before! Will definitely be picking it up. T xx

  6. Catherine Loves
    17 Mar 2014 / 1:55 pm

    This looks lovely, I still haven't tried Essie even though I own so many nail polishes x

    Catherines Loves

  7. Ciara Pollock
    17 Mar 2014 / 2:03 pm

    such a gorgeous colour! x

  8. Jocelyn
    17 Mar 2014 / 2:04 pm

    Very chic!

  9. Second Hand Rose
    17 Mar 2014 / 2:04 pm

    Looks like a lovely colour and looks really nice on your nails, I can see it going with so many outfits. XxxX

  10. Sophie
    17 Mar 2014 / 2:14 pm

    This looks like one to add to my list pronto!

  11. Brittany Seel
    17 Mar 2014 / 2:17 pm

    That colour is gorgeous πŸ™‚ I tend to wear colours like that when I have a tan!
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

  12. City Mermaid
    17 Mar 2014 / 2:29 pm

    I have loved this color for years. It goes with just about everything.

    xo Franchesca | City Mermaid

  13. Chelsea Leigh
    17 Mar 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Love the color and I love the new rings!

  14. Nicola Bishop
    17 Mar 2014 / 2:48 pm

    Love this colour πŸ™‚

  15. Laura Chapman
    17 Mar 2014 / 2:51 pm

    I love this colour, it's gorgeous. I have a very similar shade, maybe a little more lilac toned, from Topshop which I love.

    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

  16. Ana Leote
    17 Mar 2014 / 2:52 pm

    It really is a beautiful color! I don't own any Essie nail polish and I think I should get my hands on a few πŸ™‚


  17. Stephanie Tang
    17 Mar 2014 / 2:59 pm

    I've really been feeling the cooler-toned nail polishes lately and this seems right up my alley! Love your rings as well! πŸ™‚
    Stephanie | Love, August

  18. annie.
    17 Mar 2014 / 3:59 pm

    I just bought this shade as well as Sand Tropez a couple of days ago – I love neutral/grey shades.

    annie ||

  19. abbie hopper
    17 Mar 2014 / 4:04 pm

    Love the shade and all your rings!
    abbie //

  20. Emily McCue
    17 Mar 2014 / 4:05 pm

    This is like a number one must have for me! It looks so beautiful on the nails. I love anything grey with a hint of purple too πŸ™‚

  21. Sophie Ollis
    17 Mar 2014 / 4:23 pm

    Great colour. I love the purple hue.

    I've posted a DIY tooth whitening, natural remedies for acne scarring and 5 reasons to drink more water over on my blog. Please come over and take a peek!



  22. Kat
    17 Mar 2014 / 4:45 pm

    I love this polish – I think it's perfect for any occasion really and I like having a polish where I don't have to guess whether it would be appropriate or not. Love those rings!


  23. Sara Chergui
    17 Mar 2014 / 4:57 pm

    Love the shade of nail polish !

  24. Ness
    17 Mar 2014 / 5:09 pm

    I am wearing master plan as well this week! I love it for all the reasons you said, it goes with anything you wear.

    Lavish Introvert

  25. Maddy
    17 Mar 2014 / 5:59 pm

    Love the look of this colour, so beautiful for an understated nail! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    P.S. I don't want to be spammy, but I have a YSL Lipstick Giveaway on my blog at the moment!


  26. landscape-architect
    17 Mar 2014 / 6:02 pm

    I love this color, reminds me a little overcast skies and but in a good way! πŸ™‚ xx

  27. Amy Burgess
    17 Mar 2014 / 6:39 pm

    Love the polish, very classic!

    Amy, X.

  28. Caroline Davies
    17 Mar 2014 / 7:26 pm

    Love the shade of the nail polish!

  29. Amelia G
    17 Mar 2014 / 7:28 pm

    absolutely love this! a trip to boots may be on the cards soon.. xxx

  30. Life of Verity
    17 Mar 2014 / 7:47 pm

    Such a pretty everyday colour but different from a beige or baby pink, love it! xxxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  31. A Day In The Life Of A Northern Girl
    17 Mar 2014 / 8:41 pm

    Love love love this shade and I need it in my life hehe. Grey's are definitely my favourite polishes.

    Hannah xxx

  32. Teckie
    17 Mar 2014 / 9:17 pm

    I LOVE Master Plan. It's one of my go-to shades. The formula is great.

  33. Stephanie B
    17 Mar 2014 / 10:16 pm

    I would love the shade, but my local drugstore doesn't stock it πŸ™ And I would prefer to see it before buying, as I don't want something too similar to what I already have.

  34. Emma Reay
    17 Mar 2014 / 11:24 pm

    Love the colour on your nails!

    Love Emma xx

  35. Celina
    18 Mar 2014 / 12:33 am

    I've had my eyes on this nail polish since I first saw it on your blog. I definitely need to give it a go. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  36. clare
    18 Mar 2014 / 12:55 am

    I've not been one for the grey toned nail polish, but having seen Master Plan being featured on many lovely beauty blogger's fingers, I think I'm starting to come around! It's just a shame that everyone else is also liking it, as now it appears to be sold out in all the places i've visited!

    18 Mar 2014 / 1:18 am

    I love warm toned grays! I'm surprised I don't have more of them in my collection – I went through a sad, sad neon phase. Can't wait for the blue though!


  38. Zazie Bibi
    18 Mar 2014 / 7:50 am

    This shade really suits you (: xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  39. Aerin Downs
    18 Mar 2014 / 10:59 am

    This is a really nice shade! I love the rings too xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  40. sofia grigoriadou
    18 Mar 2014 / 12:40 pm


  41. The Simple Wishlist
    18 Mar 2014 / 2:39 pm

    It looks really pretty and I was one of the ones who asked haha! I actually really like a similar but less lilac-y Ciate shade, if you're interested I could hunt down the name for you! x

  42. Dish-chan
    19 Mar 2014 / 1:32 pm

    I love this color! I wonder if I could get away with it at school. It seems really versatile!

    – Sarah

  43. Ellen UnderWater
    19 Mar 2014 / 5:08 pm

    I love this shade! I'll have to hunt it down

  44. Manouk Maat
    19 Mar 2014 / 6:01 pm

    I'm more into bright shades because of the weather πŸ™‚

    WOMANOUK (beauty & drawings)

  45. Laura
    22 Mar 2014 / 10:32 pm

    It is a lovely colour and I almost bought it the other day before realising I have about 5 shades very similar!

    Laura | Breton & Blush

  46. Amy Keeling
    24 Mar 2014 / 1:22 pm

    This shade is super duper nice, I actually read a review on it about a month ago and ever since then I've kept it in the back of my mind. It's the type of shade I would like to wear.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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