Essie’s First Timer Nail Polish: Review, photos, swatches

Essie says play innocent and coy, like it’s the very first time…


One of the colors from Essie’s 2013 resort collection, “First Timer” is described as a “adorable newbie green” and that’s pretty accurate because it’s not an “in your face” green, but a green suitable for someone not willing to go all the way with a bolder color. The PolishAholic shows exactly what I mean with comparison swatches vs. last years Mojito Madness which is a true lime green. First timer is a pastel version of spring green. This is the way it looks in the bottle, but on my nail  it’s a tad greener. Otherwise, it’s pretty true to color.  The polish was super easy to apply and with two coats my nails were completely even and opaque. There was no streaking or pooling. As with all of my polishes, with my trusty Revlon top coat I was able to get 7 days with just a smidge of edge wear.

Final impression

This is a very pretty, wearable color for everyone, but for darker complexions looking for a truer pastel this might not be for you. Those that are fans of green polish should definitely add this to your collection because it’s not easy to find a green creme shade like this that applies so seamlessly.


Product Pigmentation Application Texture Durability     Final grade
9/10 10/10 10/10 10/10 10/10 A+


Price: $8

Size: 0.46 oz

Availability: Ulta, all major drugstores. The store locator is a handy tool to find Essie polish in your area too!

Disclosures: The product seen here was paid for with my own money. All of the views expressed here are my own.


First Timer

First Timer

First Timer

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