I tested these five white polishes while trying to find the best white for my collection. I picked products from four brands, five different formulas. Essie blanc, Maybelline ColorShow in 130 Winter Baby, Maybelline SuperStay 7 Days in 73 Snowed In, O.P.I in Alpine Snow and Sally Hansen in 450 Get Mod, starting from the pinky finger.
White is a very useful color to have, a good one that is. You can use it as a base for nail-art, or for a very light color. You can also use it on its own of course for a particular look. What would you expect from a white polish? A certain opaqueness so that you can do with one coat if you use it as a base for another color, and only two coats when you use it as a base for your nail art. Also, true “Whiteness”, it won’t be so useful if it is not white enough. Finally as with any other polish, a good formula and a lasting one.
Here you can see and compare all five polishes with one coat, two coats and three coats.
Only two polishes were opaque from the first coat: Essie and O.P.I. The worst polish in this category was Maybelline ColorShow which as you can see was sheer even after three coats. There were two formulas that were very stripey: Sally Hansen in 450 Get Mod and also Maybelline SuperStay 7 Days in 73 Snowed In. This makes the Maybelline and Sally Hansen polishes not ideal, since you will always need several coats to get rid of the stripes it leaves behind. Regarding a “Perfect White Color” Maybelline SuperStay 7 Days in 73 Snowed In, Essie blanc and O.P.I in Alpine Snow; all give a perfect white with two coats and the Sally Hansen polish with three coats.
My favorite would probably be the O.P.I polish, it is the one with the lightest thinest formula, letting you work on top either adding another polish or nail art. Second place I would give it to essie Blanc. Third and fourth for Maybelline superstay and Sally Hansen. Maybelline Colorshow, I do not recommend at all, it is a super sheer formula and a thin brush.