Essie has long been a go-to source for nail trends with devotees of all stripes, but the site experience was not living up to the trusted name.
In 2012, essie came to us with an ambitious task: make essie the ultimate color & trend authority for nail enthusiasts online. We did just that.
We created a socially led site experience that inspires, educates and redefines the category. From a searchable color wall to on-hand nail art featuring models and user provided looks, we used real user browsing behaviors to inform every design decision.
Designed to capture essie’s salon heritage and celebrate nail color and nail art as an essential form of self-expression, the new essie.com featured three core experiences: the Color Wall, the Looks Gallery and the Scoop.
A recreation of the salon wall experience in digital. Click any shade in essie’s 250-color collection and you’re transported to an inspirational and informative product page, including nail tips, tricks, recommended products and high-impact, socially-shareable photos of each look.
THE RESULTS – While the 56% of visitors experienced the site through desktop browsers, 44% of visitors used mobile or tablet, speaking to the sites ability to present rich content in a responsive format.
In the end, the new essie.com was more then a site redesign it was a category changing experience for nails. And there’s only more to come with the launch of the essie pro experience.