This is Essie's first official offering for Summer 2010 and I must say.... I'm quite pleased! Take a look.
Lapis of Luxury. This one didn't quite photograph accurately- this is really a softer shade of blue. My camera wants to make blue cremes look super bright, but this is actually more what I'd consider periwinkle than sky blue. It is beautiful. Supremely beautiful. A soft, serene blue. Love at first sight for me. Very soothing to look at, isn't it?
Playa Del Platinum. I didn't expect this to be this color! Based on the promo pic and the name, I just kinda assumed it would be silver. I like it better this way! It's a mousy grey with maybe a little hint of warmth. Nice and soft and gentle looking.
Splash of Grenadine. I actually like this. A pink that I like. I like it because it's unique and interesting. My photo doesn't really capture it, but this is a really soft color, almost dusty looking. It's mostly pink but there's a touch of red-purple to it that keeps it from being baby pink. Despite how soft the color is (and it's not pastel either) it really stands out against my skintone, so it's like a soft-bright, fun! It's not really the color of grenadine but I'm thinking it's more a play on words- grenadine islands, grenadine is red and used in drinks....
Turquoise & Caicos. I'll admit, I had to look up 'Caicos'. Now that I know it's a group (or groups?) of islands in the West Indies, the name makes sense to me. Anyway, the color is great. It's not mint green... it's not jade green... it's not For Audrey. It's a perfect turquoise, a light blue mixed with bright green. Very lovely.
The formula on these is the only drawback to this gorgeous collection. I found it quite tricky to apply. The combination of runny polish and small brush gave me a little trouble with streaking and all four shades needed three coats to compensate. However, drying time was great and three coats dried in no time. They all dried to a highly glossy finish, which is a bonus if you're one of those people who never uses topcoat.
Small collection but good. Nice pretty blues that I will definitely be wearing regularly and a pink that actually looks good on me instead of giving me dirty-looking hands. I was half expecting neons again, and I like neons, Essie's especially, but I'm really happy they did blue and turquoise instead! I just got a vision of a Konad design... Playa Del Platinum with a scrollwork pattern of Turquoise & Caicos on top... now I have to try it.... Hmm...
(These were sent to me for review.)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Posted by Scrangie at 8:41 AM