Thursday, June 7, 2012

Jessica Awakening Collection Spring 2012 Swatches and Review

What's this? A second spring collection from Jessica? And it's a complete 180 from the flashy, sparkly colors in the previous one. The Awakening collection is all about soft, muted earth tones.


Jessica Flutter. Soft, light taupe creme. It's a mixture of light neutral brown and grey without purple tones. The color of dried clay mud.


Jessica Monarch. A light grey creme. No blue tones. As much as I like blue-toned greys, I have to say that I do actually prefer these more neutral ones. They're easier for me to wear and don't make my hands look as red as some of the blue ones do. But.... why is this drab grey called Monarch? Monarch and Wing It should switch names!


Jessica Sky High. Light blue. Very muted looking, like there's a little grey in here to keep it from looking too bright. I really like this, especially the name.





Jessica Soar. Beige/khaki creme. Maybe a little touch of green to it, but it's subtle.


Jessica Sunrise. Light pink putty creme. Like the others, this one has a muddy/dirty/muted look that keeps it soft and subtle, not white-based bright or chalky. A little bit of a boring color, but I kinda like how it looks on my hands. Feels elegant somehow.



Jessica Wing It. A coral orange frost. It's more colorful and bright than the other colors in the collection, but it is still soft and muted. This is not a bright summer orange. It's very toned-down, not too saturated, and looks even softer and more subtle from the addition of silver frost shimmer.

The formula on these was so-so. It felt a little globby and strange going on and didn't apply in smooth, thin layers. Instead, it applied as thick (yet slightly runny, like early 3-free formulas), uneven layers that stayed wet for a long time and self-leveled after a minute or so. I needed to wait at least 5 minutes between coats because of how long they took to set. Applying a new coat too soon made lumps and bulges in the polish. The brushes in these were also slightly off; they looked frayed and felt unusually loose. Jessica normally has really nice, tight, precise brushes, so that was a surprise. It was difficult to get a smooth application due to the weird texture of the formula and the odd brushes. The opacity of all of these was good so I only needed to do two coats on all. Drying time was long.

Not a terribly exciting or even unique collection, but I did like how creamy and soft they looked on my nails. I wasn't a fan of the formula or application, though. I like Sky High, Monarch and Sunrise the best out of the set. Some of the colors remind me of the Zoya Feel collection.

The Jessica Awakening collection is available now on jessicacosmetics.com.

(This was sent for review.)

24 comments:

  1. I really like this collection. It's so soft and pretty.

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  2. Those are some great colors and I love that you put that Daytona USA vid in there. I used to play that game ALL the time.

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  3. Sky High and Sunrise are my favourites. It's surprising that the forumla wasn't the easiest to work with - you could never tell that from the pictures. They look like they applied quite smooth.

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  4. I like Monarch and Sky High. Didn't Jessica recently do a bridal collection, too? The ones that everyone said were dupes of Chanel.

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  5. Sunrise looks really good with your skin tone.

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  6. Sky high is gorgeous! Looks a bit like periwinkle blue by Essie maybe?

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  7. I like Jessica's, I found some at Marshall's recently.

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  8. These colors are extremely nice, very soft and settled collection. At first I thought it was going to be another bridal/nude collection sense the colors are toned down but thankfully its not. So far the only color thats standing out to me is that beautiful blue, Monarch, flutter and soar are bit to muted for and kind of (but not really) to close together in color. Especially Monarch and flutter..but they still look great. Is there any chance someone knows a nice dupe for sky high?

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  9. do you paint your nails perfectly straight off or are you a brush around the cuticles girl? I'm always amazed :)

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  10. Pretty, subdued colors. Prefer Wing It the least. More Fally than Summery. Soar is an intriguing color; I could not describe it if you didn't have a description. Sky High is the Summeriest of the collection. Sweet nails.

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  11. Where can I find this line - I can't find it anywhere?

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  12. This looks like my sort of collection! I love Jessica Soar and Jessica Sunrise. It's been a while since I bought any Jessica polishes, I think that's going to change soon xx

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  13. I think they should release a collection of über bright neons, the kind that cause eye cancer, and call it Rude Awakening.

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  14. The last one looks a lot like the new RBL, Santa Fe Road.

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  15. The last one looks like the new RBL orange, Santa Fe Road.

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  16. My favourites are easily Flutter, Monarch, and Wing It (you're right--those last 2 should really think about switching names). Wing It's coral orange is so soft and subdued and just seriously pretty. I could do without the frosty finish, but it's really not obtrusive. Thanks for the great swatches!

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  17. What a cute color collection!

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  18. What a cute color collection!

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  19. According to the Jessica website the orange one is actually Sunrise, the pink one is Soar and the beige one is Wing it. Just an FYI, as I just went to purchase wing it expecting it to be Orange and shimmery, LOL!

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    1. Weird! They labelled my bottles wrong, yikes! Sorry about that :(

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