Friday, March 29, 2013

Essie Resort Collection for Spring/Summer 2013 Swatches and Review


I really like Essie's Resort collection this year.  I think I usually like their Resort collections, but I'm just really digging this one a lot right now.  The promo pictures actually make it look boring, but it's so good in real life.


 Essie Come Here.  A fairly bright red-coral creme.  Not super bright, but bright enough to make it interesting.  Still has a softness to it that gives it a bit of a sun-bleached effect.


 Essie First Timer.  Gorgeous blue-tinged light mint green creme.  Reminds me somewhat of MAC Peppermint Patti.  Creamy and sweet looking, like mint ice cream.


Essie In The Cab-ana.  A light sky blue creme.  In some lights it looks more turquoise than pure blue.  Either way, it's one of the more flattering light blue cremes on my skintone.  They usually give me dead-looking hands (yet I still love them), but this one is a bit warmer-looking.


Essie Under Where?  A light lavender creme.  Sorta pink, sorta purple, and with a really nice finish.  If it was a little more sheer, I'd call it a milky jelly.  It's not a solid chalky creme finish, but it's not quite sheer enough for me to call it a true jelly.  It looks soft and squishy, though.  Not harsh, not stark.  Just... pretty.

The formula on these was flawless.  Smooth, creamy, exactly the right consistency.  No streaking.  No problems at all.  Under Where is thinner than the rest of the colors but applies just as nicely.  I did three coats of each but only Under Where needed the third coat.  Dry time is fast.

Like I said, I really enjoyed this collection.  The colors are bright, fresh and interesting and the formula is perfect.  I'm in love with Essie's creme formula lately.  They seem to have perfected the formula of their creme polishes so that they apply effortlessly, are opaque and non-streaky (for most colors, at least) and dry really quickly.  I also like their small, precise brushes.  Sure, it takes me more strokes to cover my nail, but the small rounded brush makes it harder to get polish on my cuticles.

Plus, the names of these polishes are strangely dirty and that amuses me.

The only negative thing I can think of regarding this collection is that the colors are probably dupe-able.  Though, I think we're at that point in nail polish history where duplicates are inevitable, and as long as they have a good formula, I don't mind so much.

(This was sent for review.)

34 comments:

  1. The green, blue and purple are must haves for me. Even if there are dupes ;0).

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  2. Wow, the press picture looks so much different.
    I'll have a closer look at Under Where?, thanks for swatching!

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  3. They need to do a better job with their promo photography. I would never have guessed Come Here was a super bright red coral from that promo pic... and now I want it!

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  4. The promo photos really don't do these polishes justice! I love First Timer, it looks wonderful!

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  5. Oh man, First Timer is a must have for me.

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  6. I am loving First Timer. I might have to pick that one up! :)

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  7. How does First Timer compare to Illamasqua Nomad? They look pretty similar to me.

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  8. I can't wait for first timer! I heard they are coming out sometime in April???

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  9. Ugh, I've looked at these in two different Walgreens today and I really want them all... But I really shouldn't spend the money right now, and with a basket full of untrieds. We'll see how long I hold out, haha!

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    1. P.S. Not sure if you're aware, but I saw on Nailderella that there are two additional colors in this collection that are salon exclusives (aka non-drugstore ones) - Nice Package (a sort of flowery medium pink) and Again?! (a raspberry). The names make me giggle childishly. ;)

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  10. Love your swatches as usual. Might just have to buy all of these thanks to your beautiful photos. Can't wait for all of the summer collections that are coming out!

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  11. Essie Under Where? is gorgeous! <3

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  12. How do you position your hand for taking photos?

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  13. I love the colors, but they definitely all look like colors that even Essie has already made before. "Come Here" looks like "Camera," "First Timer" looks like "Mint Mojito," "In the Cab-ana" looks like "Where's my Chauffeur," and "Under Where?" looks like "Play Date."

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    1. I completely agree with you! On some level, it's smart to repackage some of their more recently popular colors so you can have them all in one collection if you missed them the first time around, but I'm going to pass on these since I already have so many similar shades from Essie!

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    2. Do you mean mojito madness? It's darker and more grass colored than first timer. In the cab-Ana is more aqua then where's my chauffeur. And okay date is darker than under where? Come here! Is a dupe if ole caliente though!:)

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  14. Come here looks amazing and Under Where? is really lovely. As always, I love your swatches!

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  15. Love these! I purchased First timer, Under where? and In the cab-ana and can't wait to wear them all! Right now I'm wearing In the cab-ana :)

    Also your pics are great!

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  16. Love these! I purchased First timer, Under where? and In the cab-ana and can't wait to wear them all! Right now I'm wearing In the cab-ana :)

    Also your pics are great!

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  17. A few days ago I ordered In The Cab-ana and First Timer. They look a little brighter then Where Is My Chauffeur and Mint Candy Apple/Mint Mojito (both I do not have in my stash). Looking at your swatches I did the right thing: THNX!

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  18. How does Under Where? compare to Play Date? Play Date is one of my all time favorite polishes but if Under Where? is super close to it color wise I don't see a need to buy it.

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  19. How close is Under Where? to Play Date? Play Date is one of my favorite polishes but if Under Where? is super close in color I don't see a need to buy it.

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  20. Nice photos, I like your blog!! Following you now!! What do you think about following me back??? :)

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  21. These look much too close to colors I already have from Essie. I'm glad that they've done so many greens and blues lately but I'm still waiting for a decent yellow from them. And I wish they'd do some more interesting shimmers/glittes like Smooth Sailing and the Lux Effects instead more cremes.

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  22. Your nails are gorgeous and I love these swatches! I want all but the blue... Eek!

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  23. Love In the Cab-ana. My collection is definitely lacking in the bright blues department, so I will be on the lookout for it! :D

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  24. What top coat do you use? Your swatches are so flawless!

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  25. What top coat do you use? Your swatches are so flawless!!

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  26. The only one I didn't get from this collex is Under Where?. The formula on Come Here! is so strange on me. It's like thick but, not gummy. Like, I can't get it to smooth over my nails right. I've tried it a few times and I always give up. I think I'm going to have to add a bit of thinner to it. :( The colors are really pretty though. Thanks for the review!

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