Essie ‘Go Overboard’ (swatches & review)


While not part of Essie’s official 2012 spring collection, ‘Go Overboard’ is still a new shade for the brand, recently launched and just in time for the upcoming warmer season ahead, although this colour can most certainly be worn all year round.

An ultra creamy and exceptionally colour saturated blue-based teal, I can sum up this shade in one word: STELLAR. The formula, while initially appearing a touch thick, actually flows so easily across the nail, levelling itself off perfectly smooth and leaving behind the most insane mirror like natural gloss. With a colour this richly pigmented, you can almost get away with one coat for full coverage, although I did apply two here. Bonus:  absolutely NO staining left behind upon removal. The following swatches are with Essie’s All In One Base Coat, and No Chips Ahead Top Coat.


in sunlight

indoor lighting

with flash


Final thoughts: Teal being one of my favourite and go-to shades, ‘Go Overboard’ is part of a triad of new shades from Essie this year, and a total must-have, in my opinion. Everything about this lacquer just works, from the trans-seasonal hue, the fabulous formula, to the colour which will compliment basically every skin tone and nail length. Something tells me that Essie, who celebrates 30 years in the industry this year, has another winner on their hands … and on our nails!


Seriously, can this photo be more perfectly suited to ‘Go Overboard’? !



*Disclaimer: Product sample provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

*Image credit

28 Responses to Essie ‘Go Overboard’ (swatches & review)

  1. laura says:

    Hello, I wonder if this beautiful new Essie colour looks like YSL Wintergreen (winter 2011) ? Or not at all ? Thank you !

    • Eugenia says:

      Hi! I don’t have Wintergreen, but from swatches I’ve seen online, I can tell you that Go Overboard from Essie is completely different, primarily because it’s a crème versus Wintergreen which holds shimmer. Also, the Essie’s tone seems to be more true to teal, without leaning too much towards green like the YSL does. I hope this helps!

  2. The obsessed says:

    LOVE this teal!! it’s just dark enough to wear year-round, and I love the creamy consistency!

  3. It looks like a darker version of Dior Nirvana. Just me?

    I’m always in awe of how you manage to find the perfect accompanying picture/illustration to showcase and highlight the product in question. *mentally dives* Ahhhhh…!

    • Eugenia says:

      Awww….thanks, Liz! I haven’t pulled out any of my other teals to do a proper comparison, but I CAN tell you that beyond the shadow of any doubt, none of them have this awesome formula! As to that water, I’ll be joining you in that dive….!

  4. Latoya says:

    Ahhh, I saw a couple swatches of this around and wanted it soo bad! I just wasn’t sure if it was all it looked to be, but of course you proved that it totally is! You know I share your love of teal…I must have this! Thanks for the swatches, Eugenia!

    • Eugenia says:

      You’re welcome, Toya….you and I can’t resist a good teal, huh?! You will seriously not regret this one – I even want to wear it as a mani/pedi, lol!!

  5. Michelle says:

    I saw this when I was picking up the other color in this collection ‘Armed and Ready’. Didn’t felt the urge to pick this one up, mostly due to the fact that I’ve already own tons of teal, and this one looks to be no different. Nonetheless, it’s still a great color!

    • Eugenia says:

      The weird thing is that I have quite a few teals myself, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to pull them all out to compare; that being said, I was so impressed with every facet of this one, that it easily makes me forget about the others…for now!

  6. Big Sis, I have a soft spot for teals too! But of course, you already knew that, right? 😉
    I love it!

  7. Anneke says:

    Oh I love a good teal!! And this one has just the right amount of dark. So pretty! :)

    • Eugenia says:

      You’re so right, Anneke! It’s the perfect teal; doesn’t lean neither too blue nor too green, not too dark nor too light, formula bears an excellent consistency…super glossy — what’s not to love?!

  8. Julia says:

    Go Overboard is so pretty. I wore it a few weeks ago topped with some awesome flakies. Right now I have on Armed and Ready and it is, if I do say so myself, extremely chic. And the formula is great, too. I read awhile back on some other blog that the author thought Essie’s formula had really improved since the company was purchased and at the time I didn’t think much of it, but the more new Essies I acquire the more I think that there might be something to that. I always liked Essie but the formula really does seem improved. I haven’t gotten Play Date yet but I must confess to eyeing it every time I see it on display…

    • Eugenia says:

      Oooh…another fan – yay! I was impressed from the first swipe of polish with this one, let me tell you! I don’t have Play Date, but I don’t feel so bad: wait until you see the new pale purple from Essie’s Resort collection (that’s the post I’m presently working in)…gorgeous! As to the formula, I’m not surprised that people have noticed an improvement; after Essie’s buyout by cosmetics giant L’Oréal, all of a sudden there was a major influx of R&D they had access to – how could the formula fail but to improve?! Which just proves that buyouts are not always a bad thing!

  9. Ria says:

    i’ve been going back and forth on whether to buy this one… your review has pushed me over the edge, it’s gorgeous!

  10. MariJo says:

    This is such a beauty!!! So glad I was able to get my hands on it. Love your swatches!!!

  11. Shimmer says:

    I should have just picked this up when I got my other Spring Essies! I think I was afraid it would be too close to OPI’s “Fly” from the Nicki Minaj collection, but clearly it’s not (plus, even if it were- when has that really stopped me in the past!?). I absolutely LOVE the one I did get from the trio (Armed & Ready) and then it makes me think that if I’m going to back for “Go Overboard”, I should just pick up the purple too to complete the set! Seriously, this is the stuff I think about all day 😉 Hahahah, such problems!

    • Eugenia says:

      You’re not alone in that thinking, my friend! Have you any idea the angst I’ve put myself through in the past, second guessing the polishes I’ve left behind? Lol! As to the purple one you’re thinking of, I don’t personally have it, but I recommend you also take a look at a stunning lavender that’s about to be let loose on the world with Essie’s 2012 Resort collection….working on that post now! 😉

  12. Lissette says:

    I agree with everything you said. I love this color. But I did notice it stained my nails. But that’s not going to keep me from wearing it again.

    • Eugenia says:

      Did you wear a base coat? Blues & greens are notorious for their staining power, and some of them even need minimum 2 layers of base coat (I had huge issues with an YSL released last year….I looked like a smurf when I removed it!)…I literally could not believe that mine didn’t stain!

What are your thoughts, beautiful?