Essie: Resort 2012 Collection – first look! (swatches & review)

 

The four travel-themed shades of Essie’s 2012 Resort Collection are set to transport you to that perfect getaway, whether real or imagined! Covering every facet from dainty, bold, shimmery and deeply brooding, this collection offers something for everyone in formulas that continue Essie’s standout style.  All swatches are with Essie’s All In One Base Coat and No Chips Ahead Top Coat.

 

‘Pink-A-Boo’ is a sheer, medium thick viscosity cool-toned baby pink hue, absolutely brimming with iridescent shimmery flakes, almost like irregularly shaped glass scales, that give off subtle blue and purple flashes in direct sunlight. I applied three thin coats here and you can see that full opacity was not reached, but the coverage is still quite good.  For those wanting a daintier look, two coats would be perfect and while this lacquer is smooth to the touch when dry, some care needs to be taken during removal as the shimmer does spread a bit. Wonderful shine at the end.

 

in sunlight

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indoors

with flash

‘She’s Picture Perfect’ is a gorgeous grey-toned lavender, made beautifully unique by its ultra-fine vivid purple shimmer deep within.  The formula was a touch thicker than ‘Pink-A-Boo’ and while the first coat did leave some patchiness behind, the second coat evened everything out just perfectly.  This shade has some chameleon-like qualities, as you’ll see from the following swatches, going from a delicate lilac in direct sun to a super vivid violet in deeper light – amazing! I applied three very thin coats for complete coverage – incredible gloss at the finish.

 

in sunlight

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indoors

indoors (alternate view)

with flash

‘Sure Shot’ is a deeply shimmering, blue-leaning fuchsia with incredibly fine hot pink shimmer, in a simply excellent formula. Flowing at an even consistency and completely self-levelling, full coverage was reached by the second coat. For a shimmery shade, I was taken by surprise as how ultra glossy this shade is, and the many-faceted reflections given off when viewed in full sunlight – it almost seems to vibrate!

 

in sunlight

closeup

indoors

with flash

‘No More Film’ is a KNOCK-OUT!! A true deep indigo hue, this is so colour-saturated and highly pigmented, that you can basically get away with one coat (if applied thickly enough), although I did two here.  The formula, while a touch on the thick side, nevertheless flowed super easy, and not only was this totally self-levelling, but the exceptional gloss at the end completely blew me away. What I absolutely loved about this inky hue, was that the purple hue in the base prevents it from ever appearing too dark or navy, and its blue tone is always apparent no matter the light.  One warning: you absolutely need base coat for this shade, as there’s the potential for some light staining. Other than that, this was pure LOVE!

 

in sunlight

closeup

indoors

with flash

Final thoughts: I can’t say often enough how impressed I am with this brand; from the shade selection, to the formula – everything just works! What I really enjoyed was that this was a small collection, enough to satisfy the urges for something new yet never getting to that overwhelming stage.  Each of the shades speaks a unique colour song, although I must confess that ‘No More Film’ has captured me this time around.  Available this month wherever Essie products are sold, this ‘Resort Collection’ is one trip you don’t want to miss out on!

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: Product samples provided by the company for my unbiased consideration

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