Essie – The Summer 2012 Collection (swatches & review)

 

Several years ago, my family and I had been invited on a friend’s private yacht (sounds so pretentious, doesn’t it?!) where we cruised the stunning tropical Abacos Islands of the Bahamas for about 8 days – and where I picked up the hand-dyed sarong pictured in the background of the above photo; uncanny how Essie’s new Summer 2012 Collection so perfectly mimics the colourful wrap, isn’t it?!  I have beach on my mind … sigh …


 

Essie’s new Summer 2012 Collection consists of a 6-piece set of jewel-rich colours – 4 crèmes and 2 with ultra-fine shimmer. The formula with each shade flowed quite well, and while you really don’t need more than 2 coats for good coverage, please note that I applied 3 coats simply for swatching purposes.  Even though these are all quite vibrant hues, there still seems to be an understatedly elegant quality to them, toning down some of the lively colour and making them so very wearable. I was also sure that I had duplicates for every one of these shades and when I went rifling through my collection, to my surprise, I literally came up short! Yes, there are a few that may have come close, but exact duplicates? Nope – not a one, I’m happy to say!  All swatches are with base and top coats.


 

‘Cascade Cool’ is a lavender-leaning rose hue, with a slightly thin but easy flowing formula, and with a rather jelly-like quality – even though it’s most definitely a crème. Perfectly self levelling and leaving a nice glossy finish behind, I was surprised at how non-chalky it was, and loved how the colour seems to morph from warm to cool, depending on the lighting … pretty fascinating, actually!


in sunlight


backlit


indoors


indoors/alternate lighting


with flash


 

‘Fear or Desire’ (Umm – I don’t get this name …) is a vivid, yet still paradoxically muted Sunkist-orange shade, with definitive yellowish undertones that add such an interesting warmth to it. An excellently flowing formula, this rich crème hue is so self-levelling that it practically applies itself and leaves behind a superior glassy finish. This shade just screams “summer” to me, that’s for sure!


in sunlight


backlit


indoors


indoors/alternate lighting


with flash


 

‘Off the Shoulder’ is a deep carnation pink shade in a beautiful crème finish, and what I found so interesting here is that is seems to hold a perfect balance between being both warm and cool toned, making it easily wearable for all skintones. With a slight dusky quality, the formula was quite good here as well, self-levelling and with a high shine at the finish.


in sunlight


backlit


indoors


indoors/alternate lighting


with flash


 

‘Mojito Madness’ (now this name, I get!) is certainly the eye-catcher of the bunch, and with just cause; this vibrant yet still somewhat dusty lime-green hue has a simply fabulous formula, flowing like silk across the nails and leaving behind a mirror-like glossy finish. Its mix of both yellow and blue undertones make it very unique amongst my other greens and perfectly suited for basically every skin tone. BONUS: absolutely no staining of the nails upon removal. LOVE!


in sunlight


backlit


indoors


indoors/alternate lighting


with flash



 

‘Bikini so Teeny’ (my favourite kind!) is a powdery baby-blue shade filled with finely ground silver and electric blue glitter, that give it a slight shimmery quality. The sheerest formula of the 6, you need to apply this carefully as it can be prone to some visible brush strokes and/or streaking, but the payoff is worth it. This hue was the only one that really benefitted from 3 thin coats, as that gave the best and smoothest coverage, although I wish that the shimmer you see in the bottle, translated more obviously on the nails. The purple/cornflower blue undertones lend a beautiful tone to the overall colour, making it quite unique in my collection as well. As this dries significantly less glossy, don’t skip the top coat – unless you prefer that look.


in sunlight


backlit


indoors


indoors/alternate lighting


with flash


 

‘All Tied Up’ (not sure, but I’m guessing this refers to strappy sandals?) is the most opaque out of the 6 and with the thickest formula, which nonetheless flowed quite well and very self-levelling. A muted damask rose hue with some brownish undertones, it’s filled with finely crushed gold and copper glitter that are not only visible upon application, but add such a unique cast to this shade. Much like ‘Bikini so Teeny’, this also finishes semi-glossy and definitely needs top coat to really bring out all its nuances. While not as “beachy” as the rest of this collection, something about this shade reminds me of summer sunsets!


in sunlight


backlit


indoors


indoors/alternate lighting


with flash

 

Final thoughts: Essie, as far as themed collections go, you definitely got it right with these 6 shades! The formula on all was easy to work with, and though the colours may not be the most exciting or outrageous available, they all have that quality to them that makes them perfectly wearable no matter the occasion. I’m disappointed that ‘Bikini so Teeny’s’ inner shimmer is hardly visible when worn, but I’m guessing that it adds a rounded depth to what could otherwise be a rather flat pastel hue. ‘Mojito Madness’ has got to be one of my favourite green crèmes and absolutely gorgeous, while ‘Fear or Desire’ is a fabulous pedi shade to show off lightly tanned feet.  Available now wherever Essie products are sold, go ahead and get your summer groove on with these beauties!


 

 

 

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

40 Responses to Essie – The Summer 2012 Collection (swatches & review)

  1. Latoya says:

    Hmm…it’s a lovely collection to be sure. I just don’t know if any shades call my name that strongly right now! I think part of the issue is that I have so many polishes than ever before, and I’m really seeking out original shades that I don’t yet own. So, if I were to go with any, I’d likely check out Off the Shoulder, as I own few pinks. I like Bikini So Teeny too, though I have a resistance when it comes to pale blues as I feel like the ONE that I have (that’s right, only one!) is enough, which as I write this I realize that’s totally stupid LOL. Ok, so maybe I’ll check that one out… ;) As a whole though, they all look great as usual Eugenia! Thanks for the swatches!

    • Eugenia says:

      You’re so sweet, Toya…thanks! I can sympathize 100% with any polish overload you’re feeling, believe me! I too have decided that the ones I’ll be picking up need to be extraordinary (or CHANEL, obviously – with my obsession, lol!) and as to pale blues, if you find one you like and suits you, then really that’s the only one you need and will probably turn to time and again, so enjoy it! But if you do decide to check these out, let me know what you think and/or pick up!

  2. Big Sis, I picked up Mojito Madness on holiday and I can’t wait to try it out! Love the looks of it on you!

  3. Anneke says:

    Eugenia, these are perfectly summery and I think I have fallen in love with ‘Mojito Madness’! I love a good green polish! ‘Bikini So Teeny’ caught my eye too.
    Quick question… What top coat did you use (/do you usually use)? Your nails always have such a perfect shine to them.

    • Eugenia says:

      Glad you liked them, Anneke and you’re so right: perfectly summery, indeed! As to top coats, it always varies, but I usually try to keep brands together. For example, if I’m applying Essie polishes like here, then I’ll stick with an Essie base & top coat — in this case, I used Essie’s ‘All In One Base & Top Coat’ as well as their ‘No Chips Ahead’ top coat for the finished look. :)

      • Anneke says:

        Ok thanks. I’m always on the search for “the best” top coat. I’ve been using Essie ‘Good To Go’ and really like it most of the time but the search is still on :)

      • Eugenia says:

        I really like Essie’s Good to Go as well; my bottle finished, or I’d be using that as well, but like I told you earlier, I have a constant rotation going on and something tells me that there’s no one “magic” bottle that works with all brands; you just have to try several to find one that’s compatible with the brands you wear AND your own body chemistry!

  4. Nailderella says:

    Thanks for this great post! I used to love crazy polishes but now I’m more and more into cremes. So I think they are the perfect polishes for summer! I think I get me the 1st pink and mojito madness :D

    • Eugenia says:

      You’re more than welcome — glad my swatches helped you decide! Our nail polish tastes tend to run in cycles, so I can understand why you may be more into crèmes now!

  5. mec1223 says:

    As always, your swatches are AAAAHHHMAZING! Now this is a collection I can love! Ummmm…you know, this would make a GREAT giveaway!! :D

  6. Shimmer says:

    Awesome stuff! I need most of these. Then I think, “well, if you need most, then you should just get them all so the collection is complete”. Damn Essie and their hidden, secretive shimmer! I still love them though. Mojito Madness is on the top of my list, with All Tied up coming in a close 2nd! Fabulous swatches and pics as always! XOXO

    • Eugenia says:

      Aww…thanks, Maribeth! Love your reasoning, by the way – makes perfect sense to me…maybe because that’s exactly how I “convince” myself at times, lol! The shades you mentioned will look absolutely KILLER with your colouring! Hugs!!

  7. olivia says:

    OOh AAAh, I think these are the polishes I am getting from @klout. So pretty!!! I really should write a more intelligent response to go with your cruise on the yacht but I am just excited to see this collection. All Tied Up looks to be a fave of mine.

    • Eugenia says:

      That’s what I love about you, Olivia; while everyone else is going nuts for ‘Mojito Madness’, along you come and pick the sleeper of the bunch! ‘All Tied Up’ is really beautiful – must be seen live! As to the yacht, that’s a long story – remind me to tell you one day! (hopefully face to face!)

  8. Linda says:

    These are all really pretty but my fave is Bikini So Teeny! I think I like it best of all the light blues that have come out and I’ve been waiting to find the right one! (Trying to cut down, lol) Thanks for a great post!

    • Eugenia says:

      You’re so welcome, Linda and yes….’Bikini so Teeny’ is a really beautiful sky blue; I don’t have anything like it, and believe me, I looked! (and looked some more!) :)

  9. Well, as you know, I already indulged in Mojito Madness. I figured out what was wrong with me and those greens, though. What I really needed to perk myself up was JUICY VIBRANT PINKS, ORANGES AND REDS!

    Your swatches are amazing as usual and you make me want Mojito Madness EVEN THOUGH I ALREADY HAVE IT. Such are your powers. <3

    • Eugenia says:

      LOLOLOLOLOL!! Liz: you are getting sleeeeeepppppppyyyyy…..hahahaha! But you’re right; when it’s perking up one needs, then orange, pink & red is the way to go! Don’t deep six the green yet; you may still find it useful, especially to compliment the other shades!

  10. Mara says:

    Nice collection! I was waiting to swatches of the light blue, now that you say the shimmer is a little “hidden”, I’m not sure if I’m going to get it… But the first pink, lovely!!
    Thanks for the beautiful swatches and review!!

    • Eugenia says:

      You’re welcome, Mara – thanks for the kind words! ‘Bikini so Teeny’s’ shimmer is not as apparent as I would have liked it to be and indoors, it can literally disappear, but seen in sunlight it glows nicely! Maybe if you check it out in person, you’ll understand what I mean better!

  11. Wow, this really is a fantastic collection. I really adore cool toned pinks :) And the name ‘Fear or Desire’ – maybe because you fear orange or desire? LOL!

  12. Julia says:

    I have such a soft spot for Essie. I think that the first time I ever saw a collection and knew I had to have it was Essie Resort 2010, the original release of Turquoise & Caicos, Lapis of Luxury, Splash of Grenadine, and Playa del Platinum. This collection rather follows in that tradition, I love it! My number one choice is Bikini So Teeny, as I have a well-known weakness for pale blues. I also fancy Cascade Cool and Mojito Madness, although I don’t have a very good track record of actually WEARING true greens after purchasing them, oops!

    There are lots of sales this weekend as Monday is Memorial Day here, but I am at a distinct disadvantage because I pulled my calf muscle on Wednesday and have been hobbling around the house since! It’s quite an inconvenience to my shopping desires, although good for my wallet, being confined as I am. All of this is to say that I know or think that this collection has hit some stores here but I haven’t seen it or obtained anything from it yet.

    • Eugenia says:

      Poor you, Julia…that’s really got to hurt – hope you feel better quickly! As to greens, I know what you mean; there have been times where the shade totally clashed with my skin and make me wonder what I was thinking in purchasing? But ‘Mojito madness’ is really something special….when you get a chance, check it out. In the meantime, concentrate on healing — nail polish can wait! Hugs!

  13. Larie says:

    They kind of remind me of Skittles. Mmm, Skittles. I love these! Mojito Madness and the blue one especially – and that carnation pink!

    • Eugenia says:

      SKITTLES!!!! How can anyone not love those yummy little guys, I ask you?! Isn’t ‘Mojito Madness’ just the most amazing name, especially for a summer shade? Brilliant!

  14. ach167 says:

    I def want the 2 pinks! Off the shoulder and cascade cool! I have last years summer collection, Brizillant, so no need for another orange and blue. And I have Pretty Edgy which if I’m wearing a daring green its going to be that, however this green seems a little more wearable maybe…

    love the swatches!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks so much! :) Last year’s summer collection was amazing as well, I definitely agree! I actually compared ‘Mojito Madness’ to ‘Pretty Edgy’ as I would have sworn they were similar, but nothin’ doing! You absolutely right about how wearable all these shades are!

  15. Ulmiel says:

    The orange and the green one shall be mine. Oh yes, they shall. Your swatches look amazing!

  16. Eugenia, I gotta tell you, I was only interested in Mojito Madness before, but your swatches make ALL of them look yummy and desirable! Now I want them all!

    • Eugenia says:

      Lol…thanks, Tara! I don’t know why, but it’s almost as though most people stopped at Mojito Madness and didn’t bother checking the rest of this collection out; glad my swatches helped you give the rest another look!

  17. Another Essie collex! They’ve had quite a few this year, haven’t they? I believe I need Mojito Madness. And I get the name too ;)

    • Eugenia says:

      Hahaha! I have a feeling that that shade will draw the lion’s share of attention, as much for the colour as the name! And you’re so right – Essie has pumped out quite a few so far…with more to come! I’ll be showing their latest in early June! ;)

  18. Lissette says:

    Thank you for your beautiful swatches. I am definitely going to buy mojito madness, fear of desire, and bikini so teeny. But that’s it because I have a budget and I must stick to it.

  19. Cute collection, stellar swatches! Must resist!
    ;)

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