essie – Summer 2013 Collection

essie Summer 2013 opener

 

When I first laid eyes (and hands!) on essie’s Summer 2013 Collection back in March, I was blown away by COLOUR! After a long & dreary Winter, I was so ready for the vivid happiness & warmth as embodied by these 6 shades, five of which hold a type of dancing shimmer within, while the last hue almost seems to jump out at me for attention. Make no mistake about it: you will definitely want to get your Summer on with these beauties …

 

essie Summer 2013

essie – Summer 2013 Collection

essie Summer 2013 2

essie – Summer 2013 Collection

 

Rock The Boat – a semi-sheer dusty cornflower blue shade with ultra fine silver & prismatic irregularly shaped glass-flecked shimmer that while subtle, is still quite visible in daylight. Bearing a hybrid jelly-crème formula, you do need to wait at least 1 1/2 minutes between coats to avoid any dragging or creating bald patches. Coats applied: 3 thin, plus top coat

 

essie Rock The Boat swatch

essie – Rock The Boat

essie Rock The Boat swatch 2

essie – Rock The Boat

 

Full Steam Ahead – a slightly cool-leaning lilac hue with dove grey undertones in its base, in the same formula and shimmer as ‘Rock The Boat’. Upon initial application, you could possibly see some clumpiness occuring if the polish is overworked, but that is completely resolved by any subsequent layers. Coats applied: 3 thin, plus top coat

 

essie Full Steam Ahead swatch

essie – Full Steam Ahead

essie Full Steam Ahead swatch 2

essie – Full Steam Ahead

 

The More The Merrier – an ultra vivid lime green hue that straddles a neon line, in a jelly-esque formula – – and the only shade without any shimmer of this collection. An absolutely unique colour that while vibrant, still manages to be quite wearable and finishes in a totally self-levelling and glossy shine. Coats applied: 3 ultra thin, plus top coat

 

essie The More The Merrier swatch

essie – The More The Merrier

essie The More The Merrier swatch 2

essie – The More The Merrier

 

Sunday Funday – a coral/pink hue with finely ground prismatic as well as irregularly shaped glass-flecked shimmer, in a jelly-esque formula that bears a higher colour saturation than the previous shades, making application very smooth & easy. Depending on your nail length, you could easily get away with 2 simple layers. Coats applied: 3 thin, plus top coat

 

essie Sunday Funday swatch

essie – Sunday Funday

essie Sunday Funday swatch 2

essie – Sunday Funday

 

The Girls Are Out – a rich magenta/fuchsia combination hue in a jelly-like formula and bearing the same finely ground prismatic and irregularly shaped glass flecked shimmer. Excellent colour pigmentation, application, and glassy shine at the finish – along with the ability to be worn by both cool & warmer skin tones equally. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

 

essie The Girls Are Out swatch

essie – The Girls Are Out

essie The Girls Are Out swatch 2

essie – The Girls Are Out

 

Naughty Nautical – a spectacular turquoise/teal hue, slightly green-leaning and with the same prismatic and irregularly shaped glass flecked shimmer of the others in this collection. This hybrid crème-jelly formula made for the best flow and easiest application of the 6, with a stellar pigmentation and super glossy finish at the end. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

 

essie Naught Nautical swatch

essie – Naughty Nautical

essie Naughty Nautical swatch 2

essie – Naughty Nautical

 

Last word: From the 6 shades of this collection, ‘Rock The Boat’ and ‘Full Steam Ahead’, may seem similar to previous essie releases, although I must state that their shimmer does set them apart from earlier versions. Even ‘Sunday Funday’ and ‘The Girls Are Out’ may feel somewhat familiar, but in looking through my rather extensive essie stash, I realized that I own nothing like them. Of them all, I would have to say that ‘The More The Merrier’ stands out for its unusual and in-your-face tone, but for me, the winner of the bunch is ‘Naughty Nautical’, as much for the formula, its aquatically-themed colour, and the name. I’ll take anything naughty, thank you very much.

The essie Summer 2013 Collection will be available as of early June.

 

essie Summer 2013 closer

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