I love Essie’s blues and probably would have only picked up the two from the Peach Side Babe collection, but I am so glad I got the whole set. The others suit me better than I would have thought.
Essie Private Weekend
Pristine and pretty. sparkling and crisp. infused with subtle shimmer, this radiant white is a lovely luxe getaway from the everyday.
I am not a fan of white polish, I only really use it for nail art. I find it just looks too stark against my pink toned skin. Essie’s Private Weekend, however, is beautiful. The shimmer shows better in the bottle than on the nail, but it tones down the white on the nail to make is more wearable. It seems more “real” white compared to many that have a slight silver look to it. The formula is good for a white. Let the first coat dry before the second coat or it gets a little bumpy and I had a few bubbles. They smoothed out with a third coat but two was fine for opacity.
totally chill out. cold and refreshing this pretty, frozen cream pistachio sends shivers down your spine.
I really did not think I would like this so was surprised when swatched it and a friend said “oh that is super cute”. The photo does not do it justice. Frozen pistachio is a great description, I can’t think of a dupe to compare it too, it is fairly unique. The formula is a little patchy but evened out with top coat. As you can see, it makes my skin look very pink, something to consider depending on your skin tone. It would probably look amazing against tanned skin.
Peach Side Babe
Sweet. Gorgeous. Hot. This sun-ripe peach tempts every sense with freshly-picked beauty.
This might be my favourite coral/peach polish ever. Peach Side Babe has a great formula. It is a creme peach-coral without that chalky look that many corals suffer from. This one was fairly opaque in one coat but does need the second coat. Allow the first coat to dry or you get bubbles (I find this with most Essie polishes). In different lights, this appears a little more pink than shown above which is probably what makes it so wearable.
Essie Sunset Sneaks
When the sun sinks low, kick off the evening in the height of cool: an opulent sneaker and this vibrant crimson red.
This one is like Flip-Flop Fantasy. Not in colour, just in that my camera just hates it. It is not as bright as the swatch shows. It is bright though, think a geranium pink/red but the pink undertone stops it from being too bright in person. It leans towards coral without quite getting there. It has a great formula, less bubbling than many Essie polishes. Again, one I would not have thought of picking up, but love in person.
On to the blues. I have a lot of blue polishes, but these caught my eye when I saw the early press information.
Essie Salt Water Happy
Soft and inviting, nothing says summer on the ocean like this sugar-sweet atlantic blue that stretches on and on.
This is by far my favourite of the collection. When I saw this, I was pretty sure it would be a dupe of many of the light blues I have but it is really unique. This light creme blue has a grey undertone making it so wearable, even if you do not usually wear colours like it. The formula is a bit thicker than many Essie polishes. You can see the edge on my ring finger, it is noticeably thicker. Not thicker than many polishes, just thicker than most Essies. Think light denim blue. The bottle shows some shimmer, but it is not noticeable on the nail. Probably what makes it so wearable.
Ready to suit up? Snap up summer’s chicest accessories – a surfboard and this immersive marine blue- and hit the waves in style.
Essie Pret-a-Surfer is similar to Suite Retreat, a bit brighter and less purple/grey undertones. This colour would look amazing with nautical themed outfits, jeans and is so wearable too. Unlike most Essie polishes, you can get away with this being a one coater. I left the second coat a bit further away from the sides on the middle two fingers so you can see how it is in one coat.
Essie Peach Side Babe is available from Essie, Nail Polish Canada and most drug stores.