I will be the first to admit I am a total Nail Polish junkie, so it is no surprise how many Essie polishes I have collected over the years!
I wanted to get the bad news out of the way first. My least favourites out of the bunch are the three below (Butler Please, Saturday Disco Fever and Secret story) and this is purely on consistency because as you can tell the colours are to die for.
Starting with ‘Butler Please’, This polish I bought on a complete whim because the colour is spectacular. This polish is a semi matte finish which is patchy and lacks the creaminess I have come to love from Essie.
‘Saturday Disco Fever’ is the most disappointing I have spent money on as it looks completely different in the bottle then when applied. In the bottle you get a creamy, neon, opaque truly amazing shade that I could not wait to apply. When I did get to try it I got a sheer, slightly darker and not at all easy to apply polish that even after four coats I could not get even.
Finally ‘Secret Story’, again love the colour, not the formulation. This one is very similar to ‘Saturday Disco Fever’ Sheer and uneven, just not a pleasing experience to use.
Now we have the negative portion out of the way, lets talk favourites.
The newest addition to my Essie Loves is ‘Tart Deco’ and this was an EssieButton recommendation I couldn’t pass. The rich, creamy, opaque and yet still very wearable shade is great for the spring/summer months but I am loving the fact that there is a mix of brights for Autumn, and can I tell you, its love. I have only had this shade about a month and I have worn it five plus times, seriously addicted.
An old and trusted favourite ‘Mint Candy Apple’ has worked its way into my loves, and thats because its just so easy to wear. While it is a mint green colour, it works so well with my skin tone I use it as I would a nude. Its stunning a simple.
The only colour that is no longer available is ‘Borrowed and Blue’ from the wedding collection a few years ago. It is probably my most worn polish and most consistently worn, I love it and I’m so sad it is no longer available. #bringbackborrowed&blue
Next is a polish I am so surprised you don’t here more about because it is amazing. A mix of pastel and bright, the rich lilac colour is so complementary to the skin tone, and so easy to get perfect I cant go wrong no matter what the occasion.
Finally we have the only dark polish in this section ‘Devils Advocate’. I will admit, its not for everyone, but it certainly works for me. I really enjoy dark nails but have never liked black, this very, very dark red/purple still has enough colour to not give you that chalky grey black can often give you and is warm enough to look more natural on the nail.
From Essie this year my picks are quite classic, so lets hope there is something for everyone. I have two dark plum reds at the beginning to keep all of the oxblood lovers happy. I have included a shimmer polish because on those really dark, cold days its nice to have a little pick me up with a bit of sparkle. Next is everyones favourite nude for those days where you just want to keep things simple and clean and finally a taupe shade for those days where you want to embrace the greys.
I have stuck to fairly traditional spring colours for this year. The first two are your standard Mint and Lilac which are always a spring pick. The second two are more of a trend pick based on the 2014 colour picks. Both are coral based colours which are bold and fun.