Ever since Essie rocked my green & blue loving world in 2009 with the North Fork collection, the Resort colors are the ones I most look forward to seeing each year. And again, the First Lady of Nail Color did not disappoint. There’s something for everyone in Essie’s Resort 2013 well balanced range of creamy hues.
Resort is not only about jaunts to warmer climates. It’s also about striking bold color that’s fresh and flirtatious – and like you, we believe that boundaries and rules were meant to be broken. “I wanted to re-imagine sensual color in a way that is as unexpected as the modern woman herself.” says Essie Weingarten, Founder and Global Creative Director of Essie.
Formula & Application: Essie is a 3-Free brand. The square bottles are embossed with the Essie logo and the smooth plastic caps include an embossed ‘e’ on top. The brushes are thin, round and shorter than most. The bristles are very flexible, allowing you to easily fan out the brush to cover your nail width.
The Essie formula has a squishy, watery texture that glides on the nail allowing for precise application. One of the major benefits of the Essie consistency, and a reason I’m a fan, is that it self levels. So even when you think you jacked up a nail with uneven application, give it a minute and the polish will settle out. All four shades in this collection are very well pigmented. I only needed two coats.
Essie Come Here! is a bright, pink-based coral creme. It’s pretty punchy in person though not quite neon. If you ran an electric current through Zoya Elodie, you’d have Come Here. They have similar base colors but Come Here is more pigmented and brighter.
Essie First Timer is a charged-up spring green creme. It’s pretty unassuming in the bottle but once it dries on your nails, it’s GAME ON! First Timer is a very close cousin of Illamasqua Nomad (link to Fashion Polish’s swatch). Almost close enough for me to use the word dupe. They are both very vivid blue-based greens. NOTE: First Timer changes color with top coat. It goes from a deep mint to the almost neon shade pictured here.
Essie In The Cab-ana is an aqua creme. At first glance, it looks VERY similar to Essie Where’s My Chauffeur? but when swatched, you see that WMC? is muted and closer to turquoise. In The Cab-ana is unique in that it’s not quite turquoise, yet it doesn’t fit in with the plethora of blues we’ve seen this spring (OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook, China Glaze Sunday Funday). Models Own Top Turquoise has a similar base though it’s a darker version.
Essie Under Where? is a lilac creme with a warm pink base. It’s a slightly darker version of L’Oreal Paris Lacey Lilac (L’oreal Paris is a sister company of Essie).
Bottom Line: The colors aren’t exactly earth shattering in their uniqueness yet In The Cab-ana and Come Here! are as gorgeous on their own as they are as a pair. I smell a mani/pedi change happening soon. And, if you don’t own Illamasqua Nomad, First Timer is a more pigmented, affordable option. Being that Under Where?, and all pink-based light purples, are my skin tone’s nemesis, it gets a pass from me.
Essie Madison Ave-Hue is available now at retailers nationwide. Visit Essie.com to find a store near you. Essie nail polish retails for $8/ea for a .46oz bottle.
Thoughts on this year’s Resort offering from Essie? Which shades are on your shopping list? Which Essie Resort collection is your favorite?
Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Essie. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.