I know once August hits we’re supposed to be all about fall color but, I’m sorry, I’m not ready to give up on summer just yet. Not as long as I can still wear flip-flops and have one last weekend on the parents’ boat in my future. That’s why I’m jazzed about the Essie Summer 2013 “Naughty Nautical” collection.
The colors and names speak to my nauti-loving heart. Makes me want to wear stripes, boat shoes and rope bracelets, like the ones from Kiel James Patrick. As a whole, this collection screams summer but there are three shades in particular that stood up and said, “love me!” And I do!
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.
In this collection, five of the six shades are all similar in finish with their creamy base and flecks of glitter. The one exception is The More The Merrier. It’s a very streaky creme that did NOT self-level and needed three coats to become opaque. The rest all applied smoothly in two coats with only the lighter shades (Rock The Boat and Full Steam Ahead) requiring three coats.
Essie Full Steam Ahead is a pale lavender with clear flecks of smooth glitter. It’s reminiscent of OPI You’re Such a Budapest though it’s nowhere near as blue-based. It’s pretty neutral, if lavenders can be neutral in that it isn’t overly pink either. Nowhere near as pink as Essie Bond With Whomever.
Essie Naughty Nautical is a kicked up teal with subtle crystal fleck sparkle. It leans more green than blue with a base color that is a cross between FingerPaints To-Teally Hot and SinfulColors Bamboo. I chose this for my pedi color at the beginning of the summer and wore way longer than I should of, because it’s so gorgeous.
Essie Rock The Boat is pale sky blue with a touch of periwinkle and a subdued sparkle. It lives in the same shade family as Deborah Lippmann Let’s Hear It For The Boy though Rock The Boat is softer, more muted, yet not really greyed like Orly Pixie Dust.
Essie Sunday Funday is pink-based coral with a sprinkling of crystal glass flecks. It’s more vivid in person. I’m actually not overly pleased with how this image turned out. It doesn’t do this stunning color justice. Its base color is similar to Zoya Elodie, though not quite as orange. Trust me when I say, you need to check this one out.
Essie The Girls Are Out is an interesting color to try and describe. Is it fuchsia? Is it raspberry? Is it purple? It’s a little bit of all those things with the same clear, smooth glitter as all the shades above. It’s not as dark as, say, OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia. It’s not quite as pink as CND Scorch. It’s not as purple as NARS Ratin Jot (though close). It’s pretty unique and winning over this anti-pink girl.
Essie The More The Merrier is a bright chartreuse creme. It has a bit of a green apple look but the yellow keeps it from fully going there. It’s not as bright as FingerPaints Sexy Sundress and not as muted and grassy as Orly Green Apple. This one was kind of a nightmare to apply; sheer and streaky. As the saying goes, they can’t all be winners.
Bottom Line: I’m beyond smitten with Sunday Funday, Naughty Nautical and The Girls Are Out (unexpected, I know). Unlike some other brands who tease us with crystal flecks in the bottle that don’t show up on the nail, these shades all deliver in the subtle sparkle department. Rock The Boat is very pretty though a bit sheer and Full Steam Ahead is a pale purple I can get behind but neither one stands out as must-haves. The More The Merrier is pretty much a nightmare in application, finish and color (chartreuse is NOT for me) so I have to give it a thumbs down.
Essie Summer 2013 Naughty Nautical is available now at salons and mass retailers nationwide and online at Beauty.com, Nordstrom.com, Target.com and Zappos.com (with free shipping). Essie nail polish retails for $8/ea for a .5oz bottle.
Are you into the Essie summer colors? Which ones are your favorites? Are you ready for fall color or still hanging on to summer?