“A beach escape is just the thing to recharge, renew and break free of winter’s icy reach,” says brand founder and Global Creative Director Essie Weingarten.
I couldn’t agree more. My week in the Caribbean was just what the doctor ordered for the winter blues and these new shades in the Essie Resort 2014 collection conjure up thoughts of sea, sand, fruity drinks and moonlit walks.
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. Bottles at mass retailers have stickers rather than embossing on the bottle. 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, for the most part, 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 all the shades, except Under The Twilight, require three coats for full opacity. Find Me An Oasis is rather streaky and somewhat chalky so it’s a bit of a challenge to apply. Resort Fling, on the other hand, with its jelly-esque texture, is a dream to apply, though a bit sheer. Cocktails & Coconuts and Under The Twilight both have a nice, even flow.
Essie Cocktails & Coconuts is a yellow-based tan with a subtle crystal-fleck glitter that has become a signature style for Essie. It adds just enough sparkle to catch the eye. In spite of the onslaught of new nudes/tans, I have nothing that quite matches C&C.
Essie Find Me An Oasis is probably the palest baby blue creme I have encountered. It’s like a whisper of blue pigment was added to white. In fact, colors like Essie Borrowed & Blue and Zoya Blu seem dark in comparison.
Essie Resort Fling is a jelly-based coral creme. It leans more towards peach than pink but is pretty much my ideal coral. Before I realized it was a jelly, I expected it to be some bright, bright coral creme but the jelly base softens it to more of a ripe melon.
Essie Under The Twilight is a deep, greyed aubergine. It’s cool with a lot of depth yet light enough to avoid the dreaded “almost black” territory. Its smokiness is what sets it apart from other shades like Zoya Pinta (too vivid and blue) or Essie Luxedo (too vampy and red).
Bottom Line: I’m a sucker for a good coral and Resort Fling is just that. I love the ease of jelly-based cremes and this one is a joy to work with. Definitely my must-have of the bunch. Find Me An Oasis is a breath of wintry fresh air though its formula issues cost it major points in my book. Cocktails & Coconuts has a finish I love but it’s more flattering on warm skin tones. Under The Twilight is pretty and relatively unique, just not gasp worthy.
Thoughts on the new Essie Resort shades? Which ones do you plan to pick up? Do you tend to take vacations in the winter or summer?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Essie. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.