Follow the beat of your own drum
Essie has always been a kind of a luxury brand to me, which is funny because it doesn't fit into a luxury price bracket. I think I was always just in awe of how sleek Essie bottles look on the shelves and would only allow myself to indulge in them once in a while (on treat days). I'm happy to share with you some more Essie on Nails + Threads starting off with the Summer 2016 collection inspired by Global Color Director, Rebecca Minkoff's travels to Antigua.
Viva Antigua! | I'm a huge sucker for these ones. Teals, turquoises, sea greens, mints -- there is something about this colour that I always gravitate towards. This one is no different. What's even better is that it has tiny silver micro glitter giving it a sparkly finish if you look closely. Only drawback is that glitter always makes it a thicker formulation. This was 2 coats.
Coconut Cove | I can see how this could be pretty, but not something I really would wear too often. I like my whites very stark, but this is more of an ivory creme. Literally like coconut milk! 2 coats to achieve opacity.
Berried Treasures | I'm sorry this picture quality is horrible but my camera kept making this shade neon.. which it really isn't. It's more of a true strawberry pinky-red creme. I think this would be a gorgeous pedicure shade. This is 2 coats and you can see a tiny bit of smile line so a third would even it out better.
Loot the Booty | This one is my favourite of the four (I mean, how great is that name) - I just LOVE royal blues. This colour for some reason works really well with my skin tone. However, it's unique in that it has the same silver micro glitter as Viva Antigua! did. Dries a little dull, so a topcoat is a must. This was 2 coats.
The Essie Summer 2016 collection is available in salons and retailers now for $9.99 CAD. I didn't get to try out the red shade or the gunmetal metallic shade, but those are also a part of the full collection. I'm ready for a summer vacation somewhere tropical with these polishes!
Products in this post were generously provided for review.