I don’t have much for a rambling intro here (I know you’re all so disappointed), because I’ve settled into a pretty steady routine here in Hotel Social Distancing. I work from home, I do a little swatching, I drink some tea and watch my movie for the night and then I go to bed! It’s a very exciting existence over here – but I can’t complain! I’m enjoying the to catch up on reviews (I’m fully determined to catch up on the full checklist I have in a notebook, because let’s be honest, now is the time).
But of course, there will always be nail polish! Let’s look at more spring collections – it’s up into the 50s today, so it’s practically balmy here in the Midwest!
We’re looking at the Essie Spring collection today! As usual, this is a 6 piece collection. It features 3 straight creams, and 3 creams with shimmer in them.
I picked these up from polishpick.com. I know I’ve mentioned them so many times before, as they always have the best prices on China Glaze and OPI – but now they’ve also started selling Essie as well! It’s so nice to just be able to grab all the polishes I want to review all in one place, and always with incredibly fast shipping. Okay, I’m done gushing, you’ve heard it all before.
Let’s get into the swatches!
I went by the number on the caps to put them in order, so we’re starting with the 3 with shimmer first.
Up first, we have ‘Spring in Your Step’. This is a more muted pink toned lilac purple base with bright orange-red shimmer. This had a 1st coat that was more sheer, but still smooth, so it can be worn at 1 coat for a sheer look. It built up well and was pretty well opaque in just 2 coats. I did a 3rd to cover up any last patches I had from the ridges in my nails, but most people can get it easily opaque in 2.
The shimmer is definitely a touch subtle on the nails, but it gives it a lovely glow and dimension. A very fitting color for spring!
‘Kissed by Mist’ is a light pink cream base with blue-purple shimmer. This was another with a more sheer 1st coat, that could be worn as a sheer look. It built up pretty well in 2 coats, though I did still have a touch of nail line peeking through so I did a 3rd to fully cover it.
The shimmer in this one is much more prominent on the nails, and it gives it a lovely, pearly finish. I ended up loving the way this looked, and it’s a little different from a normal cream pink!
The last of the 3 shades containing shimmer is ‘Make a Splash’. This is a light almost gray-toned blue cream base with bright blue shimmer. This had a good 1st coat and was easily opaque in just 2 coats.
So smooth, and it went on so nicely onto the nails! And the shimmer really reminds me of sparkling water.
Now we’re looking at the 3 creams in the collection.
‘Can Dew Attitude’ is a soft, muted light green cream shade. It’s a very cool-toned green shade and it leans more toward blue than yellow in its undertones. This had a very sheer and uneven 1st coat, but it evened out so well with a thicker 2nd – it’s a thicker formula as well so more polish in a coat won’t flood the cutciles and is easy to control. If you do a thinner coats, you might need to pop on a 3rd, but just look at that color.
I’m a sucker for any shade with a touch of dustiness to it, and this one was no exception.
‘Feeling Wellies’ is the shade that I know a lot of people are curious about, as it’s always exciting when Essie releases a new yellow. This is definitely a more orange-toned leaning yellow, and could almost even be called a creamsicle orange cream.
It did have a streaky 1st coat, which I was expecting for any sort of white-based yellow shade. It was pretty well good on the 2nd, though I still had some patches that I wanted to fully cover. A 3rd thin coat easily covered and evened everything out.
It’s so sunshiney and fun, just what was needed right now.
Last up we have ‘Rainwear Don’t Care’, the most neutral shade in the collection. This is a warm-toned putty beige cream shade. This had a good 1st coat. I had some streaks and ridges peeking through, but I was easily able to cover them up with a 2nd coat.
I recommend just painting this shade on in as few strokes as possible, as continuing to manipulate it can make it a little streaky. But it’s very smooth and easy to paint onto the nails! A good palate cleanser.
And that’s the Essie spring collection! There are some beautiful colors that are very fitting for spring – I especially loved all of the shimmer and sparkles, though I can’t ever be mad at a good cream. There were good formulas, and no complaints here!
Nails: China Glaze x Trolls World Tour • Sally Hansen Beautifiers • LA Colors Metallics • Sinful Colors Foiled Shades
Makeup: Wet N Wild x Bretman Rock • Wet N Wild the 40 Palette • Colourpop Whatever & Orange You Glad Palettes
Other Spring Collections!
Orly Feel the Beat Spring 2020 – Swatches & Review
Zoya Calm Spring 2020 – Swatches & Review
Nailtural Malibu Collection – Swatches & Review
Orosa Beauty Desert Garden Trio – Swatches & Review