Essie ‘Let it Ripple’ Collection – Swatches & Review

Essie is on a new game of releasing 8 billion collections a year, so of course we have another Essie review to talk about! Really keeping my nails and my keyboard busy, aren’t they? And it means we have lots of variety of polish to choose from, so you can pick and choose which shades strike your fancy!

Though they are releasing so many collections a year, I’m here as your friendly neighborhood reviewer to say that you’re not at all obligated to collect them all. Sure, I do just because I enjoy it, and I like reviewing them, but I don’t recommend everyone go crazy like me. And this is a great example of a collection that might not appeal to everyone, and if it’s not your preference, feel free to skip out! In the end it’s up to each individual person to decide what they want to add to their collection, I’m just here to show you how it looks!

ALRIGHT enough chattin, lemme tell you what I’m even talking about here. We’re looking at the Essie ‘Let it Ripple’ collection today! It features 6 shimmery and shifty shades that Essie says are “inspired by the pearls and shimmer from sun glistening off of ocean waves”. They’re all very glittery, but pretty well are opaque in 2-3 coats.

These are all still available on the Polish Pick website! It’s where I grab all of my Essie collections, and if you regularly read my posts, you’ll hear me talk endless praise about it every time.

Up first we have ‘Wetsuited Up’. This is a light shimmery baby pink base with a strong icy blue flash to it. This one is super shifty on the nails, and you can even see some deeper pink on the sides.

It had a more sheer 1st coat, as it’s a thinner glittery base rather than a cream, but it’s still smooth. It built up well in just 2 coats, though I did add a 3rd to cover up any patches I had from the ridges on my nails.

Essie – Wetsuited Up

In my photos of these polishes, from certain angles they can look a touch patchy, but they’re all opaque in 2-3 coats.

And just look at that shiftiness!

Essie – Wetsuited Up

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The other pink of the collection is ‘Good Vibrations’. This is a deeper fuchsia shimmery pink with the same bright icy blue glitter to it. The flash in this one is a little more subtle than ‘Wetsuited Up’ above because of the deeper base color.

This had a good 1st coat, though I had a touch of nail line peeking through. It builds up well in just 2 coats and is fully opaque. This one was definitely more opaque than the previous, just with the deeper base color.

Essie – Good Vibrations

Less shiftiness, but that blue shimmer gives it a pearliness!

Essie – Good Vibrations

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Now onto all of the blues and greens!

Up next we have the namesake of the collection, ‘Let it Ripple’. This is a light blue shimmery base with a bright purple-pink flash to it. This had a sheer 1st coat, but it was smooth, so it could be worn as a 1 coat nail look depending on your preferences.

I built it up with 3 coats, but it’s still sheer and showing some nail line.

Essie – Let it Ripple

It’s definitely a little more sheer and patchy on my nails, even after 3 coats. The shimmer does distract from the patches a touch, but I do wish it was more opaque! Maybe sponging on the final coat will help if you’re determined with the color.

Essie – Let it Ripple

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‘Get On Board’ is a deep shimmery blue shade. There’s a touch of a bright pink shimmer to it in the bottle, but it’s lost on the nails and not really noticeable.

This is the most pigmented of the bunch, especially with the deeper base and it’s an easy 2 coats and fully opaque. Super easy to paint on.

Essie – Get On Board

It does still have some shift to it, but I would say this is the least shifty of the bunch. But it’s still so shimmery and lovely, and reminds me of deeper water.

Essie – Get On Board

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Now into the 2 more grungey shades of the collection, and of course, my favorites.

First up we have ‘Tide of Your Life’. Well now I’m just thinking about Dirty Dancing, ANYWAY. This is a gorgeous bright teal shimmer shade with some shifts of olive green to it, as well as bright pink glitter. This was another easy 2 coat formula and is fully opaque.

Essie – Tide of Your Life

Again, the pink shimmer shows strongly on the bottle, but it’s a little more subtle on the nail. But it does give an almost dark blue-purple shift to the look. I really enjoy this, again it’s more unique to my collection, which is a feat at this point!

Essie – Tide of Your Life

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Last up we have ‘Earn Your Tidal’. This is a lovely murky swampy brown shade with some olive green to it, and bright blue and pink glitter. It’s an ugly color and I’m HERE for it!

This was pretty well opaque in just 2 easy coats. Depending on your preferences and application, you might need a 3rd, but it’s a smooth formula.

Essie – Earn Your Tidal

It’s got a touch of a teal shift, and a little bit of pink to it, but it’s mostly that weird murky brown and I love it so.

Essie – Earn Your Tidal

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And that’s the collection! I enjoyed the more unique finish and formula, and I felt like it fit the theme so very well! They all definitely remind me of water, and the shimmer on the surface.

The one shade I didn’t love was ‘Let it Ripple’, just as I wished for a more opaque formula, but I loved the color. Overall, it’ll depend on your color preference, and whether you like the finish!

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