If you’ve been here since the very beginning, I’m talking the VERY beginning, you’ll know that I started this blog on a foundation of reviewing Sinful Color releases. Back then I didn’t even do nail swatches – my first few posts features up close photos of the polishes on a swatch wheel. I went from using random patches of sunlight through my bedroom window, to a desk lamp, to a lightbox. And through all of these upgrades and updates, there have been Sinful Colors collections!
So I was so excited when they dropped 2 new full collections this year! We have the Essenchills in this post, and coming up next, we’ll look at the Sheer Mattes collection. No matter what I’m always so excited to see what they’re releasing, and of course I’ll get my hands on it to show you all!
As mentioned, this is the Essenchills collection! As mentioned on the Sinful Colors website “Create omazing nails with Essenchills, the Zen and on trend assortment of aromatic nail polishes inspired by the chillest self care rituals like bath salts and incense—because we all deserve time to relax and pamper ourselves”. So there you have it, we have 9 shades based on various self care items, from lavender, to matcha, to himalayan pink salt. And each shade is scented like the item it’s based on.
8 of the shades can be found on Amazon, through Target and various other grocery stores, as well as Walmart. (I even found them at Jewel-Osco, which is the larger grocery store chain here in Illinois, so peruse while you’re getting groceries). Now, one of these shades, So Matcha Better, is a Walmart exclusive, and is available only through that retailer. Sinful Colors likes to do this and really just make me work to hunt down that one shade, and they KNOW I’LL DO IT EVERY TIME. Anyways, I got the 8 shades from my local Target, and a lovely polish pal sent me the last shade! They have a more permanent location on the Target and Walmart shelves so it seems like these are either fully permanent to the line or at least sticking around for a while!
Each shade retails for $2-$3 depending on the retailer – they’re $2.39 on Target’s website. Always so affordable!
Alright enough talking, let’s get right into the swatches already!
First up, we have ‘Bath Goals’. This is soft, light pink neutral with a bright green pearly shimmer all throughout. This is a more sheer formula, so it’ll depend on your preferences how you want to wear this shade! In the swatch photo I have it built up to fully opaque in 3 coats. Otherwise, it can be worn as a 1 coat “your nails but better” or 2 coats for a more sheer look. It’s a lovely palate cleanser, or if you need something more modest.
For scent it was like a nice soap? Like a nice, clean, calming soap. Listen, if you don’t love the scent, it’s not super overpowering and noticeable when on the nails, and fully disappears after a day.
‘Salt Bath Babe’ is the warmer toned, peachier cousin of ‘Bath Goals’ above. It has that same contrasting bright green shimmer all throughout. And again, same more sheer formula, so it’ll depend on your preferences. 3 coats for fully opaque in the swatch photo here. Or it can be worn as a 1 coat nail look or more sheer.
Again, it smelled more like soap but with a salty tone to it? Like himalyan pink sea salt. Listen, I’m already bad at describing colors at some points, I’m more awful with scents. Just think of what it’s named after.
‘Chamomile Calm’ is a STUNNING, ugly pretty color and OF COURSE this was the shade I was most excited for. Give me all of the weird shades. It’s a weird, almost olive-toned yellow shade, and I love it so much. Again, a more sheer formula that had some squishyness to it. There’s definitely some jelly-ness to it than a normal cream formula. You can wear it as a 1 coat nail look, for a truly weird sheer look, or build it up to fully opaque in 3 coats. My fave.
And our exclusive, hard to get shade, ‘So Matcha Better’. As mentioned above, this is a Walmart exclusive, so it can be a touch harder to find.
This is a light, dusty green cream. This has a normal cream formula, and was opaque in just 2 easy and smooth coats. Listen, I’m not NOT saying this shade was worth the hunt.
‘Eucalyptahhh’ is the cooler-toned blue version of ‘So Matcha Better’ above. It’s got that same dustiness and the same tones overall. Again, with the same sort of cream formula as well, and it’s 2 easy coats to opacity.
‘Beach Vibes’ is a deep navy blue cream shade. It has a touch of jelly-ness to it, so it’s a little more squishy than a plain cream. Because of that squishy-ness, it was definitely more uneven on the 1st coat. But a 2nd coat easily smoothed it all out and made it fully opaque. It can look a touch more sheer in my bright lighting, but to the normal eye, it’s fully opaque and vampy on the nails.
‘Low-Key Lavender’ is a, well, lavender purple base with brighter purple shimmer to it. It has the same formula as the first 2 shades, and is more sheer on the nails. This was 3 coats built up to full opacity with a more squishy finish.
The shimmer in this is definitely subtle, and can be lost on the nails. I do wish it was a -touch- more apparent but it adds a lovely little glow to the polish.
‘Coffee Drip’ is a lighter, milk chocolate base with golden-orange shimmer throughout. Again, a more squishy, almost crelly formula, so this is 3 coats built up to full opacity.
And I specifically remembered this scent because it was AMAZING. It reminded me of vanilla creamer in a fresh cup of coffee. LOVED IT.
Last up we have ‘Smoky Palo Santo’, our one shimmer finish of the bunch. It’s a deeper brown base with tons of silver shimmer all throughout. This was a touch uneven on the 1st coat, but the formula feels thicker than the others and was fully opaque in just 2 coats.
And that’s it! I do always love a collection with a more unique theme to it, and Sinful Colors didn’t disappoint. I know people might not love the more sheer formulas, but every shade was opaque in 3 coats or less and was easy to work with. It’ll depend on your own preferences as always!
Sinful Colors is always so affordable so it’s just so easy to grab a shade or two if you run across them!
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