Y’all when the Instagram algorithm is goin’ wild and causing stress, I always love knowing this blog will be here, being consistent and lovely. Thank you all always for reading, and I can’t wait to focus even more on this as the year continues on! This platform keeps me sane, and who knows, maybe blogs will have a big comeback! I only hope it’s a lovely resource for you all on your polish journey!
Alright enough blabbering, let’s talk about some nail polish, shall we?
It’s been a new thing in recent years that Essie releases 76 collections per year, so of course we’re looking at another one! I haven’t even looked into the Gel Couture or Expressie releases, because their regular polish line is keeping me busy enough!
This newest one is the ‘Have a Ball’ collection, and it’s 6 shades inspired by tennis! Now, when I heard this and saw previews of this collection, I had an absolutely mighty need. See, I played tennis all throughout high school, and still love to play and watch it today, so I just wanted it so badly. I was scouring the web for where to find these while Wimbledon played in the background. (Any other tennis fans? Do you have a fave player?)
These are available at select CVS stores – I know they released in the UK as well before they came to the US. I was lucky enough that an Instagram friend found them for me and sent them on over! Now these shades are absolutely gorgeous and fun, so let’s get right into them!
Essie has been doing this thing in the past couple years of releasing about 22 collections a year, and it can definitely be hard to keep up with, or hard to keep interest! I didn’t even review all of the collections last year, and I don’t even go into their additional lines as well. But I’ll always review and be excited about their 4 normal seasonal drops!
Essie gave us another Summer 2021 release to look at today! This is I believe the ‘Tangerine Tease’ collection, and it’s Essie’s traditional 6 bottle release. We have some creams, some shimmers and one almost metallic glitter! It’s also a different color palette than we’ve seen from the neons of other brands! I’m enjoying seeing what color palettes each company releases for the season!
As always, I purchased these from polishpick.com – you know my spiel, they have the best discounted prices on new mainstream collections, and super fast shipping! I love them, and I’ll always talk them up as I’ve ordered from them for YEARS. (And as always, if you purchase from them be sure to let them know I sent you! I receive no commission from this, it just allows her to see where traffic is coming from, and in turn I get a discount on the collections I purchase to review for you!)
Essie is continuing on with releasing 19 collections a year, and I’m doing my best to keep them all straight for you! I saw some random posts about these after people had been finding them at Target, and just loved the shades, so I grabbed them with a Target gift card!
This is the ‘Keep You Posted’ collection, with a cute little travel theme. It’s a Target exclusive release, though Essie said it’s coming to the EU at some point as well (which makes sense, since they’re all European themed nails). They also have little postage stamp designs on the caps. Essie hasn’t posted too much about them, but they’re available at Targets now in more permanent displays, as well as online for anywhere from $9-$10 each.
Did you say you wanted more spring collections? No? TOO BAD, WE HAVE MORE SPRING COLLECTIONS. Tis’ really the season, and I always love the “start” of a new year of polish. And as always, I’m writing about spring as it snows outside, we love the Midwest. But at least today it’s cute snow, it’s fluffy snowflakes lazily falling, it’s so nice to sit inside and watch. And write about polish.
Anyways, this next one is the Essie release for Spring 2021. This is 6 shades, featuring 3 creams and 3 more shimmery shades. I picked this up from my one true love, PolishPick.com aka forever the best places for me to grab mainstream polishes. This color story is definitely a more unique one for spring, and we have some “nontraditional” colors. I loved the different range of colors we have here, and of course there are only so many pastels that can be done!
LOVE IS IN THE AIRRRR. That’s right, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Yes, time is somehow still moving forward. Will you all be having romantic takeout while watching Netflix as well? Yes, I’ll be doing this by myself and it won’t be any different from any other day, what about it. I’m sure I’ll be having a lovely night in with my true love, nail polish.
So let’s talk about some nail polish! Today we’re looking at the Essie release for Valentine’s Day 2021. This is a 6 bottle release of various shades of red, pink, orange and purple for the upcoming holiday of love. Essie has been doing a Valentine’s Day release for a couple years now, and I enjoy when companies do less traditional holiday releases! Of course, Essie also releases like 19 collections a year, but that’s another discussion.
I went on a good ol’ fashioned nail polish hunt for these shades, and by that I mean I took the bus to a bigger Target in a different neighborhood. Listen, that was an exciting Saturday for me, okay. And we love the satisfaction of finding a display of shades you were looking for. These have been a little more elusive to find overall, but I found them in displays in Targets as well as Walgreens stores! Target shows which stores have it in stock, so you can check their website before adventuring.
They don’t have the full bottle wraps like they’ve had other years, but the caps are printed with these cute little gold foil decorations. I do love the little decorations they put on the bottles each year for this specific collection.
You know, Essie collections have started coming, and they won’t stop coming. (Yes, that’s a Smash Mouth reference there, I am NOT sorry). In the past couple of years, Essie has really ramped up their releases per year, and it can sometimes be hard to keep up. Like for example, in 2020 I have folders for ELEVEN collections that released. And that’s not even including the Gel Couture releases, the ‘Roll With It’ collection and technically, this one also released in 2020.
It’s a LOT. Listen, I can talk about how it’s a lot while reviewing them all, okay. This blog and my Instagram are always here to help you navigate all of the releases and which ones you might actually want to buy. It’s my hobby, and I love doing it. Okay yes, we got that necessary discussion out of the way, now let’s look at this newest collection, my first Essie post of 2021.
This is the ‘Not Red-y for Bed’ collection, and it features 9 shades. We have mostly pink and red tones, along with a neutral and a couple of blues! It’s a very interesting color scheme overall, and I can’t say I can immediately think of any other collections like it. I do love the idea of a more monochromatic moment with some complimentary shades.
Of course, I purchased this from my main love, PolishPick.com. You know the drill, I love them, they have the best prices for mainstreams and super quick shipping. It’s the main way I can afford to just review all of the collections, when each shade is about half the price that they are normally.
Listen, I’m currently writing this in March of 2021 (is this like writing from the future?), and it snowed today so it’s basically one day of winter right? Close enough. Being serious though, I had a couple posts that got lost in my backlog, and I still wanted to get them out and crossed off my list, even if they are considered “old news” by this point. It’s about better late than never, and I’m trying to be better at giving myself leeway on this blog, and still finishing things even if they come a little later than planned. And these shades are still available on polishpick.com, so still able to pick them up if they pique your interest!
So let’s talk about them! This is the Essie release for Winter 2020. It features 6 shimmery shades. These shades are all very similar in formula and finish. They’re all light, more pastel shimmery bases, except for one deeper red, with a super strong golden shimmer all throughout. They could all be worn as a 1 coat, more sheer sparkly nail look, or built up to full opacity in 2-3 coats. Let’s get into the shades! I noted any differences between individual shades on each of their swatches as well.
Behind the Scenes: I’m actually finishing up this review on December 6th. As mentioned too many times, I’m slowly catching up on a backlog of posts that built up when I took an unexpected couple of months break from blogging (and then I adjust the date to show when they were posted on Instagram – def follow my Insta as that’s more caught up). 90% of the polishes I review are still available to purchase (I don’t love to review SUPER limited edition things) but this is one post where it might be hard or almost impossible to find the shades at the point I’m writing! But I still wanted to get it posted up! I have the swatches, I don’t want them to go to waste. There’s a chance you can find these in certain target stores, or in a destash, so just in case, here are swatches!
I’m a big supporter of brands releasing Halloween collections and I fully think there should be MORE. Yes, this is a campaign I throw myself entirely behind. And this year, along with China Glaze who usually brings out some sort of Halloween release, Essie did as well! We are truly blessed.
This is the Blue Moon collection and it contains 6 super shimmery and sparkly shades. I actually managed to grab 5 of the 6 shades off of Target’s website. HOWEVER, tragedy struck and the package with 2 of the shades just got lost, so somewhere out in the world those polishes are hanging out. I hope they’re happy.
SO we’re unfortunately only looking at 3 of the 6 today. This collection was popular and I can see why! The 3 shades I don’t have are ‘Once in a Blue Moon’, a deep navy base with larger silver flakes; ‘Like a Charm’, a deep teal base with stunning bright green shimmer; and ‘Broom with a View’, a more gray-toned blue with silver shimmer.
Alright, let’s look at the shades that actually managed to make it to my doorstep!
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.
You know, Chicago is currently teasing me right now with the weather. It gave me the most beautiful 60 degree days for a week, and now it’s bouncing around to 80s the next, back down to 60 and back up to 75. Just give me the cozy fall weather already!
Well, no matter what the weather is doing outside, I’m full on into fall and no one can stop me. I’ve grabbed a bounty of pumpkin scented candles from Bath & Body works, pumpkin-shaped Reese’s (the shaped ones always taste so much better than the originals), and I’ve gotten far too many pumpkin-cream cold brews from Starbucks. I’m going full BASIC and I love it.
So let’s continue right along with the fall collections, shall we? We’re still in the middle of the great blog post catch-up, and even though I’m deep into fall, I’ll have some bright summer collections that’ll pop up here and there as I work through my backlog. (It really just matches the weather). (I’m completing this on the 21st, but as with my other posts I’m putting the dates to match when they were posted on Instagram to keep them in order and spaced out!)
But focusing back on fall! Today we’re looking at the Essie fall collection! This is your standard 6 polish release, and it features 4 rich creams, and 2 shimmers. I grabbed these off of polishpick.com (where I grab all of my polishes really, they just have the best prices! If you purchase from there, be sure to put my name in the dropdown! It just helps show where you’re coming from!).
These are some stunning colors, so let’s just get into it already!