She continues right on along with her little blog catch up. I’m tellin’ ya now, by SUMMER, she (yes I mean me) WILL be caught up and back on track with all of these blog posts. That means you’ll be getting so many thrown at you as I go on publishing sprees, but you act like you would hate that. All of the nail posts coming at you!
And the very essential starting point for the catch up: we gotta finish up these spring collection posts. After this we’ll only have Zoya to talk about (who notoriously releases their seasonal shades far after the others). That one will be coming along soon, just you wait. But now, in this post, we’re looking at the only other spring release left un-blogged from our pal Essie!
Now Essie has been on a spree of releasing like 16 collections a year – yes, I do have LOTS of Essie posts on the way to the blog. And among those 900 collections we still have the 4 seasonal releases. SO today we’re looking at their Spring 2022 collection!
This is a release of the typical 6 shades, all in a more muted, and neutral color palette. It’s a softer, quieter release for spring, and you know I’m not mad at it. There’s a spring collection for everyone out there. I grabbed these shades from Target, though they’re also available through Beyond Polish for a touch of a discount!
Accidentally took a little blog break, (WHOOPS. I know it says the 2nd, I’m posting this on the 28th but always adjust the dates to when they were posted on Instagram to keep them in order and not crowding up one day) but HERE WE GO, time to get back into LOTS of swatches. I wouldn’t ever fully abandon this blog, I do still enjoy it too much, and I’ve worked too hard on it after all these years to just leave it! It’s just always nice to have a more searchable and accessible place for all of the collections I put on my Instagram. (And I do recommend following my Instagram, all of these get posted there first). But let’s get on back to my love, blogging about polish.
We’re taking a little pause from the spring collections with another yearly essential: the Valentine’s Day collection from Essie. That’s right, it’s time for loveeee in the form of cute little nail polish bottles. As always there are 6 Valentine’s themed colors here, ranging from pearly whites to bright reds and mauves. And as always, the caps are decorated with cute little Valentine’s imagery as well, which you can see in the below photo. I grabbed mine from Ulta (who shipped them loosely with but one thing of bubble wrap, resulting in a broken polish, and then subsequently shipped me a replacement, you should know better Ulta).
We have a half and half split of creams and shimmery shades here, which I’m never mad at. So let’s get right into the swatches, after all you’ve been waiting long enough for some new posts!
Does it not feel like winter or Christmas-time to any of you? Maybe it’s the 60 degree weather we’re about to get in December or the absolute LACK OF SNOW, absolutely unheard of here in Chicago. But I’m not feeling the true holiday mood.
And well if you’re looking for some untraditional holiday colors, well look no further! Today we’re looking at the Essie Winter collection for 2021. This features 6 shades as always, with 4 creams and 2 metallics. And we have some BRIGHT cream shades to look at, with a coral read, a peachy orange and a warm pink. Like I said, untraditional here, but if y’all want to wear orange in the winter, who am I to ever stop you.
I grabbed these from my local Ulta – I can no longer find them on my love Polishpick.com, as I believe they’ve changed up their distribution. Curse you Essie and making me pay full price. IT’S FINE. Anyways, why don’t we get on into the swatches, eh?
The temperatures are finally (and hopefully for good) dropping over here, and so I immediately soup. I was still sweating while eating it but you know, the thought is there and I still declare soup season is on.
And so OF COURSE there’s even more fall collections to look at, we’re not done with them just yet! Continuing right along, we now have Essie’s release to look at. We have our normal 6 bottle release, and I grabbed them from Ye Olde Target (how dare Essie keep these from my beloved discount prices of PolishPick, but I digress). We have 4 creams, and 2 shimmers in a variety of interesting shades and colors!
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.