Essie’s summer collection* has really impressed me this year. I love to see what new shades they’ll be bringing out each season – sometimes they seem a *tiny* bit random, but they’ve hit the nail on the head with this summer selection.
There are six new shades to choose from, all of which features Essie’s standard wide brush and classic bottle. You can choose from:
Peach Side Babe – a sun-ripe peach shade
Private Weekend – a sparkling crisp white with a subtle shimmer
Chillato – frozen cream pistachio
Sunset Sneaks – bright, cushy crimson
Saltwater Happy – sugar-sweet Atlantic blue
Pret-a-surfer – immersive marine blue
The stand out shade for me has to be Peach Side Babe. It’s a gorgeous bright peachy shade that seems to work one everyone that wears it, no matter what their skin tone. These kinds of peachy corals just scream ‘summer’ to me, and my bottle will be getting a LOT of use this summer.
White polishes can sometimes be a bit of a washout, but Private Weekend definitely doesn’t fall into that category. You only need 2 coats for complete opacity and it looks great with a glossy top coat layered over the top. The shimmer aspect doesn’t really shine though on the nails – it’s incredibly subtle – so don’t let that bit put you off if yor’re hunting for a more traditional white.
I remember when no-one wore blue nails and now they seem to be a massive thing! Saltwater Happy is probably my favourite of the two as I find the more pastel shades a bit easier to wear with my pale skin, but both the blues in this collection are definite keepers. You could probably get away with one coat of Pret-a-surfer, but I’d go for two just to make sure the finish is completely even.
Chillato basically makes me think of pistachio ice cream, which is no bad thing (well, except for my diet) and while I don’t think this will be the easiest of shades to wear from some people, if you can make it work, the finish is absolutely lovely. And Sunset Sneaks manages to be bright, bold and yet easy to wear, with a slightly orangey take on a classic crimson red.
I’d love to see them bring out a minis set of this range – I have a feeling it’d be very popular! Although I’m not sure what shades I’d want them to leave out as they’re all pretty fab.
The Essie summer collection costs £7.99 per polish and can be found on Essie counters in Boots and Superdug now. You can also find them at the new pop-up nail bar in Debenhams’ Oxford Street store where they’re offering a free manicure if you spend £10 or over during the next week or so.
Do you like the look of the new collection from Essie?