essie Spring 2016 Collection Swatches and Review

Hi loves! It’s been (and still is) an odd, long Winter so I know a lot of you are dying to get your hands on some much deserved fresh new shades! The essie Spring 2016 collection will give you just that. With a mix of vibrant, fresh corals, neutrals and a forest green these colour pairings are unexpected to say the least… To be honest with you all when I first laid eyes on this collection I was a little underwhelmed, which totally sucked because 2015 was such a stellar year for essie. I felt like these colours were borderline boring and not Spring enough. I mean, where are all the pastels at!? That being said, once applied I changed my opinion – there are definitely some coup-de-coeur’s hidden in this bunch!


“This season, the runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris are filled… with jets. That’s right, from Heathrow to JFK, fashionistas and discerning travelers are packing up and taking off to the same place: Florida. With so many luxurious destinations to choose from, Florida offers every shade of fun in paradise. When Spring arrives, it’s impossible to resist the call of the beach – you really only have two options: head to the Sunshine State or if you can’t get away, try to cultivate a sunshine state of mind. Like the sun, fashion burns hotter in Florida. The six shades in essie’s newest collection reflect the spirit of Spring in chic retreats like Palm Beach. Striking the perfect balance between fashion forward and retro-glamour, this collection is bold, bright and up for anything. Splurge on a luxe resort? Of course. pool side service while you chat up the nearest lounge lover? Yes – that is definitely a do. It’s a high class affair and you’re on vacation, so live in the sun-drenced moment.”

Now that you’ve read the PR excerpt, let’s get to swatching!


‘high class affair’ an amorous blush nude, I found this shade to be flesh-like and it took three coats to even out. Being so pale myself, I’m lucky that it has enough peach in it to balance it out. I’ve yet to see another essie in this shade, the closest I can think of is ‘perennial chic’ from last years Spring Collection.


‘lounge lover’ pretty pink peach. I absolutely love this shade, it’s bright, fun and screams SPRING. The formula is great, too- can you believe that this is one coat!?


‘sunshine state of mind’ blazing coral tangelo. I wasn’t sure about this one in the bottle but once applied it becomes a scorching hot coral! (Think neon minus the crappy formula) Again, this is ONE coat.


‘shades on’ mysterious deep violet. A pretty shade, don’t get me wrong but I find it very blah… but I know a lot of you will love this one regardless! The formula is super, and opaque with one coat.


‘poolside service’ refreshing cerulean blue. LOVE!! I think this is a great choice for Spring. Very transitional, and stunning! The formula is A+.


‘off tropic’ lush grove green. This colour is AH-MAZING, but would better be suited in a Fall/Winter collection IMO. It reminds me of a mix between ‘stylenomics’ and ‘going incognito’.

My picks? ‘lounge lover’, ‘sunshine state of mind’ and ‘pool side service’. I honestly love ‘off tropic’ but don’t really see myself wearing it much during Spring. Do you guys want to see any comparisons? I’m also thinking of doing a giveaway for this collection, so let me know if you’d be interested!

The Spring 2016 Collection will be available as of February 16, 2016 in salons, drugstores and other beauty destinations across Canada. I’d love to know your thoughts on the essie Spring 2016 collection!

♡ Lauren

<span style=”font-size: xx-small;”>*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*</span>

Leave a Reply


2 Comment threads
2 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
3 Comment authors
Belkise Dallamlaurenslist2Alison Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Notify of

Wow! These all look amazing! I definitely think “Off Tropic” and “Poolside Service” will be making their way to my collection! 🙂 And I’d definitely be interested if you did a giveaway of this collection!

Belkise Dallam

I would be interested in a give away. I like “off tropic” for St. Patrick’s Day of course.

instagram @laurenslist

  • @essie ‘bikini so teeny’ on the tips for the long weekend 💎 #essielove #obsessie #essiebikinisoteeny
  • NEON LV 💅🏼— @sallyhansenca Fuchsia Fever & Lemon-chillo, having so much fun with this collection 🍭 #neonnails #lvnails
  • Nailing the rainbow trend 🌈— shades are @sallyhansenca Violet Voltage, Miami Ice, Peach Please, Fuchsia Fever & Lemon-chillo, link in bio for more details 💜🦋🍑💕🍋💅🏼 #neonnails #rainbownails
  • Bringing some summertime trend right down to my fingertips! ☀️🌈 SWIPE to see all of the vibrant, colourful NEON shades in the brand new @sallyhansenca #MiracleGel Neon Limited Edition collection available now till the end of August – get them before they’re gone → Lemon-chillo • Fuchsia Fever • Miami Ice • Electri-lime • Peach Please • Violet Voltage 
#ad #MyMiracleGel #SallyMade
  • Happy #MothersDay to all of the moms out there! 💐💕 It’s tradition that I give my mom a manicure every year and this year she chose @sallyhansenca Freesia Fancy from the new Complete Salon Manicure Petal Soft collection (we’re totally 💅🏼 twinning)! My favourite thing about doing this is that there is no need to go to a busy, loud salon for some pampering- plus it's SO easy with the precision tip brush. It’s a great way to share something that I love with her while spending valuable time together and relaxing at home 💆🏼‍♀️🌸 #completesalonmanicure #ad #petalsoft
  • Have you tried plant-based retinol? 💧💜
This duo is supposed to hydrate, smooth and soften overnight leaving skin as soft as a ☁️— just started and so far I really like it, although the fragrance is v strong.
@olehenriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème
@olehenriksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum #oleglow

let's connect!