essie Summer 2016 Collection Swatches and Review

Happy Sunday! I thought that I’d finally share my thoughts on the upcoming essie Summer 2016 collection. I have to say that the formulas used in this collection are most similar to those in the Spring ’16 collection which is AH-MAZING. The namesake in this collection is ‘viva antigua!’ a gorgeous shimmering turquoise. The collection consists of 3 sparkling shades and 3 opaques. Before I get started I know that a lot of you are somewhat disappointed with these shades as they look very similar to existing shades .. but that’s not the case! Keep reading to hear my thoughts, shade story, swatches, review and comparisons:


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‘viva antigua!’, ‘loot the booty’, ‘tribal text-styles’, ‘hiking heels’, ‘berried treasures’ and ‘coconut cove’

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‘coconut cove’ is a sweet cream white. I would describe it as an off-white that applies opaque with one coat but it’s better with two coats to ensure full, even coverage. The formula is amazing and so SO shiny! I can definitely see myself wearing this one all through summer.


‘berried treasures’ is a bright ruby berry. I love this type of pink for summer, although it’s very hard to capture the exact shade on camera (think ‘brides no grooms’ or ‘bachelorette bash’) it’s like a creamy hot pink. The formula is super shiny and opaque with two thin coats.


‘hiking heels’ is scorching hot lava red. LOVE! You can never go wrong with a bright, bold red. But, this shade does seem eerily similar to last years ‘sunset sneaks’. No complaints about the formula, and no staining with removal either.


‘viva antigua!’ is an iridescent crystalline turquoise. I’ve heard some people mention that my swatch doesn’t look anything like the others they’ve seen online. I do not use artificial lighting for my photos and I always make sure to capture shades that have sparkle in direct sunlight. Shades can look different against different nail beds. This is how ‘viva antigua!’ looks like on mine. It is NOT texturized, or altered. I absolutely love this shade! I used three thin coats here to even out the sparkle.


‘loot the booty’ is a pavé sapphire blue. This colour reminds me of ‘style cartel’ with shimmer, it really is such a lovely blue. Is it dark for summer? Sure. Do I care? No. Three thin coats shown here. (plus it’s a great colour for a pedicure.. ;))


‘tribal text-styles’ is a black gold crushed onyx. This is hands down my favourite from this collection (besides ‘viva antigua!’) three thin coats and you’re looking at a gorgeous iridescent black.



L to R: ‘haute tub’ – ‘tribal text-styles’ – ‘frock n roll’ | L to R: ‘naughty nautical’ – ‘viva antigua!’ – ‘garden variety’


L to R: ‘style cartel’ – ‘loot the booty’ – ‘starry starry night’ – ‘butler please’ | L to R: ‘brides no grooms’ – ‘berried treasures’ – ‘peach daiquiri’ 


L to R: ‘color binge’ – ‘hiking heels’ – ‘fifth avenue’ | L to R: ‘urban jungle’ – ‘coconut cove’ – ‘blanc’ 

The essie Summer 2016 collection will be available as of May 17th, 2016 across Canada. Which shades are you most excited for?

♡ Lauren

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

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