I have been anxiously awaiting the Essie Summer 2012 Collection since I first saw promotional images for it. It’s so bright and cheerful, with a nice mix of shades. I was particularly excited about that bright green you see, “Mojito Madness,” which is absolutely stunning. Let’s hop right into swatches of this entire gorgeous collection,
There is no denying that this collection is all about color, color, color! I love it. To me, this is the epitome of a great summer nail polish collection. I want to see bright pops of color in a summer nail collection and Essie delivers.
Cascade Cool is a carnation pink that has a bit of frosty shimmer to it. This is a classic Essie type of shade…really feminine, soft, and timeless pink. This would be great for a summer wedding or even at the office because even though it has a brightness to it that pops, it’s still very soft.
All Tied Up is a molten bronze with a gold shimmer to it. This is a surprising addition to the collection because it doesn’t really strike me as a summer color, but it’s definitely very pretty. It kind of takes on a mauve-rose shade and when it hits the light it flashes bronze and gold.
Off The Shoulder is a daring, scorching hot pink. LOVE! This is a yellow-based pink, so it’s extremely flattering and makes your fingers look tan and glowing. This is one of those timeless colors that will always look great as a manicure or pedicure.
Bikini So Teeny is a lustrous sky blue with a light blue shimmer in it. This is simply beautiful. The shimmer isn’t super noticeable but it just adds to the cornflower blue color even more. This shade needs at least two coats to be perfectly opaque.
Fear or Desire is a smoldering hot bright tangerine orange. This is the “IT” shade this year, so if you’re ready to rock it, then this is a great shade to choose. It will make your fingers and complexion look more tan, and it would be a stunning pedicure color too!
Mojito Madness is a bright lime green, also known as “Starbucks Green,” as I call it. Seriously, doesn’t it remind you of the exact shade of Starbucks green? It’s beautiful though. It’s just bright enough to stand out and it is a really flattering shade. It makes my mouth water, thinking of mint and limes with fresh water.
Overall: This collection is bright, fun, colorful, and daring for summer. If you’re looking for some pops of color on your fingers or toes, this is a great collection to turn to. My favorite is “Mojito Madness,” just because I think it’s a really bright, fun, unique green. The formula was even and smooth and every polish needed two smooth coats for an opaque finish.
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