Essie Resort 2011 Collection Minis! (swatches & review)
So if you hadn’t noticed already I’ve been a little M.I.A. for the past week, real life definitely took precedence over the blog. Clarence (my ginger cat that was sick last weekend) had to stay with the vet over the weekend and I was finally able to bring him home on the 23rd. So far he’s been doing great! My vet temporarily put him on a special diet for a month and he’ll have to be re-tested in September to see if his condition has improved. Regardless, I’m just happy he’s home.
The manfriend also had his 25th birthday last week so I was busy with that. Plus I had to deal with a pretty severe reaction to a mosquito bite on my swatching hand that caused it to swell up really badly for almost four days! *phew* I just, had a lot going on you guys.
ANYWAY, today I have four polishes from Essie’s Resort 2011 Collection. I have a soft spot for anything miniature and this entire set has safari themed names, so I couldn’t resist. 8O
Seche Vite and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher were used for all swatches. Now that I’m done writing a novel for my intro, let’s get straight to the polishes.
Okay, I have to say that the name for this one makes me giggle just a teeny bit because my mind is in the gutter approximately 50% of the time. 8) That being said, Da Bush *snorts* is a beautiful sage green creme that applies very smoothly. This is two coats. I had a tiny bit of bubbling with this one but it was only on my pointer finger, so I’m chalking that up to user error.
Initially I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like Fair Game, a greyed out gunmetal blue, because it does have a slightly pearlized finish and I was concerned about brush strokes. While it did show some brush strokes, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared it would be. I was also thrilled to see some purple, blue and green shimmer peeking out of the finish, something I was definitely not expecting.
In this macro shot you can see the slight brush strokes I’m talking about, but overall it wasn’t anything bad enough to make me swear off this color. Click the photo to super-size it so you can take in all that beautiful hidden shimmer! This was two coats.
Lion Around is a really pretty dusty rose petal pink with a delicate pearl/shimmer finish. It’s either a bit more forgiving than Fair Game or I just did a better job applying it because it hardly showed any brush strokes. This one was a little streaky compared to the previous two, so I needed three coats to level it out.
Just look at that fine shimmer you guys! You have to enlarge this one to get the full beauty of it. Lion Around is one of those colors that make me feel ultra feminine whenever I wear it, I just love it.
Your Hut Or Mine?
Now this one is my absolute favorite of the four. My jaw literally dropped when I put this on for the first time. I mean, in my notes as I was swatching this one I wrote “OMFG Gorgeous”! Your Hut Or Mine? is a sexy warm pinkish coral that’s filled with orange and pink subtle shimmer.
I am ordering you to maximize this shot so you can bask in the glory that is orange shimmer in a coral polish. This is two coats of smooth, pink, heavenly perfection.. I wore this color for damn near a week, which in my world is pretty much forever.
I’m very pleased with this mini collection from Essie. The bottles are small, but each polish was well pigmented and had a great formula. The minis also have regular sized flexible brushes which made application a breeze. If you had to get only one polish from this collection I think you all can guess that my vote would be for Your Hut Or Mine?, but Lion Around and Da Bush tied for second place.
The Essie Resort 2011 Collection was a limited edition release from this past spring/summer, but you can still find it on Nailsupplies.us, Transdesign.com and Head2ToeBeauty.com. They retail at $8.00/ea for a 0.5 fl oz bottle of polish. The mini 4/Cube set has sold out almost everywhere, but you may still be able to locate in on ebay.