Essie Summer 2015 Collection

I was lucky enough to go to the essie pop-up nail bar in Debenhams on Oxford Street last week for a manicure (you can see what I had done HERE). On my way out I was handed a bag that contained the full essie Summer 2015 collection. Cue lots of squealing!

This is such a great collection, really strong with a wide range of colours that include some classics and some unusual additions. So let’s have a peek…

Essie Summer 2015 Collection

On the picture above, from top left, going clockwise, the Essie Summer 2015 collection includes:

Private Weekend – A sparkling crisp white

Chillato – Frozen cream pistachio

Pret-a-Surfer – Immersive marine blue

Peach Side Babe – Sun-ripe peach

Saltwater Happy – Sugar-sweet atlantic blue

Sunset Sneaks – Bright cushy crimson.

Some of the colours in the image above are a bit off so here are the individual swatches which show the true colours a bit better. All of the polishes have the lovely wide essie brush and the curved tip which make application a DREAM.

essie Private Weekend swatches:

Essie Summer 2015 Private Weekend

I do love a good white nail varnish, it looks classy and clean and good on everyone. Private Weekend has a slight shimmer which is very noticeable in the bottle but super subtle on the nail. In direct light you can see a small amount of very fine white sparkle but you’d have to be really looking for it. This took 3 thin coats to reach full opacity but was very quick drying.

Essie Summer 2015 Private Weekend Essie Summer 2015 Private Weekend

essie Chillato swatches:

Essie Summer 2015 Chillato

Essie (as in THE Essie) famously hates the colour yellow and avoids bringing out yellow nail varnishes, so I think this is the closest we’ll ever get (EDIT: now that Essie has left the brand, they have released their first ever yellow polish! You can see it here). When you have as many nail varnishes as I do, it’s hard to find new polishes that are unique in your collection but Chillato is exactly that. A pale green/yellow cream that is perfect in 3 thin coats, I was worried that this would make my pinky under-toned hands look like chunks of ham but it’s actually very pretty.

Essie Summer 2015 Chillato Essie Summer 2015 Chillato

essie Pret-A-Surfer swatches:

Essie Summer 2015 Pret-A-Surfer

If I had a pound for every time I’ve uttered the words ‘I don’t even like blue nail varnish’ on this blog, I would be able to afford essie’s entire back catalogue! But here we are again with another blue polish that has caught my eye. When I saw this in the bottle I actually said the word ‘meh’ out loud. But on the nails it really has…something. I’ve kept this on since and have found myself gazing at it lovingly. It’s a dusty, denim coloured polish with a hint of cornflower. I don’t know why it has struck me so much but I think it’s one of my stand out shades in the collection. This only needed 2 coats.

Essie Summer 2015 Pret-A-Surfer Essie Summer 2015 Pret-A-Surfer

essie Peach Side Babe swatches:

Essie Summer 2015 Peach Side Babe

This is the shade that gives the collection its name and also seems to be the most popular from what I’ve seen in blogs and on social media. It’s a classic peach cream that will suit most skin tones. I think it’s very pretty but it’s also something I’ve seen before. When I first saw it I thought it would be too similar to essie’s ‘tart deco’ but the latter is a lot more pink-toned, in case you were wondering if you needed both (you probably do). This needed 3 coats full for coverage.

Essie Summer 2015 Peach Side Babe

essie Saltwater Happy swatches:

Essie Summer 2015 Saltwater Happy

Another blue polish ruining my ‘no blue’ rule and making me look stupid. This is such a pretty, summery shade. A cross between a cornflower and periwinkle blue this is very flattering and would look very pretty with a tan. I think I’ll find myself reaching for this polish quite a lot this summer. This was 2 coats but I think it could have done with 3 to give it full opacity.

Essie Summer 2015 Saltwater Happy Essie Summer 2015 Saltwater Happy

essie Sunset Sneaks swatches:

Essie Summer 2015 Sunset Sneaks

This is described as ‘crimson’ by essie, which I wouldn’t really agree with, it’s definitely more orange toned. Perhaps a bright scarlet or a grown up coral? ANYWAY. SEMANTICS. This is a super summery colour that screams ‘beach holiday’. I do have other polishes similar to this, but the essie formula and brush is always a great addition to a classic colour choice. This was 2 coats.

Essie Summer 2015 Sunset Sneaks Essie Summer 2015 Sunset Sneaks

Overall I think this is one of the strongest collections Essie have brought out in a while: there are some classics in there and also some unusual eye-catching shades which makes it a memorable release.

Do you have your eye on any of the shades from the Essie Summer 2015 collection?

Lex

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