Jan 30 2014

Essie Resort 2014 Collection

Disclaimer: Purchased by me

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I stopped by my local beauty shop hoping to score the spring collection of another brand when I spotted a display of the Essie Resort 2014 polishes.

At first, I picked up the purple and light blue cremes, instantly know I had to have them.

But then I looked at the other, spring-like hues, and the idea of having a new coral hue perked me up. I decided I couldn’t leave behind the neutral shade, so all four came home with me!

Such is the life of a nail polish fanatic, right?! I immediately played with these over the weekend, and I’ve got swatches below.

You might notice an extra watermark on my photos. We’ve had a TON of snow storms here in South Jersey, and frigid, cold temperatures (with some 60+ degree days sprinkled in, it’s been insane) so my cuticles and nails are suffering. I know what I have to do, so I don’t need advice; I just need to find time!

So please forgive me my little boo-boo’s. I take pride in NOT editing my cuticles, hands or nails to perfection, but this was the first time I seriously debated it. I went with the little “hi!” instead. Thanks again for being forgiving!

Cocktails & Coconuts

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Cocktails & Coconuts is sand-colored creme with silver shimmer. It’s a great neutral for winter into spring! Although it was opaque in two coats, I thought the formula was a touch thick.

Resort Fling

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Resort Fling is a pretty coral jelly that was nearly opaque in two coats. It applied like a dream.

I was curious what this one might look like with another recent Essie purchase of mine, Sparkle on Top, from the new Luxe Effects.

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Once I tried it over Resort Fling I tried it over the last two, too!

Find Me an Oasis

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Find Me an Oasis is a pretty light blue creme that was a little less thick in formula than Cocktails & Coconuts, but still a little thick. It was opaque in two coats. Here it is with Sparkle on Top:

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Under the Twilight

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Under the Twilight is my favorite polish from this collection. It is a one-coat dark, dusty purple creme. I did two coats for my swatches, but you can easily do one. Here it is with Sparkle on Top:

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I just want to point out that I only used one coat of Sparkle on Top over each mani, and it was so packed with flakies and glitter-  it was awesome! A definite win.

Overall, I think this collection is really pretty. I don’t remember the last time I was pumped about an Essie Resort collection, to be honest.

When I went home with all four, at first only really wanting two, I kept thinking of cool things I could do with nail art using all four. The colors go together very well from a collection standpoint. I don’t regret purchasing all of them.

The formula on them varied, as I pointed out with each polish.

These polishes are available now. I saw them on Nordstrom.com for $8.50, along with a mini four-pack for $17.

So what do you think? Are you going to pick any of these four pretties up? Which one stands out most to you? I am obsessed with Under the Twilight, that one is the winner for me!

Disclaimer: I purchased the Essie Resort collection, and Sparkle on Top. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!

  • kSquaredGlamour

    resort spring and under the twilight are beautiful!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Ooh! such pretty nails! I can hardly believe Spring stuff is out – I think I like Spring Fling a lot!

    • BeautyJudy

      Right?! Didn’t we JUST get done the holidays?! LOL But bring it on, I’m freezing and dreaming of spring!

  • Farryn

    Love this collection it’s so pretty

    • BeautyJudy

      Essie did a nice job!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    You’re too cute with your “hi” =D the weather is so killer =( ready for it to be over. Loving these polishes, though 😉

    • BeautyJudy

      Hehehehe, I can’t wait until the winter is over, my swatching will look so much better 🙁

  • polarbelle

    Those are so much prettier on that I thought they would be! I’m glad I saw this post.

    • BeautyJudy

      Aw, thanks Polarbelle, happy to help make wallets cry 🙂 hehehehe

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    Resort Fling is sooo nice… reminds me of an orange creamsicle!

    • BeautyJudy

      Ok, now I’m hungry! LOL

  • MyNewestAddiction

    Resort Fling had me at hello! 😀

    • BeautyJudy


  • Nidia Doherty

    Cocktails and Coconuts attracted me right away! Essie is hit or miss with their formulas, which is a shame. They have some great colors, but you never know how they are going to apply.

    • BeautyJudy

      For me I find Essie more hit than miss!

  • Betzy Carmona

    All the shades are so so pretty

    • BeautyJudy

      I agree! 🙂

  • myCosmeticBag

    Resort Fling looks a lot like the tangerine dreamz polish from Jessica that we got in our NAS kits.

    • BeautyJudy

      ooooh! Yes, good call!

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

    I like Coconut and Cocktails and the flakes. Super pretty 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks – I like the lighter shades with the flakies a lot!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Resort Fling is my favorite! Great swatches!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you!

  • Amber

    The shimmer in the nude shade surprised me. I think it looks pretty on you! Love the coral. I thought Twilight was going to be navy, but it’s more blurple! Very pretty!

    • BeautyJudy

      Yes, I’m really glad that I went home with the nude shade, after all!!! And oh yes, it is definitely a dusty purple hue!

  • Anastasia

    I really like the way Find me an Oasis looks with luxeffects glitter on top.

    • BeautyJudy

      I am a sucker for iridescent pastel things, myself lol!

  • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

    I love under the twilight! So pretty!

    • BeautyJudy

      It really is, love it!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    Really cute! I love the flakies.

    • BeautyJudy

      I was glad I picked the flakies up when the Luxe Effects came out a couple months ago!

  • Robin

    Judy, do you have Sand Tropez? Essie from a couple of summers ago? If so could you compare Coconuts and Cocktails to it? I think the Find Me and Oasis is the prettiest. I am obsessed with these really pale blues and buy EVERY single one I find! I need to get passed it some how!!! Hahaha!

    • BeautyJudy

      Hi Robin! – yes I do. I’ll try to get that up for you by Sunday 🙂

  • Jennifer Burgess

    I bought Find Me An Oasis late last week and wore it over the weekend. I found the formula a little finicky, but that’s probably just user-error. I loved how in certain lighting it looked like a blue-leaning white but also sometimes looked like a pretty light blue…very versatile, imo, and unique in my stash. I am now waiting to get Under the Twilight from a blog sale, as I am a blue and purple FANATIC and can’t believe I skipped getting it from the store. Thanks for swatching the whole collection!

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh I hope you get that purple it is beautiful! Xo

  • Deest

    Thanks for the swatches! I just received the Essie promotional email on this collection, and was wondering about swatches. Resort Fling and Find Me an Oasis are my faves here.

    • BeautyJudy

      Nice picks!!! I am happy with them I think you might be too 🙂