Essie Cashmere Matte Brights 4PC Mini Set Swatches + Review

After having adored the Essie Cashmere Matte Collection earlier this year, I didn't hesitate when I stumbled upon the Cashmere Matte Brights 4 Pc Mini Nail Polish Set. Matte? Brights? Sign me up...stat! Though I was expecting something along the lines of the Ciaté Dolls House Collection I loved so much last year, I found that {le sigh} the finish and formula didn't always live up to my expectations. Read on for my complete thoughts + swatches!

Sea the Sights is a Vibrant Matte Blue. Sea the Sights is, hands down, the standout in this quartet in terms of formula and color. Color-wise this was a surprise...in the bottle it looks like a pale, pastel baby blue, then you apply it to the nail and bam! Vibrant, bright, tropical...Sea the Sights is all of the above. The formula here was fabu - it self-leveled, applied smoothly, and looked divine for days {despite having no top coat}. This is 2 coats.

Hip Tide is a Bright Pink with Pink/Lavender Micro-Iridescence. If Barbie pink is your jam, this one will capture your heart. Hip Tide was a surprise favorite for me in terms of color. What I didn't like was that the micro-iridescence {which literally does not show up} created application issues in that it was laden with bumps galore, and wound up looking and feeling like a texture polish - not really what I was going for. Props for the gorgey color; fail for the formula. This is 2 coats.

Yespadrilles is a Muted Pistachio-Meets-Mint with Minty/Spring Green Micro-Iridescence. You'll be shocked to learn that Yespadrilles {how cute is that name?!} is actually my least favorite shade in this quartet. I found this shade to feel out of place in a brights collection; and, like Hip Tide, it featured a frustrating formula that refused to level out, and seemed more trouble than it was worth. Also like Hip Tide, the micro-iridescence here is virtually undetectable to the eye. This is 2 coats.

Soft As Sand is a Soft Rosy Seashell Pink Mauve with Pinky/Lavender Micro-Iridescence. Le sigh. I lovelovelove this color {and, if you adore Essie's Fiji, you definitely will too}; but, following in the footsteps of Hip Tide and Yespadrilles, the formula of Soft As Sand is just...a pain to work with. Though not as bumpy of a finish as Yespadrilles, Soft As Sand definitely didn't result in the smooth matte finish that I was hoping for. Nevertheless, I will still reach for it in the future as the color is so pretty. This is 2 coats.


Having adored the Essie Cashmere Matte Collection released earlier this year, I am v. surprised at the formula issues I encountered with this quartet. My personal opinion is that the micro-iridescence caused the issue here, as the one color that did not feature micro-iridescence {Sea the Sights} was an absolute breeze to work with. If these were supposed to be texture shades, obvi the lumps and bumps wouldn't have been an issue; but since these are merely labeled as matte, it raises questions for me. My two cents...

AVAILABILITY: Ulta for the mini set; Ulta for individual bottles.

PRICE: $13.00 for the quartet; or buy individual bottles separately for $8.50 each.




ellie said...

What a great quartet of color! Lovely! Awesome review too!

ivy said...

Definitely love ESSIE! Such great summer colors!

Couture Carrie said...

Thanks for the honest reviews, darling!


little luxury list said...

Softassand is a favorite of mine too! Yespadrilles looks really cute so it's too bad it didn't work too well!

little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

Unknown said...

I need Sea the Sights, it's sooo pretty! :)

Sara said...

Essie is my favorite still to this day! These colors are all so perfect for summer too! I will have to make a trip to Ulta :D

Corinne said...

These colours are lovely! Great for this time of year :)

Corinne x

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Sorry these didn't really work for you - I do like Sea the Sights!


Unknown said...

Great nails <3


Sherin said...

The mint colour is such a beaut.

Kashaya said...

Lovely colors but the formula looks a bit hard to work with.

Audrey Allure said...

Gorgeous colors! Perfect for summer.

- Audrey Allure

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