Essie Spring 2016 4PC Mini Set Swatches + Review

Aside from the semi-disastrous Cashmere Matte Brights collection from 2015, I have never met an Essie spring or summer collection that I haven't loved. Due to an underwhelming assortment of colors for 2016, however, I hemmed and hawed quite a bit before taking the plunge and buying the Spring 2016 4PC Mini Set. In the end, I'm actually really happy that I scooped up this quartet, as it offers a little something something for everyone {whether you prefer bold or muted}. Admittedly, I do wish there were a bit more color variation; but what is offered is nice for spring, summer, and beyond, so I'm not complaining. Onto the swatches!

Off Tropic is a Grove Green Creme. Palm frond green for spring? Groundbreaking. Here's why: the state of Florida is the inspo behind this collection; so while Off Tropic may feel too fall to fit in here, it's actually a brilliant inclusion. And I'm not just saying that because I, personally, love it. Off Tropic is every bit as lush as the foliage found in Miami Beach, with a killer formula that reaches opacity in a single swipe. One ish I encountered: it will flood your cuticles if given the opportunity, so wipe, wipe, wipe, wipe, wipe that brush on the lip of the bottle well before applying directly to the nail. This is 1 coat.

Sunshine State Of Mind is a Blood Orange Coral Creme. If you're a red-loving gal looking for a summer mani update then Sunshine State of Mind has your name written all over it. The blood orange-meets-coral coloring is blazing enough for summer; yet has a muted look that keeps it just as on trend for spring. Formula here is flawless - and when I say that, I mean it practically paints itself. This is 2 coats.

Lounge Lover is a Peachy Pink Creme. If I'm honest, I have to tell you... Lounge Lover is a nail color that we have seen in virtually every spring/summer polish collection over the past five years {in fact, it's nearly identical to Peach Side Babe from the Summer 2015 collection}, so original it is not; it is, however, quite pretty to look at - and pure perfection for the sizzling months. Formula here is fabulush! Smooth, self-leveling, opaque...you get the picture. This is 2 coats.

High Class Affair is a Blush Apricot Nude Creme. High Class Affair is v similar to Perennial Chic from the Spring 2015 collection; but while I loved Perennial Chic, I simply wasn't feeling High Class Affair - it felt a bit mannequin hands to me {and not in a good way}. Nevertheless, it had one of the best formulas I have ever experienced with a nude - non-streaking and quick to build to opacity. This is 2 coats.

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

PRICE: $17.00 for the quartet; or buy individual bottles separately for $8.50 each.




ellie said...

Pretty! But like you..I was hoping for something a bit more pastel or even a creamy bright yellow. Love the review!

ivy said...

That dark green puts me off, sort of, but then I know I'd love it, certain times of the year. Some very interesting colors. I do like essie.

Couture Carrie said...

I need Sunshine State of Mind!


Unknown said...

Sunshine State of Mind is definitely my favorite, but I agree with you about the Off Tropic as well--great green!

www.janetteria.com said...

peachy pink!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Thanks for sharing! Glad this was worth the buy. I'm curious about the green polish. Too pretty and it's my fave color.

Elle Sees said...

the last two are definitely calling my name. i can't resist those shades!!!

Unknown said...

Yesss to the Sunshine state of mind, I need it! :)

Abby said...

Totally gotta love essie products. I love how thick they look without having to apply much.


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