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This is a polish that I’ve sidetracked myself from trying several times, so I’m glad to finally have it on my nails, because it’s lovely. Essie She’s Picture Perfect (Resort Collection, 2012) is a lavender with a subtle fuchsia shimmer:

She's Picture Perfect

Picture taken in sunlight. (Click to really see the shimmer.) This applied well, needing three coats for full, even coverage. This is definitely one of my favorite lavenders! The shade is light and summery, but it isn’t pale and washed out. I love the finish, and have only seen something similar in Rescue Beauty Lounge Insouciant. While that has purple and green shimmer, this one has fuchsia, and it gives the lavender base a pretty flash. It may not be obvious in all lighting conditions, but even when you can’t really see the shimmer particles, I don’t think you would mistake this for a creme, since the shimmer gives the finish a nice glow. It’s both gorgeous and interesting to look at as well. Since it’s so similar in concept to the RBL polish, “insouciant” is a good descriptor for this polish as well. I paired this with RGB Cosmetics Minty on my toes.



I’ve been trying lots of blues and turquoises, but now I have on something that’s solely green. Essie First Timer (Resort Collection, 2013) is a bright spring green creme:

First Timer

Picture taken in sunlight. The formula was thick yet runny. It didn’t apply very smoothly but was quite pigmented, so I only needed two coats for full coverage, with some touchups in between to make sure there would be no uneven spots. The formula wasn’t perfect, but I love this color. In terms of blue vs. yellow toned, I think this sits right in the middle; it doesn’t seem to lean either way (which I appreciate, because I feel like I don’t see that so often.) This green is light and springy, but it also has a great, almost neon-like vibrancy. It has a bold, stark quality on the nail, which I  love to see in any season, but especially around summertime (I imagine this would look amazing against a tan.) I paired this with Sephora by OPI Alley Cat on my toes.


I tried one half of this collection in May, and this month I’ll wear the second half, starting with Essie In the Cab-ana (Resort Collection, 2013), a bright, aqua-turquoise creme:

In the Cab-ana

Picture taken in sunlight. The formula was nicely thick and pigmented, and I got full coverage in two coats, with some touchups in between. When I bought this I thought the color would be really similar to Where’s My Chauffeur?. They are, in the sense that they’re both in the same broad color family, but they’re not as close as I thought. Where’s My Chauffeur? leans on the green side of turquoise, while In the Cab-ana leans more on the blue side. There are also differences in formula; In the Cab-ana has a thicker, more solidly opaque consistency. Both are bold and really pretty; this one makes me think of lovely turquoise seas as well. I paired it with Illamasqua Purity on my toes.


Although this NOTD is in the same broad family as my previous one, I thought it was different enough to try right after. Essie Come Here! (Resort Collection, 2013) is a bright coral creme:

Come Here!

Picture taken in natural light. (I wish the weather hadn’t been so gloomy, this really looks its best in the sun). This applied well, though I needed three coats for even coverage. My apartment is pretty dimly lit, with yellow light, so when I looked at this indoors it seemed like an orangey coral. When I went outside, I saw that it was actually closer to a true coral. It seems to have almost an even balance of orange and pink, though I’d say it leans towards the orange side, ever so slightly. Seen in natural light or sunlight, there’s no mistaking this for anything but a coral, though, and I like it so much more than I was expecting to! It’s perfect for a resort collection, since coral is one of those quintessential summery, warm-weather colors. I paired this with China Glaze Blue Island Iced Tea on my toes.


Now that the weather has gotten consistently warm-ish, I’m excited to get started on the lot of springy/summery brights I’ve been buying. Thankfully most of them are cremes, which I’ll welcome after all the glitters I tried last month. Essie Under Where? (Resort Collection, 2013) is  a light orchid creme:

Under Where

Picture taken in natural light. The formula was not devastatingly sheer, but it wasn’t that strongly pigmented; for this light color I needed three coats for full coverage. Normally, with this type of milky jelly formula I would expect to have some tip pull from the quick-drying topcoat I use, but to this polish’s credit, I had none. I wasn’t as excited about this color as I was about the three others in the collection, but I’m glad I got it anyway, because it’s really pretty! It does strike me as more springy than summery, but it does make me think of orchids, which I guess I would see at a resort back in the Philippines. 🙂 I paired this with Essie Mojito Madness on my toes.


Naturally I followed up my last mani with the only other polish I got from this collection.  Essie Bikini So Teeny (Resort Collection, 2012) is a light, bright powder blue creme with very subtle shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight. (Sorry about the weird shadows!) This applied pretty well; I thought I could make it work in two coats but I ultimately needed three for even coverage. I have many light blues, but this isn’t one of those sky blues that have a turquoise tone in them; this one is totally blue. It’s light, but not light enough to have that true pastel look. This may be a relatively light shade, but because it’s so bright it makes a colorful impact. I didn’t even realize it until I was doing my nails, but there’s a very subtle silver shimmer in this; the tiny, irregular flaky kind. It’s so subtle that you can barely see it in the bottle in direct light, let alone on the nail, and after topcoat it practically disappears. It’s one of those things that you won’t see unless you’re looking for it. I wish it was more visible, but I still love its pretty, clean and fresh look. The color is also very calming; it makes me wish I could be relaxing on the beach or on a boat. 😀 I quite like the name, too; the tiny-cut bikinis are the best-looking ones! I paired this with Essie Playa Del Platinum on my toes.


It’s already midway through July but I don’t feel that far removed from the blue and green theme I was doing in June. June was over before I had the chance to include this polish but I’m making it up now. Essie Mojito Madness (Resort Collection, 2012) is a bright, light green creme:

Picture taken in natural light. This applied well in two coats. This is a really great, summery shade of green! I want to call it a grass green but I feel like that’s not exactly right. I love its solid pigmentation, since many similar greens tend to need three coats. I also love its bright-but-not-neon quality. It does and doesn’t remind me of mojitos; I generally picture a darker green when I think of mint and limes, but I feel like the color perfectly captures the spirit of drinking one on the beach. 🙂 I paired this with Essie Splash of Grenadine on my toes.


I do love a name that reminds me of cocktails. 😉  Essie Splash of Grenadine (Resort Collection, 2010) is a purplish-pink creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied fine; I needed three coats for full opacity.  The color looks nothing like grenadine, but it’s a pretty balance between pink and purple.  It has a soft quality, but is also somewhat bright, making it great for summer.  I paired this with OPI Overexposed in South Beach on my toes.


I thought I’d follow up my previous NOTD with another color from the same collection.  Essie Lapis of Luxury (Resort Collection, 2010) is a cornflower blue creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  Much like Turquoise & Caicos, the formula wasn’t very pigmented and I used three coats to reach full opacity.  Again, I suggest waiting a couple of minutes in between coats/topcoat to avoid cuticle drag.  It’s not the shade of blue I think of when I picture lapis lazuli, but it’s still a pretty color nonetheless!  It looks…calming.  I paired this with Sephora by OPI Techno Girl on my toes.


After watching almost all my favorites fall away in round after round, I was so happy to see Rafa Nadal win Roland Garros 2010.  So for that I’m wearing a polish to (try to) match my favorite color on his kit.  Essie Turquoise & Caicos (Resort Collection, 2010) is a greenish turquoise creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (Ehh, kind of.  The sun kept moving behind the clouds so I tried to get my shots in when it came out.)  The formula was not very pigmented and I needed three coats for full opacity.  And I suggest waiting a couple of minutes in between coats/topcoat to avoid cuticle drag.  The color is very pretty and fresh; it’s no surprise that I love it.  It really does fit in perfectly with the theme of this collection.  I feel like rolling around on a white sand beach…or something ;).  I paired this with Sephora by OPI Access 24/7 on my toes.





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