Thursday, March 6, 2014

Essie Resort 2014 Swatches and Comparisons

I so very much appreciate small collections like the Essie Resort 2013 group; having one come up on my swatching schedule feels like a treat, as I know I'll probably have enough time left after trying the colors to do some comparisons, too, and I love doing comparisons. The four shades in this group are Find Me an Oasis, Cocktails & Coconuts, Resort Fling, and Under the Twilight.

Find Me an Oasis is a pale icy blue creme. I used three coats for my swatch; letting them dry more in between would have been an excellent idea, as I still see some streakiness in the finish here.

When I on Find Me An Oasis, I was reminded of Essie Borrowed & Blue from the 2011 Wedding Collection. Left to right below: Oasis, Borrowed, Oasis, Borrowed. Borrowed & Blue is a touch darker and definitely easier to work with; I used two coats of Borrowed to the three for Oasis.

Cocktails & Coconuts is a warm tan with silvery shimmer. I used two coats for my swatch. I didn't do a comparison for this one, as I couldn't think of any similar polishes in my stash. I have colors like this, yes, but none with this sort of shimmer (at least none that I found flipping through my nail wheels; perhaps there's something in a box somewhere waiting for its turn to be on a wheel).

Resort Fling is a squishy, shiny, peachy orange creme (or crelly, I suppose). My swatch is three coats.

For comparison, I grabbed two other squishy orange shades from my stash. Left to right below: Rescue Beauty Lounge Starfish Patrick (4 coats), Essie Resort Fling (3), and Cult Nails Scandalous (3). The RBL is the sheerest of the bunch, and slightly more red than the Essie. The Cult Nails color is even more red.

Under the Twilight is a very deep blue creme. I used two coats for my swatch; if I'd been inclined to use topcoat for this, I could have stopped at one coat of color, it's that pigmented.

I first thought Under the Twilight was purple-leaning, so I grabbed Zoya Pinta for comparison, but then I looked at the bottles and Under the Twilight looked not so purple-leaning anymore, so I pulled Butter London Royal Navy to represent blue-leaning deep blues. Left to right below (one coat of each): Zoya Pinta, Essie Under the Twilight, Butter London Royal Navy. The Essie has just a touch of dustiness to it compared to the other two; it's more blue than Pinta but not as blue as Royal Navy.

This is a nice collection, with a good variety of shades, especially given it's only four colors. The two most flattering for me are Find Me an Oasis and Under the Twilight.


  1. Love the name Cocktails & Coconuts. It looks like a great nude!

  2. I love all four of these! They are so so pretty!

  3. Find Me An Oasis is my favorite! So pretty, and springy.

  4. Ooooh I really like Cocktails & Coconuts and Resort Fling. One of these days I'll have more essie in my life... lol

  5. I love Find Me an Oasis - but it looks like Borrowed and Blue would be a better choice...

  6. Find Me An Oasis is just simply sweet and gorgeous.
    Other ones are pretty too, but that one stands out for me.

  7. Great swatches :D I love this little collection

  8. I have zoya Pinta and love that one so I won't need this Essie!


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