Essie 2010 Resort Collection

    Good evening, Dear Reader!

    I got a package from Essie just a bit ago, and inside was a box of sample bottles of The 2010 Resort Collection. I was looking forward to this collection from the promo materials I'd seen. This is a snippet of the press release with the images and color descriptions that piqued my interest.

    Essie 2010 Resort Collection
    Essie 2010 Resort Collection Release

    The promotional pictures and descriptions sound good, but I tell you, it sells the nail polishes short. They are fabulous. You can evaluate the colors yourself from the pictures, which were taken in moderate sunlight, but I can only say good things about every aspect of this collection. The formula is a bit thick, but easy to work with and sort of guides itself into an appropriately thick coat. All four shades, which are cremes, required only two coats to be even and opaque, and the one I did a manicure with at the end of swatching dried very quickly. There is simply nothing to complain about with the polishes themselves.

    As for the theme and names, I love them. The colors really do remind me of different things about a resort (I've been to one once, I'm no grand traveler!), and the names are descriptive of the colors, fit the theme, and are cute without being so over the top that I roll my eyes. Here's my one and only complaint about Essie's Resort Collection: its release date is May 2010, and it's only March 29th.

    All that's left is to look at the colors, and you'll see why I'm excited about them. Essie can do a color like Mesmerize and thrill me, and I had the same reaction to all four shades of The Resort Collection. I'll just follow the press release left to right with the order here.

    Lapis of Luxury is described as "a dreamy ocean blue," and I'd agree with that. It's just dark enough to fall short of being pastel, although lighter than the promo image.

    Essie 2010 Resort Collection, Lapis of Luxury
    Essie Lapis of Luxury
    Essie Lapis of Luxury Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Splash of Grenadine is the one I'm wearing. Described as "a playful magenta pink," it's both softer and more purple than the promotional picture. The closest I think I have to this is Nubar's Isis Purple, but Splash of Grenadine is a bit darker and more purple. I absolutely adore this one.

    Essie 2010 Resort Collection, Splash of Grenadine
    Essie Splash of Grenadine
    Essie Splash of Grenadine Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Playa Del Platinum is called "an elegant and sheer sandy gray." I'd agree with elegant sandy gray, but it was opaque in two coats for me. It's the color of the beach sand at the one and only resort I've been to, and strikes me as a warm weather greige.

    Essie 2010 Resort Collection, Playa Del Platinum
    Essie Playa Del Platinum
    Essie Playa Del Platinum Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The last color in this collection is Turquoise & Caicos, an almost (but not quite) minty turquoise creme. It's like a much darker twist on all the mint shades we've seen this year, another home run.

    Essie 2010 Resort Collection, Turquoise & Caicos
    Essie Turquoise & Caicos
    Essie Playa Turquoise & Caicos, Two Coats

    That, Dear Reader, is Essie's 2010 Resort Collection, and the whole thing knocked my socks off. We'll begin the countdown to May when the collection is released! Normally, I wait to wear pre-release samples after showing them to you until the release date (when everyone can have them), but I'm sure that won't be the case with these. I'm just too pleased with each of them to hold off that long, so you'll see completed manicured with all four between now and May.

    That's all for today, Dear Reader. Until next time, love and nail polish to you!

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