Splash of Grenadine is another polish from Essie’s 2010 Resort Collection that made its way onto the retail side and is now available at WalGreens, etc. It’s another vibrant but delicate color that is perfect for summer!
Splash of Grenadine took three coats, and the formula is slightly less pigmented than other recent Essies I’ve tried. The Essie brush is small and thin, and made application easy although the polish was slightly thin. This color is a beautiful mix of purple and pink-it’s kind of hard to say which one it is, since it seems to so perfectly balance between the two. It’s clean and vibrant looking but not overly bright; it gives a soft feeling.
I also have no complaints about the name of this one. There was no change made to the retail name. I typically think of Grenadine the food-coloring-bright red syrup when I hear this word, but there is also a group of islands in the Caribbean called the Grenadines. Since Grenadine is used in tropical drinks, and the polish does have a hint of pink/red, it’s easy to see how the name of this polish fits in with the tropical island theme of the Resort 2010 collection. It makes me think of rummy cocktails and beaches.
Then I picked out a few sparkly polishes that have a similar tone to layer over Splash of Grenadine. This photo shows one layer of OPI Teenage Dream, followed by one layer of Nfu Oh 064. I was really happy with this combination – in the sun the big glitter from Teenage Dream flashes up through the linear holo in Nfu Oh 064. It’s sparkle times two. I like how it makes the glitter both random and very linear and direct.