Essie’s 2011 Resort Collection is available now at salons, although it doesn’t seem to be sold through the retail channels (like WalGreens or WalMart) at this point. It’s an earthy, soft collection of four shades-swatches coming up!
Today I have swatches of the other half of Essie’s Summer 2011 collection. I didn’t originally intend to pick these up, but the first half of the collection was so nice that I decided to give the others a chance as well. All three of these colors are bright and summery-hot.
Here’s a polish from Essie’s Wedding Collection-Borrowed & Blue. These have been around but don’t seem to have been distributed as widely as other Essie collections-I’ve come across a few mostly empty displays lately, and they never showed up at a few of the places I see Essies. They also were never sold through the retail side, as far as I know.
I’m just posting a quick post tonight in response to a request for a comparison. Someone was wondering how close Essie Topless and Barefoot and OPI Steady As She Rose are, and after I thought about it a bit, I was kind of wondering too!
I finally have my Silver Shatter, but it’s not been easy. I had been looking for Silver Shatter for several weeks, and I finally ordered a bottle from eBay. But when I opened the package and tried to pull my bottle out by the cap, just the cap part popped off and came out by itself! Which was a bad sign. When I got more of the wrapping off, the whole bottle basically fell apart in my hands; it was totally cracked. That’s the first time I’ve ever had a broken bottle, and it was pretty sad (and messy). So I stopped by Ulta last weekend even though I had called and been told there was no Silver Shatter (I’m persistent like that), and was pleasantly surprised to find several huge displays of it!
Essie’s Summer 2011 Collection still says “available soon” on the Essie website, but I found that it’s already displayed at WalGreen’s. It was on a little cardboard display near the front of the store, not the main Essie display. There were only two bottles of each color, and I had to visit two different stores to find all three of the colors that I wanted-the coral-red Too Too Hot was already gone from the store closest to me. Swatches coming up!
The Royal Wedding was last Friday, and I did manage to turn on the television in time to see Kate Middleton walking down the aisle out of Westminster Abbey, and then her and Prince William exchanging a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Her dress was so amazing, and the story is so satisfying, I found myself wanting to cheer for them, too.
Essie put out two J. Crew exclusive polishes this spring–Milky Way, a caramel-tan I just reviewed, and Peep Show, a bright neon-leaning pink jelly with strong coral tones. These colors have been sold out online for awhile, and Peep Show has become notable for reportedly being featured on the toes of the five-year-old son of J. Crew’s Creative Director, Jenna Lyons. When I found my Essie Milky Way, the store didn’t have any bottles of Peep Show left. I was out of town, so I checked the J. Crew I live near on the off chance they would have some. And I was in luck!
This polish was an Essie for J. Crew exclusive, and it’s not on the J. Crew site anymore. I just started idly looking around during the interest in the neon pink toenails fiasco, and noticed this gorgeous, light creamy brown in old cached search results. Although it’s sold out online, it’s still sitting around at some J. Crew stores, which is where I grabbed mine.
When Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Grunge came back in stock on their website, I kept an eye on it and included it with my order from the Spring 2011 collection. It’s a dirty taupe color, a little bit like the nudes I’ve been trying out this spring. Comparisons coming up!
As another installment of the Essie Spring Collection, I have some swatches of Topless and Barefoot. I had held strong but came across this unexpectedly in a CVS, and decided to pick it up. I love those little labels on the top of the cap of the retail Essies! This one is not part of the normal retail display (which only holds four of the spring colors), you have to find it in its retail packaging on a sort of small, countertop display that fits onto those shelves that drugstores have towards the front of their makeup sections. So I rationalized by telling myself that I would likely not find it again-I had to buy it!
Here’s a combination of three different Spring 2011 collections: Zoya’s Caitlin, Essie’s Kisses and Bises and China Glaze’s Broken Hearted. Caitlin is my favorite from Zoya’s Intimate Collection , and it’s a subtle color that is still office appropriate (see my reviews here: Zoya Intimate Part 1, Zoya Intimate Part 2). So I started there.
To finish up my recent Essie binge, I have swatches of two retail-only Essies: Dive Bar and Master Plan. These are new colors that are only available through the new Essie retail displays, or online through the retailers that have the displays, like WalMart and WalGreens. It took some perserverance, but here they are!
Those Nicole OPI polishes with the big, heart-shaped glitter make me think of Valentine’s Day no matter what time of the year it is. I’ve now bought two of them, thinking to myself “this would be nice for Valentine’s Day…” So here are two Valentine’s Day looks.
So today I have pictures of a few more Essies that I picked up in my rounds last week. I had thought about buying both Demure Vixen and Angora Cardi in the past, but they proved irresistible when they were right in front of me. I got Demure “Vix” at my WalGreens but had to go to a farther away WalMart to find Angora Cardi stocked in the display. Keep reading for swatches.
I wasn’t even planning to buy any of the new Spring 2011 Essie colors, but then I walked into the WalGreens right by my house to buy toothpaste, and there they were! I was so surprised that I wandered over and grabbed the new blue from the collection before really stopping to think about it.