I was very excited to receive the Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection which includes six pigmented, creamy shades with everything from super bright blue to the perfect off-white for summer. I was lucky to get all six shades so I can share them with you in one spot– and believe me, by the time this post is over you’re going to want all six two. The Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection includes Essie Urban Jungle*, Essie Fierce, No Fear*, Essie Haute in the Heat*, Essie Roarrrrange*, Essie Ruffles & Feathers*, Essie Strut Your Stuff*.
Rather than my traditional three images of each polish I’ve decided to narrow it down to two whenever swatching all of (or most of) a collection to help keep the post from being ridiculously long and also to get me to not avoid sharing full collections because of how much work it can be. Let me know what you think of my “poses” (as well as what you think of the polishes in the Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection of course!)
One coat of the lightest shade in the Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection, Essie Urban Jungle, was streaky and sheer, and while two was almost alright and you could maybe get away with it, I still found it a bit patchy, so I ended up going with three coats. Light colours are usually streaky, and this was the most difficult shade in the collection, but the end result was really nice and a great replacement for white-out white this summer. I bet it will look especially nice with tan skin!
Essie Fierce, No Fear is definitely the shade in the Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection that is the least summery to me, but I suppose neutral lovers are allowed to have summer shades too. I’m not a big brown polish lover but there’s something about this chocolately shade with some grey in it that’s very appealing. Plus there’s a great formula, you could probably get away with one thick coat although I went with two.
I definitely think of popsicles and the pool when I see Essie Haute in the Heat, and this bright raspberry red would be a fantastic pedicure polish for summer as well. It’s the only polish in the Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection I found a bit more jelly than cream, and it dries very fast. Even with two coats there is a bit of VNL, but the finish is super glossy, which is part of what contributes to the jelly-like look of it. It’s just a juicy polish!
I hate orange but how can I hate Essie Roarrrrange– there’s something just so bold and vibrant about this orange, extremely glossy shade. Honestly there’s not a single polish in the Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection I don’t love and I recommend snatching up the entire thing. This particular shade was sheer with one coat and I did end up using three, the end result being similar to the juicy shiny look of Haute in the Heat.
The last two shades I have to share of the Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection were definitely the two I was most excited about, although I ended up loving the whole thing. One of my favourite polishes from Essie is Essie Naughty Nautical (reviewed here), and the new Essie Ruffles & Feathers is a bit similar but without the shimmer. I don’t mind because I love my cremes! It’s also more green and less teal. This has a good formula and is nearly opaque in one coat, but again, I went with two. I would predict staining with this polish based on my experience, so definitely wear a good base coat.
I just can’t stay away from blue polish and one I’ll be reaching for a lot this summer is definitely Essie Strut Your Stuff. I had great wear on this polish, lasting about 3-4 days, but again, beware of staining and wear a good base coat! Like all the polishes in the Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection it has a great formula, and I went with two coats for this polish and got full opacity. I tried it out with some gold glitter on the accent (July Oscar) and the end look was bright and summery and pretty. Just like all these polishes!
Overall, I think Essie did an amazing job with the Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection! These are some of the best summer polishes I have seen as well as showing why I love Essie polishes so much. I really think you should grab the whole collection, but if I had to narrow it down make sure to grab the ones on both ends of this post–Essie Strut Your Stuff, Essie Urban Jungle, Essie Ruffles & Feathers. Which of these polishes is your favourite?