Those of you who track the Pantone Color of the Year would know that they have recently announced the colors of the year. And this year, they have picked two colors – “Rose Quartz” which is a delicate pink and “Serenity” which is a soft blue. Coincidentally, I had picked up a few shades from the Essie Winter 2015 collection and I found the two shades – Peak Show and Virgin Snow to be pretty close to the Pantone colors of the year. But I went ahead and bought two more shades of pink and blue which I think are closer. So, read on to find out more.
Essie nail lacquer is DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde Free.
Peak Show – enjoy the view from the top in this scenic powder pink, it’s the place to be, in all its pretty glory.
Muchi Muchi – don’t speak Italian? Let your fingers do the talking with effusive and affectionate, creamy and luscious, pink with a kiss of mauve lacquer. When in Rome, get a manicure.
Virgin Snow- Pure. Untouched. Pristine. This icy frozen lavender is just waiting to be discovered.
Bikini so teeny – daring meets darling in pretty yet provocative cornflower blue. This sparkling nail polish bares it all with a wink and a smile and no strings attached.
My Experience with Essie Nail Lacquer – Peak Show, Muchi Muchi, Virgin Snow, Bikini So Teeny:
Packaging/Brush Applicator: These nail polishes come in a squarish transparent glass bottle packaging. It has a white cap which has a sticker with the name of the nail polish. The bottle itself is quite sturdy. The brush is pretty standard. It is not wide or flat but still does its job well.
Texture/Finish/Pigmentation: The nail polishes have a creamy consistency and spread well. Since, these are light shades, you need at least two swipes to get an even opaque finish. The finish is a lovely crème finish.
Drying Power/Staying Power: The drying time of the nail polish is standard, around two minutes or so. These are not fast drying but they do not take too long either. The staying power of the nail polish is around 4 days. After that, they start fading from the edges.
Now, for some detailed review of each of the colors:
Peak Show: Peak Show looks like a very light baby-pink in the bottle. On the nails, it almost looks like white sometimes. I personally do not like this shade as it feels too stark and makes my hands look darker, but those of you who enjoy white nail polishes, will like it. You need to be careful while applying this one as it tends to be slightly streaky.
Muchi Muchi: Muchi Muchi is a slightly more pronounced pink but it still remains in the pastel category. This is a lovely feminine shade and all pink lovers will surely like it. This milky pink reminds me of strawberry ice-cream.
Virgin Snow: Virgin Snow is a pale blue shade with slight undertones of periwinkle. It is a lovely shade which looks very delicate on the hands. This is a shade of blue which you can totally wear to office without attracting too much attention.
Bikini So Teeny: Now, that’s a naughty name 😛 This is a beautiful cornflower blue nail polish. It totally reminds me of summer and all things beach. It is quite sheer in one coat and I apply 3 layers to get an even finish.
Pros of Essie Nail Lacquer – Peak Show, Muchi Muchi, Virgin Snow, Bikini So Teeny:
- Lovely pastel shades.
- Easiest way to wear the Pantone colors of the year 2016.
- Lovely crème finish.
- Decent staying power (4 days).
- Easy to apply.
Cons of Essie Nail Lacquer – Peak Show, Muchi Muchi, Virgin Snow, Bikini So Teeny:
- Multiple swipes are needed to get an even opaque finish.
- Expensive for a drugstore brand.
Would I Repurchase Essie Nail Lacquer – Peak Show, Muchi Muchi, Virgin Snow, Bikini So Teeny?
If you are into pastel shades, I would surely recommend you to try these out. I will not repurchase as I am not too big a fan of pastel shades.
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