Essie — Chillato & Salt Water Happy (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Essie Nail Polish in Chillato
Essie Nail Polish in Salt Water Happy

Collection: Essie Summer 2015 Peach Side Babe

Essie’s Summer 2015 collection does the usual sunny beach theme with a couple of punchy shades and a couple of light, bright pastels. I hemmed and hawed over the collection, but finally I chose two pastels, Chillato and Salt Water Happy. There have been so many pastels released, but these two still seem at least a bit unique.

Chillato is a pale, whitened lime green cream. I often have trouble wearing yellows, and sometimes have trouble with greens, but I love this one! It’s cheery and bright, but not obnoxiously so.

I didn’t care for the formula, though. Pastels usually give some trouble; in this case, the formula is creamy and pigmented, yet it applies a bit too liquid-y and streaks easily. I needed three coats for full, even opacity.

Essie Nail Polish in Chillato, swatch

Salt Water Happy is a pale, whitened blue cream that leans the slightest bit purple with a touch of grey. I am really in love with it!

The formula, like that of Chillato, is disappointing. It also has that liquid-y feel that wants very badly to pool against edges. If you’re very careful, you can get this to look great with two coats. If you’re not so lucky, it takes three or four coats and it risks looking lumpy. Salt Water Happy also gave me an extra problem because its brush seemed a little thinner than usual, and it was slightly crooked. I have found this happening a little more often with Essie, which is disappointing.

Essie Nail Polish in Salt Water Happy, swatch

Despite the somewhat difficult application I had with both colors, I feel that they are worth the hassle. After all, pastels tend to be tricky, anyway, and as pastels go, I really dig these two for this summer! They’re like delicious gelato for your nails.

Essie Nail Polish retails for US$8.50 / CA$9.99–$10.99 and is 0.46 US fl oz / 13.5 mL. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). It is made in the USA.

Essie Cosmetics, founded in 1981, is based in Westfield NJ, USA. In 2010, Essie was acquired by the L’Oréal Group.


18 thoughts on “Essie — Chillato & Salt Water Happy (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. Oh my GOD! Gorgeous swatches! I NEED Chillato in my life! Too bad about the formula, but I have a handful of essie polishes with questionable formulas that are totally worth the hassle. Great post! 🙂

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  2. Those are such summer colors. So pretty and happy! Both look good on you! I only noticed that pastels have sucky formulas when you kept mentioning it. I was painting with my revlon minted and I was like yes they certainly do have annoying formulas!

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  3. I’m feeling BOTH of these shades today! They suit you so well… I’m going to have to write these down. I bet you Chillato will show up in clearance bins for months after this collection is finished, it’s one of those “ugly pretty” shades. I don’t mind working with pastels, they’re worth it for the results.

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