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.
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.
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.