Collection: Essie Spring 2015 + Rebecca Minkoff
I recently picked up two of Essie’s nude-toned polishes from this year’s Spring collection (a sort-of collaboration with designer Rebecca Minkoff), when I found them in the discount bin at $3.99 each.
I’ve previously reviewed Flowerista from this collection, which is a bright plum that nicely complements these opaque neutrals, Perennial Chic and Picked Perfect.
Perennial Chic, described by Essie as a “sumptuous tawny tulip”, is a milky beige cream with a peach tone. I think this one works really well on warm-toned skin like mine. It’s up there with butter LONDON’s High Tea as one of my favorite nude polishes released this year.
Application is smooth and the finish is shiny. Full opacity requires two thicker coats, or three thinner coats (what I did).
Picked Perfect, described by Essie as an “antique almond peony”, is a tan cream that seems fairly neutral to me. I can see subtle tones of both warm chocolate and cool mauve. It is a tad reminiscent of brown cardboard boxes, but is much more attractive than that sounds! I think this shade is less complimentary to my skintone, but if you like this kind of color, Picked Perfect is a great choice.
The application is superior to that of Perennial Chic, I suppose because Picked Perfect is not quite pastel the way Perennial Chic is. Two coats is all you need for full coverage, and the finish is also smooth and shiny.
I was hesitant in getting these neutrals the first time I saw the whole collection, which is why I initially only picked up Flowerista. However, they have called to me since then, and I’m happy that I was able to pick them up at a discounted price. They’re definitely nice enough to warrant paying full price, however. (I almost did, as the ones in the display box were full price, but then I looked through the discount bin and saw them there, too!)
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.