Essie Nail Polish in Under Where?, swatch

Essie — Under Where? (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2013 Spring, Resort

I recently picked up this 2013 Resort collection Essie at a nice discount, and it’s just perfect for spring!

I was going to describe Under Where? (828) as a light orchid, but it turns out Essie beat me to it, calling this shade a “wildly flirtatious orchid”. It’s a soft pastel balanced between lavender and pink, with just enough oomph so that it doesn’t fade into the scenery.

Essie Nail Polish Haulage from Toronto Barber & Beauty Supply, February 2016
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Avon — Cynthia Rowley’s 2007 Collection

Jillian Dempsey (of Delux Beauty) collaborated with Avon to release a colour collection earlier in the year. Now, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley is doing the same. The new collection includes the four nail colours. They’re mostly girly, spring-y colours.

Peony Pink is a sheer baby pink with very subtle fuchsia shimmer. It’s completely the wrong kind of colour for a warm, yellow-toned person like myself, but if you are neutral to cool, this is a cute one. I have a feeling I’ve seen something very similar to this, but of course I can’t think of it at the moment. Rating: 3.5/5.

Very Violet is another cool-toned shade. It’s a vibrant pink-violet creme that’s very fun and sweet, but beware if you have a golden skintone! Rating: 3.5/5.

Rose Petals is more of a neutral to warm shade of slightly mauve-toned rose. It’s hard to find interesting midtone cremes, and while I wouldn’t call this shade interesting, it’s certainly quite easy to wear. It’s subtle and subdued: a nice conservative option. Rating: 3.5/5.

Plum Orchid is, hands down, my favourite of the bunch! It’s a deep and luscious maroon-burgundy shimmer. It should be neutral enough for both cool and warm tones to wear. Rating: 4.5/5.

Overall, I like Avon’s nail polishes very much. They apply well, are reasonably well-pigmented, and wear well with good base and top coats. I certainly recommend these if you like any of the colours! These Cynthia Rowley polishes are limited edition, and come in the cutest boxes, too: