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Make Some Noise with Essie

New summer collection from Essie called Make Some Noise, their annual set of neons.  Although according to other bloggers who’ve swatched them, there’s really only one neon in the set and the others are bright but aren’t neon.


Anyway, let’s take a quick peek.

Essie Neons 2015 banner

To better see the bottles….

Essie Neons 2015

So let’s see, we have a set of cremes that includes a magenta pink, a blue-purple, a turquoise blue, and a teal green.  Where have I seen that lately?

Island Fun set

Let me think.

Island Fun set

It’ll come to me; I just know it.

Island Fun set

Yes, that’s the new Island Fun Collection from Zoya.  Subtle I am not.

Island Fun has a bright orange-red and a medium yellow-green, and Make Some Noise has a light peachy pink and a bright lime green, but otherwise they are riding the same wave of fashionable colors.

For some great photos and tips on dealing with the formula of these new Essies, check out Karen Falcon’s swatchtastic post at BeautyGeeks.  It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who has trouble capturing the right color when dealing with a blue-purple!

Silk Watercolor Collection from Essie

OK, I’ve mentioned OPI’s new sheer tinted polishes, Color Paints, several times and am still on the lookout to buy the mini set in person.  I think they should be showing up at my local Ulta very soon.

Now I’ve heard of a similar set coming out from Essie, although the blurb I read said they will only be available through salons.

Delicate effects. Vivid hues. Sheer beauty. Essie is thrilled to announce the launch of the Silk Watercolor collection. As the fashion industry’s go-to nail color authority, these exquisite sheers embody Essie’s passion for artistry, trend and boundary-pushing creativity.

Available exclusively in salons, this collection of layerable, buildable colors is a chic departure from traditional creams, adding soft dimension to every professional’s palette. Add an artistic touch to nail designs in the spirit of Cézanne and Van Gogh, with a whole new level of virtuosity.

Translucent, blendable color makes watercolor effects a breeze; overlapping shades create a range of tonality and depth. With a nod to fine, hand-painted silks and chiffons floating down the runways, this unprecedented collection of nine shades unlock the creative genius in every nail artist.

At any rate, meet the Silk Watercolor Collection.

Silk Water Essie2

Silk Water Essie

This set has a bright white to use as a base while OPI’s Color Paints has a silver metallic.

Essie’s colors look really pretty but if they’re only going to be at salons it seems to me that would make them harder to buy.  Guess we’ll see!

Essie Summer Collection 2015 — Peach Side Babe

And the news just keeps a-comin’.  Honestly, I can’t remember reading about so many new collections so many days in a row.

Essie sets are always big news as in super-popular with readers.  And again for 2015, Essie’s summer collection is beach themed (and the puns are getting as bad as the ones from OPI!):

Essie summer 2015

Essie summer 2015 bottles

Pretty, summery colors.  I don’t know if the white Private Weekend is meant to be worn solo or is more of a base to make the other colors pop.  I love how Salt Water Happy is a pun on salt water taffy, but wonder if most people will get the Pret-a-Surfer reference to prêt-à-porter, which means “ready to wear.”  I dunno, it’s a fashion industry term so they probably will.

I read that the Peach Side Babe collection will be available in both regular and gel polish, and saw a mini-set that includes the green, peach, red, and darker blue.  See tons more pictures at Everything2K.

Essie Bridal Collection 2015

That time of year again, time for Essie’s annual bridal or wedding collection.  In years past there have been four polishes in the set but this year there are six.  Here’s the banner from the company’s web site:

Essie bridal 2015

Gee, and here I thought Essie was going to stop putting the same **** lavender in every single set!

This year’s collection also departs from the usual Essie bridal convention in that there are two brights in addition to the four typical pale pastels.  Those last two look like they kind of snuck in.  Wedding crashers, as it were.

Color names are:

  • Tying the Knotie
  • Hubby for Dessert
  • Worth the Wait
  • Brides to Be
  • Brides No Grooms
  • Happy Wife Happy Life

Another photo:

Essie bridal 2015 bottles

Another change this year is that I don’t see a four-piece mini-cube of the new colors for sale, but Transdesign shows two different five-piece mini sets.  Each one contains two of the bridal colors plus a white polish named Blanc, a base coat, and a top coat.  Interesting but not going in my cart, which is fine — more money for some summer brights!

Essie 2015 — Spring Collection

More Essie news!  For 2015, we’ve seen the Cashmere Matte Collection, which is out now, and sneak peeks of the Resort Collection.  Now let’s see the Spring Collection.

Essie-2015-Spring-Polish display

This photo is from Princess Nail Supply.

Another view of the colors:


Left to right and top to bottom:

  • Flowerista
  • Petal Pushers
  • Blossom Dandy
  • Garden Variety
  • Perennial Chic
  • Picked Perfect

As you see, the set has a flower/garden vibe, perfect for spring.

For totally awesome swatches and photos of the entire set, check out BeautyGeeks.  These colors all look great together!

The Mystery Trio from Zoya

Disclosure:  The Essie top coat used was previously supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

By now, it’s no secret what the three mystery mini polishes were that Zoya advertised in their promo a month ago because bloggers and others have been showing them for at least a week.  I only received my order today.

This promotion promised three “brand new” mystery shades in a mini size plus any three Zoya polishes (regularly $9-$10 each) all for $15 shipping.

Oh, the drama.  As soon as the mystery colors appeared, people cried foul.  Turns out they were not “brand new” but had been featured at a fashion show a year ago.  Still, they’d never been offered for sale.  Zoya said the wording of the ad was wrong and changed it.  People still complained.  Furthermore, despite very clear wording in the ad that it could take up to 5 weeks to receive the orders, people were screaming, “Where’s my order?!?” after just a week or two.

This latter issue goes under the heading of “Obtuseness on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”

Hey, I was happy to get three full-sized polishes on my wish list (Edyta, Crystal, and Ariel, gorgeous!) plus three mystery minis, all for the total price of $15.  I think it’s a good deal no matter how you look at it, but if a complainer whines in the forest and no one hears her, does she exist?

Let’s get down to swatches.  The three colors are:

  • Charlotte (my bottle says Charlott) — a yellow-putty creme
  • Anais — an almost-black with subtle shimmer
  • Severine — a silvery gold metallic

Mystery trio

They were streaky on the first coat:

Mystery trio 1 coat

You can see how Anais has a dark brown cast to it.

Good by the third coat:

Mystery trio 3 coats

Are these colors I would have picked?  No.  I think they’re kind of boring, but you know me, I would have picked a pink, a blue, and a purple — I’m predictable that way!  I probably would have been more enthusiastic about the polishes six months ago, going into fall and not into spring like now.

I already have several blacks and golds, yet still like Anais and Severine.  Charlott, eh, not my color.

But let’s dress up Charlott and Anais a bit.  Here they are with one coat of Essie’s Summit of Style:

Mystery trio w top coat

Better, much better!  Even Charlott is more wearable for me this way.

I don’t believe these polishes are available for sale from Zoya, but considering all the people complaining about them online, you may find them for trade or for sale elsewhere.  If you did receive them, what do you think, good colors or not?  Have you dressed them up with some other top coat or used them in nail art?

Disclosure:  The Essie top coat used was previously supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

Essie 2015 — Resort Collection

Essie has a small 4-polish release every spring called the Resort Collection.  It usually seems to bridge the time between the early spring 6-polish release, which this year is called Cashmere Matte, and their bright or neon summer set which is also 6 polishes.  Usually.

Want to see some of Essie’s previous Resort Collections?  2014  2013  2012

Now word is trickling out about the 2015 one and as far as I know it’s only called Resort, but that may change.

Essie Resort 2015

Colors are, left to right:

  • Cocoa Karma
  • Stones ‘n’ Roses
  • Suite Retreat
  • Time for Me Time

Ulta has the mini cube for sale on its web site now — it’s an online-only item — and it’s $17.00 for the four micro-mini bottles (0.16 oz. each).

Essie Resort 2015 mini cube

I think the colors together have a very summery look.  For more great photos, check out BeautyGeeks .


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