Essie Spring 2018 Swatches and Review

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This spring Essie has released their Spring 2018 collection, inspired by none-other than all things nautical! Keep reading for my swatches and review of the Essie Spring 2018 Collection.


My thoughts on the Essie Spring 2018 Collection

Hello Lovelies! Today I have something I haven't put together in a while, a swatch and review of the Essie Spring 2018 collection! This collection consists of six all-new and limited addition shades that are guaranteed to have you smooth sailing through spring. 

This collection consists of five creme shades, and one shimmery shade. Just off the top, I will say if you've collected a lot of Essie polishes in your day, then you probably don't need all of these, but I have to say I am extremely impressed with the formula on these creme polishes, so if you're thinking about any of those go ahead and purchase them!

I bought all six of these shades from Trans Design for $4.50 a bottle. It took about 5 days to arrive via USPS.

Swatches of the Essie Spring 2018 Collection


AT THE HELM | This fire orange color is the brightest in this collection, and rally gets be pumped for warm weather. I don't think this is the most flattering color on me personally, but I do have to say for an orangey-red creme, this has a fabulous formula. This was so opaque on the first coat, but I did two for good measure here, and it dries super shiny and could be classified as a crelly.


PERFECT MATE | This is a pristine pop of coral pink that is such a cute color for days on the beach or out at sea (not that I'll be out at sea any time soon...). This is a gorgeous, very opaque coral salmon color that went on perfectly in two coats.


PASS-PORT TO SAIL | This is the one sheer/shimmery shade in the collection, and I have to say I really dislike this shade. 'Pass-Port To Sail' is a soft sandy beige nail polish lightly splashed in ivory shimmer, and it never reaches full opacity. This is just not my cup of tea because I have nail staining and harsh nail lines -- but this could be for you if you're looking for a light wash of shimmer over your nails and don't mind the sheerness. This was 3 coats.


BON BOY-AGE | By far my favorite color in this collection, this is a nautical minty green shade that I am always drawn to! This color screams spring to me, and I love love love to wear shades like this on the nail. This was a super easy 2 coats for full opacity.


POTENTIAL DUPES | Now, you may be asking yourself, wait doesn't that look like a million Essie shades that have come before it? That was my initial thoughts as well, but I have compared Essie 'Absolutely Shore' 'Bon Boy-Age' and 'Maximillian Strasse-Her' below.


As you can see, none of these are exact dupes. 'Maximillian Strasse-Her' is darker, grey teal, and 'Absolutely Shore' is lighter and softer, so if you have either of these (or the couple other similar Essie shades that I don't own) you probably don't need 'Bon Boy-Age'. That being said, the formula on 'Bon Boy-Age' is amazing and way better than the other two formula wise. So you be the judge on whether or not you need this shade.


STRIPES & SAILS | This shade is an intense and vibrant teal creme polish, it is a highly pigmented polish, and if you've dabbled in this color family before you know what that means. This polish did slightly stain my 'newer' nail closest to the nail bed - but if you use a good base coat it should prevent that. This was 2 easy coats for full opacity.


ANCHOR DOWN | Last but not least we have this preppy blue washed with pewter gray undertones. This is a shade that I would not peg as a spring shade, but it fits perfect with this collection! Paired with the other shades, I know I will get some sea-inspired nail art going! This was easily a one coater, especially if you have shorter nails than I, but I did two coats for this picture.


POTENTIAL DUPES | When I first saw this shade, I immediately thought it would be exactly the same as Essie 'Bobbing For Baubles' -- one of the first nail polishes I ever bought for myself. After swatching, you can clearly see they are nowhere close to one another.


I am extremely impressed with the formula on these creme polishes...


Final thoughts on the Essie Spring 2018 Collection

Overall, formula wise I love this collection! The creme polishes are to die for, most of them cold be one coaters, and I think Essie has been putting in work when it comes to their formula. I remember always struggling in the past to even out Essie polishes on the nail, and I really see them taking strides in formulation. I personally don't mind the small brushes, but I know some people do.

As for the originality in colors of this collection, I'll just say this is not the first nautical collection Essie has ever come out with, and not all the shades are the newest. However, you have to be the judge on whether or not you have shades like this in your collection or not -- and whether or not it is worth it for you.

Let me know if you have any of these shades, or want to pick any up!

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