|Color: Essie Absolutely Shore (2 coats)|
Base: Orly Nailtrition
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
Cuticles: Essie Apricot Oil
I'm kind of smitten with this color. While I really love dark vampy colors in the winter I also really dig greyed out pastels. I've been admiring this polish from my friend Bailey's collection for awhile now, but she got it last Spring and I had way too many bright punchy colors that I wanted to wear. Our last nail polish swap and mani date meant I could borrow this color from her and finally give it a whirl.
Umm....it's pretty awesome, don't you think? It's a beautiful sea-foam green, which really just means that there's no blue tones in it. Not at all like the coveted Essie Mint Candy Apple. Much more pale and greyed out green.
Comparison of Absolutely Shore vs. Mint Candy Apple vs. Maximillian Strasse Her
I just wanted to show you the comparison just to give you an idea of how pale/green/grey Absolutely Shore is.
As you can see Mint Candy Apple is a more saturated color with quite a bit of blue in it. Maximillian Strasse Her is definitely in the same color family as Absolutely Shore but darker and more grey. It's funny how next to the other two polishes Absolutely Shore appears to really white out and not show much color at all. On it's own it's very subtle and pretty.
I had read other users online needed three coats of polish for this color, but I only needed two. Just apply carefully. The consistency of this polish was fantastic, especially for being a pastel and for being almost a year old. The quality is still perfect. My first coat I applied a little more thin, but my second coat a bit thicker to get full coverage.
If you do want to pair this polish with other accent colors, Essie Maximillian Strasse Her (grey-green, as seen above) looks cute as does Essie Go Ginza (a very pale lilac). Essie Hors D'oeuvres (a sparkly white gold) looks fantastic paired with this color, but be warned that it can chip pretty easily.