Do you remember back in 2014, when Pantone announced that the colour of the year was Radiant Orchid? I totally had plans on writing a blog post on the best Radiant Orchid Essie polishes that Spring but....then I went and had a baby (my fourth) and I ended up taking about a year long hiatus from this blog. But if I had written that blog post, Essie Play Date would NOT have been on it.
Really it should have been. Everyone else was blogging about Essie Play Date as the perfect radiant orchid polish, but every time I saw swatches of it I thought it looked way too pink-toned for me to like it.
|Essie Play Date (direct sunlight)|
The polish I fell head over heals in love with that summer was Essie Sittin' Pretty from the Too Taboo Neons Collection. Now that polish was GORGEOUS. A soft, yet bright, medium toned purple that leans ever so slightly blue...not like Play Date.
Or so I thought.
|Left: Essie Play Date|
Right: Essie Sittin' Pretty
What a nice surprise!
Sittin' Pretty has a very thin formula that isn't nearly as opaque as Play Date. It needs 3 coats. Sittin' Pretty is just a tad lighter and a slight hair cooler. But Play Date is definitely not the super pink-toned purple I thought it would be.
I mean, it IS super pink-toned purple in direct sunlight. The picture of Play Date in the direct sunlight was how I had always seen it online and just did not think I would like it. But look how Play Date cools down in lower lighting. It's really very similar to Sittin' Pretty but it has an even better formula. It's creamy and perfectly opaque in 2 coats. It's easy to apply and self-levels nicely (and I like it on my skin tone even in direct sunlight!)
Essie Play Date is easy to find since it's part of the permanent collection. Now the question for me is: do I purchase it for my own collection? This bottle of Play Date is still on loan from Austrian but since the colour and awesome formula surprised me so much, I may want a bottle for myself!
What are your thoughts on Essie Play Date?