I'm so surprised that I'm reviewing the new Spring Collection already and that I was able to get my hands on it in January! It's a strange mix of colours and not even particularly Springy colours but I ordered it anyway, just so I could swatch and review it for you. I'm happy to say that after trying these colours on, I've found some real gems in this collection! I honestly like this collection so much better in person and swatched on my nails, than seeing the promo pics. So let's get into it!
High Class Affair
This is the signature colour of this collection and if I'm completely honest, it's the one I like the least. It's a pinky peach coral which is kind of a bit boring and I'm sure I have a bunch of others like it in my collection. On my hands in person I was really underwhelmed but then I looked at the photos and was like "that's gorgeous!" I'm not sure if it's just photographing incredibly well or if this colour suits me more than I realize. The formula on this one is nice. It's opaque in 2 coats, self-levels well and is nice and shiny.
Sunshine State of Mind
This is a blazing tangelo shade that leans quite orange. I'm not normally into oranges but there's something about this one that I REALLY like a lot. This collection arrived at my house late Friday afternoon so I took it with me to a girls night hanging out with some good friends. As I quickly painted my nails to try out these colours, I put this one on and started exclaiming "Oh! Yup, yup, yup...I'm digging' it!" My friend Audrey came over and said "I need to see what you are yup yupping about." She looked at my nails and exclaimed that they were very pretty. This polish has the same nice consistency as the previous two, but it's even more opaque. It's almost opaque in one coat but you do need two to even it out. It has the same shiny, self-leveling formula as well.
I'm obsessed with this purple! After quickly swatching all the polishes on Friday night, this purple was the standout shade and I had to paint it on as a full manicure. I posted a pic of it the next day on Instagram and you guys swooned over it too! I have nothing like this purple in my collection and I'm really loving it on the nail. It was opaque in ONE COAT!! What a beautiful formula - smooth, buttery, opaque and self-leveling.
Pool Side Service
Wow! Another one coater! Just like Shade On, this polish was smooth and buttery, totally opaque, self-leveling and shiny. The colour is reminding me of a blue version of School of Hard Rocks or Vested Interest. Since it's not quite Spring yet and we're still dealing with Winter, I'm all over this colour.
This Spring Collection as a whole is a strange mix of colours. Polishes like the greyed out cerulean blue "Pool Side Service" and dark evergreen "Off Tropic" are definitely not colours I would expect to find in a Spring Collection, but the formulas are fantastic. Both of those polishes are beautiful and I can see myself FOR SURE wearing them in the Fall and Winter.
But here's the thing: Essie didn't release this collection in the actual Spring. We are seeing it now in February when the transitional Resort Collection would normally come out. So this feels much more like a transitional collection to me and at least we are getting it at a time when I'll actually enjoy wearing these colours. We still have a foot of snow on the ground and I'm bundled up in my almond coloured cardigan and rust coloured boyfriend tee and I'm rocking Pool Side Service like a boss. The brighter tangerine and coral colours will be absolutely perfect come Spring and the blush nude and purple are perfect no matter what season in my mind. So in all, I'm loving this collection way more than I thought I would.
My favourites without a doubt are Shade On (purple) and Pool Side Service (grey blue) but I'm also really liking Sunshine State of Mind (bright tangerine). I'm very impressed with the pigmentation and formulas of these polishes. Spot on Essie!
I ordered this collection from nailpolishcanada.com but I also saw it on sparklecanada.com. I read that this collection will officially be released February 16th, both in stores and online. As for the 2016 Resort Collection, I have no idea when Essie is planning on releasing it. I haven't found any other info than what I've already posted. I am finding it very interesting that the Resort colours are very bright and Springy and we will most likely see it released in the Spring time, although I've heard from Instagram followers that they've already seen it on the shelves at Ulta in the U.S. so maybe it's just us Canadians that have to wait longer to see it!
As always when I review a collection, I will post an accompanying comparison post soon (maybe even tomorrow instead of Wednesday). Please tell me in the comments what polishes you want to see compared! I don't always think of all the possibilities, so if I have the colour you want to see compared I will swatch it. *Update: Go read the comparison post here.
I'm super curious to hear your thoughts on this collection! What do you think of the shades and which ones are your favourites?