Long time, no talk. It was hard to get back into the swing of swatching and blogging after taking such a long break, so the dust has been collecting much longer than I anticipated. So sorry about that.
Can I be completely honest with you though? I'm a little bored and uninspired by the collections Essie has been putting out lately (*gasp). I actually started the draft for this post weeks ago and never worked on it because I knew that I wasn't into these new releases and the post would be negative. I decided to just go for it and post this anyways because I've always been 100% honest with you guys. So if I legit don't like collections or think they are boring, I'm going to tell you. The hard part about not liking collections is that I don't want to buy any of them! But if I don't buy them, then I don't have new collections reviewed here for you, so I keep debating with myself. As a true consumer of Essie I honestly wouldn't buy any of these upcoming collections I'm about to show you. I just see too many dupes or polishes that I don't like.
With all that being said, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Do you feel the same as me? Am I alone in my un-excitedness? Which collections are you excited about that you'd like to see me review? I need your input!
K, let's do this.
Essie Summer 2016 - Viva Antigua Collection
This is Essie's collection release for Summer. I first saw a teaser pic of this collection on Snapchat and was totally unimpressed. I literally have EVERY colour in this collection already.
The white = Blanc.
The pink = Brides No Grooms or Watermelon
The red = every Essie red ever
The blue = Mesmerized
The shimmery black = Frock 'n' Roll
I've seen a few blog reviews on this collection since these promos were released and I've changed my mind about the turquoise polish Viva Antigua! and the blue Loot the Booty. They are a lot more unique than I originally thought and totally worth picking up. They seem to be loaded with pretty iridescent purple and turquoise flecks. So that's cool.
This collection has already been released a lot of places online or in the U.S., but should be officially released in the next week in Canada, so if you haven't been able to find it yet it should be in stores very soon. I finally broke down and ordered this collection today (along with the Essie Bridal 2016 Collection) so I WILL have a swatch and review post along with a comparison post for both of those collections. We'll see if my suspicions are true about the other polishes being dupes for ones already in my collection.
Essie Slick Oilpaints
Essie will also be releasing another small collection perfect for nail art called the Slick Oilpaints collection.
There are 3 metallic-looking chrome polishes in this collection with a shimmering top coat that will supposedly transform the colours into a deeper tone.
I know I've said it many times before, but I just don't do nail art. I prefer solid manicures for my own personal taste so these polishes are not in my wheelhouse. I never did pick up any of the Silk Watercolours and these are along the same line for me. My List Of has some beautiful swatches of this collection along with her review and so does The Polished Page, so if you are interested in this collection I would suggest checking out their sites.
Essie Shimmer Brights 2016 Collection
Three things that actually got me a little excited me about this collection:
1. A collection made up of all shimmers
2. Releasing a "brights" collection instead of a "neon" collection, which we all know the Essie Neons haven't even been close to being neons the past few summers.3. A Yellow!
All three of these things are quite out of the ordinary for Essie, so when I saw the press release for this I thought "Yes! Something different!"
I'm absolutely head over heels in love with Essie's Aruba Blue and I've always wondered why they didn't do more shimmery shades like that. Now there's a rainbow collection of shimmers to choose from, with a YELLOW, the elusive colour that Essie NEVER does! I've seen maybe 3 or 4 Essie yellows in my research of Essie over the years but they've all been discontinued and it's impossible to get your hands on them. I've read in interviews with Essie Weingarten that she never does them because they just don't sell, so it's intriguing to me that they would release a yellow to commemorate their 1000th shade.
Essie Tropical Lights 2016 Collection
Those first 3 collections were all ones I was expecting Essie to release but this one came outta nowhere! Two weeks ago on Instagram, Essie Canada teased that there would be a Tropical Lights collection and then a week ago they announced it was here. I couldn't seem to find any information for what that meant! A new collection? Different from the Shimmer Brights? Here where? I still don't know a lot, except that this collection has showed up at Shopper's Drug Mart here in Canada. Is it being released anywhere else? No idea!
*Edited to add: Looks like maybe the Shimmer Brights collection is a salon exclusive release in the U.S. while the Tropical Lights collection is a Canada exclusive release, according to @laurenslist.
What I do know is that Real Polish Fanatic bought the entire collection at Shopper's Drug Mart and swatched and review it here. So did Karen at BeautyGeeks. I'm going to direct you to both of their blogs because this is another collection I won't be purchasing. Too much frost for my taste. The frosty shimmer finish is very old school and two of these polishes are actually re-releases. Can't Filmfest originally came out in 2000 in The Main Event Collection and Fun Ships came out in the 2005 Summer Collection called The Cruise. The light sheer pink shimmer in this collection called Sizzlin' Hot also looks like a dupe for Martini with a Bikini from the Retro Revival Collection as Karen pointed out.
Not. For. Me.
Ugh. See what I mean? I'm poo pooing on everything! I didn't mean for this post to be a Debbie Downer but I have ALWAYS given you guys my true feelings and reviews on everything Essie related and this is honestly how I feel about these collections. The ONE collection I got a little excited about was the Shimmer Brights because it's different and I think Essie will do an awesome job on the formulas, but if I really break it down and think "which ones do I want to buy?" my true feelings are that I don't want to buy any of them. That's mostly because I've been super into pastels and nudes for the past few months and I can't really see myself wearing those super bright shimmers. But I may break down and buy that collection simply because it has an Essie yellow and I think the formulas will be great. And I kinda want to review them for you. But that's $50 to buy polishes that I don't want, just to review. I don't know.
So what do you think? I'm SOOOOOO curious to know your thoughts and feelings about these upcoming releases! What do you love and want to see swatches of? And what do you hate?