It's a road trip down the coast with your bestie with the new Essie Spring collection! This is definitely the brightest and most colourful Spring collection we've ever seen from Essie. It's a pretty group of colours and there's some REALLY great formulas in here too. If you like brighter polishes, this will be a great collection for you. Let's take a look at the swatches & comparisons.
Excuse Me Sur
At first I wasn't going to get this entire collection and this was the only polish that grabbed me as a "Kindra" colour so it was the one I was most excited for. The formula was a bit thicker yet a little streaky. It's aaaaaalmost opaque in 2 coats but I still had a couple spots where it wasn't totally opaque, so I did a third coat. It self-leveled pretty good but not perfectly.
*Edited to add: I forgot to mention! Even though the colour and formula of Van D'Go and Excuse Me Sur were the same, I did think that the brush on Excuse Me Sur was a little bigger making it easier to apply. I wasn't sure if it was just my imagination but the Van D'Go brush seemed really skinny. Maybe because it's an older polish. Has Essie secretly made their brush a tiny bit bigger over the years? Not sure, but application was a bit easier with Excuse Me Sur.
This is a cool-toned Barbie pink. It applies nicely and self-leveled ok and was incredibly close to being opaque in 2 coats. It's only when I looked up close that I could see a bit of unevenness, so I went with 3 coats.
Woah. This formula is incredible! It applies perfectly in one coat. It's totally opaque and self-leveling. Be careful though, she's a stainer. I had to scrub my cuticles with baking soda and lemon juice before I could keep swatching.
B'aha Moment is a creamy pomegranate colour and I thought for sure I had a dupe for it, but everything I compared it to was different. Bachelorette Bash is much brighter and pinker. Raspberry is definitely close but has a totally different formula and a more red tone. Raspberry is also a jelly polish while B'aha Moment is smooth and creamy. Gala-vanting is much darker and more red toned.
Double-Breasted Jacket is quite a bit more red and Watermelon is a brighter pink shade.
On the Roadie
Oh my gosh I love this one! It's got a great creamy formula, self-levels nicely and opaque in almost one coat, but you'll need two.
All the Wave
Ooooh! Another creamy polish that is perfectly opaque in one coat! I did not expect to like this one at all but it's a very pretty blue with a hint of purple.
This was probably the one I was least excited about because it looks like a complete dupe for Bahama Mama (and you've seen how many burgundy polishes I have!) But I put it on and of course I love it. The formula isn't quite a creme, it's a little bit crelly but not completely. It's hard to describe. If you put too much polish on your brush you will flood your cuticles, but if not, it applies nicely in 2 self-leveling coats.
My faves are On the Roadie, B'aha Moment and Designated DJ. On the Roadie is such a pretty shade of kelly green. I don't love greens that lean yellow and this one definitely doesn't, but it's not super blue toned either. It's so great (and I'm not even a person that wears green polish all that often!). B'aha Moment is striking on the nail and it's formula is frickin' incredible. And I'm shocked how much I like Designated DJ! That bit of purple in the formula makes all the difference to me. I would've said Excuse Me Sur was my fave of the collection had I not already owned a couple dupes, but if you don't already have Couture Curator or Van D'Go, pick up Excuse Me Sur. She's a beauty! If you are a fan of blues at all, then All the Wave is a definite must as well.
Which ones are catching your eye from this collection?