What is better than one nail polish review? Four nail polish reviews of course! I recently purchased a set of mini nail polishes of the Essie Resort Collection 2014 which includes the colors Resort Fling, Under The Twilight, Find Me An Oasis, and Cocktails & Coconuts. Even though I’ve been on a nail polish low-buy, these four summery shades caught my eye. I didn’t have any Essie nail polishes in my collection at that time so I thought that this little set would be perfect to give this brand a whirl.
Resort Fling is described as “alluring coral peach.” It definitely leans more orange and is brighter than it appears in the bottle. The finish is a mix between a jelly and a creme which makes it hard, if not impossible, to achieve opacity. I used three coats in the above pictures and it’s still somewhat translucent. The wear time was pretty good though and I didn’t have any problems with chipping.
Under The Twilight is a smokey plum creme. It’s a very dark, vampy shade but I like it a lot. It went on very evenly and was mostly opaque in one coat. I still applied two coats in the above picture. Unfortunately, this one chipped incredibly fast on me, within less than 24 hours.
Find Me An Oasis is described as a “refreshing ice blue.” Although I don’t really like white nail polishes, I really enjoyed this almost-white, super-pale shade of blue. Sadly, it was very hard to achieve even coverage. This polish went on streaky and with a lot of drag. Even after three coats there was still balding. The wear time was average and I did have some chips after a few days.
Cocktails & Coconuts is a subtle, shimmering warm sand. The silver shimmer doesn’t really show up on the nail so it ends up looking pretty much like your average beige. It’s still a pretty color, though. The wear time was average with this polish but when it chipped, it also peeled off the top layer of my nails. I never had that happen before with any nail polish and it’s really not acceptable in my book.
Overall, my first impression of the Essie brand is a bit underwhelmed. I had really high expectations for these nail polishes but the quality left a lot to be desired. Out of the four colors in this set I would solely recommend Resort Fling and only if you don’t mind the jelly-creme finish. The runner up is Under The Twilight for its great application but the fact that it chipped in less than a day is a no-go for me. I will probably end up returning this set.