Hidey ho there neighbor! Today I am bringing you Essie’s Spring 2009 collection. This is a fairly “safe” collection (with one fabulous exception) of creme polishes that overall I liked a lot. There were a couple that I wasn’t totally blown away by but a couple I am very fond of as well. All the colors went on very smooth and creamy and I had no application issues. All pics taken in sun with no top coat.
As you might have guessed Eternal Optimist was the one that impressed me the least. That’s not to say it’s not a good color, but on me it just didn’t work. It’s too “beige-y” and there wasn’t enough contrast between my skin tone and the polish to make it work. It’s a great “work safe” color though (for stuffy offices, yuck) so I guess I can just thank my lucky stars that I can wear ANYTHING I want to work! This is three coats.
Flawless is a really nice medium pink that looked good on me, but wasn’t really anything original or unseen before. It’s a great typical Essie pink that will go well with pretty much anything (except maybe the Emo look), so for that I can appreciate it. This is three coats.
Status Symbol was one I thought in the bottle looked just ok, but when I put it on, I really liked it. The color is most definitely pink, but it’s not your average pepto pink, it’s like a shiny hot pink and it reminds me of Miami for some reason (though I have never even been there). This is three coats and was the runniest of this collection for me, but still applied nicely.
Lacquered Up really took me by surprise. I REALLY liked it! Normally I am not huge on the tomato red polishes because the orange clashes with my skin, but this was really superb. I can see wearing it both as a mani and pedi in the spring & summer. It’s very festive and it makes me want to go on vacation to some island somewhere (MAN is the spring fever kicking in!). This was only two coats.
One Of A Kind
One Of A Kind was very similar to Lacquered Up, but this has more of a blue base rather than orange to it. This is kind of a poppy red or classic red creme you would see the movie stars of the 50′s wearing. It went on great in just two coats.
And here is the SUPERB surprise of the bunch, Mesmerize. LOVES IT! This was totally out of the blue (haha get it?) for Essie and I really appreciate it! It’s a great creamy blue and what I like the most about it is that it’s not a deep blue like so many other blues out there. It’s just plain ‘ole medium blue and that’s what makes it totally original and FAB in my book! Great Inauguration Day blue, no? This was opaque in two coats.
You can find this collection on Essie’s website here now, so get ‘em while their hot!