With summer now officially here Essie have released their newest collection and I was lucky to be gifted the 6 shades to share with all of you! Inspired by the summer months and beach life the collection is a great mix of pops of colour and neutrals.


This season the collection is curated with shades that are permanent rather then limited edition (from what I can tell as these shades I’ve all heard of before) and I think that’s great because they’ll be more accessible for a longer time period BUT I do love a good limited edition shade! So I think I’m a little disappointed but also like I’ll be able repurchase the shades if I love them.


We’ll start of with the bright colours and Fifth Avenue is the most gorgeous bright red with a cream finish. I’ve owned this one before and used the whole thing because it really is such a beautiful red shades that’ll suit most skin tones. Watermelon is a darker pink shade that I’ve also owned before and loved it for the warmth it has without being too neon on the hands. Both of these guys have the best formulation and wear time but as always I recommend the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat for awesome wear of just about any nail polish (seriously it’s that good!).


The colours that are obviously inspired by the ocean include Aruba Blue and Mint Candy Apple. Aruba Blue is the most beautiful metallic shade of royal blue and it’s honestly unlike any other blue polish I’ve seen. I haven’t tried it on the nails yet but I’ll keep you posted over on Instagram with how I go. Mint Candy Apple is a very famous pastel mint colour that had its moment on the internet almost three or four years ago. everyone was wearing it and despite being a beauty addict I never got around to purchasing. I can report back with it’s a fab colour and a great one if your mani is looking FINE because I got alot of compliments on this shade.


It wouldn’t be a summer collection with a coral shade and Resort Fling is the most coral shade they could’ve picked. It’s the type of shade that as soon as you pop it on the nails you instantly look more tanned so it’s a winner in my eyes. It does take a little too build up on the nails but 3 coats is a pass in my books. Another shade that was popular around the same time as Mint Candy Apple is Ballet Slippers and it was around the time that the barely there nail polish trend was happening. It’s a creamy white that’s very sheer and honestly I’ve never successfully built it up to be fully opaque because I don’t have much patience for more than three coats. What I will say if you work or go school some where that requires subtle nail polishes this is a fab one. One or two coats on the nails adds a little something without being in your face with colour. Three coats and it looks like you’ve a french manicure kind of so if you’re after something like that check it out.


Overall I do love all the shades and I’d recommend Watermelon, Fifth Avenue and Mint Candy Apple as my stand outs.


What are your favourites from this collection?


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    If this is what Essie Australia is going with this summer, then I’m SUPER disappointed (and a bit pissed off) because I bought most of the shades from the Viva Antigua! Summer 2016 collection (limited edition) whilst in the States. I was hoping they would be released here as I HATE the brushes that came with mine (too skinny), plus I was going to review them on my blog!

    Shell // The Novice Life

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      Yeah it does seem a little strange they’ve use permanent colours for the collection here. I’d love to know why!

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