Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rebecca Minkoff & Essie - Flowerista Spring 2015 Collection Swatches

Hi!

I was delighted to hear that Rebecca Minkoff has been appointed as Essie's Global Colour Designer. If her bags are anything to go by, this is really exciting news for the nail polish world.

The Rebecca/Essie collab kicks off this Spring with the Flowerista Collection, a range of six colourful shades to take you into Spring with a bang.

I have five of them here to show you - I didn't buy the sixth colour because it wasn't included in the miniature set. I didn't want to buy the full size because I knew I'd never wear it, so "I'm getting it for the blog" wasn't going to work, unfortunately. I'll talk about the missing colour in a minute, but for now - here are the ones I have. As usual, I bought them from Beautyzone2007.


All these swatches show a bottle shot from the Essie website, plus an indoor swatch, then an outdoor swatch. All pictures show two coats, no topcoat. I had no application problems with any of them. All polishes are cream formulas.

First up is Garden Variety, a dark teal.


Next, Blossom Dandy, a mint creme.


Thirdly, Flowerista, a fuschia/plum.


Next is Perennial Chic, described as "a neutral peach brown accented by creme rose highlights".


Finally, I have Petal Pushers, a slate grey.







The shade I didn't get is this one, Picked Perfect, described as "caramel brown mixed with a touch of red-violet" - I've seen swatches of this and it just doesn't look like something that would suit me, so I left it.






It's a really pretty collection, I love that a grey was included. Grey is a great colour for Springtime, especially when it leans towards lilac like this shade does.


The colours compliment each other really well - they mix n match perfectly. A few dabs of the other colours over a base gives a great accent nail.


The mint shade, Blossom Dandy, reminds me of several other creams. The teal shade, Garden Variety, reminds me of several other teals. I dug out a couple of other polishes in the same family and did a quick swatch:


L-R: Essie Garden Variety; Essie Naughty Nautical; Barry M Blue Moon; Essie Blossom Dandy; China Glaze For Audrey; Barry M Turquoise; Revlon Full House. Unfortunately I don't own Essie's Mint Candy Apple to compare it to Blossom Dandy, but it's definitely not a million miles away.

Overall I'm happy with the shades I purchased - I would have been happy with a miniature size of Garden Variety but as it wasn't included in the minis, I didn't mind buying the full size. I do think that I'll keep buying miniatures in future, the Essie ones give good bang for their buck compared to some other brands (you know-P.I. who I'm talking about).


The Flowerista Collection, the first one by Rebecca Minkoff, is available now at Boots and other pharmacies nationwide.

Essie don't ask me to review for them, I do it because I love the brand and I get SO excited when a new collection comes out. I bought all polishes in this post myself. And the ones from the 2015 Suite Retreat collection that I'm waiting patiently for the postman to bring me.

Do you know what would have been a great gift with purchase? A Rebecca Minkoff bag. I can dream........




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    1. I think that's my favourite too, love how it's a warm grey, perfect for a cold Spring! x

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  2. Blossom Dandy and Petal Pushers will be mine!!

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    1. Great choices! They are really nice, the formulas are great too x

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  3. Ooh I love the look of them all... Particularly Garden Variety and Petal Pushers... Fab photos missus!

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    1. Thanks a million Karen! I struggle with photos a bit so that's lovely to hear. To be honest I think they're all as nice as each other, love Petal Pushers but happy with the others too! x

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  4. Oooh, they are BEAUT! And your nails look so well, am jealous. Mine are raggedy.

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! The ones on my left hand are okay, the ones on my right hand are a different story altogether......like the nails of something that needs to dig for survival. Disaster. Anyway! Love this collection x

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  5. wow such fantastic colours! love them!

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    1. Essie really know how to do Spring colours x

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  6. Oh I just have to have blossom dandy the colour is stunning. Well they are all fabulous and I have a feeling I will be picking up more than 1 :)

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    1. Blossom Dandy is really nice! I've been wearing Flowerista for the past few days, lovely and bright :)

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  7. Never knew that you could get genune Essie from ebay, thank you so so so much for linking to that, I'm getting them all!!! (lol) I'm in love with all the shades, and in fairness who is going to use an entire massive bottle of nail varnish? I've only ever done it twice and that was with colours I wore for an entire summer. I loved how you dotted them all together too, they look so good. You've got such an eye for that kinda thing. Just one big happy vibe being sent your way, brill post as always! <3 xx

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  8. Those polishes tho- I love them all! Essie is one of my fave brands and those colours are perfectly spring appropriate! :) Might need to order me some Blossom Dandy and Flowerista ;)

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