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........