After a rich, dark glitter polish I wanted to go light and springtime, and gee, there was Essie Cocktails & Coconuts, looking at me all eager and ready to go.
From the Essie Resort 2014 spring collection, this is three coats of Cocktails & Coconuts, and what this polish looks like on you will likely depend on your
skin tone. It's not a true, light nude with any pink to it, but I would expect your skin's undertones to influence whether this
neutral shade leans more towards its buttery beige or putty/taupe side. I
also think it helps skew more neutral than nude if your skin is either darker or lighter than mine because--and I think my currently short nails underscore the
effect--it's more than a little mannequin on me.
My application was a bit messy, but that was much less to do with the formula than with how close it is to my own skin colour (but for the hint of taupe, it pretty much blends in, which made it kinda hard to see what I was doing >_<). The formula gave me a little pulling on the first coat, but for people who aren't me and thus don't have this weird "thing" with Essies that I seem to, 2-3 coats should be a very safe bet for creamysmooth opacity.
There's a pale, silver shimmer in the bottle, but I have learned not to rely the promise of Essie's "hidden shimmers." I've seen a few swatches of this polish where it made a gorgeous, if shy, appearance--and if you look closely you can see a hint of it here as well--but it wasn't really visible to my naked eye. Truthfully I'd have to consider Cocktails and Coconuts' shimmer a bonus, rather than an outright feature.
All in all, Essie Cocktails & Coconuts is a beautiful beige, but given my skin tone, it's one I don't expect to wear by itself very much. I do, however, expect to wear it pretty much constantly while committing nail art! Matter of fact, soon as I'm done writing, imma go hit these nails with some flowers. Wish me luck!