18 May 2014

Essie Cocktails & Coconuts

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.

Essie Cocktails & Coconuts swatch

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.

Essie Cocktails & Coconuts swatch

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!


  1. I love this color! Just bought it last week and got a lot of compliments on it at work. It looks really beautiful on you! I wish the shimmer was a bit more pronounced. And two coats worked for me!

  2. Great shade. Makes me wonder what it would look like on me...
    Good luck with the flowers!

  3. I love this color! Cannot wait to see your flowers!

  4. I totally see the shimmer in there! Looks fab on you :)

  5. such a perfect nude =)
    the resort collection just isnt my cup of tea, but good for my money XD

  6. Nice nude and you're right, the shimmer shouldn't be so "shy" :-)


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