ESSIE BRIDAL 2016 COMPLETE MANIGEEK GUIDE

You don't have to be chapel-bound to wear this collection, but it's ideal for your whole wedding crew if you're heading that way.
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You don't have to be chapel-bound to wear this collection, but it's ideal for your whole wedding crew if you're heading that way.
Essie Bridal 2016 Beautygeeks Sneak Peek

Essie Bridal 2016 

The Essie Bridal 2016 Collection has your entire party covered from flower girl to bride, and from bridal shower to honeymoon. It’s a lovely six shades of bridal perfection and we should look! After we look, stick pics!

essie bridal 2016 swatches & review

Essie Between the Seats_Essie Bridal 2016 Swatches Review

Essie Between the Seats – Essie Bridal 2016

Essie Between the Seats – Essie Bridal 2016 (above). Essie calls this a “seductively grey lilac” but I call it a barely-lilac-tinted ivory crème. The pinky-lilac shows up more on the nail than in the bottle, but it’s there. And that’s just two super-easy coats - the formula on this one was swell. To get good crisp lines at the cuticle, remember to start higher up on the nail, fan your bristles a little, and push down towards the cuticle before the full-on swipe up the nail. (See the technique here.)

Essie Steal His Name_Essie Bridal 2016 Swatches Review

Essie Steal His Name – Essie Bridal 2016

Essie Steal His Name – Essie Bridal 2016 (above). Pretty, pretty peachy milkshake! That’s three coats because two wasn’t enough to get this result and yes, I left her a little sheer because I think she’s best like that for a wedding event.

Essie Coming Together _Essie Bridal 2016 Collection Swatches Review

Essie Coming Together – Essie Bridal 2016

Essie Coming Together – Essie Bridal 2016 (above). If I just repeat myself and say pretty, pretty strawberry milkshake here, would that be wrong? That’s two coats because again, I think for weddings, a touch of sheer is nice – apparently, so does Essie!

Essie Passport to Happiness_Essie Bridal 2016 Collection Swatches

Essie Passport to Happiness – Essie Bridal 2016

Essie Passport to Happiness – Essie Bridal 2016 (above). Gah! So much stealth shimmer! Amaze! That’s two quick and simple coats to a green we’re sort of familiar with from Essie, but really the stealth shimmer in here wins all the things. Like, all. My notes also say the finish on this shade is satin - be sure to top coat for extra glossy!

Essie Groom Service_Essie Bridal 2016 Swatches Review

Essie Groom Service – Essie Bridal 2016 (above)

Essie Groom Service – Essie Bridal 2016 (above). If you’re me, you just stopped right in your tracks and said “Dat Violet!” I love her. She is beauty. You’re looking at two coats there. The first will be patchy and scary, but the second coat will bring it all together. Just use a little more on your brush than you think for the second coat. Do like that and you’ll see. I know things.

Essie Bridal 2016 Collection Swatches and Review_Essie Mrs Always Right

Essie Mrs Always-Right – Essie Bridal 2016 (above)

Essie Mrs Always-Right – Essie Bridal 2016 (above). Okay, here’s the thing about this photo. My index finger only has one coat and the rest have two. Why? Well so you can see that you can get complete, fairly opaque coverage (to the shade it shows in the bottle) in one. However, if you decide to do two coats, it’s going to deepen and show a shade darker than it does in the bottle. Either way, she’s lovely and dusty in all her cranberry-terra-cotta-ness.

Essie Mrs Always Right_Essie Bridal 2016 Collection Swatches Review

Essie Mrs Always-Right – Essie Bridal 2016 (above)

Essie Mrs Always-Right – Essie Bridal 2016 (above). And here she is with two full coats. Kind of autumn-esque with the dusty warmth of it, but also kind of great for a shower or a rehearsal dinner or even a honeymoon!

Shall we compare now? You know you wanna!

essie bridal 2016 comparison swatches

Essie Between the Seats Comparison Swatches Dupes_Essie Bridal 2016 Collection

Essie Between the Seats comparison swatches

Essie Between the Seats comparison swatches (above). Interesting, huh? I got nuthin’ that’s even remotely close in all my 1000’s of sticks. Cabana Boy is the closest, but it’s a frost.

Essie Groom Service Comparison Swatches Dupes_Essie Bridal 2016 Collection

Essie Groom Service comparison swatches

Essie Groom Service comparison swatches (above). How about that! Not dupetastical to anything! Similar, yes – but as we all know, similar does not equal same. *Note: yes, there’s a zug on my Lapiz of Luxury stick. Lapiz of Luxury is not to be confused with Lapis of Luxury which is blue – there were shade issues, it’s true. I have 2 polishes, one with a Z and one with an S. This is the purple Z. Oh, the stick codes: SH CSM is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure and IS is for OPI Infinite Shine.

Essie Passport to Happiness Comparison Swatches Dupes_Essie Bridal 2016 Collection

Essie Passport to Happiness comparison swatches

Essie Passport to Happiness comparison swatches (above). You’re looking at this and thinking all of those are dupes. Truth? None of them is a dupe. Not one. Passport to Happiness, while similar in shade, is definitely not similar in terms of the Stealth Shimmer crammed in there. None of those has shimmer hiding in them, ergo none of them is a dupe. Ta da!

Essie Mrs Always Right Comparison Swatches_Essie Bridal 2016 Collection

Essie Mrs Always-Right comparison swatches

Essie Mrs Always-Right comparison swatches (above). Close… so close. But not the same. Nope.

I’m not doin' comparisons for the other two shades because you know you’ve got something close enough in your archives already. If you don’t, then you best get shoppin’! And, I should also mention that stick swatches won't perfectly match mani swatches on account of the fact they're on a white sheet of paper instead of on my digits. They are (as always), as close as I can get them to the shades in the bottles.

Now I need to know what strikes your bridal fancy. And what just strikes your polish collection fancy? Me? I’ma keep ‘em all because they’re all so pretteh!

Essie Bridal 2016 Swatches and Review

Essie Bridal 2016 Beautygeeks composite

Availability: Essie Bridal 2016 Collection is on-shelf now at mass market retailers all over the place. In the US, you can also find it on Amazon.com or at Ulta.com. Here in Canada, there’s your always trusty TradeSecrets.ca too. For more information on all things Essie, head on over to Essie.ca.

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Manicures & natural light photographs Karen Falcon (she’s having fried chicken for dinner!)
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