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Essie Spring 2015 Flowerista Swatches

Essie Spring 2015 Flowerista Swatches Below

Essie spring 2015 launches across Canada in March. That’s only a month away and for me, it can’t come soon enough. We’re talkin’ about beautiful saturated shades like Essie Flowerista and Garden Variety along with your standard spring neutrals and a pretty perfect grey called Petal Pushers. Let’s look, yes?

Essie Spring 2015

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essie spring 2015: swatches

Essie Spring 2015 Flowerista

Essie Flowerista – Essie Spring 2015

Above: Essie Flowerista. It’s plum-tastical!! I took a couple shots of this pretty plum ‘cause with slight changes in ambient lighting, the shade looks remarkably different. Which shot is more accurate? Well they both are. Weird, right?

Essie Flowerista Spring 2015

Essie Flowerista – Essie Spring 2015

Above: Essie Flowerista again. On my side of the screen, the levels of brightness and “punch” are both 100% correct. Dunno if your viewing device will show the marginal differences but I’ve included both shots just in case it does. Flowerista shows a little a differently depending on how the light hits it. Whichever you see when you look on yourself, it’s freakin’ gorgeous. Oh, and guess what! That’s a OCW!!! for me! Yes, the polish consistency is a little sticky but if you get exactly the right amount on your brush and go slow and steady, you can do it in one.

Essie Petal Pushers Spring 2015

Essie Petal Pushers – Essie Spring 2015

Above: Essie Petal Pushers. A steely, slate grey that to me, is perfect in every way – especially in the OCW!!! way! Yes friends, it’s a One Coat Wonder. I don’t know if it’ll be that way for everyone but that's how it worked for me. I think that’s a combination of a spectacular formula and maybe a bit of my practice at polishing. Hopefully you can do it in one but if you can’t, no big deal – do it in two. S'worth it.

Essie Spring 2015 Garden Variety

Essie Garden Variety – Essie Spring 2015

Above: Essie Garden Variety. Boy-O-Boy this was a tough shade to shoot. In a couple pictures it actually turned out blue (I left those pictures out). It’s another instance of different lighting making huge differences to the naked eye. Regardless, Garden Variety is a teal blue as opposed to a teal green. That’s two stupendously easy coats. Good level, good shine, and a colour I don’t yet have from Essie! Yay!

Essie Garden Variety Spring 2015

Essie Garden Variety - Spring 2015

Above: Essie Garden Variety again. A teeny shift in the lighting makes a huge difference on this side of the screen. Canya see it?

Essie Spring 2015 Blossom Dandy

Essie Blossom Dandy – Essie Spring 2015

Above: Essie Blossom Dandy. Holy crap I love this colour. Yes, Essie keeps putting out minty green shades (hello, Fashion Playground and Mint Green Apple) but this one is different. I swear! It’s an icy cool minty blue and it is fabulous. Coverage wasn’t great with this one. This is two coats and it’s still a little patchy on my index, down the sidewall of my middle, and up near the cuticle of my ring finger. I solved that prollem though! Oh -- and please don't pin this photo. Next one is better...

Essie Blossom Dandy Spring 2015

Essie Blossom Dandy - Spring 2015

Above: Essie Blossom Dandy – three coats. See? Problem solved. You want this shade. I can tell.

Essie Picked Perfect Spring 2015

Essie Picked Perfect – Spring 2015

Above Essie Picked Perfect. Essie is calling this an “antique almond peony” and really, it is. It’s also excellent coverage and nice ‘n shiny in two easy coats.

Essie Perennial Chic Spring 2015

Essie Perennial Chic – Spring 2015

Above Essie Perennial Chic. I’m gonna call this an apricot nude and Essie is gonna call it a “tawny tulip”. Either way, it’s pretty for spring even though it’s not a particularly ground-breaking shade. The formula is pretty sweet though.

I tell ya what, Essie has made some changes and I’ve noticed. Their formulas have been working much better with that brush they refuse to change, and the shine and saturation of pigment has really brought a new depth of colour to many of their recent polishes. I don’t know exactly what they’re doing but whatever it is, I’m a fan.

While you're here, check this out! I found a bunch of sticks lying around so I made a thing of Essie Spring 2015 Comparison Swatches for you! If there are other things you think might be sorta the same, holla and if I have the sticks, I take the pics! I know lots of you are thinking about Blossom Dandy vs Mint Candy Apple and Fashion Playground...

Essie Spring 2015 Comparison Swatches

Essie Spring 2015 Comparison Swatches

I also just made you this whole 'nuther post that's stuffed with Essie Spring 2015 Comparison Swatches. I whipped out my sticks just for you, yo!

And now, for your viewing pleasure, a little how-to on creating that incredibly cute Essie Picking Wildflowers manicure (image via Essie Canada):

Essie Spring 2015 Picking Wildflowers

Essie Picking Wildflowers: How To

Essie Spring 2015 Flowerista manicure how-to

Essie Spring 2015 Picking Wildflowers mani -- you gonna do it?

Essie Spring 2015 is expected on-counter March 2015. For more information, visit We’re still waiting for our release of Essie Resort 2015 so I haven’t got a link for that yet but I do have a link to our smashing swatches of Essie Cashmere Mattes 2015 and this other one to the Comparison Swatches.

Manicures and photographs by Karen Falcon (she thinks you should do this Picking Wildflowers mani to give winter the finger)