Bring in the sheers! Following the new trend of buildable sheer nail polishes Essie has released a new collection. The Essie Silk Watercolor Collection! 8 translucent shades with 1 white base is included. I got them a few weeks ago. The Collection will be available exclusively in salons July 2015.
White Page – Crispy white, 2 coats.
Muse, Myself – Amber and appears more bright yellow over white base, 2 coats.
Art New-Beau – Tangerine but hot orange over white base, 2 coats.
Love Sheen – Rose but a little lighter over white base, 2 coats.
Blush Stroke – Very similar to Love Sheen but more raspberry. Looks the same over white base, 2 coats.
Highest Bidder – A magenta crimson that looks a little deeper over a white base, 2 coats.
No Shrinking Violet – Light violet but appears more purple over white base, 2 coats.
Point of Blue – Looks blue in the bottle but it’s more purple. Over a white base it looks periwinkle-ish, 2 coats.
Pen & Inky – Light teal and looks deeper over white base, 2 coats.
I really like the collection. The formula was the same across the board which is a rarity nowadays. If you want to wear these alone I suggest 2-3 coats each, the lighter colors are less opaque of course. Applying them over a white base makes them vibrant but you still need 2 coats over that. The only issue I have is that they take long to dry.
I know you want to know how they compare to the new OPI Color Paints. The Color Paints are more opaque and while I love that collection these are more nail design friendly. The OPI Sheer Tints released last summer are way thicker and translucent. The Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies also released last summer are more translucent and jellish.
I don’t think these will be in drugstores, seems like they are being promoted towards nail professionals thus being carried only in salons. The bottles retail for $8.99 each. I bought them from NailSupplies.us for cheaper.