Naughty nautical The summer nail polish collection this lacquer lover just had to have (all six shades!)

Essie Summer 2013 The summer nail polish collection this lacquer lover just had to have (all six shades!)

Hello, my name is Natacha, and I’m a nail polish addict.

This is probably the one platform, besides my own blog, where I can be blatantly obvious about my addiction. (Then again, don’t we all have some sort of beauty weakness here at beautyeditor?) I have more than 100 bottles of polish and counting, but when I saw Essie’s Summer 2013 collection—after first gasping and then Googling for swatches as quickly as my fingers would let me—I knew I had to have all six colours.

As I predicted from admiring the shades on my computer screen, the real-life versions don’t disappoint. (Just so you know, all the photos below are two coats of polish with one coat of topcoat.)

Shall we get to it?

Full Steam Ahead

Essie Summer 2013 Full Steam Ahead The summer nail polish collection this lacquer lover just had to have (all six shades!)

Full Steam Ahead is a soft lilac colour with subtle shimmer running through it (which four other shades in the collection have as well). Purple is my favourite colour so I’m automatically a fan of this one, and it applied really nicely, too.

Naughty Nautical

Essie Summer 2013 Naughty Nautical The summer nail polish collection this lacquer lover just had to have (all six shades!)

Naughty Nautical is the prettiest teal colour I think I’ve ever seen. I mean, how can you not love it? It’s so perfect for summer; just bright enough without being annoying (um, please imagine this colour on your toes with a tan… I KNOW). It definitely stands out for me amongst all the shades and again, applied nice and easy, just how I like it.

Rock the Boat

Essie Summer 2013 Rock the Boat The summer nail polish collection this lacquer lover just had to have (all six shades!)

Rock the Boat is a pale blue shade with the same shimmer seen throughout the collection. This is the only colour where I already had a similar shade (but not identical, therefore justifying my having both—duh!). You can get away with two coats, but for full opacity, they either have to be pretty thick or you need to go for a third layer. It’s a little sheer, which makes it slightly streaky, but not nearly enough for me to get annoyed. I also wore this on vacation for a week straight and it held up extremely well, considering I applied two coats and topcoat in a very rushed five minutes. Basically no chipping. Perf.

Sunday Funday

Essie Summer 2013 Sunday Funday The summer nail polish collection this lacquer lover just had to have (all six shades!)

Sunday Funday is a coral-pink shade that I can wear all summer. I don’t need to tell you it’s beautiful because you have eyes, so you can see its gorgeousness. Opaque in two coats with no-fuss application. I like.

The Girls Are Out

Essie Summer 2013 The Girls Are Out The summer nail polish collection this lacquer lover just had to have (all six shades!)

The Girls Are Out (okay, seriously, I want to be the person that names nail polish—where can I apply for that job?) is a peony fuchsia pink. I’d have to say it was my least favourite of the bunch, but only because I don’t find it works that well with my skin tone. Regardless, the shimmer is gorgeous in this one and it was great to apply.

The More the Merrier

Essie Summer 2013 The More the Merrier The summer nail polish collection this lacquer lover just had to have (all six shades!)

The More The Merrier is the unexpected one of the group; the odd one out. And maybe that’s why I’m head over heels for it. Unlike the other five, it’s a creme colour (which means there’s nothing fancy like shimmer or glitter in it). It’s a completely random neon-y bright but works so well. Really opaque and a dream to apply. I’m obsessed.

I think by now you know how I feel about this collection. I rarely (I mean, like, never) covet all of the colours that come out in a single collection, but Essie, you’ve done well. From a polish hoarder’s perspective, I definitely think all the shades are worth having—and the uniqueness factor gets bumped tenfold by the shimmer that runs through five of the polishes.

What can I say? I’m in love!

So tell me:

Have you checked out—or bought something—from this collection yet?
Which one is your favourite shade?
What’s your go-to summer nail colour?

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11 Comments

Zoe Gruss
Friday, June 28/2013 at 7:27 am

The More the Merrier is such a gorgeous shade! It really is unexpected, but it is highly pigmented and as a result the colour is exquisite! Such a beautiful summer colour and one that I can see being used in several nail art patterns!

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Natacha Medeiros
Saturday, June 29/2013 at 9:51 am

Hi Zoe! I know, isn’t it just beautiful? You’re right, it’s definitely perfect for summer and would so pop in some fun nail art!

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Meeka
Friday, June 28/2013 at 2:48 pm

Naughty Nautical, Sunday Funday and The More The Merrier are all calling my name. I can’t say as I find this collection all that unique (I have an obscene number of polishes in my house) but they are quite pretty all the same.

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Natacha Medeiros
Saturday, June 29/2013 at 9:53 am

Hi Meeka! Though the colours themselves might not be super unique, I though the shimmer factor really made them special. I, too, have an obscene amount of polish (and I love it). Happy painting!

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Lexie
Friday, June 28/2013 at 4:38 pm

Yay, finally a nail person who has good nails on here! I love all of these except for The More the Merrier and The Girls are Out. Lovely nails and swatches, Natascha! Checking out your blog now x

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Lexie
Friday, June 28/2013 at 4:39 pm

Eeep totally spelled your name wrong! Apologies x

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, June 28/2013 at 5:02 pm

Aren’t her nails insane? So happy to have her contributing since I don’t even bother trying to do photos of mine (I’m definitely NOT a nail model!).

Rikki will be posting some new nail reviews soon too :)

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Natacha Medeiros
Saturday, June 29/2013 at 9:55 am

So happy to be on board!

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Natacha Medeiros
Saturday, June 29/2013 at 9:55 am

Thank you, Lexie! That’s so sweet of you. There will be much more nail stuff coming from me on Beauty Editor, so stayed tuned! Hope you enjoyed my blog :)

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Kate'shomesick
Friday, June 28/2013 at 8:16 pm

Her hands and nails are gorgeous. I also love that the nail polish is applied neatly. I hate how some bloggers just smear it right over the cuticles and don’t bother to clean it up. Studying classical singing, I at all times have to keep my nails very short because piano is a mandatory minor subject. I love my piano. It’s been my first love and I don’t mind keeping them very short but sometimes I just envy longer nails.

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Natacha Medeiros
Saturday, June 29/2013 at 9:58 am

Kate, that’s so nice of you to say! I know how you feel about envying long nails -for the longest time I could never keep my nails long to save my life and I always dreamt of beautiful, long nails. Now, I can finally grow them and haven’t looked back, though sometimes I miss the convenience (and quick painting!) of short nails.

P.S. It’s so interesting that you study classic singing!

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