Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Essie Bikini So Teeny Summer 2012 Collection - Review

At the moment Essie Bikini So Teeny is causing quite a stir on Twitter here in the UK
and as I have had the three of the six shades left un-reviewed I thought now would be ( I bought them in July...oops) as good as any time to share them before I share the Autumn collections,
that and they are still available in store (UK) and on eBay too (links at end of the post).

There is six shades in the Summer collection - Bikini So Teeny, Off the Shoulder (reviewed here),
Cascade Cool, Mojito Madness, All Tied Up and Fear or Desire.
I skipped Fear or Desire and All Tied up as one is a bright orange that I have plenty of in my stash
and the other is a mid toned rosy pink with gold shimmer particles that was less than appealing to me.

Bikini So Teeny - I'm a little confused to why this is causing such a stir as this mix of blue and lavender
has been around for a while now and many brands have shades really similar, that aside Bikini So Teeny
is a crème finish bluebell shade that shows glitter in the bottle yet does not translate on to the nails.
In my opinion this shade needs at least two shades to become opaque but even then
it is subject to streaking and drying a little patchy.
If you like this sort of shade then you may like Model's Own Beth's Blue,
Revlon Dreamer and Essie Lapiz of Luxury.

Cascade Cool - I truly adore this shade, I find this shade hard to define - is it mauve, is it pink?
Who knows but it is lovely and for me a step away from my neon and pastel pink shades.
This is fairly sheer but does have a crème like finish much like all the shades in this collection.
For me this is the stand out shade in the collection and the one I would say is hardest to dupe.
The kicker is that this shade does need three coats to be some what opaque.

Mojito Madness - Much like the title I bought this in a moment of madness and being Glaswegian
all I can see is Celtic Football Club green. If you like true kelly green polishes and want one
that applies opaque in two coats with a high sheen crème finish then this is one worth investigating in.

Online Stockists
As mentioned all of the mentioned shades are limited edition but can be found in selected Boots stores
but you can also pick up a mini set of four shades from the collection via Beauty Bay - link
who also stock the full size version of all six shades.
This eBay seller also stocks the full size bottles, ships worldwide (for free)
and is the cheapest I have found on the internet this far at £7.95 a bottle - link

Nail Polish Disclaimer - I no longer comment on the wear time as we all apply polishes differently (top/base coats etc) and as I change my polish almost daily sometimes several times a day due to swatching purposes I do not feel that I can fairly comment on wear time

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  1. I really loveee cascade cool :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  2. My family are all Glaswegians so I definitely see Celtic Green as well!

    1. Haha! I'm so glad someone else got that reference! Probably be good for St Paddys too?

  3. They're all lovely! Mojito Madness is really cool :) xx

  4. I think I like Mojito Madness the best out of the 3, although Cascade Cool is pretty too. :)

    1. That's the one shade I just can't get to grips with... I think it's because I never wear green :)

  5. love the pink colour!

  6. Loving cascade cool and bikini so teeny xx Not sure if its just cos I like the name ha ha xx Fab swatches another few colours for the wishlist ha ha xxx

    1. Hopefully the list isn't too long haha :)

  7. Love Bikini So Teeny - such a lovely summer-sky shade.

    1. Agreed shame summer never really made it to the UK haha :)

  8. I bought Bikini So Teeny today, I love the colour but, like you, I was a little disappointed that the glitter is barely noticable on the nail. But I still love the colour! :)

  9. i love the green :)

  10. I love cascade cool! Definitely my next purchase x

  11. I used Mojito Madness and barely there products. its always good and reasonable.


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