Essie has two collections you should know about. The first (because wedding season is upon us) is their 2011 bridal collection. I can’t help feeling that Essie basically owns the bridal-polish category, and their 2011 collection is a sweet quartet of matrimonial options.
Better Together is a sheer pale pink. Maid to Honor is a sheerer nude pink. If you have longer nails and don’t like visible nail line, you may want to try these two over white (though I like VNL with nude, natural shades).
Borrowed & Blue is an opaque, Pottery-Barn-bridal blue creme. I hadn’t thought of it before, but the idea of nail polish as “something blue” is pretty cute. Also, if you missed out on St. Barth’s Blue from a few years ago, this might satisfy your craving. First Dance is bright, hot red — a cute color for toes, a nice option for a beach-destination wedding.
The bridal collection is in Ulta now (I’m not sure if it’s being carried by CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, or Target). The shades are $8 each.
The resort collection was inspired (nominally) by an African safari… Though it swatches like a girly, cute African safari.
Your Hut or Mine is a bright, tropical, hibiscus pink with a tiny-shimmer/satin finish. Lion Around is cotton-candy pink with a subtle frost, yielding a more pronounced satin finish. Da Bush is a khaki-mint creme. Fair Game is a slate blue shimmer. I like all four.
The Resort collection polishes are also $8 apiece, but the collection is “pro-only” — which means you won’t see it in Ulta. Many salons are willing to sell polish, so you might pick up a bottle there. You may also have some luck at nail-supply-type stores.
These polishes were provided for swatching purposes.