January 27, 2012

Essie Spring 2012 Navigate Her Collection Swatches

Happy Friday!! Anyone have fun plans this weekend? I DO!! I'm going the ISSE show in Long Beach this weekend, it's basically a big expo kind of thing with nail & hair and education and whatnot...a lot of the big brands like China Glaze, OPI, Essie, Orly, Nubar etc... will be there. I've never been before but it looks like fun. I'll take as many pictures as I can so I can share the whole thing with you guys! Maybe there will be some fun sneak peeks of collections or something...that would be great!

Today I have Essie's Spring collection, the Navigate Her Collection to show you guys! I found this a couple weeks ago mixed in with the core Essie display at CVS. Hopefully by now it's out on a regular display...good thing there is a fabulous green in here that caught my eye among all those other Essie polishes!

Click the Read More button below the collage for reviews and photos of each shade!





A Crewed Interest is a peachy creme. I love love love this shade so much, creamy peach shades like this are some of my favorites. Unfortunately, this beauty had some formula issues. It was streaky, patchy, hard to apply etc... I ended up using 3 very careful coats to get it to look good. Despite the less than amazing formula I guarantee I will wear this again, sometimes polishes are so pretty that I can deal with a yucky formula...this is one of those shades.


Navigate Her is a light green. I was going to try and be more descriptive about the green but it's unusual, like a dark pistachio maybe? Sometimes I suck at describing colors, this is one of those times. I will say that if you like green, you need this. It's gorgeous and I can see why it's the namesake of the collection. The formula was pretty good on this one, no issues! I used 2 coats for the photos below!



Olé Caliente is a bright coral red. This is the very very red side of coral but you can still tell it's coral, I was having some issues photographing it because of that haha! I'm not one to be all OMG over a red looking creme but this one is beautiful, one that deserves to be seen in person if you are on the fence about it. The formula was AWESOME, I was like whoa when I was applying it! I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Sorry about the shadow-y photos here guys, like I mentioned it was hard to get this to photograph color correct, these were the only 2 photos out of over 100 that were right.



Orange, It's Obvious is a dark orange creme. I love me some orange so I was excited about this when I saw it, unfortunately the formula was a bit of a nightmare. It was horribly streaky and I needed 4 coats to even it out. I do like this shade of orange though, it's dark but bright. I'm guessing by the way that my camera kept wanting to make this neon that there is some neon pigment hidden in there somewhere.


To Buy Or Not To Buy is a light lilac with the most hidden blue shimmer you will ever NOT be able to see in your entire life. I was all ohhh ahhh when I saw the shimmer in the bottle then I put it on the and I needed a microscope to actually see the shimmer. I am disappoint, son. Pretty lilac either way but meh...shimmer being invisible = me no longer being interested. Formula wise it was a bit streaky and patchy, I used 3 coats to even it all out.


Here is a horribly color inaccurate bottle picture to show you that awesome shimmer I told you about. I guess I'll just stare at the bottle since I can't see it on the nail


Tour De Finance is a bright blue toned hot pink with a purple flash of shimmer. I was not expecting to like this but man...it's my favorite of the collection! I wore this under Lynnderella Connect The Dots and it was mind blowing. I think I might even put that combo back on for the ISSE show! Maybe not the most original polish ever but since I don't own a ton of hot pinks it's pretty unique in my stash. The formula was nice and easy. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

fun fact...because I'm lazy I only used 1 coat of this on my right hand under Connect The Dots and it looked great that way too :)



Overall this collection is a win for me, it's hit or miss formula wise but there are some winners in here color wise. I really love Tour De Finance, Navigate Her and Olé Caliente. A Crewed Interest is nice too but if you don't want to fuss with the formula then it's probably not for you.

The Navigate Her collection is available now, I found it at CVS...it's also on some of the etailers already (Transdesign, Head2Toe). Essie retails for around $8, depending on where you buy it. I noticed that it's more expensive at CVS than it is at Ulta...what's up with that, CVS?!? Best Blogger Tips
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61 comments:

  1. A Crewed Interest and Navigate Her = Pure love. Ahh they are to die for. Beautiful swatches as well. Can't wait until my nails grow out, they are a bit puny at the moment. :/

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  2. too bad the shimmer isn't visible in To Buy Or Not To Buy. bc it would have been the only polish I wanted to have from this collection.. so now it's nothing special! :(
    love your swatches though!

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  3. Tour de Finance and To Buy Or Not To Buy are my favourites! :)

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  4. Nice collection.   Sadly I have all these shades in my collection but they are nice!  It is bizarre the price fluctuations even between different CVS locations. I have 2 in my area and they both have different prices on products.  ANNOYING!  

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  5. To Buy Or Not To Buy = Nice is Nice?

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  6. I love these bright colours. I have ordered A Crewed Interest, I'm looking forward to the colour but sounds like application might be a pain!! Sooooo jealous about the nail and beauty show!! Sounds like it will be fun :)

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  7. the_lacquerologistJanuary 27, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    Gorgeous!!  I love that green! =) Have fun at the ISSE show!!

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  9. I love Olé caliente! Btw.. 8$! Here in portugal they retail for 10€ ! LOL Thats like 13$! 

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  10. So gald you swatched these! I was about to buy this collection the other day but I was a little iffy. I definitely have to get my hands on A Crewed Interest and Navigate Her and maybe Ole Caliente. They're gorgeous! I'm a little disappointed at To Buy or Not to Buy...the blue shimmer not showing up is a downer. It would probably make it stand out against similar colors that I own. Overall though, great colors. Thanks for the review!
     
    Have you swatched the Go Overboard collection?

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  11. Navigate Her = <3 

    I need to find this collection soon. I want to see the bottle shimmer for "To Buy Or Not To Buy" and then decided if I'll buy it ... ;)

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  12. lovely shades. The pink one is great

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  13. Thank you for the - as always fabulous - swatches. I would have bought the orange, but now I'll wait until OPI's Duch Collection is out, and for now settle with Navigate Her and Tour De Finance

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  14. Wow.  Thank you for the swatches!  I see some in this collection that are must-haves for me!  Thank you!

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  15. I haven't spotted this in stores yet but you betcha I'm hunting this weekend!

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  16. Navigate Her and To Buy Or Not To Buy <3 I need those! Great swatches, thanks=)

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  17. This collection is meh to me. The green is nice, but not enough for me to like it. I'm not big on red and oranges, either. 

    Last month, I saw Target retailing the retail Essie's (the winter collection) for over $9. I about had a cat and half. 

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  18. Great swatches! Will definitely have to get some from this collection :)

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  19. Love To Buy or Not to Buy...and the name is oh-so-appropriate!

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  20. OOOH, I picked up Navigate her a coupla weeks ago and I also LOVE IT. I would agree with you, that's a color in the pistachio family. So, so pretty.

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  21. Theres no way I could justify getting another red creme but I REALLY love Ole Caliente!

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  22. Oh WOW! Together the colours look so, so beautiful.

    xoxo

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  23. I love that green, I only own 3 bottles of Essie polish though as I find the formula to not be the greatest...I may have to pick this up though

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  24. These look beautiful, but nothing I'm dying to get as of right now.

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  25. I love that orange and coral red! 

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  26. I am in love with the Orange and Coral Red <3 

    xx http://thingsipurchase.blogspot.com/

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  27. All your spring collection swatches have been beautiful! I think I need to pick up Navigate Her..is it close at all the the Deborah Lippmann one that came out with Footloose? The name is slipping my mind...

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  28. It's similar-ish but the Deborah Lippmann is lighter and a little bit more yellow toned

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  29. I posted swatches of Armed & Ready from that collection here: http://www.thepolishaholic.com/2012/01/essie-armed-and-ready.html

    Most likely I won't post the rest of the collection, the other 2 new shades from it looked so close to polishes I already have that I didn't buy them

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  30. disappointed to hear that about the 
    Orange, It's Obvious ! that was the one I was considering (along with Navigate Her). Alas

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  31. Hm, they look so pretty in photos and in the bottle, but they swatch much different than I expected. Still loving the collection though :)

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  32. Omg, gorgeous!!! You're amazing at swatching. I fell in love with the green and the coral red. :)

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  33. Omg, gorgeous!!! You're amazing at swatching. I fell in love with the green and coral red. :)

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  34. I picked up Nice is Nice from the French Affair collection last spring, how does To Buy Or Not To Buy compare? Looks like TBONTB is more pink? And NIN is greyish? (hard to tell just looking at your swatches, clicking back & forth from one screen to the other, haha!) Ohhh, and, could you punch up the blue sparkle maybe by using a CND effect, maybe? Maybe I can do that on top of NIN & make my own awesome layering combo!!

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  35. No swatch for Play Date? It is such an amazing lilac! Probably my favorite out of the collection! You need that one ASAP!

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  36. I was most interested in Navigate Her and it did not disappoint! I absolutely love that shade! Thanks for the swatches! :)

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  37. Play Date is in the Go Overboard Collection. I saw it in the store and it didn't really do much for me so I didn't buy it :(

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  38. Very beautiful.  I wanted to get A Crewed Interest and Navigate Her. I'm so excited!

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  39. chromacraze.blogspot.comJanuary 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Ohh! The light green and purple are amazing!

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  40. wow your swatches are amazing and im sure those are hard work to do! so thank you for always posting great material!

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  41. Thank you <3

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  42. Tour de Finance is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing these swatches!

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  43. I wanted that peach, but if formula is bad, I don´t know. Can you thnki in any dupe?

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  44. looking so forward to getting some of these, thanks for swatches :D

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  45. Oh I am loving To Buy or Not to Buy and Navigate Her! :D  Beautiful swatches, and thank you for sharing!

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  46. Ooo, so glad to see these swatches! I am love love loving the green, peach, and lilac colors the most!

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  47. Thanks for the post, your nails always look awesome! I was disappointed in Navigate Her. I was hoping for just a little more of a yellow-green. But I'm surprised by A Crewed Interest, it looks gorgeous I so have to get it :D

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  48. Just put on A Crewed Interest. I definitely agree about the formula! Hard to work with, but I will be wearing this again. SO pretty. It only took two coats for me, but I put semi thick coats on

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  49. Fabulous blog and swatches. I have saved you. I <3 polish and you are awesome! 

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  50. Hi, got a question for you re. Essie Ole Caliente vs. OPI Red Lights as I've seen swatches where both look very bright and almost neon like but your swatches of them look dustier.  The brighter the better for me so would you be able to recommend one over the other? Thanks in advance! x

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  51. they are a bit brighter in person, it was hard to get the color and brightness accurate lol! I definitely prefer the Essie, the formula was amazing on that polish!

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  52. Ole Caliente and Too Too Hot look exactly the same in the bottle, I noticed at Ulta.  Can you do a swatch comparison, please?

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  53. love love love a crewed interest and navigate her! still undecided on tour de finance though, not sure if it's for me!

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  54. So orange is my absolute favorite color, and with a tan it's my favorite summer toe color. I bought Orange, It's Obvious after deciding that yes, I absolutely need it. I haven't tried it yet but UGH your review has me so nervous! I am so disappointed! If it is as bad as you say, I'll definitely be ordering the orange from the OPI Netherlands collection.

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  55. Hmm tour de finance looks a lot like super bossa nova. Can you tell a difference?

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  56. I don't own Supper Bossa Nova, not sure how they compare. Sorry!

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  57. I have the Tour de Finance and absolutely LOVE!  But actually LOVE essie polishes!  am kinda finding for the most part that oranges are a bit of an issue in the application department.  have been on several nail blogs and really like yours the most...no need to keep up with numerous ones when you do such a good job!  THX!!!

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  58. I bought the mini collection and I'm with you. Buy Or Not To Buy (the lilac) is a bit of a disappointment but overall is a pretty selection for the spring. I was never into hot pinks but I love Tour De Finance (lost of compliments too!)! Ole calient has go to be my favourite though! It's a classic

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