Essie Resort 2013 Mini Collection

I was watching a ‘Get Ready With Me’ video of Ingrid Nilsen (aka missglamorazzi) a couple of months ago and when I saw the nail colour she was wearing I knew I had to have it.  She has sported this particular colour on her nails quite a few times and it was mentioned in her ‘Spring & Summer Nail Polish Favourites’ video as well.  The name of the polish is First Timer and it is absolutely gorgeous!  More on this specific colour later…

Anyway, so I then had a look at the other polishes in the collection and was totally blown away by their vibrancy.  So I popped onto eBay (surprise, surprise!) and checked if there was a mini collection available at a decent price.  I found the most affordable seller’s price to be R 180,00 (including shipping) and I thought the price wasn’t too bad considering I’m getting 4 nail polishes containing 5ml each.  And I REALLY liked the colours in this collection, so I bought the mini collection.

Come Here!

This is a beautiful neon coral shade, it’s super creamy, not streaky at all and very easy to work with.  It looks more orange in sunlight and then looks a bit more red in a darker setting.

 First Timer

This is the one Ingrid was wearing in her ‘Get Ready With Me’ video.  What a special little shade this is!  It’s a bright, milky dark mint green shade – my heart literally skips a beat every time I look at this polish!  Consistency-wise it also isn’t streaky, it applies like a breeze and is quite opaque (I only need 2 coats).  I don’t normally wear green polishes on my nails (I only own 1 other green polish – Four Leaf Clover from China Glaze) but this one I really, really like!

Under Where?

Oooooh, this is a pretty, bright pastel purple shade.  It’s more of a warm-toned purple (which I prefer with my skintone) but unfortunately this one is a bit more difficult to work with.  It’s quite streaky and the most sheer out of all 4 polishes.

In The Cab-ana

In The Cab-ana is a muted, yet bright turquoise blue shade.  I would say the formula of this one is the best out of all the polishes in the collection, it’s opaque (only needs 2 coats), non-streaky and applies like a dream.  Essie’s Where’s My Chauffeur is a pretty good dupe for this one (it’s just a bit more green-toned) and Mint Candy Apple is a few shades lighter.


The swatches are in order as pictured above.

I’m very happy with this little collection as I don’t own any other similiar colours to these ones (and I own A LOT of nail polishes).  I do own Where’s My Chauffeur and Mint Candy Apple from Essie but In The Cabana is a bit different and applies more evenly.

I can see myself reaching for these 4 polishes quite frequently during the Spring and Summer months ahead.  I can’t wait for September to arrive!



  1. Chicara
    16 August 2013 / 09:48

    WOW WOW WOW! Those colours are amazing and your photos are so pretty as always. xx

    Good old Ingrid. My fave YT beauty girl. Also she’s the reason I’m always broke. Ha, ha. 😉

    • 16 August 2013 / 12:54

      Hahah! So true! She has great taste though!

      The colours are even better in person, to be honest! x

  2. 16 August 2013 / 11:28

    You write the prettiest posts :)I love First Timer and Under Where? Perfect summer colours!

    • 16 August 2013 / 12:55

      Thanks Nicole, it means so much coming from you! xxx

    • 16 August 2013 / 12:55

      They are the perfect spring & summer colours! 🙂

  3. 16 August 2013 / 12:34

    *swoon* these colours are gorgeous. I am not an Essie fan but I have never tried them. These are sooo pretty!!!!

    • 16 August 2013 / 12:57

      I love Essie polishes, some might turn out to be a bit streaky but they have the best colours! I love OPI for the textures they come up with and their Designer Series range *swoon*

  4. 16 August 2013 / 17:13

    These little mini’s are so cute! I wouldn’t want to use them, I’d keep them as souveniers and collect them! I love anything mini! 🙂
    Beautiful colors for spring and summer. Can’t wait for summer! 🙂

    • 16 August 2013 / 21:15

      The OPI minis are very cute! The Essie ones are a bit bigger and sturdier, still cute though! 🙂

      I am counting down the days, girl! xxx

  5. 16 August 2013 / 20:53

    I love the coral one! I would use these for toes because I always stick to natural kinds of nail colours for my fingers but go wild on my toes 🙂
    They make me think of summer though, I agree with everyone. Great post 🙂

    • 16 August 2013 / 21:17

      I used to be like that, only painted my finger nails with soft sheer pinks. Now I love wearing colour everywhere lol!

      Thank you, Bronwyn! Love it when you comment on my posts! 🙂

  6. Erin
    16 August 2013 / 21:13

    I lost and found 3 of those after I bought them. Love First Timer and In the Cab-ana, but I can’t find my Under Where.

    • 16 August 2013 / 21:18

      LOL! You made a funny without knowing it! 🙂

  7. 16 August 2013 / 21:35

    I love the red and purple 🙂

  8. 17 August 2013 / 20:07

    R180 is quite good if it includes shipping. These are all really pretty shades. I’m sure I have a very similar green from Essence.

    • 17 August 2013 / 22:03

      Yes, I also think R 180 isn’t too bad. I only own one Essence nail polish and am hesitant to buy any more of them because the one I have chips within a day of wear… 🙁

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