Spring in a bottle: Essie Resort Fling

I’ll admit – normally I don’t like to bitch about the weather too much. We live in Canada, guys! It is what it is. But this year, I was SUPER ready for spring. It wasn’t just the bizarre-out-of-nowhere snowstorms (they at least happened on a Wednesday almost every time which meant a WHOLE LOTTA SNOW DAYS!), or the endlessly grey days that spanned for months. I think it partially was all the shit that went down that had me itching for spring and for a fresh start. So as soon as the sun peeked out even a *little bit* I was breaking out the obnoxiously colourful makeup, nail polish, and clothing. I have this awesome neon coral pink cardigan from H&M that honestly sears the eyes a little bit – every time I wear it, at least 3 people will say ‘Wow, that sweater is…BRIGHT’ (which I can never decipher to be a compliment or a put-down) – and I’ve been rocking it out non-stop just BECAUSE I WANT TO.

IMG_2197It really is that bright in real life

I always find the transition between winter and spring a bit odd when it comes to nail polish – I don’t want to get into the beach-ready brights just yet, but I’m SO DONE with the moody hues that seem to be seasonally appropriate for half the year here. Pastels are all well and good, but overall I wouldn’t say I’m all that *cute* and sometimes they can get a little saccharine to me. When I peeped swatches of the new Essie 2014 Resort collection online, I was instantly drawn to Resort Fling, but was unsure if it would work with my colouring, as it looked kinda orange which isn’t all that flattering on me. It reminded me of Zoya Arizona, which I LOVED in the bottle but HATED on the nail. It finally came in stock at Lawtons, and as soon as I saw it in person I was sold.

Essie Resort Fling

Described as a ‘creamy coral peach,’ I would say that it’s spot on. It’s more peach than coral, but that also means it’s further away from orange that I suspected, which is a good thing. It’s got a thinner formula which builds up nicely after two coats, though there is still a touch of VNL left. It doesn’t bother me that much with textures like this though; a juicy creme, almost jelly-like but not nearly as sheer – Essie’s Splash of Grenadine is very similar but a bit more creamy. ME LIKEY. Application was insanely easy – I did these swatches fairly haphazardly and got ’em done in no time flat.

Essie Resort Fling swatch Essie Resort Fling swatch Essie Resort Fling swatch

Ugh, I can’t even. I’m so happy with this shade! All the Essie shades I’ve been picking up lately have been knocking it out of the park for me I will say. It was a good lesson in ‘orange’ as well, as I realized I can come close to orange if it’s more in the peach vein rather than a more yellow-based orange.

Other than the fear of orange, another reason I held off on buying Resort Fling was that I thought it might be too close in colour to Chanel’s Orange Fizz, another shade that’s not really orange but more of a coral with an orange lean. Comparing them side by side, they looked nothing alike, but sometimes the eye can trick you.

Chanel Orange Fizz vs Essie Resort Fling

On the nail, it was clear that my fears were unnecessary, as the differences are clear. Resort Fling is not only lighter but much more ‘orange,’ whereas Orange Fizz has more pink tones in it.  The biggest similarity was their juicy creme/jelly formulas and insanely glossy finishes (I’m not even wearing top coat)!

Chanel Orange Fizz vs Essie Resort Fling swatches Chanel Orange Fizz vs Essie Resort Fling swatches

I love them both equally. For the current season though, I feel that Resort Fling is perfect – not too bright, not pastel, just pretty and spring-y and exactly what I wanted. I could probably alternate between this, Splash of Grenadine, and Essie Bikini So Teeny for the next few months and be quite happy 🙂

What say you? Do you go for full-on brights once spring arrives, or do you ease your way in to colour? Do you like polishes with a hybrid creme/jelly formula?

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  1. #1 by thinklovemakeup on April 20, 2014 - 11:59 am

    I love the essie polish its a great colour, and as for the bright sweater id wear it too 😉 Steph x

    • #2 by Latoya on May 2, 2014 - 6:58 am

      Heh, good to hear I’m not the only one trying to force spring into truly arriving! 🙂

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  2. #3 by Liz (@Reductionista) on April 20, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    I LOVE obnoxious brights now. That cardigan is win. Every year, I flirt with pastels for a bit and fling them aside as soon as the temperature hits 10C. Move over for summer goodness, mealy pale things!

    • #4 by Latoya on May 2, 2014 - 7:08 am

      Haha I know just what you mean, Liz! I like pastels for a hot second and the. I’m usually over it. April usually is the month they get some play and then BOOM. BRIGHTS!

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  3. #5 by Eugenia on April 22, 2014 - 8:30 am

    You call these swatches haphazard? They look fabulous to me! Love both shades on you and I’m glad you gave the Essie a shot! The cardigan is also totally spot-on with regards to ushering in some colour after the WINTER THAT WOULDN’T DIE plus you can always tone everything else down – or not!

    • #6 by Latoya on April 22, 2014 - 9:12 am

      Haha, I haven’t yet worn the sweater in an aggressively over the top manner – maybe I should try it some day! And yes, LOVING the Essie shade, I can’t get enough of it!

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  4. #7 by Amy on April 22, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    I loooove this color! Oranges don’t tend to work on me, either, so I may have to pick this up…

    Also that cardigan is AMAZING! I love bright clothing come spring 🙂

    • #8 by Latoya on May 2, 2014 - 7:18 am

      Yay! I think everyone is ready for warm weather. And you should definitely check out the Essie polish, it’s awesome!

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  5. #9 by Tracy@Beauty Reflections on April 29, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    Really pretty!

    • #10 by Latoya on May 3, 2014 - 5:59 pm

      Thanks Tracy!

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