Today I am sharing with you swatches of the Essie Summer 2012 Bikini So Teeny Collection swatches as well as some comparisons that I can find from my stash.
Off The Shoulder
Bright medium pink. This one has excellent formula, richly pigmented and applied smoothly. Two coats gave you a very saturated and vivid colour. It looks way better on nails than in the bottle.
I do not have that many hot pinks in my stash, the closest I can find are Zoya Lara and Deborah Lippmann Pop Life.
I think Lara is more fuchsia pink while Pop Life looks a close match to Off The Shoulder.
Zoya Lara - Essie Off The Shoulder - Deborah Lippmann Pop Life
A light pastel pink creme. Rather disappointing formula. It's streaky and runny. I have to apply 3 coats to get a even saturated colour. Besides, I don't think this shade compliments my skin tone at all!
Comparison pic. Kiko 314 turns out to be completely different from Cascade Cool. Zoya Shelby is more warm toned. Nfu Oh Jelly Series 11 looks quite similar but a tad lighter. (I have 4 coats of Nfu Oh JS11 in my pic.)
Kiko 314 - Nfu Oh JS11 - Essie Cascade Cool - Zoya Shelby
All Tied Up
Rosy bronze with a gold shimmer. Formula for this shade is spot on, highly pigmented and applied like a dream in 2 coats. However, this colour is not very summery for me. I think it's more of a fall colour.
When I first saw All Tied Up, I immediately thought of OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes from their Holland Collection. It turns out GGTS is less rosy. Essie All Tied up has a much more prominent golden shimmer and comparatively more pigmented.
Fear Or Desire
This is one hot orange and it surprised me the most out of the bunch. It's a bright and eye-popping colour which you can't imagine just looking at the bottle. However, its formula is rather sheer. It looks flat on the bottle but comes to life after 3 coats. It also dries a shade darker than it appears on the bottle.
Models Own Beach Party (from Hed Kandi Collection) and China Glaze Orange You Hot? (from 2012 Summer Neons collection) are completely different. The closet match is Zoya Arizona but still, it's much less vibrant compared to Fear Or Desire.
Models Own Beach Party - Zoya Arizona - Essie Fear Or Desire - China Glaze Orange You Hot?
Bikini So Teeny
Soft periwinkle blue with a very subtle silver shimmer. Horrible formula. It's so sheer that bald spots, dragging and pooling occurred all at the same time. It needs at least 3 coats to get a decent even finish. Despite this unfortunate shortcoming, the colour is quite nice.
No comparable shades in my stash. Nails Inc for Instyle Bluebell is quite close but it's more lavender toned while Bikini So Teeny is more blue leaning.
Bright green creme. Formula is quite nice, highly pigmented and opaque in two coats. No problems with dragging or bald spots at all. For this eye-popping green, I really cannot find any comparable shades in my stash!! So it's unique to me ^^
So what's your verdict for this collection?
My favourites are Fear Or Desire, Off The Shoulder & Mojito Madness.
I purchased this collection from TransDesign. They offer excellent customer service and best of all, speedy shipping. My package arrived in about a week's time and I can squeeze up to 11 bottles in their small flat rate box!