1/24/10

New Nails for Spring...

1.24.10

It's no secret that pastels are always popular trends in Spring collections, but this year, I'm especially loving the light, bright pinks and corals for the upcoming season. Essie has always been a favorite brand of mine, but I've been especially loving it over the past few months. I picked up a few colors from their Spring collection (which I'm definitely going to add to soon!) as well as a new MAC shade.



First, my favorite...
Essie Tart Deco
This is by far one of the best nail polishes I've came across in a very long time. The color, the formula... everything. It's a bit more orange than it actually photographed. When I paint my nails, I like to build the color in thin coats. A lot of the time, nail polish formulas will let me down and it makes me have to glob on too much because it's thin and streaky. With this one, it applies evenly and opaque with one thin coat. If you were in a hurry, you could probably get away with one coat. But with two, it builds to a gorgeous, even peach color that is bright and creamy pastel at the same time. Love it.
When I bought this, I thought the color in the bottle looked a bit too similar to MAC's Coconut Ice, which I was wearing on my nails at the time. I almost didn't buy it. I am SO glad I did, because these two colors are so very different. ...and honestly, the MAC formula in that shade sucks and just doesn't compare to Essie's Tart Deco.

MAC Coconut Ice
In the bottle, it's an absolutely gorgeous shade. This one is a bit more pink and the color isn't as intense. However the formula is not great. Thin and very streaky, which at this point I kind of always expect from MAC nail polish. But it's a nice color, so when I actually have the time and patience to apply 3 coats, I'll reach for it again. In the picture, I had done two generous coats.



And last, another shade from Essie's Spring collection. Honestly, when I saw the collection advertised in magazines and even in the store when I saw them in person, I wanted this color the most! I'm constantly looking for a nice light, bright, OPAQUE, cream (no frost) pink.

Essie Pop Art Pink
...and after trying this, I'm still looking. I'm disappointed in this one because it's much more sheer than I expected. And I love Essie, but lets just be honest... Do they really need ANOTHER sheer pink? It seems they have an endless range of this exact shade already. So I don't quite get it. You can see how sheer it is in the pictures, and that is with 2 *very* generous coats. It's definitely a shade I'll use when I want a sheer pink and natural look. But I've already got a few of those already, so I was just a little disappointed.

With that being said, I would love for you guys to recommend good pinks to me- Ones that look similar to the shade of this one, but is more opaque. What are your favorite pinks?

-Tiffany

81 comments:

  1. I think Sephora by OPI's Dear Diary is a great opaque pale pink color. I too have searched for one that is not streaky.

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  2. I LOVE that first color! I have no essie nail polishes...I think I may get that one..the color is amazing!

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  3. http://www.jessicacosmetics.com/miva/merchant.mvc?Screen=COLOUR-PICKER try this brand and u won't be disappointed!!
    but i don't know if they ship to us !!
    this brand is a knockout in greece much better than opi and essie but the same price!!
    hope i help bye hun!!

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  4. Tiffany.. I'm curious what you though of the Zoya polishes. How is the formula? I am very impressed with the extremely large selection of colors. Jen.

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  5. My favorite pink is Essie's Mod Squad and OPI's strawberry margarite. For a lighter pink, I love OPI Suzie and the Lifeguard, and Bubble Bath.

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  6. OPI mod about you is almost that exact shade only VERY opaque. not sure if that is your cup of tea, but it certainly is a great color.

    www.thelifestyled.com

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  7. Tiffany try OPI coney Island cotton candy, really nice pink !

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  8. Try OPI Got a Date to Knight, it's super girly! If you wanna go very opaque, try OPI Mod about You. It'll instantly make your hands/feet look 10 times tanner than they actually are~

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  9. Tart Deco looks amazing! I just got Van D'Go today (was thinking I'd want one of the lilac/lavender shades, but gravitated toward that one instead!) and am SO in love with it! I like OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy too, but I think it's more on the nude side than pink.

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  11. Hi Tiffany!

    My favorite light pink is get me to the Taj on time by OPI which is a TINY bit shimmery but i love it on my skin tone which seems very similar to yours. A coral pink I like is Elephantastic Pink. Both these colors are in the India collection which was released some time ago but i love them both! And i think they are both still available. I use both these colors a lot! Some neon yet not grossly neon colors i like are Hyper by LA girl from urban outfitters, Explosive by victoria's secret, and Don't know...beets me! by OPI. All of which are great colors!

    Come and see some of my youtube videos at makeupandmorebyrobin, you were a huge inspiration for me to start my channel! Thanks

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  12. yay for spring colours, today I just took off my dark colour and put on a bright one for the 1st time in weeks!!

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  13. try Jan by Illamasqua! I love that color ;)

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  14. My fav everyday natural look is to do Essie Ballet Slippers one coat and then do one or two coats of Essies Madmoiselle! Its my fav! :)

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  15. Hi Tiffany! Do you generally use a base coat under the 2 coats of polish? Thanks!

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  16. I love the look of Tart Deco! Might have to pick that up :)

    I'd love to give you a rec on light pink shade, but I'm looking for it too! Good luck hunting :)

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  17. I absolutely love the Essie one, to bad they don't sell Essie here. :(

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  18. I really like OPI Mod About You and China Glaze Go-Go Pink for light pink colours.

    I'm loving Tart Deco on you, I might just have to pick this one up!

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  19. Hey Tiffany,
    I was wondering what camera settings and lighting you use for you nail pictures. I do a Nail of the Week on my blog and it is frustrating when the colors never look the same. Any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Gena

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  20. Hi Tiffany,

    Get OPI's Mod About You. Just image google it for swatches. It is VERY opaque and very light pink.

    I got compliments for it at the MAC counter actually...hehe.. :)

    Thanks for the swatches.. I love nail polishes (not as much as eyeshadows though).

    Lana.

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  21. Tart Deco looks gorgeous!
    Revlon's Tropical Temptation is also a beautiful peach/coral shade :)

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  22. I think my favorite of these three swatches is the Essie; it's so pretty on your skin tone; orange hues dont look good on me so I will live vicariously through you.

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  23. I haven't tried this shade myself, but I've been hearing good things about China Glaze Something Sweet. It's from the new spring collection. It's very opaque.

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  24. Sephora by OPI's True Romantic is a really good pink. It's slightly sheer with one coat, but opaque after two. It's a really pretty girly pink color that I just love (I'm not usually a pink nail person, either). :)

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  25. Bubble Bath by OPI can be opaque with two thick or three thin coats.

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  26. Omg the Essie Tart deco is just FANTASTIC I love it it reminds me of the Chanel Orange fizz but even cutter <3

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  27. I recommend a colour by Sally Hansen called Fairy Nice. Its an OPAQUE light pink, no shimmer, no frost, i think you will like it.

    Check out the colour on my blog;
    TiffanyKeys.blogspot
    The post is called Pretty Nails
    I applied two coats in the pictures.

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  28. Opaque light bright pink = OPI Mod about you!

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  29. I actually love color 202 Innocence by China Glaze.. It's a soft pink. I like to let each layer dry before the next. and then it covers better.
    Thanks for telling us about OPI's Matte colors.. I love them.

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  30. Essie Lovie Dovie is my perfect opaque pink color!

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  31. Wow really excited for that Tart Deco color. Thanks for the post!

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  32. At Ulta I got a set of 4 mini Essie's with that melon, pink plus lilac and a spring red, because I purchased $16 worth of Essie product I got a free matte topcoat which gives such a different and neat look, but the polish still lasts and doesn't chip fast! I love it!

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  33. I love an old essie color called "A lot of Shekles". It's a pale pink w/ a bit of shimmer. It's pretty. I also love essie's cute as a button from last season.

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  34. ooohhhh! I love these!! :) Sooo pretty and girly!

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  35. OPI by Sephora's A True Romantic is a great opaque pink color and is in a set right now with Metro Chic and Domestic Goddess.

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  36. I love Essie polishes. For the most part their formulas are ridiculously shiny and they have a beautiful color range. My only problem is I am attracted to the nudes and light pinks, which are almost ALWAYS sheer. it drives me nuts because I cant tell if any of them are actually opaque!!! Tart Deco looks amazing on and I may purchase that, but I am so done with this Essie guessing game. I get much more satisfaction out of OPI and Sephora by OPI.

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  37. Definitely OPI Mod About You, Essie Fiji, China Glaze Something Sweet. Those are opaque, creamy pinks.

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  38. Oooo I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Essie tart!! I'll be adding that to my list of things to buy! Such a cute color for spring/summer...I bet it would look great with a tan! :)

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  39. love tart deco, must pick it up! Ive been looking for a nice coral pink!

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  40. hmmm... if the tart deco shade is even MORE orange than as in the picture,then I don't know.. carrot's shades remind me of 80's too much. Guess hat's just me :))
    if (you like it==TRUE) {
    enjoy it ;
    }
    :)

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  41. This isn't about nails but I purchased the Buxom eye liner and I dont know if its supposed to be super thick but its difficult to put on the lower lash line, I end up looking like a vampire. I think maybe its too dry and out dated, I bought it on Ebay....since I have never used this type of product before I dont know what to expect. What is the eyeliner you like the best, that goes on smooth and is easy to work with? I got my money back and I'd like to buy another product. I love your videos,they're so helpful. Tx hun...

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  42. love that essie nail polish! so bright & fun for spring

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  43. Loving the 1st Essie color. Might have to go buy it :)

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  44. coconut ice is so summery and sweet.
    i love it.
    xoxoox

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  45. Hi Tiffany, I have a pink one of Eyeko. The name is Pretty Polish. This is where you can buy: http://www.eyeko.com/product_info.php?products_id=50. I like very much your blog and tutorials. Xoxo.

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  46. Tiffany,

    Love the colors! Sure to be a big hit this spring! Can't wait to see what else is in store!

    xoxo

    http://crazyforcouture19.blogspot.com/

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  47. LOVE all the colours :) so pretty x

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  48. been looking everywhere for a good coral coloured nail polish. Love the essie!

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  49. Would you be able to do a nail polish collection video showing your favourites and the ones you regret buying? I'm just getting into nails :)

    Kelly x

    http://jellyminxthinks.blogspot.com

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  50. Hi tiffany, his is unrelated, but will you be doing a review of Benefit's 'Stay Don't Stray' eye primer? I would like to know what you think of it. Thanks.

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  51. Those are so fun! And I love your blog by the way! I wish you were here in Utah!

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  52. This gal does reviews on high end and drug store type make up so if you can't afford everything high end, you get recommendations on the drug store makeup too. Its nice to have choices when your low on cash and need to buy a product http://www.beautybroadcast.net/

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  53. You have lovely nails, Do you use any growth or strengthening products?

    Emma x.x.x

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  54. I found this great light pinkish color, very opaque with the second coat and I got it from target. I think the brand was NYC, it was less than 2 bucks. :)

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  55. im sure its been said 1000 times but, OPI mod about you!

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  56. Tiffany,

    The opaque sort of "dupe" (it's a teensy bit lighter) is China Glaze's Something Sweet from the Up & Away collection. OPI's Panda-monium Pink looks nice too if you would prefer the slightest hint of lavender.

    I usually comparison shop by looking at Vampy Varnish's (VV) and Scrangie's swatches before I think about buying a color. I can gauge how they'll look on me as they're both rather pale (but I'm cool-toned as opposed to warm-toned). I usually compile a list when I see the bottles and ax about 1/2 after seeing Scrangie's and VV's swatches; somehow colors look a teensy bit different depending on nail length.

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  57. love the coral essie color! just started using this brand and it holds up really well.

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  58. OPI's P-inking of You!!! It's exactly what you are describing. It's very close to this color, but waaaay more opaque. I love it!

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  59. Hey Tiffany! I love your videos! I have a question for you....where did you get those earrings you are wearing in the Faux Bob Glam Up-Do video? I love them! Thanks!

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  60. Hey Tiffany! I love your blog and videos! Quick question for you...where did you get the earrings you are wearing in the Faux Bob Glam Up-Do video? Love them...thanks!

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  61. I have the same trouble. I generally put down a white nail polish then apply the pink color I want. That usually helps bring the creamy-intensity you're looking for.

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  62. wow, just got the tart deco and I hate it. It's basically orange. Not peach or coral on me. :(

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  63. Our! I loved this color ... beautiful even!
    Too bad that here I can not find this brand! but Congratulations! their glazes are beautiful! And her makeup also arraza! I am your follower and I have a beauty blog too ... when you can give a look! I'll be happy with your visit! kiss!

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  64. I love that Tarte Deco! Essie really is a great brand. I was looking for a brighter, opaque pink cause it seemed like every pink I bought was sheer! I was watching "Leave it Lama's" one day (I know, kinda dorky) and Shayne was putting this really pretty pink on her nails and you could tell the bottle was Essie so I looked up what color people thought she might be wearing and ended up buying "Figi" by Essie. Its so pretty and you only need 2 coats to get a really opaque finish. Any way, try it out if you don't have it! Take care!

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  65. LOVE Tart Deco... I couldn't find it at the Ulta by my house though!

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  66. OPI's Mod About You.. it's super opaque and a very light pink. Also, I saw that someone else mentioned Sephora by OPI's Dear Diary.. I would NOT recommend that shade to you! I own that polish and it looks EXACTLY like the pink Essie polish you are disappointed with and I returned it for that reason.. way too sheer!

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  67. It looks great on you, tarte deco, that is! However, I hate it on me, or maybe just in person. You're right, it is a lot more orange than it looks here. It looks like a lovely fruity drink in your pic, on me it looks like a neon orange white out-like hybrid. Blech! I was so stoked about it too, after seeing your nails! Oh well, can't love em' all I guess:) I do love all of my other essie's. Oh, and you can still get forget me knots on amazon! Just a little fyi:)

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  68. You should try Hopelessly In Love or Pinking of You by OPI...these are my favorite OPAQUE pinks that I reach for time and time again. Hope this helps. Also the Salon Manicure range from Sally Hansen has a nice pink as well<3<3<3

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  69. Try OPI hearthrob it's a pretty baby pink, no shimmer and full coverage!

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  70. Id go for China Glaze, ive seen some beautiful pastel pinks from them, and ive never been dissapointed by their formulas.

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  71. Heading to my local Essie retailer and picking up the Tarte Deco. I have been on the hunt for a beautiful peach color and this looks amazing. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  72. I just got Tart Deco and when I put on a top coat it turned bright fluorescent orange! Did anyone else have a similar experience?? Just curious if it is only me =)

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  73. Ok so I bought the Tart deco, did my base coat, two coats of the tart deco and then my top coat and my color looks nothing like your pic, my nails just look orange?? I can't figure it out.

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  74. I saw this review and went right out and got tart deco...it was so beautiful until I put top coat on it. It went from that lovely coral to ORANGE. UGH. Did you experience this also? I used Sally Hansen mega shine and it has never done this to any other color.

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  75. Omg! U r so pretty! ur eyes and chick cheekbones r amazing!!

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  76. definitely Pinking of You by OPI.

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