Magen's Bay, Saint Thomas
Maybe I just have too much nail polish, but lately I feel like I already have polishes that look like dupes of the "newest" colors from Essie. And oddly enough, they are usually by Essie. From the Resort 2013 collection, I felt that Olé Caliente was close enough so I could pass on Come Here! I also have Turquoise & Caicos so I skipped First Timer (I'm probably wrong about that). But there was one color in Essie's Resort 2013 that I simply had to have (and probably because I don't already have Where's My Chauffeur): In the Cab-Ana!
In the Cab-Ana is an electric aqua blue cream. This color is so intense that it's almost neon. Think Caribbean water blue - erm, one of the many shades of Caribbean water ;) The formula was OK for Essie... unfortunately, that means bad by any other standards. It was thick, goopy, and if I wasn't careful, I ended up with streaks. The polish flowed off the brush way too thick but when I tried to apply less, I ended up with streaks. I've found that the quality of Essie polishes has been too inconsistent so unless I can't live without the color (aka this blue), I will pass. The pigmentation, however, was quite good.
Despite the bad formula, this polish wore incredibly well. Three days after applying In the Cab-Ana I had just the slightest tip wear - I actually had to inspect my tips to find it. I took it off just because I was ready for a new color! I used Nail Girls Super Base base coat for the first time (which I received for review - read my full disclosure policy here), I wonder if that contributed to the great wear time?
Bad formula aside, In the Cab-Ana will probably make my list of favorite colors of 2013.
Essie polishes can be easily located around NYC (shopping map) for around $8. I usually find the latest collections at Ricky's and Bed Bath & Beyond. Online, Essie can be purchased at Nordstrom for free shipping - link!*
UPDATE June 27, 2013: I know I said the formula isn't great. But I wanted to update this post because I've worn this polish now three times, for at least (4) days at a time, and when I take it off, I want to put it on again. I also wore it as a pedicure. So while the formula isn't great, it hasn't been stopping me from reaching for this polish over and over again. I am just that obsessed with this color blue ;)
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