Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Send Your Nails on a Beach Vacation with Essie "In the Cab-Ana"

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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21 comments:

  1. Uau, perfeita esta cor, amei!!!!

    Beijooooo
    www.unhasemdestaque.blogspot.com.br

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    1. It really is one of the brightest pastel blues I've seen!

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  3. I find it hard to pass on this color, but I feel exactly like you....and feel like this looks similar to most recent Essie collections. Having said that, I still really want this!

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    1. If you skip this one, I feel there will be another just like it soon enough :)

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  4. Sorry about the formula :(. It's so beautiful though!!!!

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  5. gorgeous, and im totally loving that intro photo!!

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    1. Thanks! I want to go back now that I just went through my pictures to find one for this post :)

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  6. I am obsessed with this. Must get immediately!

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    1. I'll be watching for it on your blog ;)

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    1. There's something so calming about this color blue!

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  8. This color looks amazing!!! Can't wait to have it ;-)

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  9. I have a sister who bought some of this nail polish, but it was not the color she wanted and it does not look well on her. She told me to give it to someone else who would want it and it was only used once, so here I am...trying to get someone who is willing to take it. Just email me at mailtocreative052@gmail.com if you are interested. Thanks!

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  10. Formula troubles aside, I do think I need this one in my life.

    PS - You swatch is so wonderful. I linked back to this post from my own blog, when I mentioned In The Cab-Ana. =)

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    1. Aw thanks Ariadne! I've actually worn this polish 3 times so far, for like 4 days at a time, which is kind of a big deal... I usually wear a color for like 2 days, then take it off, and not think about it for a while!!! So, while the formula isn't great, it hasn't been stopping me from reaching for it over and over again. Oh, and I wore it on my toes too.

      I should probably update my post to say that lol.

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