Since I only got into nail polish last year, I missed out on the Essie North Fork collection from summer 2009. After seeing swatches of the three polishes, I was sorely disappointed that I missed out! Luckily, from a combination of swapping, gifting, and shopping, I managed to attain this collection!
Essie Shelter Island - This took 3 coats, which is not my favourite number of coats to do, but the colour is just so pretty *swoon*
I did a couple comparisons with other blues I had (I don't really have anything that close)
Comparison: Essie Shelter Island, Essie Coat Azure, Zoya Robyn
Comparison: Essie Shelter Island and Zoya Yummy - I already sold my bottle of Zoya Yummy, so all I have left is a swatch stick of it. I read that these two were supposed to be dupes, but I didn't believe it. Totally not dupes, imo.
Essie Sag Harbor - Shimmery grey with a bit of blue. This is 3 coats and you can see a few bald spots, but I think it was due to my rushed application. I would normally use a ridge filler and wait a bit longer between coats.
When the ChG Anchors Away collection came out, people said Sea Spray was a very close dupe for Sag Harbor.
Comparison: Essie Sag Harbor and ChG Sea Spray - Those people were right, they are really close, but not exact dupes. The Essie is almost a little aqua next to the ChG, has a bit more shimmer and is sheerer. I was going to purge the ChG, but the (thinned) formula applies in two coats, so I'm a little hesitant. I think I will delay this purge decision for another time.
Essie Greenport - Finally, this sexy beast! It's 3 coats and the colour is just lovely, isn't it?!
Comparison: Essie Greenport and Essie Turquoise & Caicos - They are different. Kay? Misa Dirty Sexy money is also in this colour family, but my comparison picture of that was totally wacky.
Here's a NOTD of Essie Greenport with CND Jade Sparkle. So pretty!
I feel oddly serene to have this collection, haha! I didn't even drive myself crazy; everything just sort of fell into place over a period of 2 weeks!
Anyway, I hope you guys had a great weekend! My crab manicure kept me in good spirits; here's a pic I snapped at Costco using DBF's Android:
P.S. We didn't buy the crab, because the ones at costco are already cooked and frozen = not that yummy.