Friday, 17 April 2015

Essie Blossom Dandy & Garden Variety Swatch & Comparison

I bought two colours of the Essie Flowerista collection for Spring 2015.

I picked up Blossom Dandy which is a gorgeous blue minty colour and Garden Variety which is a bright teal blue.

I bought them when I was visiting New York last month so these have the skinny brush, whereas the UK versions have a gorgeous wide flat brush which I much prefer.

First up is Blossom Dandy. I love Beauty Geek's description of it being an icy mint. It's very blue toned, but definitely still a mint.

I had no issues with the formula. I applied two easy creamy coats and no topcoat.

Of course, the first thing I thought of was Mint Candy Apple, also by Essie. They are SLIGHTLY different, but not really different enough to justify having both.

Blossom Dandy is a little more blue toned, whereas Mint Candy Apple is slightly more green toned. You can see a bigger difference in the bottle shot than on my actual nails.

Honestly in real life I could hardly tell the difference.

Both are absolutely stunning though, but I think I actually prefer Blossom Dandy, if I had bought it in the UK with the wide brush!

Garden Variety is a stunning bright blue teal. It's pretty tricky to get a colour accurate photo, but this is pretty close. It's a little brighter in real life.

Again the formula was fantastic. It was almost opaque in 1 coat, but I applied two for the swatch. I didn't have to apply a top coat!

This is a colour I haven't seen before from Essie, so when I saw it in store I instantly picked it up, no hesitation.

The only colour in my collection that's close is Barry M Guava. This has been a long favourite of mine. I don't wear it very often, but it's in my top 5 Barry M's.

Guava is a little lighter than Garden Variety and you could see a difference between the 2, however it wasn't very obvious at all.

I actually prefer Guava by Barry M since it's a little brighter and lighter.

Both had the same formula and the same brush, so I would recommend Guava as it's easier to get a hold of in the UK and much cheaper.

What did you think of the Essie Flowerista collection? Have you picked up any of the colours?
xx Elaine

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