Essie's Full Steam Ahead was released as part of the Naughty Nautical collection. However, I did not find this collection in stores near me till the beginning of August, which seems strange since this was a Spring 2013 collection consisting of mainly Spring-pastel sort of colors. I also purchased Essie's Under Where from the Resort collection, which I found in stores at the same time as the Naughty Nautical collection. I will post a review and swatches of Essie's Under Where next.
As we begin our transition into Autumn and darker deeper shades, I wasn't sure if I should post about Essie's Full Steam Ahead. I decided to review it for two reasons - these polishes are available at present in various stores (Kohl's, ULTA, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, Meijer) and may not be available in stores next Spring, the trend for this Autumn is not necessarily just focused on darker deeper shades as brands are promoting shades for a pop of color such as bright fuchsia.
Essie's Full Steam Ahead is a deep lilac, leaning blue-toned, but not a periwinkle. It is not deep like a dusty purple taupe, but just not as milky and pastel as most lilac polishes. This shade has subtle silver shimmer, which can be seen in the bottle and on the nails. It does not appear glittery or frosty. The shimmer blends really well with the creme finish of the polish and gives of a sheen on the nails. I really like that this polish has this subtle shimmer, which prevents the polish from looking drab after a few days as some creme polishes tend to look like despite using topcoat.
It looks so flattering on tan skin tones, colorful, yet posh. I would really recommend this, especially because the formula is wonderful. Yes, the first coat will look a little sheer, but it is not at all streaky or patchy. I have applied two to three coats in these pictures. I also applied Essie's Good to Go topcoat (my favorite). This polish lasted a whole week without chipping, which is pretty good in my books as I notice chipping after a couple days whether I wear a $1.99 polish or a $10 polish.
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