Saturday, October 3, 2015

Essie Salt Water Happy

Essie Salt Water Happy is a dusty corn flower blue shade.  I purchased mine at Harmon's Beauty in Bed, Bath, & Beyond ($8.99).  I have spotted Salt Water Happy at other retailers too, such as ULTA and  Kohl's. 

Although this shade was released as a part of Essie's Summer 2015 Collection, I believe it is versatile enough to be worn during any season. This is not a "childish" blue - meaning it does not look like you have polished your nails with actual coloring paint.  There is a perfect balance of bright and muted here.  This has to be my most favorite blue of the few I own.  I usually do not fancy blue nail polish on myself, but this one has won over my heart.  I recently purchased another one for one of my best friends a.k.a. fellow-beauty-lover - hello Megan! 

A couple of years back I purchased one of the cult-favorite shades from Essie called Bikini So Teeny. Unfortunately, the formula of Bikini So Teeny was a huge disappointment - very thin and applied really streaky and patchy.  I returned that one the very same day I purchased it.  Ever since then I have been on a hunt for a shade like Bikini So Teeny, but of course with a better formula.  In my attempts to finding the perfect emulation of Bikini So Teeny, I tried Sinful Shine Alfresco, Julie G Santorini, and Wet 'n' Wild Wearing Blue Jeans (swatches / review coming soon).  Alfresco, Santorini, and Wearing Blue Jeans are significantly identical to each other. If you have one of these beauties, you do not need the others.  I was really impressed by the formula of these three nail polishes so much so that I gifted these shades to a few of my friends.  Sally Hansen's Babe Blue is another option nearly identical to Alfresco, Santorini, and Wearing Blue Jeans, but I returned it because of its poor formulation.  

My point is that there are a lot of beautiful corn-flower blue nail polish options out in the market, but I prefer Salt Water Happy - even to Bikini So Teeny - for its color.  It is the exact version of corn-flower blue that I have been dreaming of.  Oh, and did I mention its amazing "just right" formula (not thin and not thick) and how it applies evenly (no streaks or pockets)? I am wearing two coats in the pictures topped off with Essie's Good To Go top coat.  Salt Water Happy will surely make you very happy! 

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♥ Yours Truly,
The Lipsticks-Ninja

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