Just a few months after OPI launched OPI Color Paints, in July essie will launch the essie Silk Watercolor Collection which consists of 8 watercolor hues and a white page, a white palette for your artwork.
The white base, essie white page, is probably very similar to blanc, but adding another white to this collection does make it complete. You can see above that the colors are sheer (this is one coat).
The polishes in this collection aren’t sheer like OPI Sheer Tints, they’re more ‘watercolor’ sheer as they look like you mixed the polish with water. If you wanted to wear them on their own, you can use 2-3 layers to achieve full opacity.
The consistency of the polish is also unique. It’s blendable, thin (but not too watery). They are the perfect consistency for creating watercolor artwork on your nails.
The more polish you wipe off your brush before applying to the nail, the more translucent and real the watercolor effect is.
If you’re wondering how the essie Silk Watercolor Collection compares to OPI Color Paints, don’t worry – I’ve done a quick swatch comparison for you.
All swatches above are shown without a white or silver base coat. You can clearly see that OPI Color Paints are brighter and more intense. They were designed to pop and turn metallic over the unique silver base coat. Conversely, the essie Silk Watercolor Collection is lighter and more translucent. The formula is also much less creamy than OPI.
What’s the Verdict?
Do you need to run out and get the essie Silk Watercolor Collection the first day they’re out? To be honest, you can achieve the exact same look with a cream polish and a little acetone, however, for the lazy person – these are great! The effect is absolutely beautiful and the polishes allow you to explore your creativity and truly use your nails as a canvas – exactly how we should think about nail art.
Keep your eyes out for these in salons in July!
Until next time,
****please note: products were provided for review and honest consideration ****