Swatched: Essie Summer 2013 Nautical Collection

Fresh off the boat… Essie's Nautical themed Summer collection is ready to go - even if the weather hasn't quite got the memo yet. This collection is half bold brights and half soft shades, (almost) all with a sprinkle of glitter. The shimmer in these is a bit hard to catch with the proper shades, so we used different lighting between pictures to ensure our swatches are colour-accurate. 

First, we have Full Steam Ahead - a dusty lilac with silver shimmer. This polish is definitely a mix of creme and jelly. Three coats to opacity (and in this swatch) really give the shimmer depth, and we love the result.

Next up is our favourite from the collection (and it has the best name!) - Naughty Nautical. This is a teal polish with the same silver shimmer as the last. This swatch took two coats, and it applied beautifully. If you only pick up one from this collection - it should be this one.

Rock the Boat reminded us of a previous Essie summer hit, Bikini So Teeny, however this polish is actually a bit lighter. This one was the most difficult to capture, and to apply. With three coats we had opacity, however there were still some balder spots. Not super impressed with this formula - but we do love how well it pairs with Full Steam Ahead.

A perfect mix of brightness and shimmer lead to this coral masterpiece, Sunday Funday. This applied super easily with two thin coats required for opacity. This polish continues the shimmer-y theme and we love this bold polish paired with a pastel look.

Our second favourite of the collection is The Girls are Out - although the name is a bit awkward! This is a bright berry with the silver shimmer. This applied super well and with two coats looks perfect. We have been wearing this on our toes for the perfect summer pedi.

Last is the oddball of the collection, a chartruese (described by Essie as a lime green - it is not!) with no shimmer. This poor guy got left out when the nail polish people were dumping in the shimmer. It applies well and looks good with just two coats, but we wish it fit in a bit better with the rest of the collection.

Overall, we are loving the brights in this collection, but think its safe to leave the pastels! Have you seen this collection, and which have you picked up?

Disclaimer: These products were provided to us by the company/PR for our honest consideration and review.