Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Current Nail Color/ Essie Fashion Playground vs. Essie Mint Candy Apple

When I saw the new Essie collection, the color I had to have was Fashion Playground. It's a gorgeous mint green color with a slight shimmer to it and it is beautiful! I had to try it on my nails as soon as I brought it home.
Essie Fashion Playground
I find that the color is true to the bottle although the shimmer isn't as noticeable on the nails as it is in the bottle. It took me about 3 coats for it to be as opaque as I wanted but you could get away with 2 coats easily. Since my top coats are making my nails look foggy, I chose not to put a top coat on this time. I caused a few slight chips right after painting (story of my life!) but I've had the polish on a couple of days now and haven't had any further chipping happen.

(seriously hand/finger photos are so creepy...sorry guys!)
Essie Fashion Playground Swatch
I noticed that a lot of people were mentioning that this color seemed similar to Essie's Mint Candy Apple so I thought I would do a quick comparison.
Essie Mint Candy Apple and Essie Fashion Playground Comparison
Essie's website states that Mint Candy Apple is supposed to be a mint green shade but I find it to be very blue when compared to Fashion Playground. In fact, I don't remember it being so blue until I put the shades side by side. Fashion Playground is definitely a true 'mint' shade while Mint Candy Apple strikes me as more of a light 'Robin's egg' shade. I've always thought the colors of the polishes on Essie's website seem to differ a lot from the actual bottle colors. Has anyone else ever noticed that? Just me?
Essie Mint Candy Apple and Essie Fashion Playground Comparison
I find that Mint Candy Apple also dries to a slightly more matte finish while Fashion Playground has quite a bit of natural shine (due to the shimmer I suspect). I think they both look so pretty on and are both worth having in your collection! I'm all about the pastel colors during Springtime!

Have you tried any of the Essie Spring 2014 collection yet?


  1. Yes! The colors of the bottles on Essie's website are SO MISLEADING that I believe it borders on false advertising. It really bothers me because the color shown on the website is sometimes COMPLETELY different from the actual color up close!

    Anyways, thank you for this post. I've been wanting to see the difference between these two!


    1. I agree! I always have to look up the colors in reviews before I buy them because they never match the website! I'm glad you enjoyed the post!


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