Friday, February 9, 2018

Essie | Desert Mirage Collection: Review and Swatches

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Essie | Desert Mirage Collection: Review and Swatches
Released back in December 2017, the Desert Mirage Collection from Essie kind of slipped under the radar amidst the crazy holiday season so today I wanted to share with you some swatches and reviews of this six-piece collection. Inspired by the mystery and illusion of a desert mirage, the collection boasts a unique selection of sophisticated neutrals. To see some swatches and read my thoughts on all six shades, click.....
Essie | Desert Mirage Collection: Review and Swatches
Essie Desert Mirage Collection
Less is Aura:
Described by Essie as a warm terracotta beige, Less is Aura is a sophisticated neutral beige-brown cream. The formulation is perfectly pigmented and smooth. I used two coats for the swatches below.
Essie | Desert Mirage Collection in "Less is Aura": Review and Swatches
Essie Desert Mirage | Less is Aura | Two Coats with No Top Coat
Blue-tiful Horizon:
Undoubtedly my favorite out of the six, Blue-tiful Horizon is a very unique dusty gray-blue dispersed with fine scatter of iridescent orange shimmers. The formulation is decently pigmented and opaque in two coats.
Essie | Desert Mirage Collection in "Blue-tiful Horizon": Review and Swatches
Essie Desert Mirage | Blue-tiful Horizon | Two Coats with No Top Coat
Let It Glow:
Essentially a pink version of Blue-tiful Horizon, Let It Glow is soft rosy coral with iridescent orange shimmers. Unfortunately, the formulation is quite sheer. With a skillful application, you can probably get a decent coverage with two coats but I needed three to achieve an opaque and even finish.
Essie | Desert Mirage Collection in "Let It Glow": Review and Swatches
Essie Desert Mirage | Let It Glow | Three Coats with No Top Coat
Seeing Stars:
This is a dark mahogany brown packed with pretty bronze shimmers. The formulation is very pigmented and creamy but I find that the shimmers appear a lot more intense in the bottle than on the nails. Nevertheless, this is a very unique and rich color.
Essie | Desert Mirage Collection in "Seeing Stars": Review and Swatches
Essie Desert Mirage | Let It Glow | Three Coats with No Top Coat
Lighten the Mood:
A neutral seashell ivory, Lighten the Mood is surprisingly pigmented and non-patchy. This is one of those shades that's difficult to capture on camera. I think it looks dustier and less pink in person than how it turned out in the swatches below.
Essie | Desert Mirage Collection in "Lighten the Mood": Review and Swatches
Essie Desert Mirage | Lighten the Mood | Three Coats with No Top Coat
Hazy Daze:
Last but not least is this inky deep violet cream. The formulation is incredibly pigmented and creamy. I used two coats for the swatches below.
Essie | Desert Mirage Collection in "Hazy Daze": Review and Swatches
Essie Desert Mirage | Hazy Daze | Three Coats with No Top Coat
This is definitely one of the more original collections Essie has put out in the recent years. The majority of the shades (with the exception of Let It Glow) is a perfect two-coater. My personal picks are Blue-tiful Horizon, Less is Aura, and Lighten the Mood. What's your favorite shade? Share with me in the comments below!

Availability:
The Essie Desert Mirage Collection is available starting December 2017.
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