Essie Hide and Go Chic Spring 2014
Romper room (left) and Fashion playground (right), $8
Romper Room is an opaque pink with a white undershade. Very similar to Fiji, which is permanent.
Fashion Playground is a darker green mint shade with a tiny bit of shimmer.
two coats of each, no top coat.
Texture/application: These two colors are very pretty and appropriate for the spring. For some reason, these are a lot runnier, making them more streaky when painted. I needed almost a third coat if I weren't careful. Perhaps the texture will thicken as I continue to use it due to air exposure.
Staying power: These lasted about 4 days on me with no top coats.
Overall: These are pretty shades for the spring. For $8, they aren't so expensive that you really have to splurge. However, I wouldn't say go try every shade in this collection either. The two I picked are more runny than previous Essie polishes I own, but nothing a little patience can't fix. Also, I noticed that the Fashion Playground shade seems to have very tiny amounts of shimmer. Romper Room was a favorite of mine and reminded me very much of Fiji. To my recollection (I haven't painted Fiji on my fingers recently), I think Romper Room applies much easier than Fiji! So if you really like Fiji, but want an easier application, you might want to look into Romper Room :)
Has any shade caught your eye from this collection?
All products shown here were purchased with my own money and were given my fair and honest opinion.