Monday, June 3, 2013

Essie Rock The Boat and Essie Full Steam Ahead nail polish review + comparison swatches

         As someone who's spent a good portion of her life in New England, the thought of summer conjures up images of sailboats, embroidered shorts, and sailor stripes. When Essie Rock The Boat and Essie Full Steam Ahead from the Essie Naughty Nauticals nail polish collection for Summer 2013 landed on my desk courtesy of Essie, these cute and classic images of American summers spent waterside came to the forefront of my mind. I've been enjoying these two colors this past week and can't wait to share my review and comparison swatches with you today!

           Essie Full Steam Ahead is a light lavender, and Essie Rock the Boat is a light french blue with a hint of periwinkle. Both colors have a very subtle shimmer that you might not notice at first glance!

         I've made some comparison swatches below to give you a better idea of what Essie Rock The Boat and Essie Full Steam Ahead look like. You can see that Rock the Boat is much more periwinkle toned than the sky blues of Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams and OPI What's With The Cattitude?. It has the same intensity of color as the former, but is darker than the latter. Essie Full Steam Ahead is very similar to Essie Lilacism, but it has shimmer and is a bit more red toned. OPI Rumple's Wiggin' nail polish is more pink toned.

          The Essie Rock The Boat and Essie Full Steam Ahead are perfectly pretty, peppy, and preppy colors for tips and toes this summer! Both colors are unique in my collection; I really like the periwinkle tones in the former and the slightly pink tones of the latter. Essie nail polishes are available at, Ulta, and other beauty retailers.

          Thanks for reading! Have you had a chance to play with Essie Naughty Nauticals? Which colors stand out to you? What was the last Essie polish you wore?

Love, Dovey.
Disclosure: This post contains product(s) sent to Cute and Mundane for consideration. The ideas and opinions in this post are genuine and my own.


  1. Love Full Steam Ahead, that subtle shimmer is gorgeous!

  2. Full Steam Ahead looks soooo good on you! Is that weird to say? All I can see is your fingers, but I can tell, it looks really good, haha! And I have a definite weakness for light blues, so Rock the Boat is obviously something I need now! So pretty! :)

  3. I love both of them. So fresh for summer!

  4. Both look gorgeous on you! I've been loving Naughty Nautical.

  5. Hey Dovey, I like Rock the Boat! Don't think I own anything similar (I'm always a little worried about light blues making my skin tone look gray), but I should definitely check it out!

  6. I like Rock the Boat! It is such a unique blue shade.. I don't think I have anything similar.. I love ESSIE nail polishes ;D

  7. AnonymousJune 04, 2013

    I like both of these! I am stalking my local drugstores waiting for the whole Naughty Nautical collection to show up.

  8. Oooh, I love Full Steam Ahead, it looks like a lilac that is slightly more warm and perfect for my skin tone!

  9. Such pretty pastels! My weakness is lavender so Full Steam Ahead is my favorite. I like the subtle shimmer :)


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