Rummage through the collection of most nail-polish enthusiasts, and you’ll probably find Essie Bikini So Teeny, which originally launched back in the Summer 2012 Collection.
It’s an oldie, but a goodie with its popularity never fading over the years. (You can still easily find it in stores and online.)
With Pantone announcing Serenity as one of the Colours of the Year, Essie Bikini So Teeny not only remains a classic nail polish, but in 2016, it’s now the ‘it’ shade.
This is proof of the cyclical nature of trends. Everything comes back in fashion, if you only give it some time.
But you don’t have to follow the trends. You can start your own. I encourage it, and if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I believe in the power of colour and self-expression. If that means wearing black polish in the summer and neons in the winter, then so be it. Make your own mark, and enjoy exploring colour on your own terms!
Essie Bikini So Teeny Pictures
Essie Bikini So Teeny Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener – Maintenance version (Used as a base coat)
- 3 coats of Essie Bikini So Teeny
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Artificial Light Photos
Natural Light Photos
- Cornflower blue (Yes)
- Sparkling (Yes in the bottle, but no on the nails)
- Name: Essie Bikini So Teeny
- Collection: Essie Summer 2012 Collection
- Colours Available in the Collection: Bikini So Teeny, Off the Shoulder, All Tied Up, Cascade Cool, Mojito Madness & Fear or Desire
- Amount: 13.5 mL (0.46 fl. oz.)
- Retail Price: $9.99 CAD
- Disclosure: This was provided as a press sample by PR.
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets, Nail Polish Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, CVS & Beauty.com
Essie Bikini So Teeny Review
Bikini So Teeny by Essie is a cornflower blue that reminds me of newborn infants and sleepy time. No, I’m not saying that it’s a boring colour – not by any stretch. This colour is just very calming and innocent in my mind. I see lots of baby clothes, toys, and cradle accessories in this shade, so much so, that I have a positive association with it.
But now it’s labelled as a ‘trendy’ colour because of Pantone naming Serenity as one of the Colours of the Year! So I guess now a lot of baby’s sleepwear is trendy. It must feel cool to be a trendster right out of the womb, right? 😉
Cornflower blue is so gorgeous because I feel like it complements a wide variety of skin tones from very fair to extremely rich. Also, the polish market isn’t saturated with this colour. You usually see tons of sky blues, primary blues, and dark blues, but cornflower blues just aren’t too common. Of course, that could change, since every brand will be jumping on the colour trend.
Although in the bottle, it looks like there’s delicate silver shimmer, when you apply Bikini So Teeny by Essie onto your nails, it isn’t as evident. It winds up looking more like a creme. Only if you inspect your nails really close, at an awkward angle, or with the light hitting it like sunshine on an angel’s halo, you may catch a subtle glimpse of the shimmer.
While I wish I could see the shimmer more, I still think the colour is so beautiful that it stands strong solo!
Also, of course because of the finish, it removes easily. The shimmer doesn’t linger on your skin or pose any trouble when it comes time to remove the polish.
Application & Formula
Bikini So Teeny by Essie has a sheer formula that you need to build up to make the most of what this beautiful nail polish has to offer.
I needed three coats to reach full opacity and to ensure that there weren’t any streaks. Also, it was at this point that the colour comes through melodically like a saxophone with a solo.
For those who are making conscious choices to wear ‘healthier’ nail polishes, you’ll be pleased to know that Essie Bikini So Teeny doesn’t contain any Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP.
Final Verdict: 9/10
Even though the polish is sheer at first and needs to be carefully built up with three coats to get great coverage, I think that the colour is worth the time and effort. It’s a relaxing colour that’s very easy to wear.
While it’s blue, I still think that those who tend to shy away from colour will find it simple to pull off because it’s a little muted.
However, just because it’s soft doesn’t mean that it’s boring! In fact, when I wore this recently, several people asked me what polish it was because they loved the colour! No need for flashy finishes to garner attention.
Do you own Essie Bikini So Teeny? If so, did you get it when it first came out? If not, will you be grabbing a bottle since it’s the ‘hot-of-the-moment’ colour? Does this cornflower blue also make you think of newborn infants and cute sleepwear for babies, or is it my biological clock ticking? Haha!