If you follow me on Twitter, you may have read my tweet a while ago gushing over the Essie Poppy-Razzi Collection. Anytime I hear about neon polishes being released, I get as excited as a carbonated beverage that’s been shaken vigorously.
Haha, I think that Essie Camera was competing with my camera (well, and my eyes, too), because while it looks coral in the bottle, it became tangerine on my nails!
While this caught me off-guard, thankfully I still ended up liking this colour a lot. (I don’t have too many bright oranges, so it was really fun to wear, especially on sunny days.)
Allow me to tell you more about this quirky lacquer!
Essie Camera Pictures
Essie Camera Ingredients
Essie Camera Swatches
All swatches have:
- Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat
- 3 coats of Essie Camera
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Neon red pink (This claim is true of the bottle colour. But the colour on my nails was more orange.)
- Name: Essie Camera
- Collection: Essie Poppy-Razzi Collection 2012
- Colours Available in the Essie Poppy-Razzi Collection: Lights, Camera, Action & Bazooka
- Amount: 13.5 mL (0.46 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by Natali Products.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets, Natali Products (if you’re a licensed industry professional), and select spas & salons
Essie Camera Review
Although that Judy Garland song called Get Happy was way before my time, I’m very familiar with it because my father was a music lover, and he played lots of songs from the 1950s and 1960s. (He passed away in early 2010, which is why I say that he ‘was’ a music lover. I bet he’s blasting his favourite Elvis songs up in heaven right now.)
Get Happy has lyrics and a melody that certainly make you feel happy: “Forget your troubles. Come on, get happy! You better chase all your cares away. Shout Hallelujah, come on, get happy! Get ready for the judgement day!”
Essie Camera is the kind of polish that I can picture dancing to such a song. (Yes, I sometimes picture polishes dancing. Continue reading the words of a crazy person…haha!)
Essie Camera is a bright coral in the bottle, however, on my nails, it definitely looked like tangerine because of my yellow undertones, I’m guessing. It’s such a happy-go-lucky shade that’ll bring a smile to your face and that reminds me of eating orange Popsicles in the backyard in the summertime.
While it doesn’t burn your retinas like my beloved China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy in terms of brightness, it’s still a brazen shade that’s sure to attract attention!
A lot of neons I own tend to have a matte finish, and you need to use a shiny top coat. However, Camera by Essie took me by surprise – it’s a neon jelly! What does that mean? It has a ‘squishy’ look to it, and when you put a top coat over it, it looks ridiculously shiny!
Application & Formula
Since it’s a jelly polish, it’s more translucent than a creme polish. I used 3 coats, and as you can see, there’s still VNL (Visible Nail Line).
When it comes to jelly polishes only, visible nail line doesn’t bother me. However, if it’s not your cup of iced tea, feel free to layer it over a white nail polish. Also, if you do this, the neon will pop even more.
Final Verdict: 8/10
Camera by Essie is exactly the kind of shade that reminds me of the summer and the sunshine! It’s a spirited hue that is refreshing for me since I don’t own too many oranges.
Although I wish that this polish was actually a coral like it looks in the bottle and even though it’s not the brightest neon I’ve ever worn, I still very much enjoyed sporting this manicure!
Have you tried any polishes from the new Essie Poppy-Razzi Collection? Have you tried layering neon polishes over something other than white?