I’ve actually had this review done for a while, so without further ado, here’s the review for essie’s Bikini so Teeny. 🙂
“Bikini so Teeny – provocative lustrous sky blue” – From essie’s flyer for the Summer 2012 collection, Bikini so Teeny
Ever since I saw swatches of this color on other blogs, I’ve been DYING to get this polish. Every place I looked either didn’t have it or were overcharging it big time, like double or even triple the price. 😦 I was able to find it cheaper on Transdesign, but since I was only planning on getting that one at the time, I thought that once shipping was factored in, it’d be more than the retail price. Eventually, I found it on Amazon for a decent price, which included shipping, so I decided to get it there. I’m so happy to finally have this color after much hunting around for it, so let’s see if it was worth the wait.
“if you ask me, all signs point to a bikini so teeny.” – Summer 2012 poster
Bikini so Teeny is a part of essie’s Summer 2012 collection, and is the collection’s namesake. Of the six colors in the collection, I purchased 4 of them – All Tied Up, Fear or Desire, Mojito Madness, and this one. The other two were pinks, which didn’t catch my attention, so I ended up not getting those. I’ll have reviews on the other colors in this collection in future posts. On essie’s site, this color is described as, “a sparkling, cornflower blue.”
Definitely a color for the summer. It’s a lovely periwinkle blue that has purple hints. It has a creme finish with some bluish silver micro shimmer. Depending on the lighting, the shimmer can be more blue or more silver. The color itself can look blue or more purple-ish, depending on the lighting, which keeps it interesting. Below are bottle pics that show off this pretty shimmer.
For such a nice color in the bottle, I wasn’t too fond of how it looked on my nails. It’s probably a color I’d have to get used to. Maybe the next time I use it for a full manicure, I may like the color more. I HATED how the lovely micro shimmer that I saw in the bottle failed to translate onto the nails.
It would have made the nails look that much more interesting and appealing. I really don’t understand why the shimmer barely shows up on the nails, but is fully visible in the bottle. Granted, it’s not the “in your face” glitter, but I didn’t think it’d be THAT subtle upon application.
On that note… the application wasn’t fun. It has a thin formula, which tends to run over the cuticles. It only took 2 coats to be opaque, however, it’s very prone to streaking and dry patches. For me, it took another 2 coats, bringing the total to 4 coats, to even it out.
Even with that, I NEEDED a topcoat to really make it a smooth finish. Without it, it wouldn’t have had a smooth finish. Below are my swatches for Bikini So Teeny. I’m not sure if it’s obvious or not from the pictures, but I know if you could look at them closely in person, you’d see the unevenness of my swatch… especially if I didn’t use a top coat.
Despite it’s popularity and the hype this polish has, I think it was over hyped. I do think it is a great color for the summer, but it can’t make up for its less than great formula. It had a great first impression from swatches I’ve seen, but sadly, that impression is now tainted from my personal swatch of this polish… and it’s such a shame too. 😦
- It’s a lovely color for summer
- Opaque at two coats
- I loved the shimmer in the bottle, but it fails to appear on the nail. Very disappointed on that one. 😦
- Prone to streaking and patchiness
- Thin formula, tends to run over the cuticles
- Doesn’t really even out well. Top coat is a MUST. (Though, you should always use a top coat anyway to maximize wear)
Overall Score: 3.5/5
- After thought: As much as I wanted to have this color, it was a bit of a let down. Putting the lack of shimmer appearing the nails aside, I couldn’t get over the fact that I had such trouble with application.If you absolutely LOVE the color, despite its shortcomings and/or you’re good at applying polishes with thin formulas evenly, I say try it out. Otherwise, I’d say to pass this for something better out there.