I knew I had to have the entire Island Escape collection the first time I saw swatches, but I've been lazy and haven't gotten around to posting it, though I've had it for, umm... at least 2 weeks. Oops! I really like the collection as a whole, though a couple of the formulas were a bit disappointing. There is nothing earth shattering here, but it is a great summer collection that I will get a lot of use out of!
108 Degrees is a glass flecked pink, perfect for summer. A bit on the sheer side, but I don't mind VNL when it's crazy-hot out. I don't have an exact dupe in my stash, but it didn't seem all that original.
Seniorita Bonita is mostly purple, but it has some heavy pink shimmer, which is quite hard to capture. This was the sheerest of the collection, and slightly disappointing because of it. I really had to layer this one on to get it to show up. It did dry though, and super-shiny at that, so maybe I shouldn't complain?
Blue Iguana is the last of the glass flecks in this collection, and I really love it. I have seen a lot of complaints of how sheer it is, but I've seen worse. It's a bit of a stainer, so be careful! I can't wait to wear this one! There is a slight pinkish duochrome to it, which makes it awfully similar to Nicole's You're S-Teal the One - I've compared them below - NOPI is in the middle.
These two are pretty much dupes. Blue Iguana is much more pigmented than You're S-Teal the One, so if you're torn, I suggest it. You can usually get China Glaze's cheaper too! :)
Cha Cha Cha is the lone shimmer in this collection, supposedly similar to the famous Moonpool. I don't own it, so I can't compare, but I prefer this to the pics I've seen of Moonpool - less frosty! However, the application on this one wasn't great. You can see some bald spots on my index nail, and this was 3 coats.
Electric Pineapple is a bright green/yellow creme which applies easily, especially after the sheerness of the previous polishes. It looks similar to OPI's Fiercely Fiona, but they aren't dupes, as you can see below.
Fiercely Fiona is much more yellow than Electric Pineapple, but I love 'em both!
Papaya Punch is the last of the collection, and the best formula. It's a gorgeous bright orange, not neon at all, but it will get attention! It leans to the yellow side of orange, so depending on your skintone, this one might be troublesome for you. I am addicted to oranges - it seems like I gotta have every one I see!
The cremes in this collection apply much better than the glass flecks, but the only real problem children are Seniorita Bonita and Cha Cha Cha. SB was kinda watery and extremely sheer, CCC is prone to balding. I <3 the colors, so I will deal, but if you don't have much patience, you might want to avoid these! I LOVE Papaya Punch and Blue Iguana - both of them were stunning and pretty easy to apply.
Are you thinking about picking up any of this collection? Tell me which ones you like! :)
In other news, I head back to work tomorrow... ugh. Can't vacations last forever?
Number of coats: varies, 2-3