Here's the first one up to bat, the headliner from Essie's Summer 2009 Cute as a Button collection. (It's NOT the resort collection that gave us the North Fork collection or the neons that came out that year -- based on a few years of observation, I think Essie releases an annual resort collection as well as a regular summer collection.)
Three coats with Essie Good to Go.
I was prepared to hate this, but I fell HARD. This pink coral is lighter and a bit more salmon/peach pink than the deeper, slightly more reddish corals like OPI I Eat Maine-ly Lobster, Rescue Beauty Lounge Coral, and even Essie Peach Daiquiri. I'm really, really digging it! The formula was classic Essie and went on smoothly and evenly. I would just wait a couple of minutes in between coats to avoid any bald spots and cuticle dragging.
I see myself using Cute as a Button more as a mani shade than a pedi shade, but either way, it would be killer on a tanner complexion. I wasn't too wowed by this collection when it first came out, but when you're looking for your perfect shade, you'll try anything!
Cute as a Button is a core polish in the Essie retail collection -- I think my bottle came from Target, but you can score it at any drugstore that carries the core Essie retail polishes as well as at WalMart. I imagine you also can find it at salons and beauty supplies, and it's really ETF online. (As a bonus, here are the blogs that had some of my favorite swatches of this collection -- and others -- back in the day: The Polish Addict and Steph's Closet.)
UGH. I really love this. There's a reason it's a core polish, damn it! Totally a surprise favorite for me.
Any opinions on this Essie? Pink coral polishes? What colors will you be hunting for this summer?