Essie Summer 2009: The Neon 2009 and North Fork Collections

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For summer 2009, Essie’s delivering some non-traditional colors in their two new collections — one focusing on blues and the other on brights.


Coming soon: Neon 2009

I’m *really* looking forward to the April 15 (the wait is taxing my patience) arrival of Neon 2009.

The release looks like an extension of last summer’s jaw-dropping Neon collection (LOVED IT!), which was all about bright and funky.

Neon 2009 introduces four colors: Flirty Fuschia, Funky Limelight, Perky Purple and Punchy Pink ($8 each). I cannot wait for these colors to drop … especially the YELLOW!

Now available: North Fork Collection

essie north fork collection summer 2009

Neon won’t be here for a few days, but there’s no need to wait for Essie’s North Fork Collection because it’s out now. Somebody pass me a little black backpack, a spaghetti-strap dress and a white baby T because North Fork has me feeling very 1995.

The hot polish that year was Hard Candy’s Sky. A creamy baby blue nail, Sky looked unlike any other shade available on the nail scene, and women went NUTS for it.

And while none of the three blues in Essie’s North Fork ($8 each) are an exact match for Hard Candy Sky, I bet they drew a little inspiration from it.

  • Shelter Island: a creamy, light azure blue
  • Sag Harbor: a shimmery light grayish blue
  • Greenport: a creamy, light cerulian blue with hints of green

essie north fork shelter island summer 2009

essie north fork sag harbor summer 2009

essie north fork greenport summer 2009

Remember how Essie’s previous spring collection came with a bottle of creamy royal blue polish called Mesmerize?

Well, the three new North Fork blues go in a completely different direction. Mesmerize’s creamy royal blue is outspoken and sassy to North Fork’s demure, soft spoken shades. If you’re looking for a new blue polish but found Mesmerize too bold, the North Fork colors might be right up your alley.

RANDOM GEOGRAPHY FUN FACT: Essie says the North Fork shades were inspired by the ocean and seaside towns around North Fork, Long Island, in New York. πŸ™‚

I like these colors a lot. I think they’re trendy but don’t cross over into gaudy.

Blue may not be everyone’s favorite nail color, but I think in terms of wearability, women of all ages could easily pull these colors off.

Science and booze: a strangely good combination

Do you have any plans for this weekend? We may take it easy because we got our party on last night.

El Hub and I drove down to SF last night for NightLife at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, where the museum turns into an adults-only nightclub, with DJs, cocktails, snacks and lots of good, clean science fun (apparently, booze and science really DO mix).

We checked out several of the exhibits, like the Steinhart Aquarium and Climate Change in California…



The aquarium had an amazing 25-foot-deep display showcasing 3,000 brightly-colored fish native to the coral reefs surrounding the Philippines. I could’ve sat there gazing for hours.



The Climate Change exhibit wasn’t as flashy but was equally eye opening. I got a lot of good ideas for steps I can take to minimize my carbon footprint (reusing spray bottles and makeup packaging, to name a couple).


As if that wasn’t enough, I got to pet a huge skink. I hope Tabs doesn’t get jealous, LOL! You can’t tell from this pic, but I’m fighting some major lizard fear.


We weren’t able to see the Rainforests of the World or Living Roof exhibits because of long lines, but that gives us an excuse to go back.

It was a fun and unusual way to spend a Thursday night. If you live in the Bay Area or plan to visit sometime over a Thursday night, check out NightLife in Golden Gate Park.

TGIF! πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Mikele says:

    Sah Harbor and greenport!! Holla!! Luv. πŸ™‚

  2. gio says:

    Greenport is gorgeous!

  3. Citrine says:

    I love blue and teal nails in the summer…(I would look dead if I wear them when it’s cooler.)

  4. Can’t wait for Essie’s neon collection!

    Oh yes I can say from experience from where I work that science and booze DO mix (hello beer & champagne in the fridge in the storage room anyone?)

    This weekend is mellow for me, except the dreaded DENTIST tomorrow πŸ™ I am one of those who loathes the DENTIST. Next week I’m off Thurs & Fri for the step-daughter’s spring break and guess what we’re gonna do? Go to Safari West in Santa Rosa and the Cal. Academy of Sciences, yay!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vampy Varnish,

      HOW FUN! You have to tell me about Safari West after you go. I’ve been wanting to visit but just never got around to it!

      Good luck at the dentist. I’m going next week and I’m NOT looking forward to it. It’s a new doctor and I had to prepare them by telling ’em that I am a terrible patient. I had one too many traumatic incidents in the chair when I was a kid. What are you going in for? A standard cleaning?

  5. cloudburst says:

    I love Sag Harbour – I’m going to have to see if my local drugstore will carry this colour.

  6. Amy says:

    ahhh…me likey shelter island…it looks similar to my very favorite summer polish, Creative’s Hot Pop Blue.

  7. Kate & Zena says:

    This collection is fabulous. I love blues.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kate & Zena,

      Yes, me too! I’m glad we have so many funky colors to choose from these days. I love a good peach, red or pink, but sometimes it’s fun to bust out a blue, yellow or green polish.

  8. Indian Girl says:

    I tried out Sag Harbor & Greenport and absolutely loved them ! Its a small but super wearable collection !

  9. Lorena says:

    Hi Karen!!

    I can’t wait for the Neon 2009 collection either!! I love the perky purple!!

    I stumbled onto your website today and I just want to tell you that its an awesome website! Keep up the good job!!

  10. Briana says:

    OOOh, booze and science! That sounds like a ton of fun!
    I love that Perky Purple polish!

    Briana´s last blog post..Yay for sunshine!

  11. Stacie says:

    I’m diggin’ Sag Harbor and Greenport. Ah, booze and science…sounds like a party to me! I haven’t been to an aquarium in a while; suddenly that sounds like a ton of fun! Ooh, or the zoo! We didn’t go there last year, so maybe this spring. (Can’t wait too long–once summer hits here, we’ve got 3 digit temps all the way.)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stacie,

      Holy wow! Is it a dry heat? I used to live near Sacramento, where it would hit the triple digits all the time. The fact that it was dry heat made it a little bit more bearable…

  12. Catherine says:

    Wow, I really like the look of Greenport on you! I will have to check it out in person!

    Catherine´s last blog post..PSA: L’Occitane Grape line 50% off!!!

  13. Karen B says:

    Love greenport. But no Essie so yeah. I’ll just dream πŸ˜‰
    Sounds like such a fun exhibit. And go you for beating that fear.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen B.,

      Oh, that’s too bad. Maybe you can find an equivalent? Did you guys get Sugarsweet yet? There’s a mint green polish called Peppermint Patti polish in that collection that you might like. It’s more mint green than Greenport, but it’s pretty!

  14. Marta says:

    I love Sag Harbour.

  15. Didi says:

    I’m really loving Sag Harbour and Greenport and really tempted to go pick those up! For now I’m holding out for the Saks F&F coming up next week!

    Haha! I’m sure Tabs will forgive you since the skink’s a different species πŸ™‚

    Didi´s last blog post..2009 Spring Saks Friends and Family Event

  16. Lydia says:

    It looks like you had fun!

  17. Alison says:

    I have all three of the North Fork collection and I love them all. My favourite is greenport its so beautiful, looks great as a pedi colour too!

    I didn’t get into the neons last year but I think I will give them a go in 2009. The colours look great.

    In fact I was never into blues until I saw the North Fork collection! So maybe it will be the same for the new neon collection.

  18. Jen says:

    I bought Sag Harbor this afternoon because I couldn’t stop thinking about it after reading this entry LOL. I just got back from Oahu, and it will look lovely with my tannnned brown color! Loves it – and thanks Karen! Oh and tonight I’m hitting up the Seattle Sounders game —- go Sounders!

  19. lynbird says:

    You totally read my mind with the 1995 thing! I was 11 and had 2 bottles of blue Hard Candy (one Sky and the other a darker, metallic blue) black Doc Martens and I was the envy of all my friends. I doubt I’ll do blue again, though. I’m still liking the shimmery grays from fall.

  20. I have been wanting to check it out for a long time too, I’ll let you know. I actually looked into getting married there and if we hadn’t eloped to Hawaii, I think I might have. I love the idea of getting married surrounded by animals!

    I lived to tell another tale after the dentist today! Yes, it was just a cleaning. They have a new office now with TV’s and headphones so I watched some Dirty Jobs while the cleaning was going on and it definitely made it more bearable!

  21. Karen B says:

    Nope, not yet. I’ll check it out.

  22. Marisol says:

    Another reason to love SF…

  23. Michelle says:

    I really like the North Forks collection, I’ll definitely have to get a couple.

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