Essie Spring 2022 swatches (‘Flight of fantasy’)

Essie Spring 2022 Flight of fantasy collection

Yup, I’m back with more Essie Spring 2022 swatches. This time it’s from the Essie Flight of fantasy collection, which is, I believe, THE Essie spring collection this year. The entire collection has a bird theme and consists of six cute pastel shades. I purchased the entire collection, so let’s get into the swatches.

Essie Well nested energy

Essie Well nested energy

Well nested energy is described as a pastel peach crème. This was the shade I was doubting about the most, but I’m glad I picked it up anyway. Well nested energy is much lighter than other peach-y shades that I own. The shade makes my hand look very tanned. In daylight, it leans more pink, while in artificial light you will clearly see the yellow undertones.

The formula of Well nested energy was very nice. I needed 2 coats for some nails, but most nails required three coats for full opacity.

Comparison of Essie Perennial chic vs Essie Well nested energy vs Essie Topless and barefoot vs China glaze pack lightly

In the comparison above you can see that China Glaze pack lightly is probably the closest shade that I own. Pack lightly contains a pink shimmer and is much sheerer than Well nested energy. Perennial chic is darker and too orange to be a dupe, while topless and barefoot contains more pink.

Essie Sing song bird along

Essie Sing songbird along

Essie Sing songbird along is a pastel yellow. The shade also has some brown in it, making it a nice neutral yellow. It kind of reminds me of the color of real bananas. This shade is maybe not for everyone, but I personally really like it. I think especially in summer on a sunkissed skin, this shade will look great.

Surprisingly, Sing songbird along only needed two coats for complete opacity.

Essie Atelier at the bay (Gel couture) vs Essie Sing songbird along vs OPI My vampire is buff vs OPI Coastal Sand-tuary

I had heard that Essie Atelier at the bay and Essie Sing songbird along were supposedly super close. I kind of agree, in the sense that they are both pastel yellow. However, Atelier at the bay is much brighter and doesn’t contain the brown undertones that Sing songbird along has. OPI My vampire is buff and OPI Coastal sand-tuary are not as yellow as Sing songbird along. I kind of imagine that if OPI My vampire is buff and Essie Atelier at the bay had a baby, it would look like Sing songbird along.

Stretch your wings

Essie Stretch your wings

Stretch your wings is a lilac purple creme. It immediately reminded me of Essie’s Go Ginza. Similar to Go Ginza, Stretch your wings is a lilac that leans a bit pink. Most Essie lilacs lean blue. I really love these types of lilacs, so Stretch your wings is a welcome addition.

The shade again only required two coats, so I’m incredibly impressed.

Essie Go ginza vs Essie Stretch your wings vs OPI Quest for Quartz vs Essie Fiji

Compared to Essie Go Ginza, Stretch your wings is lighter and leans slightly more pink. OPI’s new Quest for quartz is in a similar color family, but at the same time is totally different. My European Fiji from 2016 is much lighter than Essie Stretch your wings, and leans a bit warmer pink.

Spring Awakening

Essie Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is a muted pastel coral. Again, I initially had some doubts about this color in the bottle, but as soon as I applied it to the nail I absolutely loved it. It’s a very inoffensive shade, probably very suitable for work, while at the same time it’s nice and happy.

It has a very similar formula to the shades above, and I only needed two coats for full opacity.

Essie Eternal Optimist vs Essie Spring Awakening vs Essie Oh behave! vs Essie Excuse me sur

When I saw Spring awakening, I immediately though of Eternal Optimist. I’ve had Eternal optimist a couple of months now, and I think it looks so amazing in the bottle, but I’ve never swatched it or worn it as a full manicure, so I hope that doesn’t happen to Spring Awakening. Spring Awakening is very similar, but slightly lighter than Eternal Optimist. Oh behave! Obviously contains shimmer and is more orange. Excuse me sur is just a much brighter shade of coral.

Essie Keep branching out

Essie Keep branching out

Keep branching out is described as a taupe nail polish with yellow undertones. To me, it’s definitely not a taupe. It’s a light brown with warm undertones. I won’t lie, I initially also had some doubts about this color, but it’s a very nice shade. I’m not sure if I will reach for it often but it’s nice and neutral.

Again, the formula is very similar to the other shades, covering in two coats.

Essie Clothing optional vs Essie Keep branching out vs Essie Sand Tropez vs Essie perennial chic

I initially didn’t really know what to compare to Keep branching out. Initially I reached for Clothing Optional, but from the first coat it was already pretty clear that it was too dark to be a good dupe for Keep branching out. Keep branching out was actually surprisingly close to Essie Sand Tropez, although Sand Tropez leands more yellow. Perennial chic is also sort of close, but is more orange. I definitely prefer Keep branching out over Perennial chic.

Essie Flight of fantasy

Essie Flight of fantasy

Essie Flight of fantasy is described as a muted pastel blue. I initially also thought it was a blue, but it also gives me some mint vibes in daylight. I definitely love this shade, it’s very different from all other blue shades that I own.

Flight of fantasy covered well in two coats.

OPI Sage simulation vs Essie Flight of fantasy vs Essie Maximillian strasse her vs Essie Strike a pose-itano

I happend to have Sage simulations from OPI’s new Xbox collection on my desk, so of course I wanted to compare the shades. Sage simulation obviously contains shimmer and is not as muted as flight of fantasy. Essie Maximilian strasse her is even dustier than Flight of fantasy, and I’m never quite sure whether it’s a blue or a grey. Essie Strike a pose-itano is lighter than Essie Flight of fantasy.


It probably doesn’t surprise you that I really like this collection. Although Sing songbird along and Well nested energy require three coats, they are still amazingly opaque. That the others cover in two coats amazed me even more. The colors are very nice for spring, and I’m kind of surprised that most Essie shades in the permanent collection are darker.

As far as availability goes: the collection is still kind of difficult to find, but it starts to pop up here and there.

In the US, I have seen the collection on the Ulta website, on the Target website, and on Beyond Polish over here (affiliate link). You can use the code NOAENAILS for a 5% discount on the Beyond Polish website. The collection is also listed on Amazon US over here (affiliate link), but not in stock yet, last time I checked.

In Europe, I purchased this collection myself from Boozyshop, which ships to most countries in Europe. I haven’t seen the collection in any other stores yet.

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