Swatches of the Essie Midsummer 2022 collection (‘Rose to the occasion’)

Today it’s time for a collection I’m literally always excited about: Essie’s Midsummer collection! The shades of this collection are always so extremely nice and cheerful. I only picked up two shades this year, but I might pick up more since they are incredible!

Before I get into the swatches of the Essie Midsummer 2022 collection, I feel like I need to do some explaining. This collection is released in Europe as the Midsummer 2022 ‘Rose to the occasion’ collection. It consists of six new colors. However, back in March this collection was released as a CVS-exclusive collection in the US and was called ‘Hostess with the mostess’. The only difference between these two collections is that the brown shade called ‘Centerpiece of attention’ in the US collection was switched for a green shade called Dance till dessert in the European collection.

The new shades from the Hostess with the mostess/Midsummer 2022 collection

I won’t lie, when I first saw swatches of this collection, I didn’t like the colors at all. However, this collection quite grew on me, especially when they switched the brown Centerpiece of attention for the green Dance till dessert. I only picked up Dance till dessert and Blooming friendships for now, but the others are actually really nice too.

Essie Dance till dessert

Dance till dessert was the big mystery of the collection. I have no clue why they swapped Centerpiece of attention with this one in Europe, but I’m glad they did. I think in almost every midsummer collection there has been a green, so I’m happy that they continue this tradition. There is no good way to describe Dance till dessert. I would probably say that it’s a medium green with cool undertones (as opposed to all the greens with yellow undertones that we keep getting). I really enjoyed this color, and it combined really nicely with other colors.

The formula was very nice, most nails were OK after two coats, but some needed a third coat.

Essie Dance till dessert compared to Essie Bon-boyage, Essie Vested interest and Orly Sagebrush

I knew I had nothing like Dance till dessert when I first saw it, but I thought Essie Vested interest could be close. Vested interest is definitely in the same color family, but a lot darker. Orly Sagebrush is again even darker than Essie Vested interest, but also kind of in the same color range. Essie Bon boy-age is lighter than Dance till dessert and is also not a dupe.

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about whether Jade it happen from the Crystal clear intentions trio. I hope to get my hands on Jade it happen soon, but from pictures I think Dance till dessert is darker than Jade it happen. I thought a long time about other US Essie shades that could be close to Dance till dessert, but, honestly, nothing else comes to mind.

Essie Blooming friendships

The second shade I picked up is Blooming friendships. Blooming friendships is described by Essie as a sky blue nail polish, and I couldn’t agree more! This shade is so pretty. If I would be on Essie’s team, I would put a shade like this in every single Essie summer and spring collection. The color looks a bit washed out in my pictures, but it’s a bit more of an intense blue. Really recommend this shade!

Light blues do not always have the best formula, but this one is definitely an exception. Some nails were already opaque with two coats, some nails needed a third coat. But overall, it was super easy to apply!

Essie Blooming friendships compared to Essie Strike a pose-itano vs Essie Blossom dandy and Essie Mint candy apple

The closest shade I own to Blooming friendships is probably Strike a pose-itano. I know strike a pose-itano can be difficult to find, so that’s good news! Strike a pose-itano contains a bit more green and is a bit more muted/grey than Blooming friendships. I think both shades have their charm, and I love them both.

Blossom dandy and Mint candy apple contain a lot more green than Blooming friendships.

Essie Blooming friendships compared to Essie Blue-la-la, Essie Find me an oasis and Essie Pic-nic of time

Of course, I have more shades to compare. Essie Blue-la-la is the only other sky blue Essie that I own. However, you can already see that Essie Blooming friendships contains more green. Blue-la-la is also a bit darker in real life. Essie Find me an oasis on the other hand is a lot lighter than Blooming friendships, but also contains more purple. Finally, Pic-nic of time contains also a lot more purple.

Essie Blooming friendships compared to Essie Flight of fantasy, Essie Maximilian Strasse her and Essie Saltwater happy

On Instagram, I got the question to compare Flight of fantasy from the spring 2022 collection to Essie Blooming friendships. It’s actually closer than I initially thought. Flight of fantasy contains a bit more green and is a bit darker. They are not dupes, but they definitely combine nicely. Maximilian Strasse her is clearly a lot darker and more grey. Essie Saltwater happy is a more purple-based blue.

I do not own the famous Essie ‘Borrowed and blue’. At least here in Europe, it seems to be discontinued and difficult to find. I have the feeling that it might be close to Blooming friendships though. So if you’re looking for a replacement, Blooming friendships might be a good option!

Conclusion & Availability

I really do love these two shades, and I kind of regret not picking up more of this collection. I’m very happy that we got a blue-toned green here in Europe because it seems like those greens are always removed from collections over here. Also, the formulas of both these shades were really good.

The midsummer collections are usually not super easy to find. In the US this collection was already released as the CVS-exclusive Hostess with the mostess collection, and was already difficult to find from the start. In Europe, the midsummer collection has been released in Scandinavia, France, Spain and Greece, and a bunch of other countries, but it might only be available at specific stores. I’ve bought it myself from Lyko, but I’ve also found it on In Germany, the collection will be available by the end of June at DM (and maybe other stores). If you’re living in the US, and really want the green ‘Dance till dessert’, I saw that has it and ships to the US, but it’s quite expensive. The easiest solution is probably to find a European friend that is willing to ship it to you!

8 thoughts on “Swatches of the Essie Midsummer 2022 collection (‘Rose to the occasion’)”

  1. Hello! I want Dance Till Dessert so badly, but alas, I’m in the US and don’t have any friends in Europe. 🙁 If you’re ever willing to ship things, I’d be happy to ship things only sold in the US your way!
    Regardless, thank you for your beautiful swatches. You are one of the three sites I rely on for accurate photos and comparisons and you’ve helped me make the best choices on countless occasions! So thank you for taking the time to create such an informative and lovely site. 🙂
    Best wishes!

  2. Hallo Anouk!

    Originally I first saw this collection back in February or March on my CVS app, and was pretty “meh” about it. It was after I started watching videos and seeing swatches that I changed my mind.

    So that’s how I ended up with these four- in good taste, blooming friendships, rose to the occasion, and centerpiece of attention. I wish Essie would have released dance till dessert in the U.S. I think that would have fit the theme of a midsummer party so much better than a brown grass color. With that being said, centerpiece is really a nice warm yellow toned brown compared to all the cool toned ones I usually see (and own). It just should have been held until the fall.


    1. Hi Heather,
      You are right, the more I look at this collection, the more I start to like it! In good taste and rose to the occasion are also really pretty. I indeed think that if Centerpiece had been released for fall, I would have been all over it! Dance till dessert makes so much more sense in this collection, it really completes the vibe. I hope it was a one-time thing that they changed one shade between Europe and North America, I feel like it just upsets too many people.

      1. You’re right! That would be great if Essie could release collections with the same colors in all countries, especially if the substituted color fits a certain season better! Essie are you reading this blog? You should be!
        Had centerpiece not been limited edition, I would have most likely held off on getting it. So the limited edition aspect worked just like it’s supposed to- it made me buy it!! LOL
        Hope it’s not so hot anymore by you. I live in hot and humid Florida, so I know how brutal the heat can be.

        1. I kind of forbid myself to look at Centerpiece of attention, because if I’m liking it, it will be very difficult to find here.
          It’s still too warm to my liking, but at least it’s not Florida hot anymore 😉

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