Essie Turquoise & Caicos

Essie Turquoise & Caicos 3Oh hello, old friend. Without fail as summer starts to wind down I begin thinking longingly about Essie Turquoise & Caicos. I remember the color fondly and it came from my all time favorite Essie collection; the 2010 resort collection.

Sadly, as time passes, I seem to forget what a horrible formula this polish has. I inevitably become frustrated while applying Turquoise & Caicos but become determined to power through 4 carefully applied coats to achieve a lovely slightly dusty turquoise green color.

To this day, the 2010 resort collection display is my favorite Essie display. It was all around a gorgeous collection, but the formula of all the polishes I tried from the collection were lacking. But, if you’re willing to put the time and patience into a manicure with Turquoise & Caicos the end result is lovely.

Lapis of Luxury (or Lapiz of Luxury as they’re calling it nowadays) is my favorite polish from the 2010 resort collection but Turquoise & Caicos is a close second!

Essie did add Turquoise & Caicos to their permanent line so it can be found anywhere Essie is sold.

There are a slew of swatches below the jump.



Essie Turquoise & Caicos label Essie Turquoise & Caicos Essie Turquoise & Caicos 2 Essie Turquoise & Caicos MACRO Essie Turquoise & Caicos MACOR2


  1. I am wearing this today! The 2010 Resort collection is what started my nail polish obsession. Turquoise and Caicos is a perfect end-of-summer color. Love your blog!

  2. Sometimes doing one coat of the polish, then one coat of matte topcoat, and then another of the polish can help with streakiness–though I know this one can still be a bit sheer.

  3. T&C is not really my colour but… I wonder if it’s your camera, or my screen, or if the colours you get are not quite the same as we do… I see Lapiz of Luxury everywhere over here, but I swear it’s a much more electric shade of blue… If it looked dusty periwinkle like yours I would be stocking up right now, but it does not. I don’t get it. 🙁

    1. There is nothing electric about Lapis (Lapiz?) of Luxury. Mine is from the original release, so I suppose it’s possible when Essie went retail and changed the name the color also changed. I’m not sure.

  4. The formula is just tooooo crap – have you tried finding another polish to satisfy the colour craving? In a similar vein I can recommend Honeydew by Picture Polish and their formula is AMAZING! I have so many mint greens like this, just love them!

    1. I have quite a few that are very, very close to this polish but none that have that slight dustiness. I’ll check out the Picture Polish. I’ve had great luck with their polishes 🙂

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