I cannot get enough of Parka Perfect (because it’s well….perfect!). It’s from Essie’s latest winter 2013 Shearling Darling collection and the polish I was most looking forward to getting my hands on from the promo images. But we all know how promo images can go! Sometimes things don’t pan out. Luckily, Parka Perfect is better in person.
Parka Perfect is a dusty light blue green with subtle iridescent shimmer. The shimmer is that specific shimmer like in Cashmere Bathrobe and Coat Azure, that Essie is known for. This polish is absolutely gorgeous. And very wearable. The color is quite subtle and almost a neutral. It clashes with very few colors (I like to match my manicures and outfits….it’s a problem!). I also love that this is an unexpected color for the cooler months yet still somehow completely appropriate.
The only downfall of this polish is the formula. It’s not Turquoise & Caicos terrible (the gold standard of bad Essie formulas!) but the formula is rather thin and requires careful application to avoid the polish from puddling around the cuticles. I used three, thin coats in my swatches.
A note on the name of this polish: there was a bit of confusion over on Instagram as to whether or not this polish is actually called Parka Perfect. Parka Perfect is the correct name. From what I can tell it looks like some of the early press samples of this collection had this polish labeled as Mind Your Mittens but that is not the correct name. Mind Your Mittens is the blackened teal polish from this collection (that Katie will review on Monday).
Anyway, just wanted to clear up any confusion!
There are swatches below the jump!