This past fall and winter, Bahama Mama got quite a bit of attention. A lot of people wore it and raved about it. I have really loved this polish for a while now, but realized I didn't have a post up on it! ::shock, horror!:: I had to fix that because, truly, this is a polish worth featuring.
Essie describes Bahama Mama as a "warm, rich, creamy deep plum." I have to agree. Plum fits the bill. It is a deep plum that crosses somewhere between a creme and a jelly. It isn't quite either of them. At least not 100%, in my opinion.
My understanding is that Bahama Mama first came out in 2007 as a summer collection color. It seems rather deep for a typical warm-weather kind of shade. But, to each their own, right? I prefer this polish when the weather turns a bit cooler. Bahama mama is now in their core collection of polishes, so it is easy to come by, no matter the season.
The application wasn't the very best with this one. It certainly wasn't horrid, but also not a simple one-coater-and-go kind of polish. The first coat was very sheer and patchy. There were a lot of streaks that just had to have some layering to hide. The second coat evened things up for most of the nails, however, a few still needed a third. If you do very, very thin layers, I think you'll have to do 3 coats to get an even and opaque finish. If you put on one thin and a second slightly thicker, I think you may be able to get away with two.
I am wearing one coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, (mostly) two coats of Essie Bahama Mama, and one coat of Seche Vite. As a last minute decision I decided to grab a lavender heart out of my rhinestone wheel to stick onto the ring finger. There are no other designs or gems on my nails. Something about the simplicity of a single heart, though, I loved.