I love my mauves. Especially as a transitional choice when one season fades into the other. Essie is probably my go-to brand for this color family. I always have at least a couple of Essie ones on rotation. Among others, of course. A girl need to have options.
Island Hopping came out in one of Essie's seasonal collections a few years ago and thankfully has stayed around (this is my second bottle). It's a plummy mauve, slightly cooler in tone than Essie Soiree Mauve (another staple). It's a darker and richer version of the drugstore classic Sally Hansen Stony Creme (from the Advanced Hard As Nails series).
Like most Essie polishes, two coats are enough, the formula is of medium thickness and the brush could use a few extra bristles to make application more even.
Bottom Line: big love.
Essie Island Hopping Nail Polish ($8) can be found at many salons, select Target and Ulta locations and on essie.com.