Category:Essie’

Essie Vermillionaire & Pretty Edgy

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In the Bay Area often some of the hottest days of the year are early in the fall. This afternoon it is expected that the high temperature will be 95. It seems like a good time to share pictures of some of summer beauties that I was too busy to swatch before now. Anyway, I think these particular polishes would be a great pop of bright color for fall! :-D

Vermillionaire

A read leaning bright orange crème. I am not usually a huge fan of orange, but this is quite pretty.

Application was good, but a bit sheer. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Essie Vermillionaire

Essie Vermillionaire in sunlight

Pretty Edgy

A medium green crème. This is a cool color!

Application was good, but a bit sheer. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Essie Pretty Edgy

Essie Pretty Edgy in sunlight

Essie summer 2010

Essie Miss Matched, Essie Demure Vixen, Essie Haute as Hello, Essie Knockout Pout, Essie Pretty Edgy and Essie Vermillionaire

Essie Splash of Grenadine

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Splash of Grenadine is a purplish-pink crème from Essie’s Resort collection. This is a fun, feminine color. I wore this for four days without any chipping, and I got a compliment from a friend that I did not think ever notices my nail polish!

Essie Splash of Grenadine

Essie Splash of Grenadine in artificial light

Essie Splash of Grenadine

Essie Splash of Grenadine in sunlight

I am not sure I understand the name though. Grenadine is bright red! Mix a splash of it in a cocktail, and it is still red :-)

 Essie Splash of Grenadine

Essie Splash of Grenadine with a Splash of Grenadine

 Essie Splash of Grenadine

Essie Splash of Grenadine

Application was good. I have found that some Essies are streaky, this wasn’t but it was a bit sheer. It took me three coats to achieve complete opacity. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Essie In Stitches and Velvet Voyeur

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I usually wear my nails longer, but last week I suffered a home improvement related accident and had to cut them short. :-( So my fall swatches are going to be short and sassy! :-)

In Stitches and Velvet Voyeur are two more polishes from Essie’s new fall collection. For the other colors in this collection, please see my review of  Essie’s fall 2010 minis.

In Stitches

In stitches is a brownish-pink crème. It’s a nice fall color, and I think it would be appropriate for most offices. Something about this color is not really my style, but I think it looked good on.

Application was very smooth and even. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Essie In Stitches

Essie In Stitches in artificial light

Essie In Stitches

Essie In Stitches in sunlight

Velvet Voyeur

My first impression of this color is that it was a deep burgundy red. Upon closer examination, I found the color to be more interesting than that :-) Velvet Voyeur is a dark brownish purple crème.  I really like this deep vampy color, so my swatch turned into a full mani!

Application was excellent. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Essie Velvet Voyeur

Essie Velvet Voyeur in artificial light

Essie Velvet Voyeur

Essie Velvet Voyeur in sunlight

Essie In Stitches and Velvet Voyeur

Essie In Stitches and Velvet Voyeur

Essie Fall Collection 2010

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It’s in the high 80′s today in the beautiful Bay Area, so it is difficult for me to get into a fall mood. To be honest my thoughts are drifting more towards lemonade and cranking the A/C. In spite of the heat it is time for all of new the fall collections to come out.

This collection of Essie minis is a Nordstrom Beauty Exclusive.

Sew Psyched

Sew Psyched is a greyish-green with a slight shimmer. The promo pictures made it look like a fall version of a mint green, but it doesn’t really strike me as a mint in person. It’s a bit of a strange color, but I like it. :-)

Essie Sew Psyched

Essie Sew Psyched in artificial light

Essie Sew Psyched

Essie Sew Psyched in sunlight

Application was very good. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Merino Cool

This color is a bit harder to describe, as it seemed to change depending on the lighting. I saw it as being a lavender/grey/beige. It reminds me of Sephora by OPI’s Metro Chic.

Essie Merino Cool

Essie Merino Cool in artificial light

Essie Merino Cool

Essie Merino Cool in sunlight

Application was very good. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Little Brown Dress

Dark chocolate crème – sounds yummy doesn’t it? This one was surprise. In the bottle it looked a bit like chocolate syrup. Tasty perhaps, but not a very exciting color. I really liked it on though! Something about it strikes me as sexy and sophisticated like a deep red, but a with a twist. It is probably not a color I would have gravitated towards on the shelf, but I quite like it! It is much more luscious in real life. The pictures don’t do it justice!

Essie Little Brown Dress

Essie Little Brown Dress in artificial light

Essie Little Brown Dress

Essie Little Brown Dress in sunlight

Application was very good. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Limited Addiction

A sexy cool toned dark red crème. Some reds don’t work for me, but this red looked great on my skin tone!

Essie Limited Addiction

Essie Limited Addiction in artificial light

Essie Limited Addiction

Essie Limited Addiction

Application was very good (in spite of a wiggly kitty who insisted on sitting on my lap and “helping” me). Two coats and a top coat shown.

Essie Sew Psyched, Essie Merino Cool, Essie Little Brown Dress and Essie Limited Addiction

Essie Sew Psyched, Essie Merino Cool, Essie Little Brown Dress and Essie Limited Addiction

Hey, it may not be fall yet but if I close my eyes with the A/C on I can imagine myself on a crisp fall day! :-D  Hopefully fall will wait a little while though, as I still have a few spring and summer collections to swatch and review!

What do you think of Essie’s new fall collection?

Essie Tart Deco

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Essie Tart Deco is a juicy peach crème. In some lights it almost looked orange. I was surprised to see that it applied much darker than the bottle color.

Essie Tart Deco

Essie Tart Deco in artificial light

Essie Tart Deco

Essie Tart Deco in sunlight

Application was excellent! Two coats with a top coat shown.

Essie Really Red, Essie Tart Deco, Essie Pop Art Pink, Essie Lilacism

Essie Red Nouveau, Essie Tart Deco, Essie Pop Art Pink, Essie Lilacism

Essie Lapis of Luxury

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When I first saw the Essie Resort Collection promo pics, I really liked all of the colors. I couldn’t wait to buy all of them. When I saw at the local beauty supply store, I was not sure I liked them as much :-( I really love blues though, so I decided I would take a chance and get Lapis of Luxury. It sat on my coffee table for a while in my nail polish “swatching  queue.” Both my husband and a friend remarked that they thought the color was boring, so it sat for a while longer than it would have otherwise. I agree that it does look a tad dull in the bottle, but fortunately I really do like it on me :-)

Essie Lapis of Luxury

Essie Lapis of Luxury in artificial light

Lapis of Luxury is a breezy summery blue crème. I might have to give the other Resort Collection colors a try! :-) The sunlight picture is much more true to life. My hand looks a bit red in the indoor pictures, but that is not what my eye saw.

Essie Lapis of Luxury

Essie Lapis of Luxury in sunlight

Application was very good. Two coats with a top coat shown.

Essie Lapis of Luxury

Essie Lapis of Luxury

BB Couture Poison Apple

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I woke-up this morning to pouring rain. I am so ready for the “May flowers” – and bike rides! :-) At breakfast my husband asked me what color I was going to paint my nails today. Then he remarked that a rainy day was a good time to wear a Hawaiian shirt. I was thinking I should do another blue or some other “rainy color,” but what he said got me thinking about doing something brighter. I recently got a yummy red Kate Spade bag from their online sample sale. The bag has garnered a ton of compliments, so I think I will do head turning red.

BB Couture Poison Apple

BB Couture Poison Apple in artificial light

BB Couture Poison Apple is a luscious red jelly from their Fairy Tale collection.  It is a sexy, warm bright true red. In the bottle I see a slight shimmer, but it is not visible on the nail.

BB Couture Poison Apple

BB Couture Poison Apple

The application on this is a dream. In fact it was practically a fairy tale! As usual BB Couture does not disappoint! Poisoned or not, I adore this apple! :-)

BB Couture and Kate Spade handbag

BB Couture Poison Apple and my Kate Spade inspiration

Two coats and a top coat shown.

Essie Really Red, Essie Red Nouveau, BB Couture Poison Apple

Essie Really Red, Essie Red Nouveau, BB Couture Poison Apple

Here is a comparison to some similar reds in my stash.

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