Collection: Essie Fall 2009, Cuddle with Color
Today’s polish isn’t the most seasonally appropriate for us in the northern hemisphere, but we can’t have only brights and pastels all summer, can we?
Essie calls Mink Muffs a “smoky plush taupe”. I see more of a hot cocoa brown with touches of taupe and mauve. The smooth and creamy finish works to remind me even more of a hot chocolate enjoyed in the wintertime!
I did two coats for my swatch, and it’s fine like that, but ideally I think I’d prefer three coats. I can see a bit of bald-spottage by the cuticles. I’m sure the color would darken up a little with that extra coat, as well.
I generally prefer my browns to be a little darker, but this is still a pretty nice change of pace for me. The undertones aren’t too rusty and orange like they are in some browns, which probably makes this flattering for a wider range of skintones.
Mink Muffs was first released in 2009, and it is still available in Essie’s core collection.
Essie Nail Polish retails for US$8.50 / CA$9.99–$10.99 and is 0.46 US fl oz / 13.5 mL. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). It is made in the USA.
Essie Cosmetics, founded in 1981, is based in Westfield NJ, USA. In 2010, Essie was acquired by the L’Oréal Group.