Collection: Essie 2010 Fall
Merino Cool (730) is described by Essie as a “sensuous autumn mulberry”, which really doesn’t give this shade enough credit! It’s a deeper midtoned heathery plum cream with heavy doses of grey, brown—so, taupe—and purple. Its dusty quality makes it perfect for fall sweater weather.
The formula is quite good: the first coat is a bit thin, as you’ll find with many Essies, but the second coat can be applied more generously as it self-evens reasonably well. I got just about full opacity with two coats (I would probably do a bit extra just to get those pesky bald marks to disappear), as you can see in the swatch.
You’ll also notice that in dimmer light, Merino Cool looks decidedly taupe, but in brighter light, it can perk up with a plummy mauve tone.
I think this is a fantastic shade that can be worn by a lot of different skintones due to its fairly neutral base. It may not have absolutely perfect application, but I feel the color is gorgeous enough to warrant a high recommendation.
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.