Collection: Essie 2010 Winter
Going Incognito (734) is described by Essie as a “deep, emerald green”. It’s a pine green cream that leans a touch blue, quite like the pigment viridian. While it is a deep color, it isn’t blackened enough to qualify as a vampy. There is also the tiniest bit of dustiness to the shade that I feel prevents it from being labeled as jewel-toned.
The formula is pretty standard for Essie: the first coat goes on deceptively thin and a bit runny, but a second coat goes on smoothly and gives you full opacity. If I was being really fussy, I’d do a third just to totally get rid of any hint of bald spots, but overall, this applies well. I did just two coats for the swatch.
This is definitely one of the nicer deep greens in my collection. It’s a fine choice for the winter holidays, as it reads as fir tree green but with elegance: it isn’t a blingy jingle bell shade. It also works well if you want to get into the Halloween spirit, but not wear some glow-in-the-dark, Slimer shade of green!
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.