Essie Nail Polish in Sable Collar, swatch

Essie — Sable Collar (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2013 Winter, Shearling Darling

Sable Collar (852), is described by Essie as a “luxurious pearlescent cocoa plum”. It’s a dark, though perhaps just a touch shy of vampy, mix of plum, brown, and taupe, with some interesting shimmer. The shimmer is extremely fine and only very visible in bright light; otherwise it just gives the polish a pearl gloss finish. In bright sunlight, you can see plum, brown, taupe, and a sprinkling of cranberry shimmer. In both dim and bright light scenarios, this polish appears to have an odd overlay of grey, as if there’s a halo of dust around it. It’s an odd effect and I can’t remember the last time I saw a shade like that. I’m not in love with the effect—perhaps I just prefer my colors with more vibrancy! It’s no doubt a fascinating shade, though.

The formula was a little bit disappointing. I found it a bit watery, and while two coats was fine, I liked it best with three coats for extra coverage and color depth.

Those who like these kinds of shades will find a lot to love in Sable Collar. One huge benefit it has, in my opinion, is that it’s practically a neutral: the sort of in-between color that will go with a lot of different outfits, paricularly those with a winter-y feel.

Essie Nail Polish in Sable Collar, swatch

Essie Nail Polish in Sable Collar, label

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.


13 thoughts on “Essie — Sable Collar (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

    • You do need it! It’s so complex, and reminds me of some of the old school Essie vampies that were just drop dead gorgeous. It definitely has a “muddiness” to it even when shimmery, due to a greyed tone…you know, you could always jazz it up with a shimmery top coat, too 🙂

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  1. I have this but it’s unworn. It’s such a great Fall shade! Too bad about the formula though. I think it might be similar to Guerlain Sulfurous which I also own… (the formula of that one is fantastic) I should do a comparison.

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  2. This is such a gorgeous shade! I’m so looking forward to wearing all the fall shades. Right now I’ve got 3 busted acrylics and one that totally fell off. My nails are pretty bad at the moment. I really need to go get a mani. It’s an embarrassment.


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