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.

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Essie Cosmetics, founded in 1981, is based in Westfield NJ, USA. In 2010, Essie was acquired by the L’Oréal Group.

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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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