Essie Nail Lacquer in Satin Sister, swatch

Essie — Satin Sister (Nail Lacquer)

Collection: Essie 2016 Winter

Satin Sister (1003 salon / 1886 retail). Essie describes it as a “sleek ebony peacock blue”, which is perfect. It’s a darkened teal blue cream that manages to avoid looking black, even though it does translate into a deeper shade on the nail than how it appears in the bottle.

The color is dense and striking—I “oohed” a little as soon as I brushed it on for the first time!

Essie Nail Lacquer in Satin Sister (retail bottle)
Essie Nail Lacquer in Satin Sister (retail bottle)

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Essie Nail Lacquer in Party On a Platform, swatch

Essie — Party On a Platform (Nail Lacquer)

Collection: Essie 2016 Winter

Last December, I picked up three of Essie’s Winter 2016 polishes from Shoppers Drug Mart when they were supposed to be on sale for CA$7.99. I suspect that because they were from the new collection, they rang up at regular price. I asked if they could check the price in the flyer, and they kindly honored it for me, which was cool. The shades I got were Oh Behave!, Party on a Platform, and Satin Sister.

Today, I’m reviewing Party on a Platform (1007 salon / 1888 retail). Essie describes it as a “London garnet red”. The “London” makes me think it’s that classic pillar box red, though I usually associate that color as more of a bright, true red. But I guess garnets are usually a deeper red, so that seems accurate enough. This shade is a deep red, leaning a touch oxblood and mulled wine, giving it a slightly muddied look. Depth-wise, it sits just on the non-vampy side, to me.

I’ve always liked Essie red creams: yes, they do seem to do an awful lot of them, but there is usually something a little different about each one and you can’t necessarily tell until it’s on the nail. Party On a Platform is a sophisticated red and it goes easily from day to night.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Party On a Platform
Essie Nail Lacquer in Party On a Platform (retail bottle)
Essie Nail Lacquer in Party On a Platform
Essie Nail Lacquer in Party On a Platform (retail bottle)

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Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave!, swatch

Essie — Oh Behave! (Nail Lacquer)

Collection: Essie 2016 Winter

Last December, I picked up three of Essie’s Winter 2016 polishes from Shoppers Drug Mart when they were supposed to be on sale for CA$7.99. I suspect that because they were from the new collection, they rang up at regular price. I asked if they could check the price in the flyer, and they kindly honored it for me, which was cool. The shades I got were Oh Behave!, Party on a Platform, and Satin Sister.

Today, I’m reviewing Oh Behave! (1006)†. Essie describes it as a “minx peach frost”. It’s a very Essie shade to me: a semi-sheer pinked copper with warm golden shimmer. There’s a hint of milkiness to the color, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a pastel. I say it’s semi-sheer because you can easily wear it with one or two coats to get a sheer look, but it gets just about opaque with three coats as I have in my swatch.

[† The code is 1890 on my bottle sold at Shoppers Drug Mart. The retail bottles have shade name-and-code stickers on top of the bottle cap and a clear sticker on the front that says “Essie Nail Lacquer”. Essie bottles made for salons have an embossed “e” on top of the bottle cap, no clear logo sticker on the side of the bottle, and a shade name-and-code sticker on the bottom of the bottle. The salon sticker also folds out with an ingredient list, but I’ve never peeled it off as I like to keep the labels intact. The retail packaging also displays either no shade code or a different shade code from the salon packaging. I wish they wouldn’t do this! Currently, I just keep the salon codes in the database, but I should probably try to update it with the retail codes, too.]

Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave!
Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave! (retail bottle)
Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave!
Essie Nail Lacquer in Oh Behave! (retail bottle)

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Essie Nail Polish in Smokin' Hot, swatch

Essie — Smokin’ Hot (Nail Polish)

Collection: Essie 2010 Winter

I actually swatched this sometime last year, but never got around to posting it.

Essie describes Smokin’ Hot (739) as a “stone-cold fox gray that burns hotter than any flame”. It’s a deep, luscious grey with a strong, smoky mauve undertone. The color goes on a good shade or so darker on the nail.

Essie Nail Polish in Smokin' Hot
Essie Nail Polish in Smokin’ Hot

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I Didn’t Win Something! (Essie Canada)

D’oh!

After getting this in my email yesterday, I just received this:

No big deal, since I already own half the shades in that collection!

I’m glad to be entered into the grand draw, but I hope it’s some kind of separate draw. It seems like it’d be kind of unfair to those who already made it into the grand draw.

Well, thanks anyway, Essie!

I Won Something! (Essie Canada)

[Images: essie.com]

Well, I almost never win anything (though I suppose you can’t win if you don’t play, right?), but I just got this in my inbox:

Of course, I totally forgot that I entered this contest and I actually bought half the collection already (Loot the Booty, Tribal Text-Styles, and Viva Antigua!). I hope that the other half is in this prize…not that I’m ungrateful, as I’m so excited about this, and about the grand prize, too!

Thank you, Essie!

Love,
fivezero

Essie Nail Polish in Sable Collar, swatch

Essie — Sable Collar (Nail Polish)

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.

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