Essie collection, Cafe Chic Society, Summer 2017

New Release: Essie — Cafe Chic Society (Summer 2017)

Collection: Essie 2017 Summer, Cafe Chic Society

Essie has released their Cafe Chic Society collection, which consists of six new shades of “soft floral and tart, bright fruits for summer”. The collection was created by their Global Color Designer, Rebecca Minkoff.

Sweet Soufflé
iridescent
sugar white
Baguette Me Not
unforgettable
lilac macaron
Blue-La-La
pastel
Parisian blue
S’il Vous Play
lavender
pink foil
Fondant of You
sparkling apricot
marmalade
Éclair My Love
red candy
passion

I’m loving these pretty shades, particularly Fondant of You and Éclair My Love!

(It’s a bit odd that they remembered the accents on soufflé and éclair, but not on café.)

Happy Shopping!

Essie Cafe Chic Society collection, Summer 2017

[Images via essie.ca]

Essie Nail Lacquer in Bonded, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Essie — Bonded (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2004 Winter, Frozen Assets

Essie have founded the first ever (US) National Nail Polish Day! They’re also running a contest on their website, though I think you may have to be US-based to enter.

In full support of this new day, today’s Throwback Thursday is, of course, an Essie.

Bonded (492) is long discontinued, but still one of the prettier reds I’ve ever come across. It’s a clean, clear candy apple red shot through with fine red and silver microglitter. The glitter is just dense enough to look sprinkled on, but not so sparse that it looks haphazard.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Bonded

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New Release: Essie — Wild Nudes (Summer 2017)

Collection: Essie 2017 Summer, Wild Nudes

Essie has released their Summer 2017 collection, Wild Nudes, consisting of eight neutral cream shades.

Bare with Me
apricot tone
with gray cast
Clothing Optional
natural
sienna brown
Exposed
mossy green with
a slight white overcast
Mooning
light shadowy blue with
an undertone of black
Skinny Dip
light peach pink with
a slight hint of black
Wild Nude
light tan with
a wash of white
Winning Streak
dark purple with
a grayish tone
Without a Stitch
clean light gray

Nothing too unique, but I do like the subtle nuances to each shade. Clothing Optional and Winning Streak are the ones that catch my eye.

Happy Shopping!

Essie Nail Lacquer in Satin Sister, swatch

Essie — Satin Sister (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

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) Swatch & Review

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) Swatch & Review

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) Swatch & Review

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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