Monday, September 6, 2010

Nail Polish Collection Review: Essie Fall 2010 Collection

While I appreciate the fact that Essie churns out some of the best pinks and reds this side of the Atlantic, I have to admit that sometimes I’m a bit bored by their color selection. Whenever I go to the nail salon, I find myself shunning the 50 lookalike pinks in favor of something a bit more exciting. So when I saw the Fall 2010 Collection, I was pretty excited -- nary a pale pink or candy apple red in sight! While I don’t think every polish will make its way into my permanent collection, there’s definitely something for everyone here. See all the polishes after the jump.

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In Stitches
Essie describes this as a cheeky blush pink. Both in the bottle and on, I found it to be quite similar to OPI Baguette Me Not from the France collection. I love the creamy, rich hue -- it has an almost burnt orange quality to it. This is definitely one that I could see making a return appearance on my nails from time to time.

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Sew Psyched
I’m forever on the lookout for a beautiful, flattering grey polish -- and in Sew Psyched, I think I’ve found it. It has a greenish tinge, which really makes it stand out from other greys I’ve seen (Hello Kitty, Illamasqua come to mind). This is a really unique color that applies like a dream.

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Merino Cool
This color was fairly difficult to photograph. I found it to be a cross between Essie’s popular Chinchilly and Mink Muffs hues from last year -- but in photos, it either came across as pale lavender or dark, chocolatey grey. In person, though, it’s got a mulberry tint that really makes it special.

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Velvet Voyeur
As you’ll see from my photo, I had some major application issues with this one. It applied pretty thickly, and no amount of running Q-tips with nail polish remover over my cuticles would remove the excess. That being said, I do think this is an interesting take on a dark hue for fall. It’s not quite brown, not quite purple, not quite red – just an intriguing mix of all three.

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Little Brown Dress
Again, I ran into some application issues here. This was honestly my least favorite of the collection -- I’m not a huge chocolate brown fan to begin with, and this polish just really didn’t say anything new or different to me than what I’ve seen before.

The collection also includes Limited Addiction, which I did not receive for review.

The polishes from the Essie Fall 2010 Collection retail for $8 each. You can also buy a set of all 6 for $48 or the mini 4-piece collection for $17.

1 comment:

  1. If you have problems getting the polish off your cuticles, (after you've tried acetone and an orange wood stick) a buffing block can help remove any residual color. Just remember not to buff your cuticles too hard. Ouch!

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