Swatch/Review: Essie Winter 2016 FULL Collection

Happy belated Thanksgiving! From visiting with the family and stuffing myself, to catching up on homework that I didn’t touch over winter break, there was a little break in my posting. But here I am! Full on into holidays! We only have so much time before Christmas, crazy to think about!

I picked up the Zoya Holiday collection in their Black Friday sale so a review will be coming on that, as well as a review on the OPI collection as well at least before Christmas. I want to pick up the China Glaze collection as well, but if that has to wait until after Christmas and just be a winter collection, it will. I’m coming up on finals guys so it’s getting crazy!

But now, let’s get on into the Essie Winter 2016 collection! This is a 6 shade collection.

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Swatch/Review: Essie Fall 2016 FULL COLLECTION

I was to apologize for the nice hot minute it’s been since I’ve posted. I’m right in the middle of my senior year of college (dear god I have to be an adult soon) and that’s terrifying. I just finished a big project (today!) so that’s why this post has just been waiting in the background and it’s been so long since you’ve heard from me. But don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere!

Now, it’s no secret that OPI is my one great love in the nail polish world. And that’s right, I was an OPI snob. Before this blog, I owned about 8 Essie shades in total, compared to the 30-something of OPI I had collected over the years. I don’t know why, I just didn’t lean towards Essie that much.

But I’m working to even the gap! I am a polish-opportunist. Any and all brands are open to my trial, and it starts now.

Essie put out a beautiful fall collection out now, and as I began to see photos of it, I knew I had to have them all (and of course I knew I had to swatch them for you guys). I picked them up from TransDesign.

This collection is based on Japan, and there are 6 colors in this collection. (Spoiler: I love them all).

Let’s get into the swatches. And at the very end, after them all, I have comparisons on a couple colors as well!

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NOTD: Essie’s ‘Viva Antigua’ + Revlon’s ‘Gold Glaze’

I finally picked up Essie’s ‘Viva Antigua’ after seeing so many swatches of the beautiful teal sparkly goodness. I had to have it really.

Lemme tell you I love it.

Then, to switch it up, I topped with Revlon’s Transforming Effects Top Coat in ‘Gold Glaze’ and

holy mermaid goodness.

It was so hard to capture the true beauty of this on camera, but I tried my dang best. I’m in love.

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(Ignore the tip wear there, this is a couple-day old manicure).

The gold sparkle combines with the blue shimmer in ‘Viva Antigua’ and just creates this shimmery masterpiece.

Brb, going to go jump in the ocean and fulfill my mermaid dreams now.

NOTD: Essie ‘Aim to Misbehave’ – Essie’s 1000th Shade!

*NOTD=Nails of the Day. Hello yellow! Essie has put out it’s 1000th shade, and I picked it up – I told myself I needed it as a collector and blogger (that’s what I’m sticking to).

Essie’s 1000th shade is out as a part of their summer collection, the Shimmer Brights. I know this collection has been out for a while, and I might be a little late to the game – but it’s still summer and this shade is still very much available, so here’s a post anyways!

The 1000th shade is called ‘Aim to Misbehave’, and it’s a shimmery warm toned yellow with lots of microshimmer all throughout. My boyfriend describes it as a “shiny mustard” and I have to say I agree with that statement. The cap of the bottle has this cool little decoration with little “1000s” all over it. It reminds me of graduation and I don’t know why.

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It’s a nice formula, opaque in two coats. Depending on how you apply it, you might need 3 to cover your nail line. I noticed it’s a thicker formula, so it can be a little difficult to get smooth, if you don’t have enough on the brush but it’s not too frustrating. And it’s like it dries fast, so it’ll stick to itself as you’re trying to smooth it. But I also found it stays tacky for quite a while, which might be from the thicker coats I had to do. Nice, but not my favorite formula.

When removing it, don’t twist – I did this and got yellow just about everywhere. So just pull it off instead.

I also found that, yes, it’s a beautiful color, however it’s not beautiful on me. Because it is so warm toned, I found it just clashed with my cool skin tone. People with more olive toned skin-this will look beautiful on you. Me, however, it’ll stay as part of my collection and a cool thing for a nail polish obsessive person like me to have.

Essie doesn’t do yellows too often, so this is a cool shade to have in the collection. If you’re a collector at all – and maybe have yellow undertones to your skin – get this.