This year I've really figured out my absolute favourite nail polish colours to wear. They are the ones that make me feel chic and classic and they go with everything. The ones that ALWAYS do that for me are:
2. Pale pinks
5. Deep reds
6. Almost blacks
Soooooo....basically this entire Fall collection in a nutshell! After swatching it and wearing it in person, it's one of my favourite Essie collections in years.
Go Go Geisha
My eyes zeroed in on this polish from the moment the press photos were released. STUNNING. Some photos it looked like a pale grey toned lilac, in others a more antique pale pink like Romper Room and in some more of a nude. In person, it's all of those things and it's perfection! The formula is really nice. It isn't too thin or sheer. It's self-leveling, smooth and opaque in 2 coats. This is such a gorgeous nude with a hint of pink and a hint of mauve and I think it's my number one favourite polish Essie has released this year.
Go Go Geisha vs. Topless & Barefoot vs. Ladylike vs. Neo Whimsical
Even though I have a sea of nudes, pale pinks and mauves in my Essie collection, Go Go Geisha is unique and special. You can really see the grey and lilac tones come into play next to the other nude/mauve/pinks.
Udon Know Me
This pretty vintage blue had a great creamy formula and was opaque in 2 coats. I wasn't sure I loved this at first, but I really do. Somehow it is both vibrant, yet dusty and appropriate for fall.
Udon Know Me vs. Truth or Flare vs. Parka Perfect vs. Who Is the Boss
Part of what made me not excited about Udon Know Me at first was thinking it was going to be a dupe for Truth or Flare. But it's actually brighter and a different tone. It is incredibly similar to Parka Perfect, although Parka Perfect has more grey to it and tiny silver shimmer (that you can barely see).
Now and Zen
The formula on this stone grey was super creamy and opaque. Depending on your nails, this could definitely be a one-coater. I have some ridging on my ring and middle finger so those nails weren't completely opaque in one coat, but it was super super close. Great formula!
Now and Zen vs. Maximillian Strasse Her vs. Cocktail Bling vs. Take It Outside
In all the promo pics and Essie's description of Now and Zen being a "sage grey", you would think it would have more green tones to it. But I actually found Now and Zen to be a fairly neutral middle toned grey. In comparison to Maximillian Strasse Her, it's darker and greyer and they ended up not being close at all (which surprised me). When I put Now and Zen next to a more blue/lilac toned grey like Cocktail Bling, I can see where the slight green tones come in.
Everyone was going crazy on Instagram for this rusty orange polish, but the photos did nothing for me. I didn't get the hype! If I had only ordered one or two polishes from this collection, Playing Koi definitely wouldn't have been one of them. Then the first day of Fall rolled around and I decided to paint my nails this colour, only because it seemed so iconic to the colour of changing leaves. And WOW. This polish is phenomenal. Very creamy, opaque, self-leveling and shiny. It applies so great. I honestly went from hating this polish to absolutely loving it. THIS is fall in a bottle.
I went to pull colours to do a comparison but I had NOTHING in my collection like it! It's orange and rusty and brown and reddish and nothing compares. I do have to note, that every time I photograph this polish, both here and on Insta, the lighting or my camera or something really brings out the reddish tones in this colour. Most of the time, it looks more burnt orange. If you've seen a photo of this polish online and it looked straight up brown or orange or rust and you thought "I wonder if that polish really looks like that?" It does. It's a chameleon polish for sure but it's so perfectly fall and awesome.
Holy this colour is so good!! It's absolutely gorgeous. It's a super deep plum that's sometimes so dark it's nearly black and other times more purple toned. The formula is very creamy and opaque and if you apply a bit thicker of a coat you can get it to completely cover in one coat. Two coats deepens the colour and ensures an even application.
My typical lighting situation showed how dark this polish can look, but I wanted you to see it in full sunshine to get that beautiful plum.
Kimono Over vs. Under the Twilight vs. No More Film vs. Sexy Divide
In indoor lighting, these polishes all kinda look the same, although Under the Twilight is definitely the closest. Those two look like twins in this lighting.
Outside you can see that Kimono Over is a bit more purpley while Under the Twilight has more navy. They're not quite identical twins in this lighting but they are incredibly close. It's a fraction of a difference. You don't need both.
Maki Me Happy
While I used to be all about the deep red polishes, they are starting to bore me. Probably because we see one released in every Fall and Winter collection and I've got like 20 of them. Seeing this shade in this collection was a bit of a yawn and yet, every friggin' swatch on Instagram I've seen of this shade makes me do a double take. It's so deep and rich. I put it on and I'm obsessed with this deep vampy red! It's another great formula and it applied perfect and opaque in 2 coats.
Maki Me Happy vs. Size Matters vs. With the Band vs. Raisinnuts
I'm honestly surprised that I don't have a closer red to Maki Me Happy. How is Essie able to keep producing unique shades of red?! It looks closest to a very old and obscure Essie I have called Raisinnuts but Raisinnuts is actually more of a deeper purple-red. Size Matters and With the Band from last year's fall collection aren't even close.
This fall collection is so perfect. I've been obsessed all year with pastels so I'm sure as heck going to take these greyed out dusty pastel cremes and wear the heck out of them, as well as the deep, rich jewel tones this collection has to offer.
My hands down number one favourite of the collection is Go Go Geisha. All the yes! Of course I'm also loving Playing Koi and Kimono Over. Oh and Maki Me Happy. Udon Know Me keeps growing on me and I'm liking it more and more as well.
What's your favourite from the collection?
P.S. If you are curious about the Essie Winter 2016 Collection I've already got it in my possession and I'll be swatching and posting comparisons in the next day or two! If there's any polish you are curious about and want to see a comparison of, leave your request in the comments and I'll make sure to include it.