My first impressions on this collection as a whole was that it has a very vintage vibe. It reminds me a lot of the Retro Revival Collection and that's not necessarily a good thing. I disliked that collection a lot. The colour palette is similar as are the finishes. Hmm...immediate points off. I very quickly loved the look of the pale grey and dark inky teal and the other ones were a toss up for me. Let's dive into the review & comparisons and see if Essie was able to change my mind on the rest!
This was the polish of the collection that I looked at and thought "really?" It is a sheer peachy pink full of pink and gold micro shimmer giving it a pearlized finish. This polish is straight out of another generation! The formula is really nice though. At two coats, it covered really well but I could still see my nail line. There's absolutely no streaking, so if you like the slightly sheer look you could definitely leave it at 2 coats. At 3 easy to apply coats, it's completely opaque and its actually not too terrible of a colour. I don't know how much I would wear this, but maybe it will grow on me?
Oh Behave! vs. Pinned Up
The gel couture polish Pinned Up was the only similar one I had in my collection. I have a feeling that Eternal Optimist is similar in colour to Pinned Up so it may compare here too, but I don't own it.
Pinned Up is a bit more subdued and has more of a nude tone to it, while Oh Behave! has more saturated peachy pink tones and of course, the pink/gold pearly finish.
Go With the Flowy
Hmm. This was the polish I was most excited for but I'm not digging this formula. It's super gritty and really reminds me of Private Weekend. The grittiness comes from the polish being packed with fine silver glitter. Despite the grit, it applies okay but it does make it harder to get a really smooth application around the cuticles since the grit can make it go a little jagged. Apply the second coat a little thicker and float it over the nail and it will cover completely. The shimmer in this isn't immediately noticeable, but it does catch the light and give you a subtle sparkle and it adds a pretty depth to this dove grey. It's actually super pretty on the nail, but I'm not in love with the formula.
Go With The Flowy vs. Make the Cut vs. Take It Outside vs. Cocktail Bling
My expectation was that Make the Cut and Go With the Flowy would be crazy close but they aren't. Make the Cut is a warmer taupe toned grey (almost like a lighter version of Take It Outside) and the finish is kind of pearlized. Go With the Flowy is a much cooler toned grey and you can actually see the fine glitter in it. I'm loving this shade the more I wear it to be honest. I can get past the gritty texture. I also like that I can actually SEE the bit of sparkle in this polish, unlike Private Weekend.
This was the other one I immediately was drawn to from the collection. It applies really really nicely and cleans up well if you get it in your cuticles. Usually these colours don't and it sorta stains or turns your cuticles blue when you try to clean it up, but this comes off perfectly. Opaque in 2 easy coats.
Satin Sister vs. Go Overboard vs. Pool Side Service vs. Mind Your Mittens
Okay...well this makes me love Satin Sister a little less. It's almost a complete dupe for Go Overboard. It's the slightest bit darker but on the nail they look very similar. Last year I did an Essie dark teal comparison and included The Perfect Cover Up because I borrowed it from my friend. I wish I had that one now to compare to Satin Sister because it was a bit darker than Go Overboard too. Either way, if you have either Go Overboard or The Perfect Cover Up then Satin Sister will be redundant. I mean, it DOES have a richer depth to it than Go Overboard and I like it enough that I will totally wear it this winter but I feel like I coulda passed on this one.
Ready to Boa
Ready to Boa vs. Damsel in a Dress vs. Sable Collar
These were the only two polishes in my collection that were remotely similar to Ready to Boa and even then they were quite different. I had a request to see Ready to Boa next to Decadent Diva (Decadent Dish) but unfortunately I don't have it. Looking at swatches online, it definitely looks similar but I'm not sure how it would compare. I'm happy to add Ready to Boa to my collection though!
The colour is absolutely gorgeous. It is the perfect gold - not too yellow, not too dark, just sparkly and stunning. It also applies awesome and is perfect in 2 coats. I can see a lot of people loving this polish! It reminds me of the gold version of Beyond Cozy and Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low. It will make the perfect sparkly gold mani around the Christmas holidays.
Getting Groovy vs. Good As Gold
I don't have either Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low or Beyond Cozy to compare to Getting Groovy for you, but I think it's safe to say it's really different. I know Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low had a touch of gold in it but Getting Groovy is way more so. Next to Good As Gold, it's much brighter and more sparkly. Good As Gold actually looks pewter in comparison. The formula of Getting Groovy is also more forgiving than Good As Gold. Good As Gold likes to enhance every flaw in your nail so you need a good ridge filling base coat first, while Getting Groovy looked amazing even with no base.
Party on a Platform
Kay. This is beautiful but boring. Like I said before, while I love deep reds we see them in every single Fall and Winter collection and there's a million in my collection. The formula is good and it applies nice and opaque and even in 2 coats. It's a pretty colour and a great polish if you don't have anything like it, but you can pass on it otherwise.
Party on a Platform vs. Dress to Kilt vs. Shall We Chalet? vs. Size Matters vs. Maki Me Happy vs. Bordeaux vs. Macks
Surprisingly, there's no exact dupes in this bunch but did I need another deep red? No not really.
|Left to Right: Dress to Kilt, Shall We Chalet?, Size Matters, Party on a Platform, Maki Me Happy, Bordeaux, Macks|
Party on a Platform is similar in tone to Maki Me Happy from the fall collection, but Maki Me Happy is a shade darker. Dress to Kilt and Size Matters are a touch more cherry red while Party on a Platform is deeper. In regular indoor (lower) lighting they look the same, but if you go outside in bright sunlight you could pick out the slight differences.
Shall We Chalet from last year's winter collection is way more red in comparison but Bordeaux and Macks are incredibly close. They have a jelly formula in comparison to Party on a Platform's opaque creme formula, but if you apply 3 coats you'll get the same deep red. Not 100% dupes, but honestly they are so close that if you own either Macks or Bordeaux you really don't need Party on a Platform as well.
Some mixed feelings on this Winter collection! When I see these colours lined up, they are really pretty but I could definitely do without the red and the pearly sheer pink. My favourite of the collection was Go With the Flowy. I can see myself wearing that a lot. That colour is totally my jam. Getting Groovy is gorgeous but I'll probably wear it for one holiday mani and put it away. If you do nail art it could be awesome for that though. I will also definitely be rocking Ready to Boa this winter and Satin Sister, but I'll be a little choked it's so similar Go Overboard. There's definitely some beauties in this collection worth picking up, but an Essie collector won't need all six.
What are your thoughts on this collection? Any polishes that immediately grab you?