Sorry I've been MIA. The tail end of summer got so CRAZY busy that I couldn't keep up with swatching and blogging. But what better way to get back into the swing of things than with a brand new Essie collection?!
Essie Canada sent me the Essie Fall 2017 Collection last week so I'm so excited to be back to show you these gorgeous polishes and a bunch of comparisons. Soooo many comparisons actually. I had tons of DM's on Instagram with requests to see past Essie polishes with this current collection and I swatched everything that was requested! Let's get into it and let me show you this beautiful collection.
Mixtaupe vs. Urban Jungle vs. Ballet Slippers vs. Miss Matched
Mixtaupe immediately reminded me of Urban Jungle and it did for you guys too because Urban Jungle was the most requested to compare. The photo shows these two as being dupes, but Urban Jungle is a bit lighter and greyer in comparison. Miss Matched was too sheer and pink but I actually found Ballet Slippers to be closest in colour, although they do have different finishes. Mixtaupe was a very opaque creme while Ballet Slippers is more of a crelly so it has a squishier feel. They're different but almost identical in colour. That's actually probably why I like Mixtaupe so much because I LOVE Ballet Slippers.
Mixtaupe vs. Topless and Barefoot vs. Lace Me Up vs. Between the Seats
These ones were all pretty different. Between the Seats has quite a bit of grey in it and Topless and Barefoot had much more tan and pink tones in it making it darker in colour than Mixtaupe. Lace Me Up was looking similar until I got the third coat on, which really made the baby pink tones in that polish pop. It was pinker and brighter than Mixtaupe.
Saved By the Belle
Saved By the Belle vs. Minimalistic vs. Muchi Muchi vs. Fiji
I took requests for comparisons and there were lots of pink requests! The only one I'm missing from this group is Ballet Slippers which someone asked to see. When I pulled it down off the shelf to put with the Saved By the Belle pile, I thought it looked way closer to Mixtaupe so that's why it got swatched in that group above. I honestly never would've picked that polished out, so thanks to the person that requested it!
As you can see, nothing here is really close. I'm gonna be Goldie Locks for a second and call this group "Too Pale".
Saved By the Belle vs. Cascade Cool vs. Backseat Besties vs. Haute to Trot
And this group "Too Pink"...
Saved By the Belle vs. PR Stunt vs. French Affair
But these ones were "Juuuuuust Right".
PR Stunt, French Affair and Saved By the Belle are INCREDIBLY close! Pretty much in the dupe zone. PR Stunt has ever so slightly a bit more lavender as well as the subtle golden shimmer (which is more visible in person; both the lavender tone and the golden shimmer). French Affair is the teeny tiniest bit lighter but it's so so close you guys. If you've got either French Affair or PR Stunt then Saved By the Belle isn't a necessity.
As If! vs. Petal Pushers vs. Cocktail Bling
Seeing As If next to Petal Pushers and Cocktail Bling, it's really not as grey as you think it is. It's definitely more of a periwinkle.
As If! vs. Lapiz of Luxury vs. Smooth Sailing vs. Pret a Surfer
I actually thought Lapiz of Luxury would be a dupe for As If, and while Lapiz of Luxury is definitely the closest in colour, it has a COMPLETELY different formula. LOL needed 3 coats and was really sheer, thin and watery, whereas As If was nice and creamy and opaque. LOL also had more purple tones. Pret a Surfer and Smooth Sailing are much more saturated, darker blues.
Girly Grunge vs. Nothing Else Metals
The only polish that came close is Nothing Else Metals. It was released in 2012 with other metallics like Penny Talk, Good As Gold and No Place Like Chrome, but was never added to the permanent collection so it can be hard to find. If you do own it, you can rest assured that it's a different colour than Girly Grunge which has more dark purple/slate tones to it.
Dressed to the Nineties
Dressed to the Nineties vs. Kimono Over vs. Under the Twilight vs. No More Film
All of these polishes I compared to Dressed to the Nineties are cremes without shimmer, but I wanted to see if I could find a polish with a similar base colour. None of these are quite the same though. No More Film has a deep purple/indigo shade but Dressed to the Nineties is much deeper. Kimono Over was more plum in tone and Under the Twilight was dustier and more plummy as well. Even in indoor lighting, Dressed to the Nineties stood out on my nails as having shimmer in it as compared to the rest.
Dressed to the Nineties vs. For the Twill of It vs. Twill Seeker vs. Coat Couture
I chose these ones because they all had a kind of purplish base with blue or green shimmer. Not one of them is like Dressed to the Nineties though.
Knee-High Life vs. In the Lobby vs. Gala-Vanting vs. Raspberry
While I saw tons of raspberry tones in Knee-High Life, the Essie polish Raspberry was too pale in comparison. Gala-Vanting looks close in the photo but its actually more reddish brown and In The Lobby is a deeper burgundy.
Knee-High Life vs. Bahama Mama vs. Berry In Love vs. Bahama Mama
Nothing quite exactly the same in this bunch either. Maki Me Happy is more of a deep red. Berry in Love is pretty close and kind of looks dupey in this photo, but it's much more of a softer plum shade in person compared to Knee-High Life. Bahama Mama is darker and more burgundy.
I really like this collection! I like that it's not a typical set of "Fall" colours and yet I would totally wear all of them. A reader named "Colorado Chocoholic" noted that this collection's colour palette is actually spot on for the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2017; for both the London show and New York, this is the exact palette. Essie always has things right in the fashion world, so that's probably why I'm digging so hard on this collection and the mix of finishes. The least interesting polish to me is Knee-High Life. While I didn't find any dupes for it in my collection, it's the one I would've skipped out on buying if I were buying this collection myself (although I do have a rather extensive burgundy collection! If you don't have a crazy amount of burgundy's like me, it had an awesome formula and would be a great addition to your collection.) I'd say Saved By the Belle, Mixtaupe and Dressed to the Nineties were my faves of this collection. Saved By the Belle and Mixtaupe are super flattering on the nail and the ones I will probably get the most wear out of, but Dressed to the Nineties looks so cool! It's a great twist on a dark and vampy fall polish.
Which polishes in this collection are you crushing on? Have you picked any up?