Today I have four of the colors from Essie’s 2012 Fall Collection, Stylenomics, to show you. Woo hoo! There have been very few swatches shown online and usually I’m so far behind all the other bloggers since I have to wait and buy my polishes at retail.
I’d been checking my local Target store for the Stylenomics set and hadn’t seen them yet, but saw the mini set for sale on Nordstrom’s web site. I love minis and I don’t say no to free shipping! The set is $17.00 for four 0.16 oz. (5 ml) bottles. Yes, when you buy minis they cost more per ounce but I really prefer smaller bottles, because they make great travel sizes and I don’t think I’ve ever used up a full-sized bottle of polish.
Here are various views of the box. It’s cute & compact.
These pictures imply that Don’t Sweater It is pink, but it isn’t. Here are the bottles. They’re proportionately taller and skinnier than regular squarish Essie bottles.
Left to right: Stylenomics, Don’t Sweater It, Skirting the Issue, and Head Mistress
I’d never bought Essie minis before, but now I see the taller thinner shape means the handle isn’t microscopically small. I thought the handle was easy to hold and use for a mini — OPI’s are tiny and hard for me to manage.
No shimmers or glitters here — Stylenomics (dark green), Don’t Sweater It (medium gray-brown), and Head Mistress (red) are cremes and Skirting the Issue (burgundy) is a sheer but thick buildable jelly.
The formula of all four was very good. I used two coats of each with no top coat for the photos, and all were quite glossy.
I was surprised that the actual colors of the polishes seemed different from bottle to nail, and different yet again from what I saw in preview pictures. For example, here’s a picture I posted last month when I first heard about the set:
From this I thought Stylenomics was a spruce green and so pretty. Well, it’s attractive but there’s no other way to put it — it’s practically BLACK. Here are three views of it, in reflected outdoor light, with the flash, and then in sunlight:
You can see how it looks to be a dark blue-green in the bottle but is a definite blackened green on my nails. It’s a very stylish color but I generally find such dark colors aging on my hands. Maybe if I put, say, a thin coat of a bright green shimmer or glitter over it, I’d be more comfortable with it. I looked through my polish stash and couldn’t find anything I wanted to try over the top of Stylenomics. I’ll have to think about this one.
Next is Don’t Sweater It. It’s also not what I was expecting. The press release calls it “cashmere mauve” and I don’t think it’s mauve at all. I see no pink. It’s a medium gray-brown, a versatile neutral…. but it seems a little muddy to me. Here’s how it looks in the same three lighting situations as the first polish:
I thought this looked more brown in person compared to what shows up in the photos. Again, I’d say this is an “in” color for 2012, but just because something is in style doesn’t mean I’m going to like it or wear it. My husband isn’t home today to ask, but I have a feeling that if I were to show him this color he’d say, “Yuck.” Maybe I’ll like this more in the fall, who knows?
Next up is Head Mistress. No surprises here — it’s red. The bottle and the first coat of polish showed dark pink tones but I didn’t see them after the second coat.
This one reminded me a lot of Rekha from Zoya, so here’s that one for comparison. Hmmm, Rekha looks much smoother:
Finally, here’s Skirting the Issue. It’s a gorgeous, ultra-glossy sheer burgundy, kind of vampy-looking.
I don’t have another polish like this one because almost all of my dark reds are shimmers or metallics. I can see using Skirting the Issue a lot.
Overall, it’s an interesting set — not what I expected but still good. Skirting the Issue is my favorite, and I think I’d like Stylenomics and Don’t Sweater It if I could lighten or jazz them up a bit. Head Mistress is a fine bold red, not a lot to say about it.
The other two colors in the collection are Miss Fancy Pants, a lighter and grayer version of Don’t Sweater It, and Recessionista, a lighter and more magenta version of Skirting the Issue, although I don’t know if it’s a creme or some other finish.