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Too Taboo from Essie — summer neons

Another upcoming set from Essie!  Say hello to Too Taboo.

Essie-Neon-Summer-2014 banner


The color names and descriptions are:

  • Too Taboo – This vivid intense fuchsia is poised to take the world by storm. Sit back, relax and enjoy the glow.
  • Chills & Thrills – Wildly sexy. Totally unexpected. This supercharged neon blue violet keeps you on the toes.
  • Vices Versa – It is so good to be bad in flawless juicy neon lime. Cool and contrary, this opposite attracts.
  • I’m Addicted – Bright. Hot. Dangerous. Nothing off limits for this decorum-defying neon aquamarine blue.
  • Sittin’ Pretty – To buy or not to buy? Go ahead, splurge! This florescent berry hibiscus is a total must.
  • Serial Shopper – Full disclosure: this you-know-you-want-me fluorescent fire coral is seriously habit forming.


Nothing too surprising here since Essie does neons every summer.  Several of the shades are similar to ones in last year’s Naughty Nautical Collection.  Another lime and another fuchsia but yay for not another light lavender!  (An Essie trademark that’s been waaaaay overdone in my opinion.)

Launch date is May 1, 2014, subject to change.

New from Essie — the 2014 wedding collection

It’s a yearly tradition — the four-piece wedding collection from Essie.  This year it’s called She Said Yes!.

Essie 2014 wedding banner

As usual there are some soft pastels, but this year there’s also a pretty white with a silver shimmer.

She Said Yes!

Essie 2014 wedding she said yes

Meet the Parents

Essie 2014 wedding meet the parents.jpg

Love Every Minute

Essie 2014 wedding Love Every Minute

Got Engaged

Essie 2014 wedding got engaged

Nothing earth-shakingly new here, but they’re pretty, and if you’re in the mood for pastels or some cute gifts, well, there ya go.  There will be a mini cube of all four polishes as well.

Essie 2014 wedding

The Essie She Said Yes! Collection is available for preorder at Beyond Polish.  Prices are less than SRP, $5.95 for each full-sized bottle and $8.50 for the mini cube.

Hide & Go Chic with Essie this spring

News about Essie’s upcoming 6-polish set for spring!  It’s called Hide & Go Chic and here are the pictures I’ve been able to find.

Essie Hide & Go Chic fan

Essie Hide & Go Chic bottles

(In this photo the pink and the nude are awfully close in color, and I don’t think that’s correct.)

Essie Hide & Go Chic bottles3

Essie Hide & Go Chic bottles4

  • Romper Room – Make way for the new kid on the block. This pretty pale tea rose pink knows how to work the room: stylishly.
  • Fashion Playground – Fun and games just met their match. This plucky pistachio green with subtle shimmer flirts with forever and plays for keeps.
  • Hide & Go Chic I see you! Covetable azure blue is ever elusive but impossible to miss.
  • Style Hunter – Bright. Hot. Laser-focused. This pure crimson is a chic-seeking missile that always gets exactly what it.
  • Spin The Bottle – Close your eyes. When you give this flirty, semi-sheer nude a whirl, be prepared to pucker up.
  • Truth or Flare – Sexy. Fun. Totally glamorous. Vintage blue denim fits perfectly. Honestly, these jeans always make you look fab.

Essie Hide & Go Chic bottles2

Essie Hide & Go Chic splash

Individually I think these are pretty colors but as a set they don’t seem cohesive, as if there’s no theme.  Not that there has to be a theme.  Guess we should all just be glad there’s not another lavender, Essie’s signature shade!  The colors are mostly quite different from Essie’s upcoming Resort set although there is another nude .

Transdesign has them listed for preorder, with a March 15th release date (subject to change).  The mini cube set of four contains Hide & Go Chic, Fashion Playground, Romper Room, and Style Hunter.

Back in the saddle with Spring 2014 news from Essie

Christmas is over, company has left, and I ate WAY too much sugar!  Hope you all had a good holiday.

I’ll try to drag you and me both out of the post-holiday doldrums with some SPRING news.  Essie has announced (or leaked, I dunno) their small annual 4-polish spring “Resort” collection.  Take a peek at Resort Fling:

Essie spring 2014

A peach, a nude, a light blue, and a dark blue-purple…. walk into a bar…. wait, I’m not joking.  Here are closeups:

Resort Fling

Essie Spring 2014 Resort Fling

Cocktails and Coconuts

Essie Spring 2014 Cocktails and Coconuts

Find Me an Oasis

Essie Spring 2014 Find Me an Oasis

Under the Twilight

Essie Spring 2014 Under the Twilight

This last polish seems a little out of place in a pastel set yet it’s the only one I really like.  Also, color me amazed and thankful that the set does NOT contain one of Essie’s dime-a-dozen lavenders, which seem to appear in every collection.

Expected release date is February 1st in stores and earlier online, subject to change.  Transdesign already has them listed for preorder, and there will be a mini-set too.

EDIT:  More spring Essie news HERE.

More Essie Holiday 2013 news

In late August I mentioned Essie’s winter collection, Shearling Darling:


Now news of a very blingy, glittery holiday set is emerging called Encrusted Treasures.  It seems to fit with the blue/silver/white color palettes that we’re seeing from other companies such as Zoya and Color Club.


In that photo the silvers look rather similar, but here are closeup pictures that show more differences.



The silvers strike me as something where you might pick your favorite instead of being compelled to get the whole set.  However, there do appear to be different finishes such as matte vs. shiny.  Official (I think) names and descriptions:

  • Belugaria: Holographic jet black lace
  • Peak of Chic: Alpine white holographic rainbow fringe 
  • On A Silver Platter: Pearlescent gold with holographic violet glitter
  • Lots of Lux: Shimmering lapis lazuli with a superfine matte finish
  • Ignite The Night: Sparkling hematite with a superfine matte finish
  • Hors d’Oeuvres: Platinum gold with iridescent silver glitter

Although I read this set wasn’t due out to the public ’til November (SRP $8.00 U.S.), I’ve found quite a few bloggers with complete swatches.  Ommorphia Beauty Bar has swatched them all.  And so has Liner & Glitter & Gloss.  And so has I’m a Beauty Geek.  I think it’s always great to see swatches from several different people if you can.

Not a fan of the chunky black nor the heavy white bar glitter.  The latter looks like coconut frosting on cake.  The silver glitters you can see and judge for yourself, and I think the blue is pretty but I have similar polishes already from Zoya.

Essie Holiday/Winter 2013 news

New polish collection previews just seem to be pouring in lately.  Not pouring into my inbox, but thanks to some online sleuthing, I find them one way or another.

Which reminds me of a song….  1970s Blondie, baby, none of this new One Direction stuff.  Want to hear a great song and see some really bad lip synching and… see-through plastic clothes???

Who sponsored this show, Saran Wrap?  Just how high was the band??

Anyway, Essie news is always popular, so without further ado, here’s Shearling Darling for the holiday and winter season.



You can see the colors and names on online retailer Transdesign’s site, and here’s a summary:


Heavy on the wine reds, which I think is great, but would someone PLEASE explain to me why Essie seems to feel the need to put a lavender — the SAME lavender, practically — in EVERY collection?!?  I’ll admit the first Essie I ever bought was a lavender but c’mon, already!  Collection after collection, no matter the season:  lavender.  That is not “shaking things up”!

OK, rant over.  Transdesign shows a mini cube that has Shearling Darling, Mind Your Mittens, Toggle To The Top and Sable Collar.

Overall I feel meh about this set.  They mostly seem like retreads of old shades, plus a couple looks similar to Essie’s Chromes from last year which I found uncomfortably streaky.  Time will tell.

Essie’s Fall Collection 2013 — update and link to swatches

It’s summer, which means of course that FALL collections and news about them are heating up.  Back in May I previewed Essie’s For the Twill of It set, and thought some of them looked tempting.  Are they as good as their preview shots?

Blogger Beautezine has them all and shows actual swatches here.  I can’t repost photos that aren’t mine — definitely check out her pictures!

My impression?  Disappointed.  Dis.  A.  Pointed.  For the Twill of It looks absolutely amazing in the bottle but on the nail it looks like just another dupe of Wet n Wild’s Gray’s Anatomy or any of the other purple/green duochromes that were themselves knock-offs of Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked Game.  I still am not seeing why Essie refers to FtToI as brown or maple in color.

I thought After School Boy Blazer looked like an interesting medium-dark blue, but the swatch shows it to be almost black.  I’ve fallen for that mistake before, with Essie’s Stylenomics.  And from the preview pictures I thought Cashmere Bathrobe was going to be a medium-light silvery shimmer but it too is much darker than I expected.

On the bright side, the gray-teal creme Vested Interest looks even better and brighter in Beautezine’s swatches than I expected.  I have a darker gray-green in my stash but not a light one like this.  The other two polishes in the set, the red creme and the fuchsia shimmer… eh, been there, seen that.

Expected release date of August 2013.  SRP $8 U.S. each.

Liar, liar

Last week I said I would use my free sample of Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil for a week or until it ran out, to give it time for a full review.

Apricot cuticle oil

I lied.

Sorry, but I just can’t stand the oily, greasy feel of it.  I found that I was forcing myself to use it and dreading it at the same time.  That’s no way to live, especially over something so non-essential.

Now I do appreciate the fact that Essie sent out the free samples.  I doubt that any company’s cuticle oil would suit me because this one had several good features, which I mentioned after first use.  But the oily residue persisted on my fingers and made a small but annoying mess every time I used my computer mouse, phone, or tablet.  Yuck.

So I’ve scurried back to my fave, Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.  Its cream formula just suits me so much better and doesn’t feel greasy.  If you don’t mind oil on your fingers or are better than managing it than I am, you may really like Essie’s cuticle oil.

Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil — first impressions

You know, for a blog about nail polish and nail care, I sure don’t talk much about products to take care of your hands and nails.  It’s mostly because I’m a stick-in-the-mud — I find something I like and, by gosh, I stick with it.  Getting me to change my skin care routine is like pulling teeth.  What a stubborn child I can be.

What can get me to at least try something new though?  A free sample.  A few weeks ago I got an email telling me I could get a free sample of Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil and I thought “What do I have to lose?”  So I clicked on it and sent my mailing address, but didn’t get any acknowledgement that it went through, so I wasn’t sure if I’d get it or not.

Then a few days ago the sample landed in my mailbox.  I guess I was expecting a tiny bottle, but it was one of those disposable blister packs.

Apricot cuticle oil

I didn’t think there would be enough to give it a fair trial, but a tiny amount goes a loooooong way, so I think I’ll be able to use it for a week or so and give it an in-depth review.  But for now, first impressions:


  • Since it’s an oil, a tiny bit goes a long way
  • Very faint apricot scent
  • Feels good when massaged in
  • Seemed to give my nails a slight shine, like being buffed


  • Since it’s an oil, it’s OILY
  • Scent is almost non-existent
  • My fingers felt greasy after use and I felt I needed to wash, which would defeat the purpose

I’ve tried other cuticle products before.  One was a so-called cream from Sally Hansen, also apricot-scented.  It was more like heavy wax than cream and it did me no good at all.  My current and favorite cuticle product is Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.

BB lemon butter cuticle cream

It’s a light cream with a yummy lemon cake smell that moisturizes without making my fingers feel greasy.  If I use it twice a day, morning and night, I see a huge improvement in my cuticles.

The Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil has an SRP of $8.00 for 0.5 oz.  I’ll use the sample twice a day for a week or until it runs out and then post a full review.

Essie news Part 2 — FALL 2013

Hope you enjoyed my preview earlier today of Essie’s summer collection, Naughty Nautical.  I think there are some awesome colors in the bunch.

And now I’ve got tomorrow’s news today (shades of the old TV series “Early Edition”) since I was going to post this tomorrow but want to get it out asap.  Hold on to your beret; I’ve got fall news!  Meet

For the Twill of It

Essie Twill 2

Essie Twill 3

Woo, that’s quite a duochrome!  Let’s meet the colors.

Essie Twill 4

I love the fabric and fiber theme.  The names and descriptions are a little hard to read in the picture, so let’s spell it out:

  • For the Twill of It — a purple/green duochrome (the description says “rich maple with reflective olive shimmer”…. MAPLE???)
  • After School Boy Blazer — blue-black or navy creme
  • Twin Sweater Set — vibrant crimson red creme
  • Cashmere Bathrobe — flannel gray shimmer
  • The Lace Is On — pearlescent fuchsia
  • Vested Interest — cool gray-teal creme

Great mix of rich fall tones and some very attractive neutrals.  Any of them grabbing you?  The shimmery silver and the grayed teal are calling my name, and I need to check my stash of blues to see if I have a shade quite like ASBBlazer.  I don’t yet know the release date.

Essie Twill 5

Hopefully you read the news here first!  :-)  But….. maple???


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