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I’m back, and with fall news, too!

Thank you so much to all my readers who bore with me during my recent move and my extreme dearth of posts.  Thank you too to everyone who submitted a guest post!  The move is done but I’m still exhausted.  Our belongings are piled around the house in boxes and totes and more boxes.

‘Nuff about that.  I would MUCH rather think of polish and makeup, such a pleasant distraction.  Ready for more news?  I just saw Essie’s Fall 2014 Collection listed for preorder at e-tailers Nails Ave. and Transdesign.  The set of six looks very…. um… fall-like.  Four of the colors don’t strike me as much different from their Fall 2013 offering.  But at any rate, meet Dress to Kilt.

Essie fall 2014 banner

Essie fall 2014 squares

So, OK, I’ll bite — what’s the theme supposed to be?  Buttons?  Scottish kilts?  Murder mysteries?  Several of the names are murder-esque:  Partner in Crime, The Perfect Cover-Up.

Here are bigger pictures:

Essie fall 2014 dress-two-kilt

Essie fall 2014 partner-in-crime

Essie fall 2014 style-cartel

Essie fall 2014 the-perfect-cover-up

Essie fall 2014 fall-in-line

Essie fall 2014 take-it-outside

The mini-cube — a nice way to try minis of some of the new colors — will contain Dress to Kilt, Style Cartel, Partner in Crime, and Take It Outside.  Expected release is late August or early September.

Pink, pink, and more pink from Essie for Summer 2014

Although I just posted about Essie’s Haute in the Heat summer collection the other day (and also saw it for sale at CVS Pharmacy, so it’s out now), there’s news of yet another summer set from the company:  Sugar Daddy.

Essie-Sugar-Daddy banner

Essie-Sugar-Daddy collection

Images via ChicProfile.com .  Check out her great blog!

While I adore pink and should be excited about this collection, I don’t know enough about it yet.  First of all, the titular shade, Sugar Daddy, is not a new color.  It’s a very sheer shade popular for French manicures.  Since Sugar Daddy isn’t new and I don’t know the names of the other colors in the set, I have to wonder if they’re new or current ones.  Maybe some of each?  And I don’t know what the formulas are — will they all be sheers?  If so, count me out.

Sugar Daddy Summer 2014 is supposedly launching next month in Japan but no word yet on the North American market.

Big thanks to Chic Profile and  I’m a Beauty Geek for the heads-up.  Geek on!

Gettin’ Haute in the Heat with Essie Summer 2014

Essie news is always super-popular.  Ready for summer?  Meet the Haute in the Heat collection!

Essie summer 2014 haute in the heat banner

Essie summer 2014 haute in the heat spill

Essie summer 2014 haute in the heat bottles

A nice range of bright summer shades that thankfully don’t contain an Essie-typical lavender (they’ve been good about that this year).

The colors are:

  • Haute in the Heat — pink-red
  • Roarrrrange — orange
  • Strut Your Stuff — blue
  • Ruffles & Feathers — green
  • Fierce No Fear — brown
  • Urban Jungle — white

Please overlook my exceedingly bland color descriptions.  Non-descriptions is more like it.  And RUN, don’t walk, to I’m A Beauty Geek, who has all six polishes along with great swatches and helpful comparisons.  I love her style, both polish and writing.  She sure rocks that orange!  And all the other colors, too.


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.


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