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Essie Winter 2015 Collection preview

Hello all.  Still living under a heavy pall of wildfire smoke, which is no tragedy but which means I have zero energy.  Honestly, as soon as I wake up in the morning I want to go back to sleep.  We had one clear night and morning recently (last Saturday morning) and I felt like a new person that day.

Anyhoo, I’m dragging myself around and don’t even have the energy to swatch.  Typing seems to be about my limit.  So howzabout some news?

Pictures of Essie’s Winter/Holiday 2015 set have been blowing around on the internet for about a month but I didn’t feel like talking about them until now.  So here we go.

The set is called Virgin Snow and looks comme ça:

Essie Virgin Snow display

I see what you did with the sexual innuendo there, Essie.

Essie Virgin Snow

Very, um, winter-into-spring-ish.  But not, I’d say, particularly exciting.  Two reds so close to each other in the same collection?  Yeah, I’ve seen that before; doesn’t mean I like it.  Can’t really tell if the last one is strictly dark gray or partly another color, like the recent fall shade Frock ‘n Roll, which I did like a lot.

The colors are:

  • Virgin Snow
  • Après Chic
  • Peak Snow
  • Altitude Attitude
  • Shall We Chalet?
  • Haute Tub

There will be a mini set, too.

Essie Virgin Snow minis

No release date known yet.  Photos via Instagram and Pinterest.

I Wanna Frock ‘n’ Roll All Night, and Party Every Day

Alert the media!  An Essie I love!!  This is my shocked face.

shocked-baby-face

Really, I can’t remember the last Essie I bought and am too lazy to check.  But after seeing swatches of Essie’s new fall collection Leggy Legend at BeautyGeeks, I really wanted to try the dark fleck/shimmer, Frock ‘n Roll.

Minor rant:  Shouldn’t Frock ‘n Roll be spelled Frock ‘n’ Roll, with the second apostrophe?  The word “and” is missing both the a and the d.  It cries out for a second apostrophe.  OCDers everywhere demand it.  But I should repeat to myself, “It’s just a polish; I should really just relax.”  (Shout-out to cult show MST3K)

OK, Frock ‘n Roll.  Seeing the first previewed bottle shots, I thought it was just a dark gray metallic or shimmer and was meh about it.  It’s more.  I’d call it a dark grayed purple-brown, which sounds like an unappealing description if ever I heard one.  But the proof is in the pictures.

The formula was excellent although the brush in my bottle had some annoying wild hairs that wanted to put polish on my skin.  You could use two thin coats but I tried one thick one and was very pleased with it.  With no top coat under indirect bright sunshine:

Frock n Roll outd

With the flash you see more of the silvery shimmer/fleck and it looks more purple:

Frock n Roll flash

Under artificial indoor light it looks more brown:

Frock n Roll ind

It’s great to see something a little different from Essie, and a great fall color to boot.  I got my bottle at Ulta for $8.50, and at Ulta’s web site it’s called a taupe brown.  Excuse me??  Taupe to me means light grayed brown, and ain’t nothing light about Frock ‘n Roll.  And they forgot the purple.  Kind of like Essie forgot that apostrophe.

A busy week!

Sorry I’m not posting as much as usual this week.  I’m here and everything’s fine, but just so busy.  Summer has a bajillion things to do, and unfortunately blogging just has to wait sometimes.

Hope you’re enjoying the Zoya fall collections preview I posted the other day.  Want to see a bunch more photos to drool over?  You know you do.  Look at Zoya’s blogspot HERE.  These shots are helping me pull other Zoyas for comparison when I get my media samples of the Focus & Flair collections.

Have you hit the 99-cent SinfulColors sale at Walgreens this week?  If you want an early inexpensive shot of autumn, I recommend Copper Pot.  I picked it up and haven’t swatched it yet but it looks wonderful.

Remember the Essie fall collection, Leggy Legend, that I previewed?  BeautyGeeks has swatches of the set and I must have Frock n Roll.  I believe these new ones may be found in Ulta and other stores now.

Finally, I haven’t posted any blurbs from our small town newspaper’s “Law Enforcement Roundup” in a while.  So for your morning chuckle:

Several runaway juveniles were intimidating people near an outdoor sports store in Evergreen.  The situation no doubt was exacerbated by the young men’s weapons.  They were carrying knives and throwing stars, like “teenage ninjas.”  No word on whether they were mutant or turtles.

A Bigfork resident called to report the CIA was investigating him and sending teams from England to get him for what he knew.  He was making his call from under a steel wool blanket and aluminum foil to avoid their “beams.”  Officers told him to calm down, which is just what the CIA would say.

Two women were fighting on the west side of Kalispell, prompting a call to Kalispell Police.  One of the women said the other had “done some meth” and was afraid she had done too much.  Considering any amount of methamphetamine is too much, she was likely correct.

OK, more swatches soon!

Essie Fall 2015 Collection update — Leggy Legend!

If you saw and were intrigued by my post earlier this month about the upcoming fall collection from Essie, good news!  Ulta is carrying it NOW, at least online.  Look HERE.

The name of the set is indeed Leggy Legend, as some guessed.  Also, Ulta has the mini set and it contains the colors I’d want most — the bronze, the wine, and the charcoal.  A plain red, eh, got plenty of those.  The price of $17 for the mini set seems high though, especially considering the bottles are really tiny, only 0.16 oz. each, compared to a full-size bottle which is 0.5 oz.

The pictures I had in my earlier post weren’t very good as they were scavenged from various unofficial sources.  So let’s look at better ones!  All from Ulta’s web site:

Essie LL Leggy Legend

Leggy Legend

Essie LL Color Binge

Color Binge

Essie LL With the Band

With the Band

Essie LL In the Lobby

In the Lobby

Essie LL Bell Bottom Blues

Bell Bottom Blues

Essie LL Frock n Roll

Frock N Roll

Each full-sized polish is $8.50 at Ulta.com.  No word on when they’ll start appearing in stores.

Between these colors, the new fall ones from OPI, China Glaze, and SinfulColors, I feel like I’m swimming in an Olympic-size pool of autumn polish goodness.  And I haven’t even heard yet what Zoya’s going to have for us this fall!

Essie Fall 2015 Collection preview

Good morning!  While skimming pages and photos online ISO news, I saw this fuzzy little picture labelled “fall collection 2015” at the Instagram site of Samaria Beauty Supply in Florida.  It appears to be a shot from Essie itself.

Essie Fall 2015

If this is the upcoming fall set, then I don’t know the name of the collection, although Essie almost always has one of the polish names as the set’s name.  I’ll make a stab and guess it’ll be either “Color Binge” or “Frock ‘n Roll.”  Cool that the first color is a beautiful bronze, because I think bronze is going to be the color for fall.  Zoya had some bronze-y, cinnamon-y hints at the last New York Fashion Week show — see this photo to see what I mean.

So…. no other photo of the Essie collection yet… or IS THERE???  There is.

Check out this site, TheHappening.com¡Ya están aquí los nuevos tonos de Essie!  There are “rojos profundos, azules intensos, y sofisticados bronces.”  This has some really pretty shots of five of the shades, although the one I’d want to see most, the bronze Leggy Legend, is missing.  Also, the two reds and the plum appear to be mislabeled.  I think the first color shown is called In the Lobby, not With the Band.  The reds are Color Binge and With the Band, not Color Binger and Color Finge.  But the blue and the granite gray look accurate.

I’m dyin’ here in a mega-heat wave, but seeing fall shades has me dreaming of cooler temps and autumn tones.  Can hardly wait to see what other companies will be announcing in the next month or two!

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EDIT, 7/6/15:  Found one more picture; it’s a good one.  Look here:  http://www.paramountbeauty.com/Product/Essie/Nail_Polish/Collections__N__Displays/_Fall_Collection_2015/Leggy_Legends_Fall_2015

From this link, the name of the set may be Leggy Legends, not sure.  I love the wine and the bronze!

Make Some Noise with Essie

New summer collection from Essie called Make Some Noise, their annual set of neons.  Although according to other bloggers who’ve swatched them, there’s really only one neon in the set and the others are bright but aren’t neon.

Huh.

Anyway, let’s take a quick peek.

Essie Neons 2015 banner

To better see the bottles….

Essie Neons 2015

So let’s see, we have a set of cremes that includes a magenta pink, a blue-purple, a turquoise blue, and a teal green.  Where have I seen that lately?

Island Fun set

Let me think.

Island Fun set

It’ll come to me; I just know it.

Island Fun set

Yes, that’s the new Island Fun Collection from Zoya.  Subtle I am not.

Island Fun has a bright orange-red and a medium yellow-green, and Make Some Noise has a light peachy pink and a bright lime green, but otherwise they are riding the same wave of fashionable colors.

For some great photos and tips on dealing with the formula of these new Essies, check out Karen Falcon’s swatchtastic post at BeautyGeeks.  It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who has trouble capturing the right color when dealing with a blue-purple!

Silk Watercolor Collection from Essie

OK, I’ve mentioned OPI’s new sheer tinted polishes, Color Paints, several times and am still on the lookout to buy the mini set in person.  I think they should be showing up at my local Ulta very soon.

Now I’ve heard of a similar set coming out from Essie, although the blurb I read said they will only be available through salons.

Delicate effects. Vivid hues. Sheer beauty. Essie is thrilled to announce the launch of the Silk Watercolor collection. As the fashion industry’s go-to nail color authority, these exquisite sheers embody Essie’s passion for artistry, trend and boundary-pushing creativity.

Available exclusively in salons, this collection of layerable, buildable colors is a chic departure from traditional creams, adding soft dimension to every professional’s palette. Add an artistic touch to nail designs in the spirit of Cézanne and Van Gogh, with a whole new level of virtuosity.

Translucent, blendable color makes watercolor effects a breeze; overlapping shades create a range of tonality and depth. With a nod to fine, hand-painted silks and chiffons floating down the runways, this unprecedented collection of nine shades unlock the creative genius in every nail artist.

At any rate, meet the Silk Watercolor Collection.

Silk Water Essie2

Silk Water Essie

This set has a bright white to use as a base while OPI’s Color Paints has a silver metallic.

Essie’s colors look really pretty but if they’re only going to be at salons it seems to me that would make them harder to buy.  Guess we’ll see!

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