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Essie 2015 — Spring Collection

More Essie news!  For 2015, we’ve seen the Cashmere Matte Collection, which is out now, and sneak peeks of the Resort Collection.  Now let’s see the Spring Collection.

Essie-2015-Spring-Polish display

This photo is from Princess Nail Supply.

Another view of the colors:

Essie-2015-Spring-Polish-Collection

Left to right and top to bottom:

  • Flowerista
  • Petal Pushers
  • Blossom Dandy
  • Garden Variety
  • Perennial Chic
  • Picked Perfect

As you see, the set has a flower/garden vibe, perfect for spring.

For totally awesome swatches and photos of the entire set, check out BeautyGeeks.  These colors all look great together!

The Mystery Trio from Zoya

Disclosure:  The Essie top coat used was previously supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

By now, it’s no secret what the three mystery mini polishes were that Zoya advertised in their promo a month ago because bloggers and others have been showing them for at least a week.  I only received my order today.

This promotion promised three “brand new” mystery shades in a mini size plus any three Zoya polishes (regularly $9-$10 each) all for $15 shipping.

Oh, the drama.  As soon as the mystery colors appeared, people cried foul.  Turns out they were not “brand new” but had been featured at a fashion show a year ago.  Still, they’d never been offered for sale.  Zoya said the wording of the ad was wrong and changed it.  People still complained.  Furthermore, despite very clear wording in the ad that it could take up to 5 weeks to receive the orders, people were screaming, “Where’s my order?!?” after just a week or two.

This latter issue goes under the heading of “Obtuseness on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”

Hey, I was happy to get three full-sized polishes on my wish list (Edyta, Crystal, and Ariel, gorgeous!) plus three mystery minis, all for the total price of $15.  I think it’s a good deal no matter how you look at it, but if a complainer whines in the forest and no one hears her, does she exist?

Let’s get down to swatches.  The three colors are:

  • Charlotte (my bottle says Charlott) — a yellow-putty creme
  • Anais — an almost-black with subtle shimmer
  • Severine — a silvery gold metallic

Mystery trio

They were streaky on the first coat:

Mystery trio 1 coat

You can see how Anais has a dark brown cast to it.

Good by the third coat:

Mystery trio 3 coats

Are these colors I would have picked?  No.  I think they’re kind of boring, but you know me, I would have picked a pink, a blue, and a purple — I’m predictable that way!  I probably would have been more enthusiastic about the polishes six months ago, going into fall and not into spring like now.

I already have several blacks and golds, yet still like Anais and Severine.  Charlott, eh, not my color.

But let’s dress up Charlott and Anais a bit.  Here they are with one coat of Essie’s Summit of Style:

Mystery trio w top coat

Better, much better!  Even Charlott is more wearable for me this way.

I don’t believe these polishes are available for sale from Zoya, but considering all the people complaining about them online, you may find them for trade or for sale elsewhere.  If you did receive them, what do you think, good colors or not?  Have you dressed them up with some other top coat or used them in nail art?

Disclosure:  The Essie top coat used was previously supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

Essie 2015 — Resort Collection

Essie has a small 4-polish release every spring called the Resort Collection.  It usually seems to bridge the time between the early spring 6-polish release, which this year is called Cashmere Matte, and their bright or neon summer set which is also 6 polishes.  Usually.

Want to see some of Essie’s previous Resort Collections?  2014  2013  2012

Now word is trickling out about the 2015 one and as far as I know it’s only called Resort, but that may change.

Essie Resort 2015

Colors are, left to right:

  • Cocoa Karma
  • Stones ‘n’ Roses
  • Suite Retreat
  • Time for Me Time

Ulta has the mini cube for sale on its web site now — it’s an online-only item — and it’s $17.00 for the four micro-mini bottles (0.16 oz. each).

Essie Resort 2015 mini cube

I think the colors together have a very summery look.  For more great photos, check out BeautyGeeks .

A sleek deal from Sleek Nail

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

We all need a good e-tailer (online retailer) or two to have in our repertoire of places to shop.  Face it, even if you’re lucky enough to have good local stores to browse, they can’t carry everything.  And good sale prices are not too shabby either.

One of my fave e-tailers has been Beyond Polish and that store no longer exists, but don’t worry since Beyond Polish is now Sleek Nail.  Sleek Nail carries great brands such as China Glaze, OPI, Essie, CND Vinylux, Jessica, and Color Club, plus the store also has both regular nail polish and gel polish.  They are now carrying some makeup and spa items as well.  (I love the Nyx brand of makeup.)

To celebrate the changeover from Beyond Polish to Sleek Nail, the store graciously sent me several polishes for review.  Let’s jump right into a couple of great holiday looks.

China Glaze’s 12-polish holiday set is called Twinkle, and it’s a sparkly wonderland of mostly glitters and shimmers — reds, silver/white, blues, and more.

China Glaze Twinkle holiday set

I’ll channel the model in this picture, since I received the same shade she’s wearing, called Define Good.  Actually it’s “Define Good…” but I’ll leave off the dot-dot-dot.  Define Good is a deep cranberry shimmer.  The first coat was slightly streaky but a second coat gave very good coverage.  Visible brush strokes were not a problem.  With no top coat, under indirect dull outdoor light and then with the flash:

Define Good

Define Good flash

It’s gorgeous on its own, but I could hardly wait to dress it up with another polish, the gold glitter topper from Essie’s Luxeffects line called Summit of Style.  Summit of Style has both gold hex glitter and gold microglitter in a clear base.  It’d be great over almost any color.  I only needed one coat of it over the red, and the glitter was thick enough that I didn’t have to fish for it, but not so thick that it was clumpy.  Same two lighting conditions:

Define Good with Summit of Style

Define Good with Summit of Style flash

Sleek Nail has Define Good for the super price of $4.00 and Summit of Style is also $4.00.  Honestly, I almost never see Essie polishes at such low prices; it’s a brand that’s rarely on sale.

But wait, there’s more!  Sleek Nail has a deal especially for readers of The Silver Nail.  Use code SILVERNAIL10 to get 10% off your first order when you create an account.  Sleek Nail is currently having a pre-Christmas sale of 12% off, though, when you use the code 12DAYXMAS from December 13-24.  So you could save slightly more with the latter code, but if you want to wait or have to wait until after Christmas to buy more polish, then the special SILVERNAIL10 code is there for you.  Codes aren’t stackable.

Tomorrow I’ll have one more polish from Sleek Nail to show you.  It’s out of this world!

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Sleek Nail for review.

Essie 2015 — Cashmere Matte Collection

Visitors have departed, beds are stripped, sheets and towels are in the laundry, and I’m exhausted.  Yeah, such a hard life — shopping, eating out, and watching movies at home.  But staying up late and getting up early have taken their toll and I can barely keep my eyes open.

So here’s some news but I have no swatches of my own.   Courtesy of other bloggers, meet a new collection from Essie called Cashmere Matte.  I believe the 6-polish set is due to be released in January.

For excellent swatches and photos, check out BeautyGeeks and Ommorphia Beauty Bar.  BeautyGeeks is even having a giveaway for the set!  Somebody has to win; why shouldn’t it be you?

The new polishes are pretty, matte, mostly neutrals.  Something to look forward to after the holidays.

Holiday 2014 Collection from Essie — or is it?

I was disappointed with Essie’s Winter 2014 Collection called Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low.  I don’t know what was worse — the stupid name(s) or the boring colors.

But now we can be excited over their Holiday 2014 Collection, right?  Well…. maybe.

At beauty e-tailer Head2ToeBeauty, the theme picture is miniscule but we can see the polishes.  All sparkly or metallic.  However, this is currently the only web site I see these as a set, so I’m not sure if it’s really a new collection per se or not.

H2TB essies

What also makes me question “new holiday set” is that four of these are old colors.

No Place Like Chrome, Good As Gold, and Penny Talk are from the company’s 2012 Mirror Metallics line.  I got No Place Like Chrome and Penny Talk and liked them (my reviews were positive) but wasn’t crazy about how obvious the brushstrokes were.  As I got more experienced with other brands I found chromes and foils I liked better.

Essie 3 metallics

The glitter Set in Stones is a previously released shade as well, from the Holiday Effects 2011 Collection.  Rock at the Top and Summit of Style are new this year and are part of Essie’s Luxeffects (glitter top coats) polishes.

If you’d like to see these latter two glitters in action, head over to ImABeautyGeek for swatches of them plus Essie’s new winter colors.

EDIT:  KFalcon (see comments) of ImABeautyGeek, confirms that this is NOT an official holiday collection from Essie!  Will be interesting to wait and see what Essie has in a few months for spring.

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Since I can’t say this post is real news for sure, how about a few laughs.  Some of you have chuckled at the law enforcement reports in our small town newspaper that I posted here and here.  New this week:

A concerned man phoned the Whitefish Police Department from Canada.  The man was a retired police officer and he had questions regarding the “conduct towards Canadians” when they are in town.  He had heard rumors of an officer making statements about Canadians from a co-worker of his and he had just aboot enough of it, eh.

A newspaper delivery person called in about a suspicious man who took off running when the driver came around the corner. He was hiding in bushes when the driver asked him what he was doing.  “Nothing,” came the reply from the bushes, not at all suspiciously.

Have a great weekend!

Winter 2014 Collection from Essie — preview

Winter news?  Believe it.  Although it’s still officially summer and some places in the U.S. have a definite fall feel in the air, fashion news marches ahead.

Just read about Essie’s Winter Collection, a 6-polish set with the silly name “Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low.”  Sigh.  It’s also worth noting in my grammar police mindset that it seems they should have either said High/Low or Hi/Lo.  But is it an exciting set?  Let’s peek.

Essie winter 2014 display

Essie winter 2014 colors

Meh.  Color me less than impressed, although I do like the silvery gold title shade.

The set is up for preorder at e-tailer Nails Ave., which is where I first heard the news.  They’re really on top of things.

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Some of you have enjoyed the funny law enforcement reports I’ve posted since my move to Small Town, USA, here and here.  Yesterday’s newspaper had a surprising reference to the Classics:

An honest citizen found an envelope containing $597 in cash under a table at a local restaurant and turned it into the Whitefish Police Department on Monday.  Take note, ye cynics and followers of Diogenes!

;-)

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