Friday, September 10, 2010

Long-lasting Surprise: Essie Mink Muffs

In between wearing different shades of red for the Hunt, I've been leaning heavily on my selection of neutral polishes. As you know, I've had some recent 'edgy neutral' bombs, so I wanted to show you a great success! I got this little baby in a swap - the kind of swap where someone really nice contacts me so I really want to trade with them, so I try things from their list I normally wouldn't have purchased. I've had so many successes with this approach (like Chanel Noir Ceramic), and this is no different!

I normally wouldn't have purchased Essie Mink Muffs, because I've heard that its a red-toned taupe. That does not sound like a good recipe for my skin tone at all...

I was wrong. The proof is in the pudding, because I think it is making sweet sweet music with my skin tone!

This picture was taken after 3 days of wear. (A long story involving me almost dying in my car in the middle-of-nowhere Virginia is my excuse for not taking an earlier photo.)

The colour is just heaven - I'd call this a 'deep' taupe - that has less grey in it than Chanel Particuliere, but still enough to take the 'brown' edge off and prevent it from looking dangerously close to poo. I also see a touch of violet in it in certain lights and well, I just love it.

Even better - it lasted forever! Here it is after 6 days of wear:

The green tinge in this pic is from the trees above me. I was walking to the bus stop and realized it was day 6 and I had to take a picture! You can see my nail growing out, but not tipwear, no chips - nothing but shiny, glossy perfection. Colour plus wear has completely catapulted Mink Muffs from not even being on my radar to being Top 10 material!

Has a shade of polish ever taken you completely by surprise and become a favourite?


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Lucy said...

I hope your okay! I love Mink Muffs. I can't imagine any polish lasting that long on me. This does look wonderful on you. Be brave and take a chance, you never know what beauties you'll get. You certainly did get a fantastic polish.

The Austrian said...

Essie Demure Vixen did that to me. I thought it would look really bring but it turned out to be interesting and pretty at the same time.

LiveLaughLove6487 said...

Where in VA were you in? If you don't me asking, cuz I live in the Hampton Roads area.

Grace said...

Oh dear, I think this is the ONLY greigey-taupe in existence that I don't own and now I want it! Thankfully, I think it's part of their regular collection now because I've seen it at the store (either that or the Duane Reade stores are WAY behind on stocking the new collections).

Essie Playa del Platinum was my surprise love. I got the mini set of the resort collection, thinking I'd just love the periwinkle and turquoise colors, and actually wound up going out and buying a full size bottle of Playa del Platinum because I was so happy with it. It's totally neutral, but not boring and it wears like iron. It's one of my go-to polishes when I'm traveling because I can be sure it won't clash with anything I'm packing and it will wear well (plus, if it does chip, I can keep the mini in my purse for touch ups!).

sonidlo said...

It looks perfect on you. My shade of polish that became my favourite is OPI´s Strawberry Margarita. Pink isn´t my favourite color but I wore Margarita very often in summer :)

kittytokaren said...

@Lucy - I am OK! My OK now....yikes it was scary. Thanks and I'm glad you like MM too!!

@Austrian - Ack when I got Demure Vixen, the way it looked in the bottle made me want to cry adn I thought it was a complete dud. It's actually really gorgeous!!!

@LiveLaughLove - I was in/near Ladysmith?? Right off 95. Highly recommend the mechanic though!!!

@Grace - Oh Grace you *must* own this one!!! I am jealous that Playa del Platinum worked for you - it was a total bomb for me!! I didn't even keep it on long enough to show you guys how bad it was!

@sonidlo - Thank you! Strawberry Margarita is a classic and so many love it...I"m not good with pink normally either (except super pale pink) so now I'm curious!


thegirlwithabow said...

With the polish taking you by surprise, two have for me. Maxfactor Lilac Haze and China Glaze Metallic Muse. I thought they'd suck, quite frankly, and they're both gorgeous and have awesome wear!

Surprises are nice :)

kittytokaren said...

@thegirlwithabow - Surprises are nice :) I love your name btw!!


Dee O. said...

I really like that color!!! I have seen this essie polish in so many magazines and I have wanted to try it for so long so now that I see how fabulous it looks I will definitely be purchasing it! :)

make sure you check out my latest post!

me melodia said...

I LOVE this!
What a perfect color.

Thanks for the inspiration. :)


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