Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Surprise! Essie Winter Sneak Peek!


I have something really exciting to share with you today! I was lucky enough to get my hands on three out of the six polishes from Essie's upcoming winter offering entitled Cocktail Bling!

Without further ado, the polish the collection is named for - Cocktail Bling:


Alone, it seems like your standard grey...but when you put it next to a more true, neutral grey, you can see that it in fact as purple undertones! My photo doesn't demonstrate it perfectly - purple undertones (they look more blue in the pic) being among those most hard to capture, but the colour is really special and interesting and it feels very wintery to me.

Below is Cocktail Bling with Orly Mirror Mirror on the middle finger:


Next up is Bangle Jangle - a lavender colour that I didn't think really fit into a winter collection. BUT, it seems as though someone at Essie reads my thoughts and/or posts... Remember last winter when I was looking for a wintery lavender/purple? I thought OPI Done Out in Deco was the answer...but it wasn't quite what I wanted. Bangle Jangle is *precisely* what I was looking for last year - a saturated lavender purple with enough grey undertones to keep it cold-weather appropriate and not tropical!


I tried to capture the difference between Bangle Jangle and Done Out in Deco, but again my camera was far too temperamental today for purple. The difference is much more obvious in reality - Done Out in Deco has much stronger pink undertones and is brighter.

OPI Done Out in Deco on the middle finger below:


And finally, a surprise winner of the collection for me - Brooch the Subject. This is a lovely opaque nude polish that I just adore on me (if I do say so myself...*preens*) - it is more flattering in reality than the photo indicates. It is only a bit darker than Essie Jazz, but has much warmer undertones akin to Essie Milky Way. Being super yellow, I think that this really suits me.


The formula on these was lovely - but I am a big fan of the Essie formula in general. I found them all to be nicely opaque without getting chalky and the shine is amazing even sans top coat. I feel so lucky to have these in my collection already! I think they are nice for winter, but are also good transitional colours, i.e. for right now between fall and winter, as well as between winter and spring. I plan on picking up the other three colours in this collection as soon as they are released!

Many thanks to the lovely lady who hooked me up with these! You are simply fabulous.

What do you think of this as a winter collection? Which colours are you looking forward to?

kittytokaren


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16 comments:

Beauty on a College budget said...

I'm not a big fan of these colors myself, I like the deep jeweled dark colors that the winter colors tend to create.

Cathy Lee said...

Love the purple and grey! I can never have enough of these colors. Thx for the sneak peek!

hermetic said...

all three just gorgeous but I think Coctail Bling has the most potential, it looks unique

The Lacquered Lady said...

I am waiting on pins and needles for the flakie top coat to come out...

Normal Girl Nails said...

oooh I like Brooch the Subject! I'm always looking for a good nude for yellow/green undertones and haven't had a lot of success yet. Do you know how it compares to Case Study? So far it's been the best one for me. Milky Way is just a touch too pink, so maybe Brooch the Subject will work a bit better?

Apriltini said...

I really like Bangle Jangle and can see the diff between it and DOID, which is one of my favorites. They're awfully close though, so I'll have to think about it and figure out if I need the Essie.

kittytokaren said...

@Beauty on a College budget - Then you're going to love the second half of this collection - rich teal, ruby red, and dark sultry blue!

@Cathy Lee - Me either :) and you're welcome!

@hermetic - It is indeed very unique - more unique than my pics indicate!

@The Lacquered Lady - Ah yes...I think I'm going to get most of the holiday collection that that flakey comes in. It is going to be permanent, btw!

@Normal Girl Nails - Brooch is less green than Case Study - it has the same undertones as Milky Way, it's just lighter. It may be worth a shot, but if you found MW too pink this would probably be too pink for you as well - although I see both MW and Brooch as being yellow undertoned? I hope that makes sense!

@Apriltini - The difference is much more stark in reality, I promise! THey aren't really all that close. Same family, same idea, but Bangle Jangle is bluer and more muted.

k2k

greeneyespinknails said...

They all look very promising but Cocktail bling seems the most unusual, reason for which I prefer it!

imfeelingnail-venturous said...

Thanks for the sneak peek! I don't see myself running out to buy these though. They don't seem like anything I haven't seen before. But Essie is an awesome brand!

beachgal said...

How fun! No idea how you got your hands on these 3 - but I am pleased your shared with us. I do see the lavender in the first one. It's not plain gray. Agree with you on the middle one - perfect lavender for winter - LOVE it and will be getting that one for certain when they come out.

mariebeedee said...

Love the variety of colors all the PoP contributors post - that's why you're in my Blogs to Read review section! Like these (yay Essie) which are so sophisticated for winter but not blah at all. Lovely!

Lucy said...

I like all three of these. Cocktail Bling is my favorite. Can't wait to see the rest of the collection.

Rie (Nails and Noms) said...

I love them! I am really looking forward to Essie's winter collection. Their 2010 collection was amazing!

Olivia Frescura said...

loveee these!!

Jessica v. Polish said...

These are so amazing!! And both are work appropriate.. it's so hard to find exciting work appropriate colors. Thanks for posting!

Vemula Madhu said...

so amazing colors
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