If you're looking to fill some gaps in your collection, this is a great place to do it. As I said before, the formulas were fantastic all around! However, if you're like me and the vampy and taupe sections of your collection are going strong, I'm going to do some comps below with mostly other Essie polishes - maybe my regret will save you some time/money/trouble!
Skirting the Issue. Gorgeousssssss! Dark red/berry jelly. Yes, a jelly. And the application is truly wonderful. If you have Essie Clutch Me If You Can already though, you might want to skip this one. They are very close. Skirting the Issue is a bit lighter and *ever-so-slightly* more ruby red than CMIYC, which has a touch more berry. In reality they are more difficult to distinguish from one another - I had to hold them up to a blazing light to really see it. The photograph really accentuates the differences! (Odd, as it's usually it's the other way around...) Essie Bordeaux is lighter and warmer than Skirting the Issue.
L-R: Essie Bordeaux, Essie Skirting the Issue, Essie Clutch Me If You Can
Miss Fancy Pants. Again, very pretty and right up my alley. This one reminds me of OPI Berlin There, Done That from THEIR Fall collection, but I don't have it (yet) for comparison purposes. It is warmer than Essie Chinchilly, and quite a bit lighter than Essie Merino Cool. The comp pics are below with Don't Sweater It, as I put a taupe line-up together!
Don't Sweater It. Another pretty taupe, this time darker! This one has a similar level of darkness in comparison to Essie Merino Cool, but has more of a mauve undertone instead of purple. You can see it next to Essie Mink Muffs, which is much more brown. I find this one to be really flattering on the hands! If you haven't found your *perfect* shade of taupe yet, give this one a shot.
L-R: Essie Mink Muffs, Essie Don't Sweater It, Essie Merino Cool, Essie Miss Fancy Pants, Essie Chinchilly
Stylenomics. The polish the line was named for! A dark almost-black green. (NB: Things tend to look quite dark on me since I am so fair.) It's not a true green-green, but has a dose of blue in it that reminds me of an evergreen tree. Definitely bluer than OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow. HTAT is a jelly and Stylenomics is a very opaque creme. Comparing the two isn't easy, as they are both very dark. Sadly, much darker than I was hoping. Again, it reminds me of an OPI Germany polish - Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine. I don't have that one either (yet), but I might pick it up since it seems like it might be a lighter version of this that won't read as *black* in most lights. Maybe?
L-R: OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow, Essie Stylenomics
Recessionista. And finally a quick one - I picked this up last minute and don't have a mani picture of it, but I didn't want to keep you guys waiting! In terms of what I have in my collection, this falls somewhere between Essie Sole Mate - which is darker and a jelly, whereas this is a creme - and Essie Plumski - a long-gone LE colour. It's *very* closer to Plumski, which has a tinge more red. If you missed out on that one, I'd pick this up! It's a lovely plum.
L-R: Essie Plumski, Essie Recessionista, Essie Sole Mate
The only colour I didn't grab was Head Mistress - it's a red and I am pretty happy with my collection of reds right now. It does look fab in other people's online swatches...hmm...
Again, lovely collection, but really unimaginative from Essie. I'm pretty bummed. I'm even more bummed that I bought so many of them. If I could do it all over again, I would just pick up the two taupes (I clearly have a taupe problem...but these are so flattering!) and perhaps Skirting the Issue because I like the formula better than Clutch Me If You Can's.
Will you be picking up any of these? Please let me know your latest polish regret so I don't feel so alone!
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