Toggle to the Top
Sable Collar without flash (top), and with flash (bottom)
Warm & Toasty Turtleneck
Mind Your Mittens without flash (top), and with flash (bottom)
Do you need a second to compose yourself? It’s okay, I totally understand. Because this collection made me all uncontrollably giddy and excited, too. Essie’s winter 2013 collection is, without a doubt, drop-dead-gorgeous. And I think you can see that for yourself. Okay, where do I even begin? First of all, all six polishes were really great to apply. The photos are each two coats + topcoat, and they’re all really opaque, super glossy and squishy, and so, so dreamy.
Toggle to the Top is a super glitter packed red that I thought would be identical to Essie’s Leading Lady, released a while ago. I mean, they look identical in the bottle. On the nail, though, not so much. I’ll try and get up some comparison swatches, but LL is much more of a true red, while TttT (any more T’s?) is definitely deeper, richer, and darker. In my opinion, it’s worth having both -but that’s just the crazy nail polish hoarder inside of me speaking (no but seriously, you need both). Bottom line: I love this shade and it would be so perfect for the holidays, right?!
Shearling Darling is a gorgeous, deep merlot color (fancy, huh?) and I’m just smitten for these types of shades. The vampy family of colors look good -always. And are totally chic. And I just love dark nails in general so this one easily found its way into my heart.
Sable Collar. W-O-W. This color is o.m.g gorgeous and if you buy only one shade from this collection, it needs to be this one (and maybe Mind Your Mittens -but DEFINITELY this one). It’s a grey-ish based with coppery, golden pink shimmer all over that is just perfect from all angles. It’s seriously amazing and completely unique. A total, total must have, in my humble opinion.
Parka Perfect (love the name, Essie!) is, well, pretty much perfect. It’s a deep green teal shade that feeds into my obsession with vampy dark colors. So naturally, I ♡ it all kinds. And I want to it wear it all of fall and winter, along with the rest of the seasons perfect, deep polish shades.
Warm & Toasty Turtleneck (this name makes me feel all warm and toasty inside and has me wanting a cup of hot chocolate with extra marshmallows, no?) is a pretty lilac shade that I would never pick for winter -but oddly works. It’s a pastel, but it’s not bright, making it perfectly cold-weather appropriate. I’m partial to anything purple, and with a name like that, really, it’s just setting itself up for success.
Mind Your Mittens (Meep! These names!) is really, just so, so pretty. It’s a dusty, sea-foamy pale blue-green color with that silver shimmer Essie does that I just love (re: this and this post). And I didn’t want to take it off. I don’t own anything like it, and I’d say it’s another one to pick up if you’re forced to choose between all six shades (which is torturous, really). Like Warm & Toasty Turtleneck it’s one of those shades that oddly winter appropriate. Like, a wintery pastel color, if that makes sense.
So, I really love this collection. Could you tell? There’s not one shade I wouldn’t have bought and for me, Essie never disappoints. Plus I love that you really get a little bit of everything in their winter shades -glitter, shimmer, creme… It’s all there. The colors are spot on, totally flattering, and I want to wear them all at once -so that usually means I’m obsessed. But enough about me! Your turn to talk: will you be getting any of these colors? What’s your favourite shade -and polish name (cause I’m weird like that)?
*These polishes were (so, so, so) generously sent to me; but trust me, girl, I got your back. My opinion above is as honest as it gets.