Essie’s Winter 2011 Collection is showing up in salons and retail stores now – the collection is called Cocktail Bling, but it’s a set of six cremes with no glitter in sight. Essie tells us they were inspired by jewelry and precious stones. I picked up three of the colors, so I have swatches of Cocktail Bling, Bangle Jangle and Brooch the Subject.
Today I have swatches of one of Dior’s Mitzah Bricard polishes – Camel is a pretty caramel-beige color. I’ve seen comments wondering if it’s close to Dior’s Safari Beige, which was just promoted with the Blue Tie Collection for Fall, so I compared them to find out.
The other day I visited my most likely Walgreens candidate for full Essie collections, and found a huge display of every color from Essie’s new Brand New Bag Collection. There were four bottles of each color, it felt just like a salon display. I knew it!
Here’s one more of the retail exclusive Essies – Mochacino is a nice greyish brown with what appears to be the same thick shimmer as Essie’s Smooth Sailing (from Summer 2011). I liked the sparkle/shimmer in Smooth Sailing so much that I decided to pick this one up based on that shimmer alone.
Today I have swatches of the last two polishes from Essie’s Brand New Bag Collection for Fall 2011.
I had to order these two polishes online since they aren’t available in the normal Essie retail displays, and I hadn’t yet found them at salons like Ulta or Beauty First. It’s too bad these aren’t available in the retail displays, because they’re really nice colors!
It seems too early for a Halloween polish, but it appears that Sally Hansen’s new Pumpkin Spice is just that. Maybe it’s more of a general fall polish? But with “pumpkin” in the name, and orange glitter in the bottle, it makes me think of fake cobwebs and white plastic vampire teeth.
I think this is the ultimate pink combination–it’s the pinkest pink I think I’ve ever personally accomplished. It’s like a 12-year old girl birthday party overload of obnoxious pink, a from-the-invitations-to-the streamers type pink.
Lady Like is the fourth polish from Essie’s Brand New Bag Collection, and the last one that is widely available through retail outlets, that I hadn’t yet reviewed. It’s a murky greyish pink creme that’s very muted and pretty. Swatches coming up!
I’m still trying to fit in more summer polishes before switching over to all the darker fall colors, including this next one: Essie’s California Coral. It’s a slightly muted peachy pink take on coral that is still vibrant and pretty.
I’ve been stalking WalGreen’s for weeks, hoping to come upon Essie’s Fall 2011 collection, Brand New Bag. There’s several empty shelves right at the front of my store, so I can tell there’s new fall products en route, but nothing has been forthcoming. I finally drove to an out-of-the-way store I never visit, and there it was, tucked right into the normal Essie display. Swatches coming up!
These polishes belong to the four-polish Essie Resort 2010 Collection. I’ve already posted the other two polishes. Interestingly, three of the four colors are now sold in retail packaging and only one is available only in the older, salon version. Do you know which one?
Here’s the final two polishes from Essie’s Spring 2011 Collection, French Affair. For months I kept telling myself I didn’t need pastel purple or pastel pink, but then I ended up staring at these last two from the collection in a WalGreen’s and something snapped. I had to try them out!
I wore Essie’s Smooth Sailing at the end of last week, and I enjoyed this color so much that I wanted to re-post it! I already posted it as part of the Essie 2011 Summer Collection review. Smooth Sailing is available even in the retail locations like WalGreen’s, where I picked mine up. It’s a beautiful, soft blue with heavy shimmer pieces.
Here’s an older Essie that I picked up during one of my stops at J. Crew to check on their small polish section. It fits right in with this summer’s focus on bright orange polishes.
Splash of Grenadine is another polish from Essie’s 2010 Resort Collection that made its way onto the retail side and is now available at WalGreens, etc. It’s another vibrant but delicate color that is perfect for summer!
Continuing with my recent love of Essie, I suddenly decided that I needed Lapis of Luxury, which is from Essie’s 2010 Resort Collection. Since I prefer the retail Essie packaging if a color is sold on the retail side, I went to many WalGreens before finally bringing it home.