Mani Monday: Fall/Winter 2013 -- Powerhaus Polishes Part II

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Peace, Love, and OPI

Peace, Love, and OPI

Gaze upon the richness and warmth of OPI's Fall/Winter and Essie's Fall 2013 powerhaus polishes. Packed with duochromes and shine, these two collections are the business. And they're part deux of our two-part Fall powerhaus picks (see part I here).

OPI Haven't the Foggiest

OPI Haven't the Foggiest

OPI Haven't the Foggiest ($10.95, opi.com for retailers), from the San Francisco collection -- see the full range here: Brilliant, multilayered metallic awesomeness. It's clean, bright, cool, and unbelievably hot.

OPI Muir Muir On the Wall

OPI Muir Muir On the Wall

OPI Muir Muir On The Wall (San Francisco collection; $10.95 each, opi.com for retailers): Oooh. A burgundy plummy-ish coppery duochrome. It's got an almost satiny finish but if you slap a coat of top coat on it (I used my favourite Revlon), it shimmers and shines and screams edgy.

OPI It's All San Andreas's Fault

OPI It's All San Andreas's Fault

OPI It's All San Andreas's Fault (San Francisco collection; $10.95, opi.com for retailers): Hallo, liquid sand. I love you, liquid sand. Glitter- and sparkle-free, we're looking at a bumped-up sophisticated cappuccino. Perfection achieved in two easy coats.

OPI Alcatraz Rocks

OPI Alcatraz Rocks

OPI Alcatraz Rocks (San Francisco collection; $10.95 each, opi.com for retailers): I don't have the words to tell you how much I love this shade of Liquid Sand. From the 15-bottle OPI set of Fall 2013 nail polish, I pick this as most favourite in the world. Winner. Gagnant.

Peace, Love, and OPI

Peace, Love, and OPI

OPI Peace, Love, and OPI (San Francisco collection; $10.95 each, opi.com for retailers): Remember Rimmel London Zeitgeist*? I do. It was one of the very first duochrome polishes ever created and it was groundbreaking. I kept that bottle and used that bottle for more than seven years. About six months ago, I had to let it go -- it got to that part in the bottle where it had nothing left to give. It was my saddest day in polish-hoarding land. I wish I had a picture to show you but I don't. Oh! Wait! I do! Sorta. OPI Peace, Love and OPI is my new Zeitgeist. If you ask me, it's the shade of the season. Yep, I said that. I'm going to keep this forever.

Essie answers the call of the Fall, too. I don't know what they've done to their new formula but it is an absolute pleasure to use. It's thicker, it self-levels, doesn't streak, and coverage is fantastic. It. is. good. And they've released a duochrome too, so you have shopping options.

Essie For the Twill of It

Essie For the Twill of It

Essie For The Twill Of It ($9.99, essiecanada.ca for retailers): Lookit that duochrome! Lookit! Purple, green, silver, grey, purple, green, silver. That right there is a what I call a Gimmie-That Colour. How does it compare with OPI Peace, Love, and OPI? Same. You need one or the other.

Essie Vested Interest

Essie Vested Interest

Essie Vested Interest ($9.99, essiecanada.ca for retailers): Solid and glitter-free. No chrome, no sparkles, no metallic, no flash. Simply the perfect Fall green for your nails. It makes me think of pine trees. And Fall. And winter (although Essie's Winter polish collection is a whole new set of colours).

Essie Cashmere Bathrobe

Essie Cashmere Bathrobe

Essie Cashmere Bathrobe  ($9.99, essiecanada.ca for retailers): Subtly sparkly but in no way glittery, how much do I love a charcoal grey? A lot. It's wintery and moody with an elegant little twinkle.

Essie The Lace is On

Essie The Lace is On

Essie The Lace Is On ($9.99, essiecanada.ca for retailers): See photo for approximately 1000 words (some of those words should be metallic, bold, magenta, ooooh, and gimmie that). Yes, it's from the Fall 2013 nail polish collection but I don't care. I'm wearing it now. I'll wear it again in Fall, too. And probably again in winter.

Availability: Shop Amazon.com for OPI. Shop Amazon.com for Essie. Shop Ulta.com for all things nail.

Photos and manicures by Karen Falcon (she eats Cheetos for dinner).
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*Definition: Zeitgeist (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in time.