ESSIE FALL 2015: YOUR COMPLETE MANIGEEK GUIDE

A little 1970s rock'n'roll glam, a lotta shine, and a shade I'ma call stuntasticalz.
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A little 1970s rock'n'roll glam, a lotta shine, and a shade I'ma call stuntasticalz.
Essie Fall 2015 Beautygeeks Swatches and Review

The Essie Fall 2015 Collection

Ooooh! Essie Fall 2015! Yay! I got your swatches and stuff right here but before we get started, do you need to know this collection is another Rebecca Minkoff baby? It is. Inspired by the trendsetting style of 1970’s rock ‘n roll ladies, it’s effortless beauty meets edgy glamour. Also, it’s a lot of pictures. Shall we?

Essie Fall 2015 Swatches

Essie Fall 2015_Essie Leggy Legend Beautygeeks

Essie Leggy Legend –Essie Fall 2015

Essie Leggy Legend (above). Yes, I discovered this cute water transfer on my desk. I figured “hey, why not?” And there it is with Leggy Legend. I tell ya what, she’s a stunner. No joke. Stuffed with coppery bronze magic, it fairly shimmers and sparkles at the same time.

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Essie Fall 2015 – Essie Leggy Legend

Essie Leggy Legend (above). Depending on how the light hits it, it’ll be more copper or more bronze. That’s two easy coats with zero top coat. You could probably do it in one but me, I’m a fan of two thinner coats – it just helps everything stick (and wear) better.

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Essie Leggy Legend –Essie Fall 2015

Essie Leggy Legend (above). Tell me that’s not a perfect fall shade. G’head ‘n try.

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Essie Color Binge – Essie Fall 2015

Essie Color Binge (above). She’s lovely, even though I’ve seen her before. Beautifully pigmented and almost complete coverage in one coat, go for two for full saturation of colour, okay? Here, in full daylight (not direct sunlight), she’s eye-searingly bright poppy red and wickedly shiny.

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Essie Fall 2015 – Essie Color Binge

Essie Color Binge (above). And here, with clouds rolling by, she’s a little more subdued but still incredibly fall. Bright orangey red with a big ole shine. This colour makes me smile. It just does. It’s happy.

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Essie Fall 2015 – Essie Color Binge

Essie Color Binge (above). One more time, just to show you how shinetastical this formula is. Two coats, zero top. Yup.

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Essie With the Band – Essie Fall 2015

Essie With the Band (above). Essie is calling this one “toasted spice burgundy,” but on my digits, it's more of a brick red. Don’t care what they call it, I call it fitting for fall. Again, that’s two easy coats, no top coat.

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Essie Fall 2015 – Essie With the Band

Essie With the Band (above). For some reason, this shade makes me think of fireplaces ‘n blankets and crisp cool autumn nights. Dunno why.

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Essie Fall 2015 – Essie In the Lobby

Essie In The Lobby (above). It’s exotic cinnamon plum. Or deep cherry. Or burgundy plum. This shade looks totally different in different lights. That’s two coats, inside on a bright day. She’s a little patchy in places and truth be told, I had a little trouble moving this one around to get it perfectly even. It’s awesomely shiny. Whatever this plasticized finish Essie is using is, it’s whack.

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Essie In The Lobby – Essie Fall 2015

Essie In The Lobby (above). When the clouds roll by again, it’s a bluey burgundy that I love. This was the first time I applied it (I had to do it twice) and this formula and me just didn’t get along. I struggled to get it perfect.

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Essie In the Lobby – Essie Fall 2015

Essie In The Lobby (above). Oh, hallo Crustacean Hands! This is why I don’t wear shades like these often (even though I love them). It gives me the dreaded Lobster Hands. Noooooo!!

Essie Fall 2015_Essie Bell Bottom Blues Swatches

Essie Fall 2015 – Essie Bell Bottom Blues

Essie Bell Bottom Blues (above). I’m a fan of this indigo shade of blue. That’s two coats and no top. You’re going to be tempted to do this in one but don’t. You won’t get the saturation of colour or the deep-set glimmer effect with only one coat. Trust me. I know things.

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Essie Bell Bottom Blues – Essie Fall 2015

Essie Bell Bottom Blues (above). It’s a lovely inky shade that has flashes of violet here and there but not enough to call it a duochrome. In the bottle, it looks shifty, but on the nail not so much.

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Essie Fall 2015 – Essie Bell Bottom Blues

Essie Bell Bottom Blues (above). But hey! Who needs a shift when you can have a shimmer sandwich? Nobody. This shade is perfection. And guess what else! It didn’t stain my nails – at all. My cuticles and sidewalls when I took it off though… yeah, I started calling my cuticles “blueticles.” It wasn’t pretty.

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Essie Frock 'n Roll – Essie Fall 2015

Essie Frock ‘n Roll (above). Unnnh. THIS shade. A little bit ebony, a little bit espresso, and oddly enough, a little bit aubergine, it’s got a fantastic almost glass-fleck shimmer in there that makes it almost steely – or silvery. Or sumthin. Whatever it does, to me it’s Stuntasticalz.

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Essie Fall 2015 – Essie Frock 'n Roll

Essie Frock ‘n Roll (above). Again, two coats is better than one for superb saturation and sandwiching of shimmer, so do two. Shift the light and you can really see the espresso on the nail and the steely shimmer in the bottle.

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Essie Fall 2015 – Essie Frock 'n Roll

Essie Frock ‘n Roll (above). People gonna be all over the Bell Bottom Blues, but me? I’ma take this one as the most outstanding Essie shade I’ve seen since Leggy Legend. I’m lovin’ the little galaxy they managed to stuff into the bottle. It’s like a night sky – ‘cept in charcoal brown. Yep, I dig it.

So that’s the swatches. Up next…

Essie Fall 2015 Comparison Swatches

I took these sticks out because they’re the closest Essies I have. I could have compared with other brands but hey, I don’t know what you’ve got so I don’t know what you need to see.

Essie Fall 2015 Comparison Swatches

Essie Fall 2015 Comparison Swatches

Here are the Essie comparison swatches shot with a black background (above) and a white one (below). Interestingly enough, polishes with such a high shine totally look different against black or white colour backgrounds. Neat, huh? Same sticks, same light, and both photos are 100% accurate on my side of the screen.

Essie Fall 2015 Comparison Swatches Beautygeeks

Essie Fall 2015 Comparison Swatches

That’s it friends! If there’s anything you need to know, just holla. I’ll be noticeably absent for a couple weeks, but I’ll try to access my interwebs while I’m out and about in vacation land. Janine will be around though – she’s holding down my fort and watering my plants ‘n stuff. She’s a good sister, huh?

Essie Fall 2015 Swatches Review Comparisons Manigeek

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Manicures and photographs Karen Falcon (she’s hoping to find soft-serve green tea ice cream)
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