ESSIE WINTER 2016 COLLECTION SWATCHES & REVIEW

Can't lie, NOT looking forward to snow. But this set of nail polish shades? Well, let's see...
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Can't lie, NOT looking forward to snow. But this set of nail polish shades? Well, let's see...
Essie Winter 2016 Getting Groovy Collection Swatches Review

Essie Winter 2016 Collection

Hot on the heels of Essie Fall 2016, I’ve got your Essie Winter 2016 collection swatches and review right, right here! Like, how, Manigeek? How you so fast? Well, it’s not me – it’s da polish! It's goooooooood! Wheeee!!!

essie winter 2016 swatches & review

Essie Go With The Flowy_Essie Winter 2016 Collection Swatches Review

Essie Go With The Flowy – Essie Winter 2016

Essie Go With The Flowy – Essie Winter 2016 (above). She’s got pale blue stealth shimmer in there that you can just see at the lower right edge of the bottle. That hidden shimmer really elevates this dove grey into something special. The formula is a little tiny bit patchy for me in 2, so I did 3. I more than likely do much thinner coats than you do so there’s actually a pretty high probability you can do this in 2. She’s lovely and soft and soothing. Even at 3 coats, I’m calling her a winner. S'worth it.

Essie Oh Behave_Essie Winter 2016 Collection Swatches Review

Essie Oh Behave! – Essie Winter 2016

Essie Oh Behave! – Essie Winter 2016 (above). Again, that’s 3 coats, but they’re quick because this stuff is a fairly thin consistency. She’s easy to work and, while not nearly as frosty as I thought she’d be, there’s quite a retro feel goin’ on here. Oh Behave! dries down with zero streaks and a crap-tonne of flashtastical shimmer. Essie calls her a frost, but I think she’s more of a pearlized golden-peach deal.

Essie Oh Behave Mattified_Essie Winter 2016 Collection Swatches Review

Essie Oh Behave! Mattified – Essie Winter 2016

Essie Oh Behave! Mattified – Essie Winter 2016 (above). Who does that? Who mattes a pearly shimmer? Me. Why? Why not! Besides, ya'll know I have a thing for mattification. And lookit what happens to it! All satiny and still somehow golden and bright.

Essie Party on a Platform_Essie Winter 2016 Collection Swatches Review

Essie Party on a Platform – Essie Winter 2016

Essie Party on a Platform – Essie Winter 2016 (above). I know many of you are lovers of red, but I am not. Okay, that’s not true. Karen loves good reds. Manigeek does not. Manigeek has to struggle with lobster hands, red-dyed cuticles and pink sidewalls. Karen can just wear the reds and smile. Karen would choose this red for herself just because she thinks it’s perfect in every way. Super-saturated, nicely plasticized, and just a good, dark red in 2 simple coats. Karen thinks even Manigeek would like this red.

Essie Ready to Boa_Essie Winter 2016 Collection Swatches Review

Essie Ready to Boa – Essie Winter 2016

Essie Ready to Boa – Essie Winter 2016 (above). Gah! Gorgeousness! And guess what!! OCW! You can’t even tell from this photo but some nails have 2 coats and some only have 1. I always go in thin to start and if the polish tells me it’s okay to go on in 1, off we go! Oh. Should we talk about the colour? Nah. You can see it in all the 1000 words I made for you!

Essie Ready to Boa Mattified_Essie Winter 2016 Collection Swatches Review

Essie Ready to Boa Mattified – Essie Winter 2016

Essie Ready to Boa Mattified – Essie Winter 2016 (above). Huzzah! Do it because you can. Seriously. Do it.

Essie Satin Sister_Essie Winter 2016 Swatches Review

Essie Satin Sister – Essie Winter 2016

Essie Satin Sister – Essie Winter 2016 (above). Before you use this bottle, have a close look at it and make sure all your pigments are good and mixed. Mine weren’t, so I stuck it in my handy ProShaker for a minute. If you don’t mix your polishes properly, you can get some funky kinds of streaktastically uneven applications. If you shake your Satin Sister, you get this. And really, who wouldn’t want this?

Essie Satin Sister_Essie Winter 2016 Swatches Review-2

Essie Satin Sister – Essie Winter 2016

Essie Satin Sister – Essie Winter 2016 (above). Here’s another shot with a shift in light. A little more peacock teal, right? And so shiny! That’s 2 super-slow-mo-no-blinking-at-all coats to picture perfect. I admit it – I’m scared of teals like this because they usually stain real good. This one does not. Yay!

Essie Satin Sister_Essie Winter Collection 2016 Swatches Review

Essie Satin Sister – Essie Winter 2016

Essie Satin Sister – Essie Winter 2016 (above). Just one more time so I can show you that if I shoot with the exposure all whacked out, she gets a little greener tealy. Satin Sister can be all of these things; it just depends on what kind of lighting you gots.

Essie Satin Sister Comparison Swatches Dupes_Essie Winter 2016

Essie Satin Sister Comparison Swatches

Essie Satin Sister Comparison Swatches (above). Everyone wants to see this so there it is. You know I keep all my swatches over on my Pinterest, right? If you don't see a comparison swatch you're looking for, just head there and pull up individual swatches to compare. I love the stick pics but I tell ya what - they're an absolute pain in the ass to shoot.

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Essie Getting Groovy – Essie Winter 2016

Essie Getting Groovy – Essie Winter 2016 (above). I like this shade. I like that it’s 2 easy coats and I like the crazy foil-y brightness of it. Let's not forget we’re playing in a winter collection and somewhere around late December, you’re going to need a shade exactly like this one.

Essie Getting Groovy_Essie Winter 2016 Collection Swatches Review

Essie Getting Groovy – Essie Winter 2016

Essie Getting Groovy – Essie Winter 2016 (above). Oh yeah! This is why I like Getting Groovy so much. It looks like hot melted metal. I think maybe the word is molten – kinda like Essie took some silver and they took some gold and then they melted and liquefied ‘em and stuck ‘em in this here bottle.

That’s it! And you know what? I really like this collection very, very much. The last one (Fall 2016) just plain bored me. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen those same flat crème shades from Essie (and others), but it feels like it’s just too many times. I suppose that when they crank out at least seven collections a year, after a handful of years, there’s not much left to do. But Winter 2016 shows there is more to do. Collections should all be structured like this; in 6-packs with a couple crèmes and a bunch of fun. It makes them interesting to look at, entertaining to play in, and a joy to cover. Yes. Manigeek likes this.

Essie Winter 2016 Getting Groovy Swatches Review

Essie Winter 2016 Getting Groovy Collection

So what are your thoughts, nail nerdies? Does Essie Winter 2016 (aka the Essie Getting Groovy Collection) do anything for you?

Essie Winter 2016 Editors Note Swatches Review

Essie Winter 2016 - from the desk of Rebecca Minkoff

Availability: It’s out now in a handful of places like in-store at TradeSecrets.ca and online at sparklecanada.com, It'll probably be on amazon.com and ulta.com soon. For more info, there’s all the Essie Social Media Channels: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Or, visit Essie.ca.

Manicures & Photographs Karen Falcon (at noon, while she was workin' on this for you, she had leftover Chinese food for breakfast – see?)

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