Essie Winter 2014 Collection…plus a GIVEAWAY

Essie Winter 2014 Collection

I was very lucky to have been sent a couple of the new Essie Winter 2014 collection nail polishes by Essie South Africa a few weeks ago.  I had already purchased 2 of the polishes online on eBay about 2 months ago (this collection was released in the US last year when it was their Winter season) – Warm & Toasty Turtleneck and Sable Collar.

This collection had me so excited the very first time I saw it featured on The PolishAholic blog in October 2013, take a look at her blog post here for super perfect nail swatches.  Her swatch of Sable Collar is spot-on, especially since it’s such a difficult shade to capture.

Essie’s Winter 2013 collection draws inspiration from the luxurious fabrics seen on the fashion runways, cozy holidays, frozen icicles, with glam touches here and there to catch the light. I find the shades in this collection to be very wearable in both Winter and Spring, especially the 2 beautiful muted pastel shades.  The collection features 6 polishes – 4 cremes, 1 shimmer and 1 glitter (I will be featuring 4 of the 6 shades).

Essie Warm And Toasty Turtleneck

Warm & Toasty Turtleneck is a stunning dusty pastel purple creme shade, it applies like a dream (not sheer or streaky) and 2 coats are sufficient for full opacity. This is probably my favourite shade from the collection.

Essie Parka Perfect

Parka Perfect is a very special muted pastel blue shade with grey undertones and silver micro shimmer.  Parka Perfect is a little more sheer than Warm & Toasty Turtleneck but you can still get away with 2 thicker coats for full opacity.  I feel this shade looks absolutely gorgeous in high light areas and direct sunlight, but changes to a darker cement-like blue in a darker setting.  It almost makes me want to spend my days in the sun, because the colour really comes alive in the light!  Take a look at the Instagram photo on the left, second photo from the top, I am wearing Parka Perfect and Essie Ignite The Night.

Essie Sable Collar

Sable Collar is another favourite of mine, this is truly a unique and multi-dimensional shade.  In some light, the base looks like a purple-brown and in other light, it looks like a reddish-brown.  This is the shimmer shade in the collection and contains bronze shimmers that make me swoon every time I look at my nails.  This shade is very similar to Parka Perfect in that it changes in a high light area, it’s an absolute stunner in the sun – but looks a bit boring in a low light area.  It reminds me of a rich, hot cocoa on a cold Winter’s night.  Pigmentation is great, 2 coats will give you full opacity, and remember to top it off with a high shine top coat to make those shimmers pop even more.  If you look at my Instagram photos on the left again, I am wearing this shade a bit further down (under the Rihanna photo).

Essie Toggle To The Top

Toggle To The Top is the glitter shade in the collection, a deep raspberry red infused with magenta glitters.  When I first looked at this shade in the bottle, I thought the base would be quite sheer and difficult to work with, but I was very pleasantly surprised.  All you need is 2 thin coats (it could even be a one coater if you’re generous) and you’ll be wearing rubies on your fingertips in no time!  Since the glitters in this polish are a bit on the chunkier side (that’s how I like my glitter polishes), remember to top your manicure off with a top coat to create an even finish.

I decided to take a photo of Sable Collar and Toggle To The Top in the sunlight, to try capture the beauty of the shimmers and glitters.  It seems a still have a lot to learn about taking photos of shimmer polishes for blog posts – haha!

Sable Collar & Toggle To The Top - Sunlight

Here are swatches of the nail polish shades (no top coat), the photo below was taken in natural daylight but not direct sunlight.

Essie Swatches 1

Do you see how different Sable Collar looks in a low light area as opposed to direct sunlight above?

Essie Swatches 2

Essie nail polishes range from R 100,00 to R 120,00 at selected Dis-Chem, Clicks and salon supply stores (I’ve heard Sorbet salons are good with receiving collections from both Essie and OPI) or online at Zando, Rubybox, Spree or Takealot (but remember, this is a limited edition collection, so it may not be available online).

Fortunately for YOU, Essie South Africa sent me a polish from the collection that I had already purchased – Sable Collar.

Essie Sable Collar

I decided to make this a social media giveaway, so make sure you follow my blog on Twitter and Facebook and all you have to do is retweet or share this blog post on your social media account.  Remember to tag me in your tweet / Facebook share and use the hashtag #PinkPeoniesBlog.  And since I’m feeling super generous, I’ll include a little somethin’ somethin’ in the parcel to add to your manicure routine.

I will choose a random winner in one week’s time (3 July 2014) and will announce the winner in this blog post, as well as my social media accounts.

{UPDATE}  The winner of the Essie Sable Collar nail polish is: Kate Ferguson!  Congratulations!  Please send me an email containing your delivery address for the prize.

Good luck!



  1. Nikki Sykes 26 June 2014 / 11:01

    Oooh what a lovely prize… love Essie <3 xxx

  2. Megs H 26 June 2014 / 11:01

    Such a fab giveaway…Essie Nail polish is definitely “To-die-for”! I have shared this giveaway on Twitter (@flutterbymegs)! Fingers crossed! xxx

  3. Jackie K 26 June 2014 / 11:02

    That glittery red is calling my name! am a follower @JaxxLisa have tweeted & shared

  4. Lizna 26 June 2014 / 11:19

    Gorgeous colour! Love how you did the swatches :)

  5. Kate Ferguson (FergliciousKate) 26 June 2014 / 11:27

    Essie always knows how to make me swoon!!

  6. Megan Kelly Botha 26 June 2014 / 11:38

    Lovely giveaway Luzanne! Such gorgeous colours! I haven’t ever purchased Essie polishes, so would love to win. Have always followed and liked, and just tweeted and shared. (bb_blogza and Megan Kelly Botha on Facebook)

  7. Cara Fay 26 June 2014 / 12:07

    wow such stunning colours!! Parka Perfect is PERRRFECT! x

  8. Telma 26 June 2014 / 12:32

    I am holding thumbs for this one! I dont own any Essie nail polishes, Would love to have one at home to used whenever I want coz I only wear Essie if I go to Sorbet :) Please pick me Luzanne!!!

  9. Yolika 26 June 2014 / 13:34

    Warm & Toasty Turtleneck and Sable Collar is my Fav!

  10. stephanie 26 June 2014 / 13:49

    Haven’t tried there nail polish yet,def gonna get me some :)

  11. Elize Swanepoel 26 June 2014 / 14:47

    I’ve shared on Twitter (@akkielove). Such a fab giveaway. Wow I simply love the colour!!! Stunning.

  12. Michelle 26 June 2014 / 15:29


  13. marlene olivier 26 June 2014 / 16:17

    These nail enamels are simply out of this world. I would so appreciate to be a winner….thank you for your wonderful blog and the opportunity to enter this give away. Kind regards Marlene.

  14. Tracy Jacobs 26 June 2014 / 19:08

    Mmmmm lovely giveaway, tks, shared on twitter.

  15. rehana seedat 26 June 2014 / 20:07

    Tweeted @rehanaseedat and shared facebook

  16. depashni marie 26 June 2014 / 20:34

    tweeted and shared…fingers crossed to win as I am a nail polish addict…would love to add these colours to my vast collection

  17. Lily 27 June 2014 / 00:09

    Such lovely colors! I didn’t pick any up when they came out in the US…seeing as I feel like I have enough polish already. LOL!! I’m loving Toggle To The Top and I’m definitely sad I missed out! Hah!

  18. Tamlyn Jacobus 27 June 2014 / 07:34

    I love the colours, what a generous giveaway, essie is such an amazing product and really lasts for a very long time without clumping. Of course i’m a fan on all networks and i’ll be tweeting and facebooking till the very end!

  19. Tjoppie 27 June 2014 / 13:26

    Lovely nail polish colours and beautiful instagrams, specially the Seychelles one!

  20. Rayne Alexander 27 June 2014 / 15:04

    So holding thumbs for this!! 😀 my (badly manicured) thumbs 😉 Been seeing the Winter Collection all over and it has to be one of the most stunning collections of all :)

  21. Kelley Petersen 27 June 2014 / 19:12

    WOW! So beautiful! :) Fingers crossed! :)

  22. Sibahle ( @LadyS____ ) 27 June 2014 / 21:53

    I love this collection. So Stunning!!! I have shared on twitter :-)

  23. Leanne 29 June 2014 / 07:29

    All these shades are so stunning. I always tend to gravitate towards wine colours.

  24. Kelley Petersen 29 June 2014 / 13:59

    Pink Peonies, your blog is delightful and inspiring!
    Your beautiful nails I am desiring…

    I adore The Essie Winter 2014 collection. I know that it will bring my nails to perfection.

    I love the Warm & Toasty Turtleneck. In my category of favourites, I’ll give it a check (a tick of approval)!

    The Parka Perfect, a very special muted pastel blue, is a beautiful hue of a colour so true.

    Sable Collar, a multidimensional shade… in its masks of purple-brown & reddish-brown, it is perfect for a masquerade.

    Toggle To The Top, will make my nails Pop!
    Like a dancer, it shakes, shimmies & shines with all its glitz & glamour, and behaves in a surprisingly pleasant manner.

    Pink Peonies my nails are dull and sad…& Essie is bound to make them glad.

    Please pick me, so that I can free my nails from their misery.

    Fingers crossed! :)

  25. Leandi 30 June 2014 / 09:37

    Stunning colors!

    Liked and shared as Lee September and on twitter @0820766294:)

  26. Kay Payne 30 June 2014 / 15:17

    following on twitter and tweeted! @diaryofacurvet yeeeeeah!!

  27. Martie 30 June 2014 / 16:45

    Such a stunning blog post and an awesome giveaway. These new Essie polishes are to die for. Would love to be the lucky winner! Entered and shared. Thank you for delighting us with your wonderful blog posts Luzanne ♥♥♥ You are one of my fav bloggers out there xxx

  28. Zita Van Reenen 30 June 2014 / 23:41

    What an amazing giveaway!! Yay!!! I would love to get my hands on those goodies. Liked, shared, following+ retweeted :) (@Zita_TheBigshow)

  29. Roxanne Chutthergoon 1 July 2014 / 12:46

    LOve this! I have tweeted @Roxi_23 :)

  30. Andre Van Willingh 3 July 2014 / 10:54

    Please pick me, I would love to give this perfect nail polish collection to my perfect girlfriend, Kelley Petersen. She really loves Pink Peonies! :)

  31. Saajida 4 July 2014 / 13:16

    Stumbled across your blog and love it! And quite excited to participate in this giveaway :) It looks AMAZING! would love to win!!!

  32. Saajida 4 July 2014 / 13:17

    Just realised I’m a day late! Ah well. Congrats to the winner to be :)

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