Review & Swatches – essie Autumn / Fall 2016 Collection

Essie Leggy Legend Collection

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I’ve been waiting for the weather to get a bit more chilly before I published this blog post, beause today we’ll be taking a look at the essie Fall / Autumn 2015 collection.  Technically speaking this is actually our Autumn 2016 collection here in South Africa, but the collection was released last year in the US as part of their Fall collection in 2015.  I think I’ve explained it here on the blog before, but essie is a US-based brand and their seasons are the opposite of ours (when we have Summer, they have Winter etc).  That’s why we sometimes either receive certain collections later in the year, or we might receive a Winter collection during Summer.  It doesn’t happen that often, but it’s something to keep in mind.

This collection is called ‘Leggy Legend’ and here’s what essie has to say about it: “Taking center stage this season is iconic rock ‘n’ roll royalty: the queen of the entourage, the unstoppable, impossibly stylish muse. The 6 new compelling shades of the Fall 2015 collection capture the powerful allure of the ingénues of the rock era with intensely saturated hues.”

Doesn’t the collection remind you of falling leaves, crackling fireplaces, soft blankets and crisp cool Autumn nights?

Essie Fall 2015 Collection

I tried to be all edgy, so I took the nail polish photos with my black leather jacket as a backdrop.  Don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the making of my leather jacket – it’s faux leather.

I hope you all enjoy the swatches but before we get started…did you know this collection is another Rebecca Minkoff collaboration?  Oh yes, it’s inspired by the trendsetting style of 1970’s rock ‘n roll ladies like Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks.

The 6-piece collection boasts eye-catching shades of bronze, brick-red, oxblood, plum, indigo and espresso.  As always, I already have my favourites in the collection and I’ll be sure to point them out to you.  Let’s get started, shall we?

Essie Leggy Legend

Leggy Legend – This little polish is the namesake of the collection.  It is an interesting mix of copper, bronze and gold with an intense metallic finish.  Depending on how the light catches it, it’ll be more bronze or more golden-copper.  I must be honest, I’m not really a fan of this shade since it’s not a shade I would personally wear.  I imagine it also won’t suit most skin tones, but I do think it will look stunning on someone with a dark skin tone.  The swatch you see above is two coats with no top coat – it’s a little bit streaky with the first coat but evens out with the second.

Essie With The Band

With the Band – Now, THIS is a shade I can sink my teeth into!  This shade is very trendy at the moment, it’s a dark brick red shade with a glossy shine.  This shade reminds me SO much of Kathleenlights – if her ‘Miami Fever’ and ‘Havana Nights’ liquid lipsticks had a baby, this colour would be it.  It’s such an Autumn appropriate shade, and it’s the very first shade I painted my nails with when I received the collection.  Formula wise it’s a winner, you can definitely get away with just one thick coat but I’m a fan of two thinner coats – it helps everything stick (and wear) better (and longer).  This is one of my favourite shades in the collection.  In natural light, With The Band looks like a rich brick red, but in the dark it looks more maroon.

Essie In The Lobby

In The Lobby – This dark plum shade looks different in altered lighting, but for the most part it reminds me of dark berries and cherries.  I’ve seen this shade in another essie collection before: It’s very similar to essie ‘Shearling Darling’ from the Winter 2013 collection, as well as essie ‘Bahama Mama’ (permanent collection).  If you already own either of these nail polishes, then give ‘In The Lobby’ a skip!  Unfortunately this particular polish is a bit difficult to work with – if you’re not careful it can be streaky and patchy, but once you have your 2 coats down, it looks incredibly shiny and stunning on the nails.

Essie Bell-Bottom Blues

Bell-Bottom Blues – I love the name of this shimmery indigo blue.  It’s an interesting polish in that it shifts from a deep cobalt blue to a midnight blue with turquoise shimmers in different light settings.  The swatch you see above is 2 thin coats, you can get away with just one but then the shimmers aren’t as intense.  Trust me, you want those aqua shimmers to pop – it’s what makes this polish so special.  The inky blue undertone of this polish reminds me of essie Midnight Cami but Bell-Bottom Blues is a brighter and the shimmers are more turquoise than royal blue.  In terms of formula, I have no complaints – but I found I had to apply a topcoat for the above swatch.  Without it Bell-Bottom Blues look a bit dull, it needs a glossy topcoat to make those shimmers pop!

Essie Color Binge

Color Binge – A beautiful, bright poppy red shade with a very glossy finish.  I’ve seen this particular shade in another collection before, though, it’s twinning with essie ‘Sunset Sneaks’ from the Summer 2015 collection.  Also, if you own essie Fifth Avenue then you probably don’t need to add this one to your current collection.  This polish is a bit on the sheer side for me personally, the swatch you see above is 2 coats but you can still see through the swatch just a teeny tiny bit.  In bright sunlight, Color Binge really pops and almost looks a bit neon.  She’s a beaut, but unfortunately she gets a C for formula and originality.

Essie Frock n Roll

Frock ‘n Roll – Another favourite in the collection, this shade is a mix of espresso and aubergine with the most fantastical silver and gun metal flecks of shimmer.  It’s incredibly sexy, extremely shimmery and quite unusual and unique.  Formula gets an A+, 2 thin coats will give you an intense blackened purply-brown that is saturated with shimmers.  Just look at the bottle – it looks like there’s a tiny galaxy in there!  Love!

Essie Fall Autumn 2015 Collection

There’s no denying this a very Autumn appropriate collection of nail polishes, but are the shades unique and interesting?  Probably not.  ‘Leggy Legend’ is definitely  different, but as mentioned, I don’t think many skin tones will be able to rock it (no pun intended).  ‘Frock ‘n Roll’ is a VERY special shade and I personally think the whole collection should have been named after it – the shade, the name, the flecks of shimmer…everything just screams rock ‘n’ roll!

The collection is already available at Dis-Chem stores (I saw it at my local Dis-Chem last week Friday) and if you’re in the market for 1 or 2 gorgeous Autumnal nail polish shades, then I highly recommend ‘With The Band’ and ‘Frock ‘n Roll’.  Retail price is R 125,00 per bottle at selected Clicks, Dis-Chem and Foschini stores.

I cannot WAIT for the essie Winter 2015 collection to arrive – I’ve seen photos and swatches on Instagram and it’s absolutely stunning.  If you’re keen to see what the collection looks like (as well as some swatches), click here.  Absolutely, breathtakingly gorgeous… right?

Enjoy your public holiday tomorrow – what are your plans?  I embarked on a decluttering project in my beauty room this past weekend, and almost started hyperventilating when I saw all the ‘stuff’ I have in there.  There are so many products I have bought / have been sent to me that I want to feature on the blog but there’s just not enough time to write posts and take photos.  I remember a story from my childhood called ‘The Elves And The Shoemaker’ (I’m sure you know which story I’m talking about, if not, you can read it here) – I need a couple of those elves to come visit me at night to help write blog posts and take & edit photos.  Anyway, my point is: I’ll be spending tomorrow finishing up my decluttering project, and working on a blog post for Thursday.  I’m quite excited about Thursday’s blog post because I have some rather exciting things to show you!



  1. Lean Breytenbach 26 April 2016 / 10:47

    Frock & Roll en Leggy Legend is my gunstelinge!
    Maar ja – die winter collection lyk FANTASTIES! Kan nie wag om jou artikel daaroor te lees nie!

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:09

      Dankie, Lean – ek hoop die Winter collection kom gou, want ek wil sommer al 6 nael kleure hê. 😉

  2. Melissa 26 April 2016 / 10:50

    Omw im inlove with frock n Roll must have. Nice nice big nice

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:09

      Haha! I agree – it’s so edge & unique! :)

  3. Melissa 26 April 2016 / 10:53

    Please dont forget to so brushes blog eveb if u just mail be one paragraph im not buying anything till i hear from u. Fyi love you xxxxxx have a awesome day

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:11

      It’s coming – I’m just waiting to get my hands on a couple more affordable brushes. Hopefully Dis-Chem will stock more of the Urban Studio brushes soon (I blogged about one of their brushes today) because they’re a nice budget friendly option too. :) xo

  4. Kelly 26 April 2016 / 11:11

    Aww these colours look great! Really like the with the band and bell- bottom blues :) Haha I so know where you’re coming from, I just went on a cleaning spree of my room recently, taking out all the clothes I don’t use and getting rid of the countless amount of shoes I have stored but haven’t used in years x_x It’s so sad to let go… But you gotta do what you gotta do 😀 I really don’t want to be a hoarder :/ lol. Thanks for the great post Luzanne! Can’t wait for your next post!

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:14

      I need to go through my clothes this weekend – I feel like there are way too many items of clothing that I’m not wearing that someone else might enjoy wearing. I did a HUGE shoe declutter about a year ago, but I feel like it’s time for another one. I only ever wear my favourites, and the other shoes are just sitting there in my closet. Again, someone else will probably wear them more often than I do. Need to put everything into bags and donate them soon.

      I agree – noone wants to be a hoarder! Unless it’s makeup…and makeup brushes… 😉

  5. Prettiful Blog 26 April 2016 / 11:49

    Awesome seeing you again last week! I was also a bit skeptical about In the Lobby, but once I tried it I was actually quite impressed with two coats of it. I totally agree about Frock n Roll!

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:14

      You too, Azraa! :) It’s gorgeous, so vampy… 😉

  6. Lauren Henderson 26 April 2016 / 12:20

    OMG I need Frock n Roll in my life!!!

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:15

      It’s a stunner, that’s for sure! 😀

  7. Yvonne 26 April 2016 / 12:23

    Loving the faux leather jacket in the background – brilliant idea!! Suits the whole rock n roll theme perfectly. :)

    I’ll defs be buying Frock n Roll and In The Band, I agree they look very unique.

    I hope you have a good day tomorrow, and good luck with the decluttering. I did my whole house a few months ago and although it was incredibly tiresome, it was totes worth it in the end.

    Yvonne x

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:16

      Thanks, Yvonne. :)

      I hope you manage to get your hands on Frock ‘n Roll and In The Band – I think I’m going to wear them non-stop during the next couple of months. Until the Winter collection arrives… 😉

  8. Elmarie Pienaar 26 April 2016 / 12:45

    Ek hou verskriklik baie van daai bright rooi een en die perserige een met die silver glitter. :)

    Kan nie wag om vir my een te koop wanneer ek dit in die winkels sien nie.

    Dankie vir die mooi fotos, en jou eerlikheid Luzanne.


    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:17

      Ek is seker jy sal mal wees oor enige een van daardie kleure – hulle is regtig spesiaal. :)

      Baie dankie vir die kompliment, Elmarie – ek waardeer dit baie. xo

  9. Talitha ❤ 26 April 2016 / 13:34

    In the Lobby is gorge!!!!! 😀

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:17

      I agree! I’m actually wearing it on my nails today! :)

  10. Simone Cameron 26 April 2016 / 14:03

    Hmmm, ya nothing that ‘I have to have’. I would maybe be tempted to try Leggy Legend as an accent colour with something else. 2 of the colours to me look similar to 2 from MT Honky Tonk Honeys collection. Not identical, but too similar for me to justify buying this.

    I love your swatches though. I’ve created my own swatch board at home for all my nail polish, but I so wish I had these sticks you have or the wheels, though really not practical for me just doing my nails at home. lol. THough my daughter swears I can open up a nail salon…she thinks mom is a super talented nail artis. he he

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:22

      Yes, I think you’re right – Leggy Legend will be a nice accent nail colour or nail art colour.

      I bought these sticks on eBay years ago for dirt cheap, but you can buy them here in South Africa at Planet Nails outlet stores (not sure where there’s one in PE) and they’re also very affordable. I have swatches of all my nail polishes – I like them because sometimes a nail polish looks different on the nail than in the bottle.

      That’s so cute – your daughter sounds like a darling child! :)

  11. Roxy 26 April 2016 / 15:03

    Love the swatches, your blog is always so helpful Luzanne. :) I really like the In The Lobby colour but I already have Bahama Mama at home (it’s one of my fav colours) so I won’t get that one.

    I hope you have a nice relaxing day tomorrow, don’t work too hard.


    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:23

      Thank you so much, Roxy. :)

  12. Wendy H 26 April 2016 / 18:07

    I think I’m more excited for the Winter 2015 collection… :/

    But I loved the photos! :)

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:23

      I feel the same way. :)

      Thank you, Wendy – and thanks for taking the time to take a look at my blog post.

  13. Léanie 26 April 2016 / 20:31

    Ek hou nogal baie van jou agtergrond en die pers en blou nael politoer.
    Waar kry jy die nael sticks? Ek’t al gekyk en planet nails verkoop hulle nie.

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:28

      Baie dankie, Léanie. :)

      Ek kry myne by die Planet Nails outlet winkel – nie by die salon self nie. Daar is ‘n klein Planet Nails winkel hier in Centurion waar hulle allerhande stock verkoop wat salons gewoonlik gebruik soos acetone, manicure tools, vals naels, ens. Dis amper soos ‘n wholesale outlet, maar jy kan ook die produkte een vir een koop – jy hoef nie grootmaat te koop nie. Ek’s nie seker waar daar nog van daardie winkels is nie. Hier is ‘n link om te sien hoe dit plek binne lyk:

  14. R Fourie 26 April 2016 / 20:57

    Very beautiful shades. I saw In The Lobby on Azraa’s blog – stunning!!!

    Now to wait for that exciting things you’re gonna show us on Thursday

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:28

      I hope you enjoyed the blog post I loaded today – I was so excited to post it! :)

  15. Veronique 26 April 2016 / 23:05

    Very keen on that metallic blue one, its beautiful. :)

    • Luzanne 28 April 2016 / 22:29

      It is, isn’t it? Really a unique little nail polish shade. :)

  16. Inge 28 April 2016 / 22:30

    I luv these dark shade, autumn and winter are my favorite seasons !!

    Beautiful photos, as always Luzanne. xXO

    • Inge 28 April 2016 / 22:31

      P.S. I’m reading your replies to the comments, and I didn’t know about the Planet Nails salon store. It sounds so cool! I hope there’s one in Cape Town..will research it. 😀

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