Happy Monday, everyone! I’m back from a short holiday in Cape Town & I feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. We visited all our favourite places in Cape Town and I’m happy to report I managed to keep myself in check the few times we hit the shops. I only bought a few goodies – I don’t think I’ll be filming a haul video but might do a cheeky little blog post. We’ll see…
Today we’re chatting about the new and utterly fabulous Essie Dress To Kilt Fall / Autumn 2015 nail polish collection. I am so happy Autumn is upon us (and I can definitely feel a chill in the air) because I can start wearing darker polishes & lipsticks, and before you know it Winter will be nipping at our cheeks. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know Winter is my favourite season. There’s just something about an electric blanket, soft chunky slipper socks, warm sago pudding, a good book and a cup of tea. That, right there, is my perfect Sunday afternoon on a cold Winter’s day.
While we’re on the subject of Winter and food: Have you tasted the Smoked Bacon & Orange Sweet Potato Soup (R 34,95) from Woolworths? It’s just perfection.
I attended the Essie South Africa press launch a couple of weeks ago and received the most incredible box filled with their latest nail polish collections. When I opened the box, my heart literally skipped a beat! The box contained the Autumn 2015 collection, Winter 2015 collection (so stunning), and the Bridal 2015 collection. So, you can expect review & swatches blog posts on those collections too!
The Fall / Autumn 2015 collection from Essie is called their ‘Dress to Kilt’ collection. It encompasses all of the trends we saw walk down the runway, bringing them right to your fingertips. The collection consists of 6 trendy, yet Autumn-appropriate shades and will allow you to go bold with a splash of cobalt blue, or keep things understated with a muted shade of taupe.
Let’s take a look at swatches of the shades:
♥ Fall In Line – a muted khaki green shade that is both smooth and opaque. This is such a beautiful transition shade for Autumn! If you’re not ready to bust out the super dark & dramatic shades, then this is the perfect shade for you. ‘Vested Interest’ from Essie is a spot-on dupe for this one.
♥ Dress To Kilt – this is the namesake of the collection, a bold & seductive classic red shade. This is my favourite shade in the whole collection and I’m very happy to report it’s a one coater too! It’s gorgeous – super glossy and I’ve been wearing it for the past 2 weeks straight! You can check out my latest YouTube video to see it in action.
♥ Partner In Crime – melted chocolate. On your fingertips. This is a rich, deep chocolate brown shade that is insanely pigmented. This shade surprised me the most as I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do (I’m usually not into chocolate shades).
♥ Style Cartel – an eye-catching dark cobalt blue shade. It’s not a creme formula but more of a jelly formula, and let me tell you: It’s so shiny / glossy, it almost looks like you’re already wearing a top coat. Because it’s a jelly, you do need to apply 2 coats but once it’s on, it’s just perfection. I don’t own any other navy blue that is as bright as this one (and I own a lot of nail polishes), it really is a very unique shade. Sometimes dark navy blue polishes can tend to look a bit black, but ‘Style Cartel’ looks rich & bright in any light (indoor or outdoor).
♥ The Perfect Cover Up – a dark teal that is super opaque, you can get away with applying only 1 coat of this polish. It’s very similar to ‘Mind Your Mittens’ from Essie but ‘The Perfect Cover Up’ is just a bit brighter and a tad more teal.
♥ Take It Outside – a beautiful neutral taupe gray shade. The formula of this polish is great, it’s not streaky and looks 100% opaque with 2 coats. I personally think this shade is perfect for all year ’round, not just for Autumn. It’s similar to ‘Chinchilly’ from Essie, but just a little bit lighter.
Final thoughts on the collection? Essie really hit the ball out of the park with this collection – the shades cater for so many different tastes, styles and skin tones. If you’re someone who loves muted office-appropriate shades, then ‘Take It Outside’ and ‘Fall In Line’ will be up your alley. If you’re looking for bright & glossy shades, then check out ‘Style Cartel’ and ‘Dress To Kilt’. And if you’re the type of gal who wants to jump right into wearing dark & vampy shades, then ‘The Perfect Cover Up’ and ‘Partner In Crime’ are straight up your street!
The Essie Fall / Autumn 2015 collection is available at selected Dis-Chem, Clicks and Foschini stores & beauty salons, or online at Zando with a retail price of R 125,00 per bottle.