Essie – Stylenomics Collection Fall 2012 (swatches & review)

 

 

School is definitely back in session with Essie’s ‘Stylenomics’ Fall 2012 Collection, make no mistake about it! Keeping the lines pure, clean and simple with a group of 6 delectable crème hues, the brand intends to help your nails look like a million bucks – all without blowing the budget!


Essie Stylenomics Fall 2012 Collection


 

This is what Essie does best: pure colour at its creamy finest. These 6 single-hued shades range from whispering neutrals with a dash of urban freshness, deep wine-rich reds to provide a flash of intensity, to a brooding dark lacquer anchoring them all. The formulas ranged in viscosity from über-pigmentation that barely required more than a coat for full opacity, to slightly thinner flowing – although no less colour saturated, with all leaving behind a mirror like gloss that is almost dazzling in its brilliance. All swatches are with base and top coat.


 

‘Miss Fancy Pants’ is a tan-leaning nude shade with subtle mauve undertones to lend it warmth. The excellent formula helped it flow effortlessly along the brush, leaving an almost vinyl-like gloss in its wake, while its ultra-creamy hue seems to impart a somewhat lavender after-effect. Two coats are more than sufficient for full coverage, although 3 were applied here for photographic purposes and to capture its true nature. Coats applied: 3


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‘Don’t Sweater It’ is a decadent milk-chocolate hue with sly hints of both grey and mauve in its base. Ridiculously glossy and super creamy (you’ll soon get sick of hearing me use that word!), the flow of this formula was absolutely stellar, seeming to literally glide across the nails without any pooling or dragging whatsoever. An absolutely gorgeous taupe, but with a definite modern bite. Coats applied: 2


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indoors


with flash


 

‘Recessionista’ is a cross between a deep plum & maroon, bearing the look of plush burgundy-wine velvet. The formula was a little on the thin side, making the first coat fall slightly patchy – all resolved by the second coat to give a deeply saturated tone. Exceptionally high glassy shine which brought out its prune/raisin undertones, there are no brush strokes left behind at the finish and zero staining upon removal. Coats applied: 3


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indoors


with flash


 

‘Head Mistress’ (insert titillating snickers here!) is a paradox; an absolutely drop-dead stunning cherry red crème shade that applies with the consistency of a jelly. The thinner formula showed its blueish undertones with the first coat, revealing a more fuchsia-like hue, although the second coat not only provided perfect opacity and coverage, but deepened the colour significantly as well. Ultra self-levelling and with that same high gloss as the rest, the bonus was in no bleeding upon application or staining left behind at the finish – always a plus when dealing with red colours. Coats applied: 2


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indoors


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‘Skirting the Issue’ is yet another luscious and buttery claret port-wine shade with definitive burgundy undertones in its base. The somewhat thin but easy-flowing formula provided excellent coverage by the second coat, although I did apply 3 here to clearly capture its rich depth for the photos. An incredibly vibrant dark berry hue, it’s a sophisticated yet totally wearable vampy shade, perfect for the workplace and beyond. Bonus: no staining upon removal. Coats applied: 3 (thin)


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indoors


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‘Stylenomics’ the namesake colour of this collection, is a beautiful enigma; at first glance it may appear like a blackened teal, however upon closer inspection, you begin to notice its other facets: glistening emerald, deepened viridian, and finally old-forest pine green. The formula was beyond superb, flowing with an unparalleled ease across the nails, self-levelling and brush-stroke free, with a reflective mirror-like finish. I absolutely LOVE the brooding smokey tone of this hue and the fact that it left no staining behind upon removal, was the icing on this particularly glorious colour. Coats applied: 2


in sunlight


indoors


with flash

 

Final thoughts: Yes, Essie has done it again … producing 6 shades of such surpassing creamy (there’s that word again – I did warn you!) goodness, and all with such incredible pigmentation that it’s hard to choose between them. Thankfully, there’s a colour here for all occasions and to suit all tastes, and while these hues are nothing extravagant or exotic in nature (how many neons and glitters/shimmers can one wear?) the sheer wearability of each shade makes this a standout little collection in my humble opinion. Choosing my favourites here is beyond difficult, although if forced to state, I would have to say ‘Don’t Sweater It’ for its understated elegance, and ‘Stylenomics’ for its sensuously menacing appeal – but then again, you know me and my love of mysteriously dark colours! Available as of September, trust me when I say that this is a collection you will definitely want to drool over!


 

 

 

*Disclaimer: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

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