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


in sunlight


indoors


with flash


 

‘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


in sunlight


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


in sunlight


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


in sunlight


indoors


with flash


 

‘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)


in sunlight


indoors


with flash


 

‘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

67 Responses to Essie – Stylenomics Collection Fall 2012 (swatches & review)

  1. Nina says:

    I SO have to buy Recessionista and Stylenomics :) thanks for those great swatches

  2. RB says:

    The best bet for me was the 4-pack collection of mini-bottles, which included the four shades I most wanted to try. I’ve started with Don’t Sweater It, which I love: it’s a nice color transition from summer to fall. When it’s time for a change, I’ll try Head Mistress. Might save Stylenomics and Skirting the issue for October or November…darker colors for when it’s truly sweater weather.

    • Eugenia says:

      I love those 4-packs; it’s a great way to indulge in parts of a collection without committing to the expense of the full-sized bottles! I love your thinking in which order you’ll be wearing them: it’s like indulging in a new gift every month!

  3. Yy says:

    What top coat do you use?

    • Eugenia says:

      I have several base and top coats in my rotation that I use, but I tend to like keeping collections together, ie: Essie nail care products with their lacquers, OPI with OPI, a-england with a-england, etc. Other than that, I go through phases where I’m testing various products out, sometimes it’s Poshé or Seche Vite.

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  5. Sara says:

    I don’t understand why it says available in September? The Target I work at in DC had them out at least by yesterday, if not before (definitely not last week though..) oh well… I got Stylenomics, and was looking to see swatches of it. When I was buying it, it was between that and Head Mistress. Though, I don’t feel Head Mistress is anything special, I feel like as long as you have a red (and really, who doesn’t?) you should be perfectly fine. However, I plan on getting Skirting the Issue and Recessionista. They’re also a more “common” color but as I don’t have those exact colors, I think they’ll be a great add-on to my collection!! Thank you for the review! It didn’t make me any more sure about Stylenomics, but I guess I just have to put it on to see how I really like it!

    • Eugenia says:

      As I mentioned to another reader, I received this collection back in Late May/early June and I was told by my reps that it wouldn’t be available until September; frequently, retailers will put a collection out earlier, even though they are supposed to follow the same guidelines as the press/media/bloggers .. it’s a problem, but one that’s a little tricky to control. I agree that if you already own a red you love, then ‘Head Mistress’ would be a little redundant, although Id’ buy it just for the name ;) As to ‘Stylenomics’, it’s definitely one of those shades that you need to wear to judge for yourself; sure hope you wind up liking it as much as I do!

      • l3lueslvlurf says:

        I figured that they just put it out early, It’s not like it’s WAY early, as September is just 3 days away. I did put on Stylenomics after reading this post and while a little bit dark for what I’m used to wearing, especially since summer time is for bright and bold colors, it’s still very beautiful and I can’t wait to try the other colors!

      • Eugenia says:

        Great! I know that it’s hard to put ourselves into winter mode when the weather is still so summery, but I’m glad you gave it a shot and liked it! The rest of this collection are all equally gorgeous and apply beautifully!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Really beautiful swatches–Don’t Sweater It and Skirting the Issue are definitely going to come home with me! ;)

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth! Personally, you can’t go wrong with any of the shades of this collection, but the two you chose are incredibly chic and totally stunning!

  7. coenkserap says:

    Wowww amazing,i want all of them *-*
    Can you please tell which top coat you are used??? They are looking very brilliant…

    Thank you in advance for answering :)

    Greetings

    Serap

    • Eugenia says:

      Glad you liked them! :) I like to keep collections consistent, so in this case, I stuck with Essie products all the way: ‘All in One’ base coat and ‘Good to Go’ top coat!

  8. I actually saw this the other day at my nail store and I was not impressed. I love how they look, don’t get me wrong. However, it really feels like these are colors I’ve already seen and have countless bottles of in my collection. :/ It doesn’t feel ground-breaking or innovative. I may have to get Stylenomics, but I’m not busting a move to go back to my nail guys unless they have the new Zoyas. I already have my Germany collection.

    • Eugenia says:

      They’re not ground-breaking shades, to be sure; what they are instead, is a collection of clean, wearable, classic colours done in an impeccable formulation. After all the glitters and wild hues that we’ve been bombarded with of late, I was totally ready for something like this!

  9. iLOVE says:

    i am loving your blog! thanks for the up-to-date reviews!!!!!

  10. Jacqui says:

    Great swatches! Now I have my eye on Recessionista :) Could you do comparisons of Miss Fancy Pants vs. OPI Berlin There Done That, Don’t Sweater It vs. OPI YDKJ, Stylenomics vs. OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks so much, Jacqui! Unfortunately, I’m still away on holiday and won’t be able to get around to doing any comparisons until I return back to my home base, but I’ll see what I can do then!

  11. Latoya says:

    I really want to start picking up some fall shades, but I’m so unsure these days! I love the way Recessionista looks (out of character for me), but I don’t know if I’ll love it on. I’m not a fan of like-black polishes so Stylenomics is out for me…and while I LOVE Don’t Sweater It, it looks uncannily like Sally Hansen’s Commander in Chic, which I already own (and love!). What to do, what to do… tough life, eh? :P

    • Eugenia says:

      Tough life, indeed! Lol! I never got the opportunity prior to leaving for my vacation, to go through my collection and see what duplicates or close-to I may have for any of these hues, but you can bet that I’ll be looking into it when I return…which is sadly in a couple of days….

  12. Hmmm. I’m not sure about this collection. I mean – it’s kind of a like a perfectly cut black sheath. Classic, never goes out of style, and when it’s high quality it will drape beautifully, and look put-together and chic.

    Which are all good, even covetable qualities.

    I’m just not….excited? I guess? Maybe I need a few more weeks to get all the glitter and neon out of my system.

    • Eugenia says:

      Love your analogy, Maggie and absolutely spot-on in describing this collection. The way I see it, it’s easy to overlook a group of pure creamy tones like this when we’re constantly bombarded with lacquers that come in exotic, wild and weird colours – not to mention the myriad of finishes available today. But that’s its beauty, see; taking a step back from the riot of varnishes available, even the mundane or commonplace suddenly becomes…extraordinary it their sublime simplicity! But then again, maybe that’s just me! ;)

  13. Julia says:

    Lovely collection from Essie as usual, but there isn’t too much new ground here for me. I already have too many taupes (I know there’s no such thing for many, just like there’s no such thing as too much gold or mint or lavender for me, but I’m definitely taupe’d out), and as pretty as Recessionista and Head Mistress are, I don’t know that I need to be adding any more berries or reds, either. However! I adoooorreeee Stylenomics, and even if I didn’t, as the holder of a degree in economics, I’d have to have it for the name alone. So that’s my pick :).

    • Eugenia says:

      Perfectly fitting then, I agree! And while most of the shades here aren’t anything relatively new (after all, how many times can you invent the colour wheel, right?), each one has been tweaked by a degree here and there – enough to make them slightly different from any pervious versions. Still, if you could save your wallet some $$$, then all the power to you I say! :)

  14. Monica says:

    I’m loving this collection mainly because I’m ready for a palate cleanser. I’ve been wearing brights and neons all summer long and these neutrals are a welcome change. I’m definitely going to be picking up Miss Fancy Pants.

    • Eugenia says:

      You’ve hit the nail on the head, Monica: a palate cleanser is exactly what this collection is … and so perfectly appropriate for the season too!

  15. prysmatique says:

    The namesake reminds me of Here Again…Aragon Tomorrow for some reason, though I’m sure it’s a little more green-leaning in person.

    Overall, your swatches cinched it for me…I picked up Miss Fancypants and Recessionista immediately, but now I want the rest of them too!!! I’m going to wait for them to hit the drugstores though….I like my Essie bottles with the labels on top :)

    • Eugenia says:

      It reminds you of the OPI because it falls in the same colour family, but ‘Here Today Aragon Tomorrow’ has significantly more grey in its base which makes it a lot murkier and less green-tinged. Enjoy the shades you picked up – you really can’t go wrong with whichever you choose from this collection!

      • prysmatique says:

        So very true! This is one of the first collections in a while by essie that I’m not disappointed with (Yogaga was MEH and the mirror metallics and love & acceptance did nothing for me. even that mojito madness one, w/e it’s called, was very expected for the season)

      • Eugenia says:

        As I said before, glad you like this collection – as much as I do!

  16. God, I love cremes. These colours are so wearable and individually stylish, too! I feel like I have very similar shades from other brands but Don’t Sweater It is really lovely and I’m fairly certain I don’t have one like it… eeek.

    • Eugenia says:

      I didn’t have a chance to go through my collection of polishes to check for any duplicates, but I have a feeling I won’t find anything like it even when I finally do look. Liz, these are each & every single one simply awesome – I’m really loving them all!

  17. Your descriptions are absolutely fabulous! I want them all!!!

  18. Loving the burgundy and the plum a lot! Gorgeous Big Sis! I’ve been yearning for colours like them so perfect!

  19. beachgal says:

    Liking Head Mistress and Skirting the Issue a lot – and yes, when Essie does a great cream, they are fab. Have to say, I like this fall 2012 Essie collection lots more than fall 2011 Essie. I doubt I would buy the Stylenomics deep gray – I have others like that and they look black on me in most light – I am this fall going for a deep med gray cream – thinking Elephant Walk by ChG – it’s good on me.

    • Eugenia says:

      I prefer this fall collection to last year’s as well…all these shades are way more me. China Glaze’s ‘Elephant Walk’ (my review on the full collection is coming soon) is a stunner – a mid tone grey with ultra-fine shimmer. As to ‘Stylenomics’, not sure how the colours in your monitor show it, but it’s not a deep grey at all but a blackened dark green. If you look closely at the bottle photo in my sunlight swatch, you’ll see what I mean!

  20. manymanis says:

    I hadn’t even heard of this collection until now, but ohmygod I’m in love. I’m not typically a dark polish kind of girl, but Stylenomics is just too mysterious to pass up! You might just be converting me into a dark polish lover (:

  21. Mara says:

    I already saw this collection iin some stores, it looks beautiful! stylonomics is a must-have!

    • Eugenia says:

      I have seen just a few shades in the same colour family in the recent past, but none of them with the same intensity or gloss as ‘Stylenomics’, to be sure! I was told that they would be available as of September but it stands to reason that at this point the collection may have started to already trickle into stores!

  22. Papu says:

    Beautiful swatches! But “available as of September”? I ordered a couple of these from TransDesign.com and nowhere did it say it’s a preorder or that they weren’t out yet… I do hope I won’t have to wait till September to get them!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks! As to the release date, I go with what I’m told; if you’ve found them earlier and/or have been able to order them, then that’s excellent! Enjoy your beauties when they arrive! :)

    • Montreal-Barbara says:

      The entire collection is available right now at Trade Secrets – perhaps the September delivery date only applies to drugstores?

      • Eugenia says:

        Sometimes stores put the collection out earlier than the date set out by the manufacturer; Trade Secrets is notorious for not always respecting the deadline rules, as a matter of fact. While I myself received this collection many weeks ago, I stuck with the rules and what I was told – September launch date. That’s moot now; at least you get to see these shades that I’ve reviewed in person, right?!

  23. Montreal-Barbara says:

    These swatches are absolutely gorgeous! I am reluctant to buy Essie polishes, though, because I’ve had problems with the application in the past – Essie has some of the most beautiful shades imaginable, but in my experience, they go on streaky and patchy. Perhaps there is a ,special trick to applying them that I just haven’t mastered, but this is why I am strictly an OPI girl.

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank you, Barbara – glad you liked the swatches! As I mentioned to a previous reader, I understand that in the past (read that before L’Oréal bought Essie) there were definitely issues with some of the more opaque pastels and even at present, I can think of perhaps 5 of those types of shades that are a troublesome to work with, but overall and especially where the reds, vampy shades & darker hues are concerned, I find Essie a dream to work with – best part is that their deeper hues do NOT stain either!

      • Montreal-Barbara says:

        Thanks for the info! I think I’ll give Essie another chance, starting with my favourite from this collection, Recessionista (although they are all gorgeous).

      • Eugenia says:

        You’re welcome and I couldn’t agree more with how fabulous this entire collection is! Do let me know what you think of your chosen shade when you try it on! :)

  24. Angie says:

    I haven’t had the best experience with Essie in the past, but Stylenomics is a gorgeous color!

    • Eugenia says:

      Not sure how far back you’re talking about, but I can honestly say that with the exception of a few pastel shades, Essie has been producing absolutely stellar formulations these past 2 years at least – I honestly cannot complain as I turn to them over & over again … and believe me, I’m very particular about my lacquers!

  25. Skirting the Issue is the best from this collection for me :)

  26. Shimmer says:

    LOVE! I will be getting these. I can never have enough cremes (as much as I love a good glitter or shimmer). They are just so versatile. I agree with Rie, Essie really does deliver with their fall collections- they are always my favorite. Thanks for your beauteous swatches!

    • Eugenia says:

      My complete pleasure, Maribeth! I have nothing but praise for Essie’s formula; indeed, like you said, their fall collections always grab me and their crèmes? Like liquified butter – that’s how smoothly they apply!

  27. Proactiff says:

    Lovely shades! I was doing my research since I feel as far removed from the polishaholics anonymous group as I already am to see what the trends for fall were looking like. “Dark and Stormy” was this coming season’s prediction. So I did my mani and pedi to coincide as such. I’m glad to be toned down a bit on my laquer lush ways and can tell I have a LOT of colors that could dupe or supplement my need to spend on these latest Essie beauties. Maybe I can turn my spending into winning and try my hand at entering blogging contests for the great giveaways being offered. You make it hard though. Your pics are amazingly beautiful and your words captivate me! Thanks for all you do to keep the masses in the know!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank you for such kind words, my friend – you make me smile! As to “dark & stormy”, those are words after my own heart when it comes to lacquer, no doubt about it. Your mani/pedi combo sounds divine and I think I will follow in your suit :) As to these shades, I admit that several of them can be duplicated to some degree, but if you get a chance to see them in person you’ll be able to judge better!

  28. karenlenz says:

    These are already in stores, but this is the first review I’ve seen. Is Skirting the Issue a jelly? If it is I am SOO THERE! Otherwise I’d like to pick up Stylenomics and Don’t Sweater It for the same reasons you said :) THank you for the great swatches!

    • Eugenia says:

      You’re welcome, Karen! Actually, while none of them are true jellies, the only one that comes close to that consistency is ‘Head Mistress’, but ‘Skirting the Issue’ is equally fabulous – both in colour & application (as are they all!) :)

  29. Nails and Noms says:

    Yay! I was waiting for your review on this collection. Essie really kills it every fall, and I LOVE Stylenomics. When I saw promo shots of this collection in one of my nail magazines I knew I was going to NEED that polish in my collection. ^_^

    • Eugenia says:

      Ahhh….you’re a woman after my own heart!! Isn’t it a killer shade? Now it’s me who can’t wait to see your swatches – I already know how insane they’ll be!

  30. I love all the red-ish shades!

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