Essie | Winter 2014 Collection

Essie Winter 2014 opener


At first glance, the colour selection of Essie’s Winter 2014 Collection might seem counterintuitive, but if we separate ‘Winter’ from ‘Holiday’, it starts to make sense. There’s white to represent snow and silver for all things tinsel – even a berry red that’s just so seasonally appropriate, but the other three? Well, let’s just say that when Winter has us in a major chokehold, those 3 warm-leaning hues will act as a getaway, as far as my nails are concerned.


Essie Winter 2014

Essie | Winter 2014 Collection


Essie Winter 2014 macro

Essie | Winter 2014 Collection


Essie Tuck It In My Tux swatch

Tuck It In My Tux | A semi-sheer ivory hue in a hybrid crème/jelly formula that applies relatively easy and leaves a glossy finish behind. Two coats provides a translucent effect, but you do need to load up your brush to ensure it falls patch-free. Beautiful on its own, Tuck It In My Tux will also work well as a sandwich shade (i.e.: added as a last layer over a glitter polish for a frosted-glass effect). Coats applied: 3 (thin), plus top coat


Essie Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo swatch

Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo | A brilliant pewter foil/metallic hue with ultra fine bronze flecks that give off a slightly oxidized tone. Highly pigmented, this is basically a 1-coater, with the added advantage of applying in a self-levelling way as well as brush stroke-free. Bear in mind that Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo (get it? Jiggle Lo-gigolo. Right) dries fairly quickly, so I recommend you work fast and and with as steady a hand as you can. Coats applied: 2, no top coat


Essie Back In The Limo swatch

Back In The Limo | A semi-sheer blush/apricot hue in a hybrid crème/jelly formula. Application is self-levelling and comes to an über-glossy finish, to compliment its plush cushiony tone (looks so squishy/juicy). Two thick-ish coats gives decent coverage, although still somewhat translucent. Even the addition of a 3rd coat doesn’t turn Back In The Limo fully opaque, but provides pretty solid coverage. Coats applied: 3 (thin), plus top coat


Essie Bump Up The Pumps swatch

Bump Up The Pumps | A highly colour saturated & ridiculously pigmented pink-based coral crème hue. Self-levelling and glossy at the finish, Bump Up The Pumps is definitely a 1-coat wonder, although I would advise you to not skip applying base coat first, to eliminate any possible staining issues. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


Essie Double Breasted Jacket swatch

Double Breasted Jacket | Another exceptionally colour saturated shade, this is an intense fuchsia hue in a crème format, with blue undertones in the base for a cooler-leaning touch. The formula on Double Breasted Jacket falls a little thick but does not interfere with its application, and as with the previous shade, I advise not skipping base coat here either, to ensure your nails stay stain-free. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


Essie Jump In My Jumpsuit swatch

Jump In My Jumpsuit | A rich berry red crème hue with blue undertones in the base, in a superbly flowing and easy to apply formula. Super pigmented and highly colour saturated, Jump In My Jumpsuit applies in a self-levelling way and leaves a brilliant finish behind. Note: Do not avoid base coat first, to avoid any potential staining. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


Essie Winter 2014 Collection nail wheel

The above nail wheel has the shades of Essie’s Winter 2014 Collection broken down with comparisons:

  1. Tuck It In My Tux
  2. Minimalistic – extremely close both in colour and in texture, a couple of degrees dustier-looking
  3. Blanc – opaque, crème format, whitest
  4. Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo
  5. Hors D’Oeuvres – similar underlying base, glitter larger and more olive-hued
  6. Back In The Limo
  7. Resort Fling – similar texture, several degrees deeper & peachier
  8. Tart Deco – opaque, crème format, darkest in the range
  9. Bump Up The Pumps
  10. Cute As A Button – sheerest, jelly hybrid formula, more pink based
  11. Sunday Funday – base hue is similar, sheerer, holds a fine silver shimmer
  12. Double Breasted Jacket
  13. Watermelon – almost identical, a degree or two lighter, a touch less blue based
  14. Style Hunter – slightly more sheer, similar blue base tone
  15. Wife Goes On – sheerer, dustier tone, less blue based
  16. Jump In My Jumpsuit
  17. Head Mistress – a few degrees brighter
  18. Size Matters – deepest and more red-leaning


Surprising, is the best way to describe this collection. Far from the traditional hues associated with Winter, Essie’s take on the season is one that’s full of vigorous colour – a festive collection, in fact, with nary a brooding shade in sight. I adore Tuck It In My Tux – despite its slightly finicky nature, and I’m weirdly drawn to the almost searing tone of Double Breasted Jacket. Metallic nails are so on point this year, and Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo bears a fab application to go with the provocative name. Back In The Limo scores major points for being unique, especially in my collection of polishes – something that doesn’t happen often. As I said at the start: surprising … just like all proper gifts should be.

The Winter 2014 Collection will be available starting November. Visit Essie for all information on the brand.


Essie Winter 2014 closer

*Disclosure: Press samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

18 Responses to Essie | Winter 2014 Collection

  1. Ilona Orol says:

    Hi, It looks amazing on you!! What top coat do you use ? 🙂 Tnx, Ilona

  2. Alison says:

    This collection makes me think of a winter’s day as the sun goes down – the snow with the white polish, the red and pinks being the colours of the sunset and then Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low being the sparkle in the snow reflecting the sunset. It reminds me of afternoons spent sledging and going home in the dusk. Maybe that is what Essie was aiming for?! Or it may just be me…

    • Eugenia says:

      What lovely imagery & you’re so right! Something tells me that you probably ‘nailed’ it (Sorry…couldn’t help myself, lol!)

  3. nemo says:

    Well…. I am going to try to get my hands on Tux, but I think the rest of them are nice but nothing special. EXCEPT for Jiggle, and the reason that is a standout is because it appears to be a dupe of [revamped] A England Excaliber. Already have that, and a bit annoyed at this blatant idea-theft on Essie’s part. Oh well. Lovely swatches as usual, tho.

    This strikes me as more of a wedding theme than a holiday one…. guess surpassing last year’s holiday release was too much mental work for Essie. I bought every last one of the 2013 holiday releases except for Peak of Chic, lol.

    • Eugenia says:

      As I also own every single a-england lacquer, I can honestly tell you that any similar you see between the revamped version of Excalibur and Essie’s Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo, are superficial at best – they are definitely not dupes, nor has any ‘theft’ been committed on anyone’s part. Hope that clarifies things!

      • nemo says:

        I would be interested in seeing a swatch comparison; when I first saw this over on Beautygeeks, immediately thought “Excalibur…” and seeing your swatches here, same thing. Perhaps in person its much different, but here on a computer screen this is looking exactly like Excalibur, revamped version. [Which is an awesome polish, not gonna lie.] It certainly would not be the first time that a mainstream company has been “inspired” by an indie offering, true enough; but oh well.

      • Eugenia says:

        As I mentioned to a previous commenter, while the two shades you mention do have similarities (If I get a chance to properly compare, I’ll add an update) they also have differences. Furthermore, a brand like Essie plans their collections years in advance, so the chances of them ‘borrowing’ an inspiration, are quite slim.

  4. Latoya says:

    Surprizing is the right word, Eugenia! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit disappointed, but kudos to Essie for flipping the script on the traditional! I love the look of Back In The Limo and Tuck It In My Tux (though I’m not entirely sure I’d up for the finicky application).

    • Eugenia says:

      Bear in mind that I experienced absolutely no application issues with Tuck It In My Tux – I only mentioned the finicky part, because I understand that we all apply our polishes differently and with varying outcome expectations, so I just wanted to give readers a heads up!

  5. Kristine says:

    I think Tuck it in My Tux and Back in the Limo are the stand-outs in this collection. I can’t resist a crelly finish and after overdosing on bright colours all summer long, these look so soft, pretty and appealing! Great review, as always! 🙂

  6. Oh WHOAH, Tuck It In My Tux looks BEAUTIFUL!

  7. gorgeous photos! Love this collection, it seems so different from other winter collections Ive seen so far.

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank you! It’s a collection that’s going to have people divided, I think – most will wonder how it relates to Winter, while others won’t really care and just enjoy the gorgeous shades!

  8. Wow they are gorgeous colours and your review is amazing

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