Thursday, August 9th, 2012


This August: Essie Yogaga

Get zen with a clean slate of refreshing, monochromatic nail colors that will be as at home on the yoga mat as they are in the boardroom. From modern neutrals to smoky grays and distinctive taupes, this natural palette is a breath of fresh air. “Colors move me in many ways,” says Essie Weingarten, Chief Creative Officer. “Inspired by the simplicity of shades and the nuances in tones, I spin from one hue to the next every single day and sometimes there is no substitute for a pristine neutral shade that can be worn absolutely anywhere and with anything.” Enter Yogaga, a collection of enlightened neutrals that embody everything that is easy and fool-proof about nail color. While on the flip side, the shades are squarely on trend, coinciding with several consecutive seasons that have seen runway designers embracing an astonishing array of neutral and natural shades for both hands and feet.

When it comes to neutrals, there are fifty thousand shades of gray! Let the perfect neutral carry you flawlessly from spin class to lunch with your best friend, to a night out in your favorite little black dress. The trick is color mixology at its finest. Classic neutral base shades are awakened and transformed with subtle infusions of color. From a lilac that shows off notes of pink, brown, cream and purple, to a rose that appears bright and subdued all at once, to a taupe that looks cream, gray or brown depending on what else is nearby, these shades are all about fine distinction. And proving once again essie’s favorite law of nature — color is truly infinite.

So make like Switzerland and go neutral with an om-tastic new wardrobe of the season’s freshest go-to shades.

  • Spinning Again Nuanced, neutral brick
  • Marathin Fresh, universal rose
  • Gym Dandy Neutral brown with a hint of gray
  • Pilates Hottie Subdued, pinky, taupy lilac
  • Boxer Shorts Cool yet classic purple
  • Yogaga Creamy, icy taupe

Availability: August 2012 at salons and beauty destinations worldwide, $8.00 each

See more photos!



Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

25 thoughts on “Essie Fall 2012 Collection – Yogaga

  1. I got Boxer Shorts, Yogaga, and Pilates Hottie, but I didn’t see any of the other colors. I really like the look of Gym Dandy and Spinning Again, so I will have to go back and look for them

  2. Emme

    The four to the right all look lovely. I really like Essie’s formula, colour range and especially the wide rounded brush!

  3. I love sophisticated neutral nails, but based on the description, this isn’t really what I was expecting except the uhmm..obvious neutrals.  I’m really curious about the blue and red shades as they look bizarre in the photo.  I’m actually very excited about both..could be uber unique and cool!!

    • wwendalynne You can never trust promo photos, LOL!

      • Christine-Temptalia so true Christine!  Especially these days where everything is so airbrushed and photoshopped!!

        • Avatar of Amy xamyx

          I saw these at CVS just a few days ago. The colors seem softer in real life, IMO. I actually cam thisclose to picking up Yogaga & Gym Dandy, but again, I’m planning on sorting out my polishes and checking what shades I may actually need (those two are my go-to shades, so I’m sure I have something simiar). The red seems a bit smokier, from what I could see in the bottle, than in the promo pic, but it is very pretty. All of them, actually, seemed “softer” IRL.

        • Avatar of Christine Christine-Temptalia

          I saw these at CVS just a few days ago. The colors seem softer in real life, IMO. I actually cam thisclose to picking up Yogaga & Gym Dandy, but again, I’m planning on sorting out my polishes and checking what shades I may actually need (those two are my go-to shades, so I’m sure I have something simiar). The red seems a bit smokier, from what I could see in the bottle, than in the promo pic, but it is very pretty. All of them, actually, seemed “softer” IRL.

  4. Lu

    More boring colours from Essie, yet again…

  5. Avatar of Kafka Kafka

    I wonder how similar Yogaga (or whichever is the taupe that is 2nd from the right in the last photo) is to that new Chanel taupe, Frenzy, that we saw a few weeks ago.  http://www.temptalia.com/chanel-frenzy-le-vernis-nail-lacquer-review-photos-swatches  The bottle in the last photo really made me think of it. Frenzy might be a wee bit more mushroom-y but if they’re in the same ballpark, roughly speaking, then Yogaga could be an affordable alternative to those who don’t like to pay Chanel prices.

  6. Avatar of SheDaisy SheDaisy

    None of these colors really speak to me (for fall or any other time) – I guess I’m into obvious shades: the deep jewel tones. I haven’t taken a look at fall fashion – does this reflect what’s trending, in general? It’s a very 80′s feel…

  7. niche

    Looks like work appropriate colors to me! And that means I will excitedly wait for reviews/swatches. I realized that I consistently buy cool and interesting colors only to wear them on long weekends or vacations because my workplace was really conservative. I rebelled a bit by wearing sandals in the summer with mint green nail polish and my manager pointed it out (not in a mean way…he just thought it was cool color but the fact that he pointed it out….)

  8. Nicola

    This collection doesn’t really scream fall to me…at all. Plus a lot of these shades are boring and have dupes. Pass.

  9. Avatar of Kristina KristinaC

    I am so confused with all the collections Essie has this Fall :)

  10. Lauren

    Gym Dandy, Yogaga, and Spinning Again all look gorgeous!  I’ll have to see them in person, but I’ll probably pick them up at Ulta.

  11. Dominique33

    I prefer Stylenomics, but yes one polish seems to be similar to Frenzy ! Frenzy/Suspicious/Vertigo is a trio I am about to purchase, I love the Chanel collection and I am used to Chanel, I will buy from the Stylenomics collection though Essie is great, gorgeous shades and collections !

    • Dominique33 Hi Dominique.. I have Frenzy and Vertigo and while Frenzy is wonderful, Vertigo is a bit of a disappointment to me.  It comes off rather boring and muddy brownish against my skintones.  I am Light skinned around NC20-25.  Perhaps it will be prettier against yours!

  12. Sanguine13

    Ack, did Essie really have to reference 50 Shades of Grey in the collection’s description? :/ Anyway, I love the brick red and lilac shades!

  13. Avatar of Nikita Nikita

    I bought Pilates Hottie, Boxer Shorts, Yogaga, and Marathin. I can say what the colors looked like on my skintone (for reference I’m about a MAC 37/Lancome Teint Idole in 360 Bisque N.)

    Pilates Hottie was like Zoya Avril, but a little dustier. Boxer Shorts was a little deeper and more purple than what’s in the picture. Yogaga is the slighty darker cousin of Essie and Tropez, and Marathin reminds me of Essie Eternal Optimist, but more pink (and slightly brighter).

  14. Lily

    I ended up buying Boxer Shorts. In person the color really stood out and looked particularly beautiful to me. My stash is kinda huge (just under 2000 polishes) so I’m very wary of buying dupes. It’s painful at this point! When I got home I dug around in my stash to see if I had anything close to Boxer Shorts. Revlon Modern Grace (a L.E. TopSpeed from a few seasons ago) was the closest in terms of shade but Boxer Shorts was more vibrant and clean. Definitely not a dupe. Formula was nice and I loved the color even more after I got it on my nails! There is just something about it that is so lovely! :)