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Essie Winter 2010 Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Nail Lacquer: Going Incognito, Hot Coco, Luxedo

Essie Winter 2010 Collection

Though on the way out, here are long overdue swatches for Essie’s winter collection, which includes: Going Incognito (deep emerald green), Hot Coco (tawny sepia), Luxedo (deepest plum), Masquerade Belle (black ruby), Silken Cord (risque red), and Smokin’ Hot (stone-cold fox gray). Each bottle retails at $8 a pop, and I spotted them online still at Apothica.

  • Going Incognito is a deep emerald green cream–almost a blue-tinged green (not quite into teal territory). It’s opaque in two coats. ORLY Enchanted Forest is the closest dupe I can think of, though it is greener (less blue).
  • Hot Coco is a pink-tinged mid-tone taupe cream. I can totally see the sepia in this. If you wanted to get into nude nails but found nudes too pale and washed you out, this is a nice take on it. Two coats. It seems a little similar to China Glaze Heirloom Organza.
  • Luxedo is a blackened plum cream. It’s very inky and barely stays purple in low light conditions as it turns nearly black. It’s nearly opaque in one coat, though I did two here. Itl ooks a lot like Essie’s Velvet Voyeur (from fall).
  • Masquerade Belle is a deep, velvety red-brown cream. Two coats. It’s darker and redder then MAC Dance All Night.
  • Silken Cord is a bright coral-red cream. It’s a surprisingly bright shade for winter–feels like something for a summer launch. I used two coats. It’s a lighter version of Zoya’s Maura.
  • Smokin’ Hot is a purpled gray cream. I used two coats, though I noticed a touch of drag with this one. The base color is reminiscent of Chanel’s Paradoxal. It is a darker version of Essie’s Merino Cool (from fall).

my thoughts on the formula: The formula was really nice on these; not too thin, not too thick, and the majority were pigmented enough to use just two coats of polish. The only shade I had any issues with was Smokin’ Hot, wihch seemed a little thin in places.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: This collection actually looks similar to Essie’s fall collection, but the shades are different, some more so than others. Β The formula was easy to work with, and Essie really does do creams well, so they are in their element with these six.

where to buy: Apothica

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Nail Lacquer: Going Incognito, Hot Coco, Luxedo

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Nail Lacquer: Going Incognito, Hot Coco, Luxedo

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Nail Lacquer: Going Incognito, Hot Coco, Luxedo

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Nail Lacquer: Masquerade Belle, Silken Cord, Smokin’ Hot

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Nail Lacquer: Masquerade Belle, Silken Cord, Smokin’ Hot

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Nail Lacquer: Masquerade Belle, Silken Cord, Smokin’ Hot

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Going Incognito Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Going Incognito Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Going Incognito Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Going Incognito Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Hot Coco Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Hot Coco Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Hot Coco Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Hot Coco Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Luxedo Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Luxedo Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Luxedo Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Luxedo Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Masquerade Belle Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Masquerade Belle Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Masquerade Belle Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Masquerade Belle Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Silken Cord Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Silken Cord Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Silken Cord Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Silken Cord Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Smokin’ Hot Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Smokin’ Hot Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Smokin’ Hot Nail Lacquer

Essie Winter 2010 Collection
Essie Smokin’ Hot Nail Lacquer (Flash)

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Christina Avatar

When I first tried Jade I was really disappointed. It was much darker than most of the swatches, it seemed like a rather lifeless dark green on me. Quite “smoky”, greyish dark green.
Going Incognito I immediately loved. It is a very deep, dark, jewel tone IMO, emerald describes it well I think. And yes it has some dark blueness to it, which I do not see in Jade at all, but it is definitely not teal, but dark green. hard to describe. They are *very* different, and I love incognito way better. Does this help? πŸ™‚

Vanessa S Avatar

I own about 4 shades from this collection and i think the only one i really love is Going Incognito. The rest didnt really make me happy at all.

Gina Avatar

Christine, is there a good base coat you could recommend? I have Luxedo and love it, but I never want to leave it on for very long without a base coat because it’s so dark and I don’t want it to stain my nails.

Christina Avatar

I love Going Incognito has been my favorite polish since I got it before Christmas. Christine, why did you vote it B+ only? Did I overread something you did not like? Or do you generally prefer other polish brands?

Rae Avatar

Going Incognito looks great – and very unique! It’s such a lovely change from the usual red-black-red-red-red-gold!-red-black of holiday collections πŸ˜›

margot Avatar

I have smoking hot and love, love, love it!! Essie is probably my favourite brand of nail polish ever!!
I really like Going Incognito, might have to put my hands on that one too haha

Arantzazu Avatar

I don’t know what happened, but my previous comment has dissapear ¬¬
I said I like very much the coral one! It’s a really pretty shade =)
And asked you, Christine, if you find Smokin’ Hot similar to Models Own Purple Grey?
Looking at the photos, I may say they are identical!!

Anna Avatar

Luxedo is almost identical to OPI’s William Tell Me About OPI from the Swiss Collection, and Smokin’ Hot is the best Chanel Paradoxal dupe I’ve ever seen! (I have both the OPI and Chanel polishes)

Laura Avatar

I KNEW I should’ve got these right when they came out!!! I thought they were beautiful just in the pics, but the swatches solidify that I WILL be buying the full size, full set!!! πŸ™‚ THANKS!

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