Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Essie Fall 2014 Dress to Kilt Collection Swatches & Review

I'm so excited you guys. SO excited. I have fallen head over heels in love with this collection. I haven't bought a lot of Essie polish in the last year or so. We haven't been getting along because their formulas just haven't been up to snuff for me. Beautiful colors, but I don't want to have to struggle to get a crème to look decent. There's just no reason for it. So when I saw pictures for their Fall collection, I was like, oh pretty but they'll probably have not-so-great formulas again *le sigh*. Until I started seeing blog posts and YouTube videos about it, and color me surprised, they were being reviewed as having awesome formulas! I must've watched Total Polish Junkie's live swatch video on them at least three or four times, I was just hypnotized! I had to buy them immediately, and I was not disappointed. :D

First in the collection is Take It Outside, a taupey grey neutral crème. This is a perfect Fall neutral, very work appropriate and chic. I adore this color. The formula on all of these is a little thicker than we're used to with Essie, but it really works for me. Thick but not goopy. Very shiny. Two coats here.
Essie - Take It Outside // kelliegonzo.com

Next is The Perfect Cover Up, a deep slightly dusty teal green crème. I love colors like this, it's very cozy and so pretty. It is another perfect for Fall color too! This is ONE coat! Amazing!
Essie - The Perfect Cover Up // kelliegonzo.com

Here is Dress to Kilt, a yummy ripe red crème. Not super unique but how unique can a red really be these days. I love this on me, despite me not being the biggest lover of reds. Two coats. Also, a little side note, am I the only one who keeps saying this name as "Dress-ed to Kilt"? Idk but I seriously thought that's what the name of this collection was for a long time, it just sounds better to me.
Essie - Dress to Kilt // kelliegonzo.com

This is Partner In Crime, a deep rich dark chocolate brown crème. A lot of brands are coming out with dark browns for this season, it must be quite fashionable. It is clearly a pronounced brown and doesn't look black on the nail, which I appreciate. Two coats.
Essie - Partner in Crime // kelliegonzo.com

Fall in Line is a dusty camo-like cool toned green crème. Freaking fabulous! I'm a fan of these types of dusty shades so of course I love it. Two coats.
Essie - Fall in Line // kelliegonzo.com

And last is Style Cartel, described as an inky cobalt blue, this shade just screams my name! It's a bit sheerer than the others but I was still able to use only two coats. It does stain the nails/cuticles however, which is just a damn shame. I got a tip during the last #NailGlossip chat on Twitter to try and use a nude creme or an opaque ridge filler underneath it to prevent staining, which I will next time!
Essie - Style Cartel // kelliegonzo.com

Karen from Beauty Geeks sums up the formula on these pretty well, they have a plasticized shiny finish that I guess requires a thicker consistency; it worked out just so perfectly for me. It reminds me of some of the jelly crème hybrids from KBShimmer but a tad thicker. If you like one coat capable polishes that don't streak and are super shiny, you will love these. I was a little worried about bubbling because of the thicker consistency but I didn't have a problem with that at all.

I purchased these online, but they should be in stores like Ulta and CVS for around $8.50 per bottle now, if not soon. What do you think of these staple Fall shades? Are you in love with them as much as I am?? Trust, they may seem like basic colors, but their formulas just made me flip. Let me know what you think and we'll see ya soon!

❤ Kellie
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