Glamour Girl is the fall collection from Essie. Hitting stores on September 1st, it’s a rich collection of shades that stays true to the Essie reputation of playing it safe and delivering pretty, traditional colors.
Looking at the shades, I’m feeling a 40s retro vibe. It makes me think of tailored suits, pencil skirts, peep-toe heels and patent leather handbags. I could see using Material Girl for a half moon mani or having Alligator Purse peeking out of a pair of chocolate brown open-toe pumps. The colors are:
Alligator Purse – a creamy burnt orange
Bags to Riches – light caramel taupe
Decadent Diva – rich shimmering cocoa
Handle With Flair – dark merlot
Material Girl – blackest purple
Turning Heads Red – striking red
Alligator Purse is one of my favorite shades of this collection. I’d describe it as more of a brick red creme than a burnt orange. It’s highly pigmented and was true to the bottle color with one coat. Warmer tones should run and grab this as soon as it hits shelves.
Bags to Riches is so not my color it’s not even funny. It looks like a really light cup of coffee. In fact it reminds me of those Aroma Cafe shades that China Glaze put out a long time ago. I honestly can’t think of anyone this color would look good on. Not only that but it was extremely streaky. The swatch above is after 3 coats and it still wasn’t even. If you can make it work, more power to you.
Decadent Diva is my hands down winner for best polish of the collection. It has depth, incredible sparkle and shimmer and applies extremely smooth. A rich cocoa shade, Decadent Diva could fill all those Essie Martini Cocoa lemmings out there. It’s deeper and slightly redder and nothing short of stunning. Pictures truly can’t do this one justice. You have to see it on the nail to appreciate it.
Material Girl is a blackened plum creme, along the lines of OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. It’s hard for me to properly evaluate this one because the bottle arrived to me with some damage. The lacquer had leaked and caused some thickening of the formula so it applied streaky and too thick. I don’t believe my issue is indicative of the polish in general.
Handle with Flair is a wine red creme. It went on a bit uneven and took 3 coats to get the color you see above. It’s a pretty color but nothing I’d call unique.
Even though sunlight has been somewhat rare the past few days, I did manage to grab a quick shot to show off the shimmer in Decadent Diva.