If there’s one takeaway from my encounters over the years with Essie founder, Essie Weingarten, it’s that she loves fashion and color. Of all her seasonal collections, it’s the Essie Fall color palettes that express that best. Inspired by the textures and fabrics of the season, the Essie Fall 2013 “For The Twill of It” nail colors are rich, chic and utterly Essie.
“I love the idea of creating polish that’s like the proverbial boyfriend sweater – in this case, a blazer borrowed from the boys,” says brand founder and Global Creative Director Essie Weingarten. “Creating nail color with a warm and fuzzy feeling can be tricky,” Weingarten explains. “But when you get it right, it really is like putting on your favorite sweater.” Transferring the soft volumes and rich woolens of the fall runways, essie offers six seductively tactile shades that radiate beautifully tailored warmth.
Formula & Application: Essie is a 3-Free brand. The square bottles are embossed with the Essie logo and the smooth plastic caps include an embossed ‘e’ on top. The brushes are thin, round and shorter than most. The bristles are very flexible, allowing you to easily fan out the brush to cover your nail width.
The Essie formula has a squishy, watery texture that glides on the nail allowing for precise application. One of the major benefits of the Essie consistency, and a reason I’m a fan, is that it self levels. So even when you think you jacked up a nail with uneven application, give it a minute and the polish will settle out.
Even though this collection contains a range of finishes, from creme to metallic, they are all pigment-rich providing full coverage in two coats. In the image below, Twin Sweater Set shows a bit of VNL (visible nail line) but, in person, it’s not there.
Essie After School Boy Blazer is an inky, navy blue creme. Unlike a lot of blues, where you see either black or teal in the base, this one is pure blue. Unfortunately, it dries REALLY dark. We’re talking almost-black territory.
Essie Cashmere Bathrobe is a charcoal grey filled with crystal glass flecks. It’s a pretty neutral grey in that it doesn’t have a strong green, blue or brown pull in its base. The finish is similar to what I swooned over in the Essie Summer “Naughty Nautical“ collection. The glass flecks are even more prominent in darker shades and I LOVE that!
I would say that Essie For The Twill of It is a unique flower if it wasn’t an exact match to OPI Peace & Love & OPI. We are talking IDENTICAL. This multi-chrome, shade-shifting metallic flashes teal, magenta and a silvery brown. Because it’s a metallic, brush marks can be an issue so use careful strokes.
Essie The Lace Is On is a vivid fuchsia shimmer peppered with smooth glitter. The pearlescent finish has the depth of car paint. It literally glows.
Essie Twin Sweater Set is a cool-based crimson creme. You can see a lot of magenta on the first coat but it deepens and becomes more red on the second coat.
Essie Vested Interest is a greyed teal creme. To me, it’s the blue version of Essie Sew Psyched and sure to be a big hit this fall.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Saran Wrap Manicure and For The Twill Of It is too fun not to experiment with. I thought the teal in Twill would play well off of Vested Interest for a subtle version of this marbled style.
1. Apply two coats of Vested Interest and let it dry completely. 2. Cut pieces of plastic wrap into squares and ball them up, creating a textured surface. 3. Apply cuticle oil or lip balm to surrounding skin for easier cleanup. 4. Apply a coat of For The Twill Of It and tap the plastic wrap ball on the nail to create the texture. 5. Let dry, then seal with top coat.
For a different take on the look, use a matte top coat, like Essie Matte About You.
Bottom Line: I can see myself sporting Vested Interest a lot this fall and For The Twill Of It is gorgeous and a total must-have. That is, if you don’t have the OPI version, of course. The subtle sparkle in Cashmere Bathrobe is my favorite Essie finish of late and even though it’s not my normal style, I can’t get over the glow of The Lace Is On. Twin Sweater Set and After School Boy Blazer are fine but not special enough to recommend buying.
Essie Fall 2013 “For The Twill of It” is available now at salons and mass retailers nationwide and online at Beauty.com, Nordstrom.com, Target.com and Zappos.com (with free shipping). Essie nail polish retails for $8/ea for a .5oz bottle.
So, what do we think of these new Essie colors? Are any of them going on your shopping list? What do you think of my Saran Wrap Manicure? Is this a look you would try?