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Essie Leggy Legend Swatches & Review

Essie Leggy Legend Swatches & ReviewNo photos can ever do Essie Leggy Legend justice – it’s one of those polishes that looks even better in person!

Still, I tried to capture some of its beauty to share a taste of how majestic it is.

Essie Leggy Legend is from the Fall 2015 Collection that’s set to officially hit stores on August 25th, although I’ve already seen it online.

Although it’s advertised as a bronze, I think it’s so much more than that, and I explain why later in this post.

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Essie Color Binge Swatches & Review

Essie Color Binge Swatches & ReviewThe first colour I decided to dip my fingers into from the Fall 2015 Collection available starting on August 25th was Essie Color Binge!

Orange is a colour that I tend to neglect like a bad nail-polish mother. *Hangs head in shame*

I’ve been this way since I was a kid. Never loved orange juice. Don’t like C Plus pop. Not usually drawn to fragrances with a strong tangerine note. One look into my closet reveals just a handful of orange clothing.

Maybe the only exception is that I love redheads and any hair colour that has an orange tinge to it. (I can attribute it to one of my fictitious role models growing up – Anne Shirley…or “Carrots”!)

When I was 18 or 19, I got my hair professionally dyed a firetruck red! (My facial expression resembled the emoji face with the horizontal line for the mouth when I went back home, and my dad asked, “Is it fall already?” when he opened the door. Point taken.)

Even before that, I had tried to obtain what I considered to be the ideal shade of red – a cherry red. Many times, it was flattering, haha, but that firetruck red? I think even Ronald McDonald wouldn’t approve…not that I look up to creepy fast-food clowns with terrible fashion sense for approval. 😉

When October rolls around with pumpkins and Hallowe’en begins winking at me from around the corner, that’s almost the only time I begin craving orange like something fierce. Well, also in the summer, I sometimes enjoy a vibrant orange that’s like a burst of citrus for your nails.

So, long story short, Essie Color Binge was happy that I finally chose it first instead of last. (When I turned my back, I swear I heard it mutter, “Pfft! It’s about time! What does it take to get some appreciation around here?”) 

Shh! Don’t tell Essie Color Binge, but I think the only reason I really love the colour is because it has quite a bit of red running throughout. It’s not an orange purist!

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Essie Fall 2015 Collection Swatches, Bottle Shots & Pictures

Essie Fall 2015 CollectionOn Friday, I received a package from PR: the Essie Fall 2015 Collection!

It includes six new shades designed by Essie’s Global Colour Designer, Rebecca Minkoff: Leggy Legend, Color Binge, With the Band, In the Lobby, Bell-Bottom Blues, and Frock ‘n Roll.

The Essie Fall 2015 Collection will officially hit Canadian drugstores, salons, and other beauty destinations beginning August 25th.

In this post, I’ve got a sneak peek at the entire collection, as well as a glimpse into part of the press booklet.

I snapped lots of photos, so you’ll see my quick swatches, up-close bottle shots, and even a nail-art design that you can recreate using the shades in this collection (I included the tutorial).

As usual, stay tuned because I’ll be wearing some of these as full manicures, and in-depth reviews with tons of swatches will follow.

The colours I’m most excited about and that I’ll probably wear first are Leggy Legend (the bronze), Frock ‘n Roll (the shimmery espresso), and Bell-Bottom Blues (obviously the blue). However, I’m itching to try the orange red because, at the time I’m writing this post, I’m craving something bright. So maybe that one will be first.

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Canadians, You Can Bring Back a Past Essie Nail-Polish Shade

Essie Bring Back

There’s always one colour that a company discontinues, even though you love it and thousands of fellow nailphiles also love it.

It can be disheartening when you’re found something that you consider to be of “Holy Grail” status, only to learn that it’s being discontinued or that it’s such a limited-edition shade, you never managed to get your hands on it to begin with.

Well a few days ago, I received a very interesting press release from the Essie PR team about a rare opportunity that I’m excited to share with you!

Guess what? With the Essie Bring Back campaign, you have the chance to bring back any past Essie nail-polish shade onto Canadian shelves!

In this post, I explain the easy process for how you can nominate any Essie colour of your choice via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

For your nomination to count, you must submit your vote by August 3, 2015.

From all the nominations, Essie will then choose the top 12 requested colours on August 6. At that time, you can vote for your favourite until August 20 on Facebook. (Each person can only vote once at this time.)

The shade that earns the most votes will hit Canadian shelves in January 2016.

How exciting is this? (I’m definitely going to participate, but I need to think carefully about which colour I’m going to nominate – haven’t decided yet. Which colour would you nominate?)

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Essie Gel Setter Top Coat Photos & Press Release

Gel Setter EssieSomething new arrived at Swatch And Learn headquarters about a week ago: the Essie Gel Setter Top Coat!

It’s an innovative Essie top coat that launches on July 1st across Canada.

It’s Essie’s first top coat that contains acrylates copolymer, which is supposed to provide a thick and luxurious coating to the nails that’s super shiny with anti-chipping properties.

It claims to deliver a glass-like shine, which mimics gel nail polish, yet it doesn’t require an LED or UVB light, and it’s easy to remove.

There are no promises about it drying fast, so when I try this out, I’m going to make sure that I have ample time to wait. (Fast-drying top coats are mandatory for me, so I’ll test to see if the dry time is worth waiting for to get that high shine and durability. Stay tuned for the upcoming review after I’ve given it a go for several manicures and collected my thoughts on it.)

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Essie Silk Watercolor Collection Swatches, Bottle Shots & Press Release

Essie Silk Watercolor CollectionIn July, the Essie Silk Watercolor Collection comes out, and it features a clean white intended to be used as a base and eight buildable, translucent colours that can be layered to create an original nail masterpiece!

This post contains a closer look at all the colours with bottle shots and swatches.

I included swatches with the white base and without the white base. Plus you’ll see how  the lacquers intensify with two coats.

For further information and the colour story behind the Essie Silk Watercolor Collection, you can read the official press release that contains all the details.

Since PR was kind enough to not only send me this collection (and in a cute gift bag), but also the press booklet, I snapped photos of the booklet and bag, so that we can share the experience together. (It’s more fun this way!)

While flipping through the Essie Silk Watercolor Collection press booklet, I saw some playful nail-art looks plus a step-by-step tutorial for one, so I took photos of them in case you’d like to try your hand at them. (I may try the Ombre Nouveau nail art because I’m a fan of wearing rainbows on my nails! If I end up doing it, I’ll be sure to share my manicure with you on here and/or on my social media.)

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Essie Summer 2015 Collection Swatches, Bottle Shots & Press Release

Essie Summer 2015 Collection In June, the Essie Summer 2015 Collection launches, and  it consists of six colours that can be paired together to create all sorts of fun manicures.

Here, I show you swatches and bottle shots of each shade, but I also share a few nail-art designs in case it helps spark some creativity!

Out of all the Essie Summer 2015 Collection colours, my favourites are Saltwater Happy and Pret-a-Surfer.

Which are your top picks?

After looking at the hues, it seems like you could easily break up the collection in pairs: Private Weekend with Chillato, Saltwater Happy with Pret-a-Surfer, and Peach Side Babe with Sunset Sneaks. Each duo could make a cool ombre effect. Can you picture it?

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