Review & Swatches: Essie Fall Collection 2011

With a strong focus on structure and shades made fashionable in the 40’s and 50’s, Essie captures fall 2011 in this eclectic collection of creamy nail polishes for the season. These classic shades have been reinvented—for the ultimate in femininity, and make it easy to turn your nails into the latest must-have accessory!

“The accessories that you wear and carry say so much about who you are and who you want to be.” Essie Weingarten, founder of essie cosmetics explains. “The same is true with your manicure and your nail color. The first thing a person notices when they meet you for the first time are: your shoes, your handbag and your nails.”

Carry On is a bold merlot cream.

Case Study is a rich camel cream. 

Glamour Purse is an almond blush cream.

Lady Like is a feminine dusty pink cream.

Power Clutch is a bold grey cream with strong dark green undertones.

Very Structured is a burnt sienna cream.

(All swatches were completed with two coats of color and top coat. Please note what may look like brush strokes is actually a lighting issue vs. my top coat in some of these photos—I didn’t have any issues with the polish itself.)

I was really happy with this departure from ordinary color! From the camel of Case Study, to the almond in Glamour Purse—there were some unexpected tones in this collection for me. I appreciate the bold statements, but with elements of softness and style that make them easy to wear for almost anyone.

What are your top picks from Essie’s fall collection this year?

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