Review & Swatches: essie ‘Leading Lady’ Collection for Winter 2012

essie proves a girl can have it all with the new Leading Lady Collection for winter 2012! You deserve the best of everything, so let these noble nail shades accessorize your winter looks. Take a closer look at the collection…

Where’s My Chauffeur?, Butler Please, Snap Happy

She’s Pampered, Leading Lady, Beyond Cozy

See more photos, swatches, and details…

Where’s My Chauffeur? is a gorgeous creamy turquoise that reminds me of a Tiffany & Co. box! I wanted so badly to paint a white ribbon on my ring finger to go along with this as a mani…but my attempts weren’t so pretty. I would say there are likely dupes to this out there, but the shades I would consider similar have long since expired in my collection, and I don’t have them anymore to compare. If you don’t have one of those, go for Where’s My Chauffeur? And if you paint a white ribbon/bow on your nails, I want to see it!

Butler Please is a stunning cobalt blue that I absolutely fell in love with! This is my next pedi color, without a doubt. One coat might look a little questionable and streaky, but it evened out with coat two (coat two should be a little on the thicker side). One thing I noticed with Butler Please, is that this formula seemed a little thicker than the remaining five shades of the collection. Due to the bright pigmentation of this polish, it will dry with a matte finish, so it takes a top coat to make the shine come alive. It will take a little extra time to dry.

Snap Happy is a poppy red cream that could have been a one-coater, because I thought the formula was so perfect. It’s a nice warm red with a flawless flow.

She’s Pampered is a fantastic scarlet red cream with a great flow and perfect coverage in two coats. Gorgeous red!

Leading Lady is a crimson red with a nearly jelly base. Due to its scarlet glitter, it’s like a faux jelly sandwich after two coats of color and a nice and shiny top coat!

Beyond Cozy is a gold and platinum glitter that has a decent amount of opacity to it. I thought that I would be able to wear this as a top coat over one of the creme shades—and I thought it was a little too much coverage to do so. While shown with two coats, even one coat gives a ton of sparkle!

Any faves you spy here? Will you pick up anything from the Leading Lady collection?

By the way…

Did you catch the review & swatches for essie’s new RepStyle magnetic polish collection?

Bottom Line…

If you don’t already have anything like them, I’d say that She’s Pampered and Where’s My Chauffeur? are must haves!

Price & Availability…

$8 each; drugstores, mass retailers, and salons nationwide.

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  • helvikene

    I absolutely NEED Where’s My Chauffeur!

  • Jeanatte Salazar

    Wow, I love Beyond Cozy. I’ll need that one!

  • Kelsey Apley

    These are absolutely gorgeous!

  • Kate

    Last two are simply gorgeous colors.. Love that.