August 4, 2014

Essie Fall 2014 Dress To Kilt Collection Swatches & Review

Hi guys! Hope you all had a good weekend, mine was pretty chill. It was so humid and hot that I didn't really leave the house, we usually don't have humid weather here so when we do I try not to go out in it. I'm not a big fan of humidity :p

Today I have the Essie Fall 2014 Dress To Kilt Collection to share with you. I went to my local nail supply store the other day in search of China Glaze's Fall Collection but they didn't have it...the owner was like oh but we have Essie's Fall Collection. I was like oh really?!? Then bought them all...I hadn't even seen any promo for these and had no idea they would be at my nail supply so it was a nice surprise! Check out all the swatches after the jump!





Dress To Kilt is a red creme. The formula was really nice, it was a good consistency and the opacity was great. I used 2 coats for the photos below.




Fall In Line is a dusty green creme. This is a very camo-esq shade, I'm always a fan of dusty greens like this! The formula was good, it was a little thick but in a good way that I found easy to work with. The opacity was great, it was nearly a 1 coater! I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Partner In Crime is a rich dark brown creme. Essie always does really beautiful dark browns so I was excited to see this in the collection, brown polishes are among my favorites. The formula was fantastic, it was a great consistency and the opacity was great! I used 1 coat for the photos below.



Style Cartel is a dark blue creme. This was the one that caught my eye in the bottle, it ended up being a little darker on the nail than I expected but I'm a fan nonetheless. The formula was good, a little thick but easy to apply. It was a touch patchy on the first coat but the second coat evened everything out. I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Take It Outside is a taupe/grey/beige neutral. I never really know how to describe shades like this haha! The formula was great, it went on really easily and the opacity was fantastic. I used 2 coats for the photos below.



The Perfect Cover Up is a deep green toned teal creme. The formula was good, a little thick but in a good way! The opacity was again, fantastic...a 1 coater!




Overall I really love this collection, the color palette is perfect for Fall and the formulas were all really great and easy to work with. I love that 2 of them were 1 coaters for me, polishes like that are what I grab for to use under glitters.

I don't know when these will be hitting shelves at places like Ulta but I'm guessing sometime this month. Essie typically retails for $8 but it can vary depending on where you buy!

29 comments:

  1. Good to know all the formulas are nice to work with! That nude is really calling my name!

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  2. gorgeous swatches as always! I'm thinking Essie's duping themselves with some of these though. Would love to see those greens compared to previous ones (I'm thinking School of Hard Rocks in particular), and the grey compared to Master Plan? The red is being added to my collection for sure, regardless that it's not very unique, but my Scottish coworker will get a laugh out of the name lol!

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  3. Great swatches and pix as always :)

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  4. Essie nailed it with this collection! I'm in love with so many of those colors. Can't wait for them to show up around me!

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  5. Oh, these look pretty. Not quite original shades, but I'd buy the entire collection nonetheless.
    I have found a blog that uses "blergh" to describe taupe/grey/beige neutral shades.

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  6. Is it me or do most of these colors look a lot like existing ones at Essie? How does "Fall in Line" compare to "Vested Interest"? And "Dress to Kilt" to "Twin Sweater Set"? And "The Perfect Cover Up" to "Go Overboard"? And "Partner in Crime" to "Little Brown Dress"?

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  7. Colors like fall in line remind me of the drink fresca

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  8. The red, brown and greens seem a little familiar, but Essie does them so well. Take It Outside is my least favorite, but I love the name! I'm so glad you reviewed these. I just may end up picking some of them up.

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  9. Jen, I don't know about you, but I generally enjoy the fact that Essie has smaller collections than other brands. I feel like their colors are more unique that way -- for example, they don't need to throw in a pink every time just to make the collection bigger. Essie colors are also quirky and trendy, which I appreciate to keep myself away from the Old Lady colors (which I tend to gravitate to, left to my own devices, ha, ha!). Thanks for this review!

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  10. I haven't had time to do any comparisons, I'll add these to my list!

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  11. I want to love these, but I feel like I have seen these from Essie before. Great photos!

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  12. Just saw these at my Ulta earlier this afternoon!

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  13. I was thinking the same! Looks like they just tweaked a previous collection a bit.

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  14. If you had to pick between this collection or OPI's Nordic collection which one would you go for? Trying to be kind to my wallet instead of buying both!! :)

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  15. Of course not; not yet, I undestand. :) But thanks in advance.
    Your swatches are always perfect, as always. Thank you for such thoroughness. I can't imagine the time you must spend to keep this blog up to date.

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  16. Loving this collection (it has a teal!!!) and great to hear good things about the formulas. I am looking forward to the comparisons mentioned by others. Also, I wonder how Sky Cartel compares to OPI Euso Eruo and Umpires Come Out at Night and how The Perfect Cover Up compares to OPI Ski Teal We Drop?

    Any red comparisions would also be greatly appreciated as a lot of reds look so similar! I wonder how Dress to Kilt compares to OPI All I want for Christmas (is OPI)?

    Thanks for all your swatches, it must take you so long to do all this - I LOVE you blog!

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  17. These look like some good, solid cremes! Very basic, but really beautiful!

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  18. seems like essie and opi's m.o. these days, tweak the color or just the name, can't exactly blame them as there are only so many colors that look good but at least space them out better

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  19. Alaina AfflerbaughAugust 5, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Just picked up Style Cartel at Ulta today :)

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  20. Dress to kilt seems to have a little bit of pink in it, hasn't it? Oh, i love it. Thank you for swatching :)

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  21. It does, it leans the tiniest bit pink!

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  22. Did you consider picking up the minis collection? It has the first three colors you mentioned, plus My Voice is a Little Norse!

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  23. Fun Fact: You can use jcpenney coupons at the salon. 25% off can make a difference! Also keep your eyes open for when they have buy 2 salon products get one free. That's when I stock up on my opi!

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  24. Natalie E. MorganAugust 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Ice Bergs and Fries looks just like A Piers to be Tan from the San Fran Collection......which I have and love so I am not surprised I was draw to it.

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  25. Catherine Joy StockleyAugust 6, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    I thought the same thing! I JUST bought Zoya Wednesday, and am regretting it already because I would rather OPI to Zoya. Boo hoo. Hope someone does a comparison post so I can justify getting Dogsled LOL

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  26. I'm from Finland, so I was really looking forward to this collection but it's kind of a disappointment for me. Finland has only 1 shade in it (OPI With A Nice Finn-ish) which I dislike. Suzi has a Swede tooth looks pretty.

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  27. Alaina AfflerbaughAugust 8, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    OP has SOOOOOOO many bubblegum pinks!
    I'm sure if you googled OPI pink you'd find a ton.

    After this post my Navy Exchange store put our supply of the Nordic Collection out, and I bought 4 of the colors but most of them DO look so similar to other polishes :/
    OP needs to step it up.

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  28. First of all, let me say thank you for providing the BEST photos I've seen of samples of polishes! The lighting, and the close up shots really help me see what the colors truly look like! My daughter has shown me your site, and now I will always come here for help before I decide to purchase a new polish ( which unfortionately, between the two of us is quite often!...LOL!). I am absolutely " Thank Glogg It's Friday! " from the new collection. It's gorgeous, and my kind of color!

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