Below: Going Incognito, a medium tone forest green jelly finish creme shade with the slightest hint of blue. The closest shade I have to this is Orly's Enchanted Forest, but the Essie has just a touch of blue in it, which makes it different enough that if you love greens, you'll love this one!
Below: Luxedo is also a jelly finish, something I can't ever have enough of! This is a deep eggplant shade that although very dark, doesn't look black on the nail.
Below: Masquerade Belle is yes--another jelly finish! This vampy wine creme shade was the only one that caused me some problems during the application. The formula on this was a little thin and because I wasn't careful, I ended up with some pooling around the cuticle. Now that I know this, I'll use more caution the next time I use it.
Below: If you're only going to choose one from this collection, Smokin' Hot is my pick. I'm at a loss to accurately describe this shade--is it a charcoal brown/grey with a hint of mauve? Or is it a mauve with a hint of charcoal brown/grey? As you can see in the photos taken in full sun and shade, I do believe it's both!
Below: A pale mocha brown creme, Hot Coco is a familiar shade, but taupe shades are always welcome in my collection.
Below: Silken Cord adds a pop of color to this collection, and it's definitely not as seasonal as the others. This perfect coral red shade will work well for you throughout the year.
Essie has done a wonderful job with this collection--a range of fabulous creme shades, including 3 jelly finishes. These colors that work perfectly for the season and beyond. The application on all of them (note the slight problem I had with Masquerade Belle) was very good, and I used 2 coats in the photos. They're highly pigmented and very creamy, and if I had to award a prize for Best Application in A Polish, Silken Cord would walk away with that honor. Un. Believable.
What do you think about this collection? Let us know if you're planning to pick any of these shades up!
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