I don’t usually do two posts in one day, but I had to share this one right away, since I haven’t seen many swatches of it yet. This is Stylenomics, from Essie’s Fall 2012 collection of the same name. The collection was released yesterday, and while it didn’t look super exciting, I decided to pick up three of the six polishes. Obviously, the green had to be one of them – I love my Essie greens 🙂
I was expecting to get this. Gorgeous, right? Now, I know Essie’s promo pictures are rarely accurate, but I was expecting it to at least look green. Um, no. It’s pretty much black. You can tell it isn’t actually black, but it’s hard to tell what color it is. Major disappointment. It’s still a nice polish, don’t get me wrong, it’s just not even close to the promo image.
Surprisingly, I found an almost-dupe to Stylenomics in my stash. Sephora by OPI’s Dark Room is pretty darn close. Before I had Stylenomics, I thought Dark Room was super dark. But despite it’s name, it’s actually a little lighter than Stylenomics. It’s a little dustier, too. But most people probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. They’re both super dark green cremes.
If you must have an almost-black-but-it’s-really-green polish, which I think is a great vampy option to have, I’d pick Stylenomics over Dark Room. Why? Well, for one, it’s cheaper; Essie retails for about $8 (I got mine for $5) and Dark Room set me back $9.50. But mostly, for the formula. Stylenomics is a little thick, but super opaque and easy to work with. Dark Room is thin and streaky and needs at least three coats. So Stylenomics wins in my book, but I am glad to have both.
I also picked up Miss Fancy Pants (mostly for the name), which is a great light greige color, like Essie Glamour Purse with a ton of white mixed in, and Head Mistress (also mostly for the name), which is a darkish red, and absolutely gorgeous. It may be my favorite.
What do you think of Essie’s Stylenomics collection? I have to admit I was a little disappointed, but I there are so many great fall collections out that it doesn’t really bother me.