Lady Like

Lady Like is one of my favorites from Essie’s Fall 2011 collection.  It’s definitely a classic, but the grayed out, slightly purple-ish quality makes it modern.  My friends and I agree that the best way to describe this color is Silly Putty (after being put on a newspaper one or two times).    I really love this color on me – it’s almost a nude on my skin tone, but stands out just enough to make it something different.  Definitely a great fall neutral!

This was two coats with Essie Good to Go.  Last year’s fall collection is still one of my favorites.  It was full of standouts like this.  I bought five of the six shades, and still use them all the time.  What’s your favorite polish from a fall collection?


First of all, am I the only one that thinks Essie’s PR has been sucking lately?  No one knew about this collection until it was spotted in stores, and the promo pics of this and the Stylenomics collection were completely inaccurate.  Still, I love that they’re releasing so many more collections – I think there have been seven so far this year!

Anyway, now that I’m done with my little rant, this is Essie’s Yogaga from the summer collection of the same name.  It’s a sandy nude sort of color.  Not exactly flattering on my skin tone, but I find myself wearing this kind of color a lot.

Yes, this is almost a dupe, if not an exact dupe for Sand Tropez.  In fact, I noticed that at least two others from the collection are almost-dupes of previously released Essie colors (Boxer Shorts is pretty much the same as Lapis of Luxury and I think Pilates Hottie is really similar to Neo Whimsical).

The formula was pretty good.  This is two coats with Essie Good to Go.

Miss Fancy Pants

This is one of those polishes that I bought mostly for the name.  I mean, I don’t really need another taupe-y neutral from Essie.  Don’t get me wrong, I actually really love these colors, but I probably have at least three that are super close to this color.

Miss Fancy Pants is from Essie’s Fall 2012 collection, and, as you can see, is a great, light, neutral option.  It says “fall” without being too dark or foliage-hued.  It is somewhere between Chinchilly and Glamour Purse, only lighter.  I really like it!

Shown is three coats with Essie Good to Go.  Formula was a bit thick, but not unmanageable.

Like Stylenomics, Miss Fancy Pants does NOT match the promo picture (what’s up with that, Essie?), but it’s not that far off.  In some lights, MFP can look much more grey than this, but I couldn’t quite capture it in a picture, sorry.

I know they’re nothing new, but I do love all these ‘greige’ colors that have been coming out in fall and winter collections these past few years, and this is a good one.

Day 10 – Gradient – Neutral & Yellow

I absolutely loved these gradient nails from The Nailasaurus a while ago, so I tried to replicate that color combo for today’s nails.  I think they came out great!  I also used Sammy’s gradient tutorial, which gives the smoothest gradient of all the methods I’ve tried.  Brilliant!

I used Essie Sand Tropez and Zoya Pippa.

I will definitely be wearing these again!  I love how they’re not completely neutral, but the yellow is not overpowering.  After I finish this challenge, I might just wear gradient nails all summer.

Fast Track

This is China Glaze Fast Track from the Hunger Games collection.  I freaking love this!!!  I initially only bought Stone Cold and Smoke & Ashes and was hesitant about this one.  Based on some swatches I’ve seen online, I was worried the base would be to yellow for my skin tone.  But there is the teeniest bit of pink in it that makes it perfect.  It’s like the tan version of Essie Lady Like with a million tiny gold flakes in it.  So glad I finally bought this!

This is two coats with no topcoat.  Application is great, but as you can see, clean up is kind of a pain – the glitter gets everywhere and is impossible to get off your skin.  I took a shower after taking this off and there are still a few pieces of gold glitter stuck in my cuticles.

I’m still completely surprised by how much I love this polish.  It might just make it into the Top 10, but I want to see how I like it as a full mani first.

So far I have Fast Track, Stone Cold, and Smoke & Ashes from the Hunger Games collection, but I’m seriously considering buying a few more.  Which are your favorites?

Also, I was originally going to show you Stone Cold today, but it chipped after less than an hour in the middle of my nail.  Not even anywhere near the free edge, or any edge for that matter.  I tried a base coat, but the polish wiped off completely and wouldn’t stick to my nails.  It’s a beautiful polish, but I was so annoyed I just gave up.  Any suggestions for making matte polishes last a little longer?

butter LONDON All Hail the Queen

This is my first butter LONDON polish, and I’m in LOVE!  Which is saying a lot, since I am not a glitter/shimmer/sparkle person.  This is the most I’ve ever spent on a single polish, and I don’t regret it a bit.  The formula on this is seriously amazing.  This is three super thin coats with Essie Grow Stronger basecoat and Essie Good to Go topcoat.

With flash.  The pink shimmer you see in the bottle is much more subtle on the nail. You can definitely see the holographic microglitter here.  So pretty!

In natural light (which isn’t a lot right now since it’s snowing).  It becomes much more muted in indirect light.

It’s subdued indoors, and super sparkly under bright light.  Definitely a new favorite! I will definitely be buying more butter LONDON polishes  soon (Lady Muck is next on my list).