essie fall 2013 collection & essie gels

Last week a bunch of us were treated to some fancy pants events, one of them being courtesy of essie.

Aside from introducing their latest fall 2013 collection, they also broke the news that essie gels are coming in July 2014. We’ll be the first sub-Saharan country to get them (even before Dubai, excuse us) and the initial collection will launch with a whopping 36 shades. That’s a lot. Even better news is that those 36 shades are all classic essie best sellers – their names will be different though but I’m hoping the nail techs will have a guide to the shades. Gel polish will only be available from professionals (i.e no home kits) and you should pay around R240 to have yours done.

Back to the collection. Founder Essie Weingarten used NYFW to get the inspiration for these shades. She sees this as a back-to-school collection, and her school was the streets and the runways of New York City. Quite poetic. I could go on and on for quite some time as I was pretty inspired by the whole story, but we both know you’d rather just see the polishes and get the details, right?

essie fall 2013 nail polish collection
essie fall 2013 nail polish collection

There’s a great mix in the collection and I’ll be wearing at least four of these shades. I’m pretty sure the two shades that I’m iffy about are the two that will be most popular. For The Twill Of It (the periwinkle-grey shade at the top of the stack above) and The Lace Is On (the vibrant berry just below it) doesn’t have me convinced with their extreme shimmer. But the more I look at them, the more I think they might just work so I should probably just try them first and get it over with.

They’re pictured two by two – not just because that’s how the animals walked into the ark, but so you can see them better. The sets are also how I would pair them on hands & feet, but that’s all about personal preference.


essie fall 2013 twin sweater set and after school boy blazer
I have so much love for these two shades – I’ve always loved red nails and I’m having a massive moment with navy everything. Twin Sweater Set and After School Boy Blazer
essie fall 2013 vested interest and cashmere bathrobe
Vested Interest and Casmere Bathrobe (has shimmer/glitter). Have I mentioned that military shades are all over in cosmetics for the coming season? I’m assuming fashion will be the same.
essie fall 2013 the lace is on and for the twill of it
The sparkly ones – The Lace Is On and For The Twill Of It. For The Twill Of It was inspired by an oil slick in the road!

This collection will be available from next week at RRP R120 per polish. I’ll start wearing these in the next couple of days, keep an eye on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for pictures (follow buttons are at the top of the page in the header).

C xx




  1. Mar 14, 2014 / 8:14 AM

    Some gorgeous colours. I love those two that you are iffy about. I would probably wear them as an accent nail. I can’t wear shimmer like that on my whole hand. I usually look silly.

  2. Luzanne ❤️ Pink Peonies ❤️
    Mar 14, 2014 / 8:34 AM

    Obsessed!! The Lace Is On is one of my favourite shades from Essie, I actually had it on my fingers when we met up the other day. And The Twill Of It is such a stunning duochrome, I’m waiting for Autumn to be in full swing before I wear it.

    I’m actually not a fan of the 2 military shades, I don’t think they do anything for my skintone.

    Looking forward to seeing you wear the 2 shimmers! 😉

    • Mar 14, 2014 / 2:39 PM

      Oh I remember! Didn’t make the connection. It looked pretty, I’ll have to try it 🙂

  3. Mar 14, 2014 / 12:48 PM

    As long as they bring out ones in Power Clutch and Ballet Slippers, I’ll be happy 🙂

  4. Mar 14, 2014 / 2:52 PM

    Those are gorgeous! Love those greys. I’m also not too keen on extreme shimmer

  5. Mar 15, 2014 / 8:47 AM

    I felt the same when I first saw For The Twill Of It, but now I love it!! Give it a try 🙂

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