Essie Winter 2011 Cocktail Bling Collection (swatches & review)
Today I’m happy to share the Essie Winter 2011 Cocktail Bling collection with you all. 😀 I’m extremely excited to be showing you this collection because I’ve been lusting after it ever since I saw photos of it from Cosmoprof. This collection is made up of six cremes. I ended up grabbing the full sized bottles of Brooch The Subject and School Of Hard Rocks, and the mini 4pc set consisting of Cocktail Bling, Size Matters, Bangle Jangle and Bobbing For Baubles. I must say that I absolutely love the name for all of these polishes, it definitely makes me think of the holidays. The name Size Matters makes me think of other things, but that’s beside the point. ^_^
ANYWAY… I used the usual top/base coat combo for these swatches (Seche Vite and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher). 😉
School Of Hard Rocks
School Of Hard Rocks is a beautiful green leaning teal creme and definitely one of my favorites from the entire collection. Essie rarely does green, but holy man when they do they hit it out of the park! This is two thin coats, though you could get away with one thicker coat if you’re careful.
Brooch The Subject
Brooch The Subject is a beige nude creme, and I find myself really enjoying it! I know this neutral shade is nothing new, but I really enjoyed the formula and the ease of application for this one. Two smooth coats is all you need for that Mannequin Hands or BABB (Band Aid But Better) look. 😉
Cocktail Bling is a lovely grey creme with a blue base. I’m all over this one ’cause you all know how much I love my greys. 😀 I ended up doing three coats here to cover up a hint of VNL on a nail or two, but honestly two coats would be fine for this one.
Bobbing For Baubles
Bobbing For Baubles is my favorite from the entire collection. This smokey dark teal blue creme is heavenly! It reminds me a bit of Sonia Kashuk’s Blank Slate, but Bobbing For Baubles is darker and less purple. And this sucker is so pigmented that it could be a one coater! I did two here for consistency. *swoons*
Bangle Jangle is a lovely muted lilac creme. I enjoy this one because it’s a pale color but not a pastel. I’ve been seeing a lot of these crop of recently, but this is certainly one of the prettiest. I don’t own it, but I do wonder how similar this one is to OPI’s Done Out In Deco. Again, this one could easily be a one coat wonder. I did use two thin coats in these swatches.
Size Matters is a sultry blue toned red creme, and we’re in love. 😉 It’s a rare occasion for me to enjoy a red polish, but damn it if this one isn’t sexy as hell! This again was so close to being a one coater if I’d been more careful with my application, but two coats are shown here. I think Size Matters would be killer for a pedicure. 😀
Comparison: Cocktail Bling vs. Bangle Jangle
I wanted to include a quick side-by-side photo of Cocktail Bling and Bangle Jangle. In the bottle they look a lot more similar in color than they do on the nail. I know initially I made the mistake of assuming they were too similar to be worth purchasing when I first saw images from Cosmoprof.
Well I pretty much love this entire collection to pieces! All six colors had a great creme formula and a soft flexible applicator brush, with Cocktail Bling being slightly thinner than the others. I’m confident that almost all of these could be great one coat polishes with a steady hand. Size Matters is so pigmented that I was afraid it was going to stain my nails. But I’m happy to report that upon removing the polish there was no staining! I adore all six shades, but if I had to pick stand outs for this collection it would definitely be Bobbing for Baubles and School Of Hard Rocks, with Size Matters and Cocktail Bling right behind them. 😀
Essie polishes can be purchased from salons and Target stores nationwide. You can also find Essie online at nailsupplies.us and transdesign.com. Essie polish retails at $8.00/ea for a 0.5 fl oz full-sized bottle of polish. Right now Nailsupplies and Transdesign are having a sale, full-sized Essie are $4.00/ea, 6pc cube sets are $24.00 and the mini-cube 4pc sets are $8.50.