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It's doesn't seem quite right to start talking fall, what with heat-wave temperatures still looming, but the cooler, crisper, fall days will be here soon (I hope.) Fall is my favourite season, and I do love the deeper, jewel tones that start appearing with seasonal releases. Essie is serving up an interesting take on typical fall fare with a Japanese inspired collection of six gorgeous shades.
"I love to get an early start to the day. Waking up on a beautiful autumn morning is just magic – especially in Tokyo. Mist falls on the changing foliage like a veil. The light is amazing. The air is fresh. And the colors: bright reds and deep auburn rust against the magnificent gray backdrop of Mount Fuji and an endless blue sky populated with soft clouds." - Rebecca Minkoff, Essie Global Colour Director
Udon Know Me is a stoney blue. It's got a touch of dustiness, but isn't completely muted. It's not too Spring-like, and a nice change up for mid-fall when you being to tire of the super deep hues. The formula, like he bulk of this collection, is impeccable. This covers beautifully in almost one coat. Two coats.
Now and Zen is what Essie calls a 'sage grey' but I really don't get the sage from it. It's still a great mid-tone grey with a gorgeous two coat formula.
Fast Fact: when I was 12/13 I could recite every word to the movie Now & Then. I had it on vhs and watched it way too many times.
Go Go Geisha is what Essie calls a 'antique blossom pink'. As much as I love this shade, it's a bit all over the place. depending on the light it looks more nude, or more rosy, while in the bottle it looks more lavender. Another easy, two coat formula. Bonus points for the Inspector Gadget reference too (I may or may not have had the classic Gadget theme song in my head while swatching...)
Kimono Over is a backed, purple-plum. It's deep, it's gorgeous, and completely fall. This shade is amazingly pigmented, so much so you can get away with one coat. Just one!
Maki Me Happy is a deep, berry-kissed red. It's not a unique shade, but is so great on. I am always a fan of deep reds like this. The formula was a bit thinner then the others, but still only needed two coats and didn't apply unevenly.
Playing Koi is a rusty-brown. It reads more orange in tone in the bottle, but It looks more brown on. This shade also had a slightly thinner formula, but built easily with two coats.
Essie Fall 2016 Udon Know Me, Now and Zen, Go Go Geisha, Kimono-Over, Maki Me Happy, and Playing Kio 13.5 ml $8.50 USD / $11 CAD
Overall, I really love this collection! I like the unexpected shades, but would have liked to see at lease one bit a bit of shimmer or a metallic. The only shade I can't see myself wearing too often is Playing Koi. The others are really gorgeous and have a wonderful formula to match. I definitely recommend picking up a few of these shades! What do you think? Need any of these colours?