essie stylenomics for fall 2012 – review, photos & swatches

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Plus a peek inside the glamorous essie Emmy Suite!

essie Emmy Suite collection on a white backgroundpolish photos: we heart this

Nail polish aficionados love essie. The brand is a staple of beauty lovers everywhere, from drugstore divas to Hollywood royalty and even the Queen herself. (Her Majesty will only wear essie’s iconic and very ladylike Ballet Slippers.) With their combination of high quality formulas and a never ending selection of on-trend colors, there’s something for everyone to love.

essie Emmy Suite photos: essie

Recently we heart this was invited to celebrate their fall 2012 collection stylenomics at the essie Emmy Suite at the glamorous Beverly Hills Hotel. Held in conjunction with the 64th Annual Emmy Awards in one of the hotel’s legendary bungalows, the event invited Hollywood stars, as well as the media to “slip into something more colorful” – specifically one of essie’s six new creme colors for fall.

White flower filled table with multiple nail polishes

I felt a bit like a Hollywood star myself as I was pampered with a top notch manicure and plied with mimosas, french pastries and espresso while luxuriating in the white flower filled, plush bungalow and listening to a live jazz pianist.

wall full of frames of essie's most iconic shades

A “wall of fame” celebrated a few of essie’s most iconic shades and after my manicure, I participated in one of Hollywood’s most known traditions when I was asked to place my hands in a cement essie “star of fame” for a photo op. Anybody want my autograph?

many little white essie bag stylenomics collection hang around the wall

Of course, no Hollywood suite is complete without a swag bag, and I was thrilled to get my hands (and feet!) on a dainty little bag containing the true star of the moment, the fall 2012 stylenomics collection.

essie Emmy Suite collection on a white background

As we’re putting away the light clothes and sandals of summer and reaching for cozy sweaters, jeans and boots; so too are we waving goodbye to the bright pinks and corals and looking for nail shades with a bit more depth. Right in time, essie has released this collection of six, rich, deep hues to match the mood of the season.

essie Emmy Suite collection on a white backgroundskirting the issue, stylenomics, recessionista

essie Emmy Suite collection on a white backgroundhead mistress, don’t sweater it, miss fancy pants

As essie fans know, no matter which shade you choose, inside their squared off bottles ($8 each) you’ll find a nail polish with the perfect consistency. The formula is not too thin and not too thick, and two coats of color from any bottle in this collection provides great coverage and a nearly opaque finish.

Let’s take a look at the new shades!

A hand with a rich red nail polish holding an essie nail polishskirting the issue

For my Emmy Suite manicure I choose skirting the issue described as an “exquisite, fashionable burgundy wine.” This deep, rich red is gorgeous on both finger tips and toes and is shaping up to be my go to shade for fall. (This is the one shade that would have benefited from a third coat.)

A hand with a blackened teal nail polish holding an essie nail polishstylenomics

The collections namesake hue stylenomics is described as a “rich and opulent dark green” and to my eye is more of a blackened teal. In the bottle it looks almost black, but on the nail and in the light, the deep greenish-blue color comes to life. All in all, this polish is a stunner.

A hand with a rich berry/plum hue nail polish holding an essie nail polishrecessionista

While described as a “savvy brick red” recessionista is more of a rich berry/plum hue that purple lovers will adore. To me, this deep cool color just screams ‘fall’ and should carry you deep into winter as well.

A hand with a classic red nail polish holding an essie nail polishhead mistress

For those that love a classic red nail, head mistress should move to the top of your list. This bright strawberry red is super glossy and a real eye catcher.

A hand with a warm plummy taupe nail polish holding an essie nail polishdon’t sweater it

Cozy up to the season with don’t sweater it, a warm plummy taupe. Described as a “creamy mauve” this warm taupe straddles the line between neutral (and office appropriate) and bold (and club worthy).

A hand with a grey cement nail polish holding an essie nail polishmiss fancy pants

Miss Fancy Pants is described as a “refined, chic greige” and is a great neutral for fall. To me this is the exact shade of grey cement (and I mean that in a good way!) with lots of shine.

we heartsters – what nail shades do you reach for when the temperatures start to dip? Are any of these essie shades on your fall radar?

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  • tyna

    Tyna is a former editor of we heart this that worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever organizing her closets and drawers. skin tone: NW 20/25 skin type: combination favorite beauty product: eye shadows and lip balms


  1. What a ridiculously fun time and how gorgeous is that table – looks almost like a wedding cake! What a fun job to design that! Every polish looks gorgeous to me, but if I had to choose just one, it’d be recessionista. Looks perfect for fall in all its plummy perfection. stylenomics looks like a really cool color, too.

  2. The Stylenomics collection is so Fall, I love it :) Essie is one of my favorite nail polish brands. The bottles are so chic. The Essie Emmy Suite looks like so much fun @tyna! I bet you had a blast :) I love Recessionista and Stylenomics the best from this collection. I keep seeing it in stores but I haven’t caved just yet :)

  3. How fun @tyna! You must have had a blast! I love Essie polish so much! The fall collection looks fabulous! I would love to have them all! But I would have to say that my favorites are Stylenomics,Recessionista, and Don’t Sweater It. These all seem like the perfect Fall colors to me.

  4. I love Essie polish too.. These fall shades are really nice.. If I was to pick one out it would be, Miss Fancy Pants! Not only do I LOVE the color, I really like the name! The Essie Emmy Suite looks great and I bet you had tons of fun @tyna! I hope your nails looked good! :)

  5. I am such a nail polish snob and Essie is my go-to for at-home manicures. Skirting the Issue looks like the perfect shade for fall–good mix of a classic red with the on-trend oxblood. Will have to pick it up!

  6. I can’t imagine how much fun that was, @tyna ! And the colors are gorgeous. recessionista is calling my name!

  7. Oh my gosh how fun! :) Did you get a picture with your hands on the star?! And Miss Fancy Pants is totally something I would wear… is it streaky at all? Greys tend to be a little harder to apply, I’ve found.

    1. Miss Fancy Pants wasn’t streaky at all! Very creamy.

  8. What a fun event! I’m so glad you guys featured this and showed the swatches, skirting the issue seems to be my kind of shade, not one I’d automatically pick in the bottle. But as a swatch it’s so much prettier and now is on my want list!

    As for the cold weather shades I like, I tend to really rock metallics and glitters a lot more as it gets closer to Christmas. I like them all year round, but the holidays seem like THE time for it. The same goes for foils, those just seems to fit a lot more as it gets cooler and more into fall and winter…

  9. This was an impressive bunch to swatch, as Essie’s formula and shades always are. Stylenomics was {thisclose} to being mine, as the deep teal was so up my alley – gorgeous and practically black. But it was Don’t Sweater It that I decided to keep. I love a good grey/taupe. And this plummy one was unlike any in my collection. I love that it’s a bit darker than what you traditionally see too, a bit more fall, a bit more sexy. Love it!

    5 star polish…absolutely.

  10. I’ve been tempted by “Don’t Sweater It” when I saw it in the bottle, but seeing it actually on is really selling it for me! What a beautiful color for fall.

  11. That suite looks so cool and it sounds like so much fun! I love all of the colors in the goody bag, and wear shades similar throughout the fall and winter months. I will have to check out my salon to see if they have some of these, for sure.

  12. Yay, I got to test stylenomics, and “blackened teal” is the perfect description for this unique (at least in my collection) color. In most lights, it looks black even on my nails, but in the bright sunlight, I can really see the teal tones. If you’re looking for a different shade of black, stylenomics is just the ticket.

    Love it! 5 stars

  13. Who’s hanging up bright pinks and corals? NOT ME!!!!!! In fact, it’s when fall and winter come around I bring those out most. I dread the cold, so I bring out perky colors to keep my mind off of it!

    Head Mistress and Recessionista are my favorites of this collection. However, I have a love of crellies and jellies, so Skirting the Issue is another I like too. :)

  14. I love Essie polishes–they are firmly in my top 3 favorite polish brands–their quality is always amazing and I’m guaranteed a solid 2-3 days of no chipping (rare for me). I got to try out Miss Fancy Pants and I certainly felt like a Fancy Pants wearing this polish–it’s that perfect “greige” shade that’s a must-have and that’s completely on trend. Surprisingly enough, with my collection of greige shades, I actually didn’t have one this particular shade–most of my greige polishes skew either too grey or too beige, but this is the Goldilocks of Greige. I go with 2 coats of this, but probably need 3, and I get a solid 2 days of no chipping and minimal chipping on day 3—that is fantastic for me. This new favorite neutral gets 5 stars!

  15. Hmmm, I know that place… Pretty nice. Anyhow, it has been hard for me to leap into fall with temps out here almost reaching triple digits as we head into October. Well, things are changing. Today was downright chilly and overcast; tomorrow I’m heading back to the great Northeast for a family visit/vacation and to take in all the leaf-changing red-and-gold gorgeousness of fall. Head Mistress helped a bit, too. Nothing says fall like a rich blood red and a back-to-school namesake. Essie has a great rep for good reason. The color goes on smooth and, even a color as dark as this, coats pretty well the first time. The hi-gloss makes this look and feel expensive. So glad it’s not! Welcome fall! 5 stars for its great color, shine, price and reputation.

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