It’s been a while since I did a nail polish post. I know this won’t do much for my blog stats, but it’ll at least look pretty. I should probably have called my blog “messy cuticles” instead of “moda vivendi” seeing as how I can paint my nails and they look really good with no clean up from my vantage point but then I take a picture and I’m like ehhh did I really get nail polish all over there?
*Please note that even though I’m linking to the Essie website, it does not mean that I am in any way being compensated for this post. I just want you to see their description of the colors. I got my collection at mainly at Ulta but also various salons and a few at work.
Even though this picture is from the summer, it’s one of my favorite colors, especially for fall. It isn’t just a brown (although “Little Brown Dress” is pretty) and it isn’t a typical dark red but there are red tones in it, so it looks flattering on everyone.
OPI Lincoln Park After Dark is such a good fall color. It’s not totally black, there are hints of deep purple to give it some depth. I don’t like pure black polish for the specific reason that it can look really flat and has little interest in it. I do like how this has almost a dark cherry feel to it. Essie’s “Velvet Voyeur” is comparable; apparently they’re now calling “Velvet Voyage” on their website. Lame.
Finally we have one of one of Essie’s Fall 2011 shades worn a few different ways.. In 2 days I bought 3 bottles of polish (two of Essie’s fall colors and OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. I don’t have a problem or anything..) I wanted to experiment. My friend, “B,” also has Case Study from the Fall 2011 line, which is a pretty nude; it comes off a little yellowy though. I just want all of the fall colors.
We have Essie Smokin’ Hot and Very Structured from the Fall 2011 collection. Smokin’ Hot is a nice, dark neutral gray but it also has purple undertones in non-natural (?) light. Very Structured looks orange but it also has a pretty brown rust and a bit of red to it. Very complex, very pretty. Essie Merino Cool from the Fall 2010 collection is a lighter version of Smokin’ Hot in many ways, but with more purple. And we have OPI Turquoise Shatter (because I’m not over this trend.)