Essie Fall Collection 2016: Tokyo Collection

You all know that I’m a huge Essie fan but this collection… be still my beating heart! As soon as I heard that the Essie Fall Collection 2016 had taken Tokyo as its inspiration I was already over the moon, but then I saw the pictures. And I’m happy to tell you that this is – by far – my favourite collection from them.

Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review - Talonted Lex

Too often, autumnal collections are all greens, browns, and berries with no unusual additions. But this collection has some beautiful neutrals along with vibrant seasonal colours. Let me know which colour is your favourite in the comments below! And – as if you needed any more encouragement – Superdrug are doing a ‘buy one get one half price‘ offer on Essie polishes. Go go go!

Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review - Talonted Lex

Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review - Talonted Lex

Going from light to dark, we’ll start with Go Go Geisha, an ‘antique toned blossom pink’. This has been a great go-to nude for me recently, something that goes with everything and instantly makes you feel and look put together. This reached full opacity in 2 coats, shown below with Seche Vite.

Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Go Go Geisha - Talonted Lex Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Go Go Geisha - Talonted Lex

I have a few nudey-pinks but this one is slightly different to the others in my collection, as you can see below. It’s just the right blend of caramel-y nude and pastel pink.

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Next up is Now And Zen, a ‘timeless sage grey’. I love this type of colour and it’s strangely hard to find. It’s a lovely dusty shade that shifts in front of my eyes: sometimes it’s more green, sometimes it’s more grey. LOVE. Again, it’s a two-coater and shown with Seche Vite.

Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Now And Zen - Talonted Lex Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Now And Zen - Talonted Lex

I was quite surprised that I didn’t have anything similar already, even though I have an (out of control) grey polish obsession. That green tint makes it very unusual!

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Udon Know Me‘ is apparently a ‘mysterious stony blue’… for essie that’s a pretty bland description and not one I can really get behind. I’m not sure what about this shade is mysterious! But it’s absolutely beautiful. When I first saw it I thought it looked more spring-like but on the nails it’s a little more dusty which makes it more autumn-appropriate. It’ll be gorgeous when you’ve got all of the berries and rich colours out of your system in the first month of slightly chilly weather! This is a really wonderful formula and could potentially be a one-coater with careful application.

Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Udon Know Me - Talonted Lex Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Udon Know Me - Talonted Lex

I really have nothing else like this (did I mention that I love this collection?!). As you can see below, pastel blues and greens don’t really cut it in a comparison so this now has a special place in my stash.

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I think this might be my favourite shade in the collection: ‘Playing Koi‘. As soon as I saw this I knew it would appeal to me but on the nails it is just gorgeous. A ‘flirtatious orange rust’, it’s perfect for autumn winter and has that marsala/burnt brick/dirty red vibe that I just love. This was another two coater, shown with Seche Vite.

Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Playing Koi - Talonted Lex Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Playing Koi - Talonted Lex

Nothing else I own even comes close to this shade. Take a bow, Essie, and say hello to my new go-to autumn colour!

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I was probably the least excited about this shade, just because it’s fairly standard. Essie describe ‘Maki Me Happy‘ as a ‘crimson wrapped berry’, which sums it up well but doesn’t exactly send you into a frenzy of excitement! However, if you are looking for a pink-toned-red nail varnish, this would be the one to go for. Essie’s formulas and lasting power are incredible so you can’t really go wrong.

Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Maki Me Happy - Talonted Lex Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Maki Me Happy - Talonted Lex

As you can see from the swatches below, I have quite a few similar shades. But you can never have too many classic reds, right?

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And last but not least… ‘Kimono-Over‘, the darkest and most vampy shade of the bunch. An ‘inviting damson plum’, this is a dreamy dark polish that looks almost black in some lights but then transforms into a luscious aubergine shade. I’m a huge fan of dark polishes year round but I think autumn/winter fashion gives vampy nails some extra drama.

Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Kimono Over - Talonted Lex Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo Review Kimono Over - Talonted Lex

The closest polish I have is the OPI one shown below, but I think that is slightly lighter and more obviously purple. The above swatches are shown with two coats and Seche Vite, but I could probably have gotten away with one careful coat.

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So which is your favourite shade from the Essie Fall Collection 2016? Do you have your eye on any in particular? Let me know in the comments below (that wasn’t meant to rhyme…)

Lex

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Essie Fall Collection 2016 Tokyo - Talonted Lex

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8 Comments

  1. Sarah
    30th September 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Now and Zen, Udon Know Me, and Kimono-Over look absolutely brilliant. I don’t think I can narrow it down any more than that!

    • Lex
      4th October 2016 / 11:09 am

      Haha! I had a similar issue! Just so many lovely colours 🙂

  2. Helen Ayres
    30th September 2016 / 9:22 pm

    I have two favourites: Now and Zen, and Udon Know Me. Really unusual.

    • Lex
      4th October 2016 / 11:08 am

      Both excellent choices 🙂 I am just in love with the whole collection!

    • Lex
      4th October 2016 / 10:56 am

      Go Go Geisha is such a beautiful shade, I can tell I’m going to be wearing that far into Spring!

  3. 4th October 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Kimono-Over looks similar to Luxedo, which I’m currently sporting. Love Now and Zen – I had a similar Mavala shade which the husband used to refer to as ‘pretty mould’. Nice.

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  4. Annabel
    4th October 2016 / 11:20 pm

    Now and Zen, Udon know me and Playing Koi are all gorgeous! The first two are right up my street as bluey greeny grey shades are my ultimate favs. And the latter is so unique like you said! Nothing like it in my collection either, I feel I must have it! I always love Essie’s shade names as well. And I’m obsessed with everything Japanese so this collection is like a dream to me

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