Friday, September 23, 2016

Essie Polish Favorites: Reds for Autumn

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Essie nail varnishes (left to right): Wicked, Shearling Darling, Bahama Mama, Forever Yummy.

I love a good red nail polish.  If it looks like a blackened, bruised, or bloody red, I'm in.  The bloodier looking, the better.  There's a beauty in colors that are rooted in nature.  Now that fall's just around the corner, I have an excuse to break out my deepest, darkest reds that have waited patiently in my bin of nail varnishes. 

Just kidding!  Let's get real: I wear dark reds all year round, even when it's not "fashionable" to do so.  I'm a fan of wearing the darkest things I can find until the scorching heat of California summer makes it unbearable to cover myself in head-to-toe black.  In a perfect world, I'm a vampire who lives out all of my inner Goth kid aspirations.  Since vampires aren't real, I'll have to settle for vampy (see what I did there?) nail varnish instead.  Here are a few of my favorites from Essie!

Wicked.  A blackened red jelly.  Polishes of this color always have slightly patchy application.  Takes about three coats for complete opacity.  I wear two coats for laziness.  Good for birthday parties or gatherings where you want to emanate cheerfulness.

Shearling Darling.  A deep red creme that leans very brown.  Goes great with a heavy sweater and a pumpkin spice latte.

Bahama Mama.  A creme that is more fucshia and berry.  The color that can't decide whether it wants to be purple or primary red.  Good for when one's only feeling 70% vampire that week.

Forever Yummy.  A classic red creme that's close to Chanel's Dragon polish but at about 1/3 of the price.  I own both and wish I'd never spent my money at Chanel.  Looks a little bit like Christmas on the fingertips.


  1. Ooou these shades are so pretty! Very Fall appropriate. I love the look of Shearling Darling and Bahama Mama.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  2. These shades are so pretty!! I wear red nail polish all year round too but I prefer burgundy for winter. Do you have instagram? Mine is @louisefrancescaa if you want to follow each other! XX

    The Fashion

  3. I have the same problem! Or is it even a problem... I tend to wear dark shades all year round. Bahama Mama is such a gorgeous shade and I've been wanting to get it for a while now. Shame that it isn't sold in Lithuania :/

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  4. I actually only have Wicked from this selection but I really like the look of Forever Yummy too :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  5. I love the colours so much! Your flat lay photography is so on point!!

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other on social media?

    Deepti xx

  6. thanks for this post! i'm on a hunt for red essie polishes and i'm drooling over all of them! shearling darling looks amazing.


  7. Great colors