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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Essie Leathers Collection by Rebecca Minkoff 2017 | Review + Swatches

First of all, I'm so sorry that I took off again. Some of you might know that I started a new job (my graduate job), but even then I was intending on posting regularly, but I've had to travel a lot more than expected and it's all been quite last minute. However, I am home now (well that's the latest!) and ready to catch up on your posts, and I'll do an update post soon!



Moving on, Essie have really been spoiling me! I've come back home for the weekends, and surprise; another amazing parcel! It's honestly incredibly kind of them. This particular post will be about their Leathers Collection by Rebecca Minkoff*. The Leathers Collection has been inspired by Essie's global colour designer, Rebecca Minkoff, and her handbag line. Unlike the leather look nail polish trend that I remember was quite the rage a while back (I did give it a go but found it a tad gritty personally), this range aims to capture the rich, buttery feel of the finest leather. So, from what I believe, it's not supposed to give a full-on leather look, but more of a subtle, luminous effect.

The collection is split into two kits; mini kit one and mini kit two. Mini kit one features three deep shades. I find that they have an almost gothic take on some classic winter shades, but as you will see I personally think two of them also have those Christmas feels. Mini kit two, in comparison, features three neutral toned shades, but again these have some added vividness and offer more than you would guess on a first impression. The mini kits feature 3 nail polishes which have 5ml of product each (their full size polishes have 13.5ml).

Moving onto the shades ... Mini Kit One*






















Tote-ally in Love
Oxblood reds are always a good Autumn/Winter shade in my book, and no I'm not biased because I have a huge collection of them (!) Tote-ally in Love is a tad brighter than the majority of my collection as it has more red running through it. I do like the fact that it's a bit more vivid though as it separates it from all the similar shades I have, and I find it a bit more wearable for different occasions. It was slightly more messy than the other shades to apply and there was some staining with this one and In Hot Purse-uit (below), that can happen with some Winter shades so it just needs a bit more work to remove. The matt finish works well with this shade though, it doesn't look flat and it gives it an edgy, grunge look.


In Hot Purse-Uit
This is one of the first shades that gave me Christmas vibes. Even if you just look at the bottle, you can see the iridescent violet shimmer coming through. Essie do describe this shade as a rich indigo blue, but to be honest I don't really see the blue when I'm wearing it (although that could just be me!). It pulls more of a deep purple for me, with the reflective violet flecks. This is a very bold, standout shade. I see it more as a Christmas party shade, for me it's if you wanted to make a statement, this shade would be it! Again, this one needs a bit more work to take off and it can smudge and get a bit messy if you accidentally touch it before it's completely dry. It is a really pretty two toned shade, but maybe not an everyday shade (then again mini kit two is better suited for you if you want everyday shades!).


Back in the Saddle
I'm not really one of those people who has ever been drawn to green nail polish, mint green maybe, but anything else and I just pass it over. It's like when you ask people what their favourite colour is, you rarely hear green, right? There is just something about this shade though! It has those Christmassy vibes, it's just reminds me of a Christmas advert where the female lead is twirling around in an deep green gothic skirt. It's a very deep, enchanting green, I would say it's an ivy green but even deeper. The silver flecks really add to this shade, and it is completely unique in my collection! I think you can guess, I really love this shade. Essie have got it spot on with the colour choice and the silver flecks, and this is definitely a shade you can go out and buy without worrying you have something similar at home. Plus, if you fancy a change from the classic Winter shades, why not give this a go?!

Mini Kit Two*


























Push the Envelope
This plush lilac is more your everyday shade but as you can see from the picture, it's slightly brighter than most neutral shades so it really pops against the skin. Saying that, in the photos I can definitely see what Essie mean by plush lilac. However, when I was wearing it, I felt like it was more what I would describe as a concrete grey. It is a very office appropriate, formal shade that I'm sure will really appeal to people who enjoy wearing these kind of shades, or other neutrals by Essie like Ballet Slippers/Fiji. However, I'm not sure it's one of my preferred shades as I don't think it looks as good on me personally as the neutrals from Essie's Fall 2017 range (see here). It's supposed to have a soft, silver glimmer. However, I don't think it's very noticeable (especially not in this image), yet it still gave it a gritty feeling. This was the only one where I felt like you could feel the shimmer slightly, it wasn't a problem with the others however.



Cross-body Heat
This is also another shade that I can say I adore! I think the description for this is pretty spot on so I won't try to add to it: a rosy mauve accented with subtle lavender shine. Again, I think Essie have got the balance perfect with this shade, it looks muted but the colour still comes across so well, it's also cool enough that it looks quite formal and understated, but it's not too cool in that I find it doesn't suit me. I'm really glad to have this one in my collection! I mean, you could probably find something similar, but this is literally just the kind of shade that I was looking for, it doesn't pull too grey or too purple like ones I've seen. I really don't know what I can add to that! But I would definitely buy a full size version of this if it ever came out, just encase I ever run out of this (not that I've ever finished a bottle of nail polish in my life).


Bucket List
Lastly, I really expected this shade to be a traditional mint green. I was a bit surprised when I put it on as it goes on a lot brighter than it looks in the tube, but then again Essie do describe this as a turquoise green brushed in a light aqua luster. After a bit of umming and ahhing I finally came to the conclusion that I actually rather liked this. It is quite bright and vivid but I think it's a refreshing burst of colour, and its actually not too much, if that makes sense. Again, I think this shade would suit all skintones, and even though it is marketed as more of an Autumn/Winter range, I can see it being a popular Spring option.

Formula + Brushes
I really do think Essie have the best brush applicator out there, but I didn't think the brush applicator in these minis would be the same as the full sizes. It is, however, the same (which is perfect if you're not the best at applying nail polish like me!). The formula is also opaque in one coat for over half of the shades (including the 3 shades in mini kit one), it was mainly Push the Envelope and Cross-body Heat where I felt like I needed a second coat. The dry time was also quite reasonable, I thought that they dried quite quickly, although the second layer took a bit more time.

If I was being really picky, I think In Hot Purse-uit might have looked better with a glossy finish because I think the shimmer would have come across a bit better, it gets a bit lost with the matt finish. On the other hand, not everyone wants glossy nails for Winter and I think the semi-matte finish of these will be a happy compromise for many people who don't want to go for the full matte finish.

You can still buy these kits online on Boots for £12.99 (mini kit one here, mini kit two here). They are also included in the 3 for 2! I have atleast two favourites from each kit so I would recommend them, they're a great way to try some shades that might normally have been out of your comfort zone!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Which of these shades is catching your eye?


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22 comments:

  1. Glad to have you back! Congrats on getting a graduate job, I'm still on the hunt lol! The first shade is screaming at me, how perfect is it for the upcoming seasons xx

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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  2. Gorgeous shades! I really like the look of the mint green one how beautiful.

    Laura xo
    www.shehearts.net

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    1. That was one of my surprising favourites!

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  3. It's funny, the two shades that I like here (tote-ally in love & cross body heat) are colors that I have very similar shades in my own collection. But this is a cool collection, I like how they added that christmassy green to the mix, it's so suitable yet unique for the holidays! maybe I'm biased though, because green IS my favorite color, lol. Welcome back to the blogging world!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

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    1. Wow you must be the first person in ages that I've heard that from haha! Aww thank you, and yes I love that christmassy green xx

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  4. I am happy that you are back. Congratulations for your job. I liked all the shades but tote-ally in love and cross body heat I liked more. Reading this post I am tempted to paint my nails. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much :) Two of my favourites as well xx

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  5. Lovely post, and welcome back to the blogosphere, it was nice to hear from you yesterday on one of my posts. I hope your new job is going well. These nail polish sets are sweet, I think with them being smaller bottles, they would be good for travel. I’m actually really digging the green colours from each set, even though they are not similar to each other at all. Back in the saddle would be awesome for a Christmas party! :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Aww thank you so much, it's going well! They're perfect for travel, I always used to take 1/2 with me, but then forget to put them on haha :) The greens have honestly changed my perception!

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  6. Congratulations on your job! I think 'Push The Envelope' is something I could see myself wearing during summer. But my nail polishes tend to be more neutral toned with some pinks and some darker shades. Still need to try Essie though! (P.s I replied to your comment on my blog x)

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume 

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    1. Thank you! I wish I could pull off neutral tones more but I have horrible hands haha so it highlights them xx

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  7. Congratulations on the new job! I think Back in the Saddle is my favorite color in all.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

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    1. Thank you! Snap, I think it's pretty amazing too x

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  8. How cool is this concept?! I had no idea that RM was a global ambassador for them; I just learned something new! I love all the colors to be honest and I do see the buttery effect. I'll have to check these out. Also, huge congrats on your new job, girl, that's awesome!I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks so much for sharing!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

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    1. Thank you so much! Thanks for dropping by xx

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  9. Welcome back! These mini kits are super cute-I rarely finish a nail polish bottle!

    Beekeyper - Latest - Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Palette

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    1. I'm the same, I don't think I ever have!

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  10. Welcome back...you've been missed. I'm not the biggest nail polish fan and rarely apply any but I saw Rebecca Minkoff and got excited. I have two of her bags and use them almost daily. I know that has nothing to do with the collection but I am excited to see this collab collection either way ;) xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty

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    1. Aww thank you! Aww that's really cool, you'll have to show us some time xx

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  11. Oh hey girl!! Looking forward to your upcoming posts! Cross body heat has to be my favourite out of the lot, it's such a beautiful colour. Bucket list is definitely something I'd wear in the summer time as it's quite bright.
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Aww thank you! I really think cross body heat just have something about it too :)

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