Essie Shearling Darling Collection Swatches and Review

 press sample 
Today I'm excited to show you essie's new winter release, the Shearling Darling Collection. I love essie's six-polish collections. They always have a polish or two that's slightly unexpected. This bunch includes three cremes, a glitter, and two shimmery options. I love every single one of them! Seriously.

I'll start with my favorite. Toggle to the Top is a rich, garnet red sparkler. The base is a deeper red jelly than Essie Leading Lady, but the glitter load is similar. It went on a little splotchy with the first coat, but evened out with three thin coats. It does dry gritty, so I used two generous topcoats for my swatch. It's a stunner! I can picture it especially on short, neatly manicured nails.

Essie Toggle to the Top

essie calls Warm and Toasty Turtleneck a "wisteria pink angora". It's a delicate, deep, warm mauve. Super pretty and a perfect "pink" for Fall.

Essie Warm and Toasty Turtleneck

Mind Your Mittens is a blackened teal creme. I was surprised it was opaque in two coats, but it was! I think this color is so chic.

Essie Mind Your Mittens

Parka Perfect is described as a "serenely shimmering cashmere gray". To me, it's more of a light, dusty teal with a slight silvery shimmer. It is serene though, for sure. My swatch isn't entirely accurate. It's deeper and a little greener in real life. It's beautiful and office-friendly.

Essie Parka Perfect

Shearling Darling is a deep, vampy, warm red creme. The formula was really nice and the color is rich and autumn-y. (I realize autumnal is the grammatically correct word there, but it sounded too fancy.)

Essie Shearling Darling

And last, but not least, we have my second fave shade of this collection, Sable Collar. It's so unique. It's a purple-leaning chocolate brown with a deep pink opalescent shimmer. In my opinion, this is a breakout Fall shade. It's gorgeous.

Essie Sable Collar

Overall, this is a great essie release. I've always been a huge fan of their small brush and over the last year and a half of blogging...I've come to embrace their thinner formula. All swatches are finished with G&G HK Girl topcoat.

Which ones are your favorites?

essie’s Shearling Darling Collection retails at $8.50 per bottle and is available now at, fine salons and beauty destinations worldwide. For news and promotions, follow essie on facebook, twitter, and instagram.