Essie Winter 2008 Nail Polishes: Her Royal Hotness

Published in: Nails, Product Reviews

Well, cover me in jewels, and bring my royal scepter because the regal shades of rich purple, deep ruby and gold make the Essie Winter 2008 collection ($8 each) a royal tour de force!


The colors remind me of His Royal Purpleness, Prince, from the height of Purple Rain fame.

Bold and Beautiful: creamy ruby red
Damsel in a Dress: creamy deep berry
It’s Genius: shimmery purple with gold flecks
Rock Star Skinny: creamy blood red
Sexy Divide: shimmery violet
Shift Power: metallic gold


Pretty, yah? I used two coats of each shade for these swatches, and all of the shades applied smoothly and without streaks, except for Sexy Divide. She took a few tries to get right, applying unevenly and streaky until I applied her with thicker layers, which took took care of the problem but also took longer to dry.

Essie offers a little $3 discount on the entire set of six colors ($45 for the set, vs. $48 when purchased separately).

These are full size nail polishes (0.5 fluid oz.), but Essie is also offering a totally cute Mini Collection (0.16 fluid oz.) featuring Sexy Divide, Bold and Beautiful, It’s Genius and Rock Star Skinny for $18. That’s the deal I really like.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lydia says:

    Ooo these are so pretty! I might get the mini collection!

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  2. Lehea says:

    Those colors are gorgeous! Sexy Divide definitely screams out Prince. 😛

  3. Katee says:


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  4. lindsay says:

    I love Shift Power and Damsel in a Dress! They’re so pretty!

  5. lexi says:

    Want ‘it’s genius’!!! it’s the purple i am looking for- i bought OPI’s ‘yes i can-can’ and although it is pretty it’s more of deep brown based purple. the essie one looks like more of a true purple with just the right amount of darkness…LOVE!!!

  6. Karen too says:

    Hi Karen! Have been gone for a while due to wedding, but now I’m back checking out the nail polishes! I love it’s genious and shift power! I wonder when I’ll get around to buying a gold nail polish… 😉

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Lydia,

    The mini collection looks really cute. It’ll be a nice stocking stuffer!

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Lehea,

    TOTALLY! When I did these swatches I *had* to listen to songs from Purple Rain. 🙂

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Katee,

    Yah! I think I might like this collection even more than their summer release, which I *loved*.

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Lindsay,

    OoOo… I think Shift Power might be one of my faves from the bunch! I think it’s going to look really great on toes. 🙂

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Lexi,

    Oh! I love the gold shimmer in that shade. It gives it some punch, but it’s not too OTT.

    I can’t wait to pop a really shiny top coat on top of it. HOTNESS!

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Karen Too!

    Oh my gosh — how was the wedding? Did everything go smoothly? I hope so. Details, details!

  13. Dao says:

    Wow, so pretty! I dig “Rock Star Skinny”!

  14. Tiera says:

    I normally don’t like nail polishes that are shimmery, but I have to get my hands on It’s Genius!

  15. Holly says:

    these colors are TOO cute! i hate being cold but i love winters jewel tones – they make me smile.

    but i really wanted to tell you to try out max factors new 2000 calorie mascara. i saw it on Blush the other night and on my weekly trip to Ulta bought some. i noticed it thickened my lashes and curled them, and provided a bit of lengthening. unfortunately, after a few coats, it started getting clumpy. but with practice i think it’ll do great things!

  16. Brittany says:

    I’m loving Sexy Divide..The others are just kind of “meh” for me.

  17. Rachel says:

    rock star skinny will be mine! i’ve been looking for a deep dark red 🙂
    while the others are awesome, i have colors similar

  18. Mariah says:

    I have Damsel in a Dress, Sexy Divide, It’s Genius and Shift Power! I haven’t tried Sexy Divide yet, but I’m sure it’s going to be my fav. But really, It’s Genius blew me away! I thought it’d be boring, but WOW! It’s gorgeous!

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  19. Ellery says:

    Wow, “sexy divide” and “shift power” are amazing!

  20. Eru says:

    Hey Karen!
    I was wondering, what do you use to keep your nails healthy? Mines are not looking very well this winter 🙁
    Oh, and Rock Star Skinny is just and amazing shade, and I love the name, LoL!
    Hugs :3

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  21. Katee says:

    yes, Karen, I loved loved loved those neons! Those were amazing!

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  22. Karen B says:

    Love these. Damsel in a dress is my favourite 🙂

    Oh and I’m thinking of getting my butt back into dance classes again. I’ve missed it so much. Just one question: does fluidline hold up through sweaty dance sessions?

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  23. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Me too! It’s a fab holiday color. 🙂

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Tiera,

    Yes! The subtle shimmer in that shade is very pretty.

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    Oh yah, that’s one of my old school favorites. Is it a completely new formulation? I really liked the old version.

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Brittany,

    If you wear Sexy Divide you absolutely have to listen to Prince. 🙂

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Rachel,

    It’s a great color! I hear ya about having a hard time finding a very deep, rich red. This one is spot on. 🙂

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Mariah,

    I know! When I applied the second coat on my nails I said, “OOOoOOOOHHH!”

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Ellery,

    Yah! I think they would even look good paired together, perhaps with Shift Power on the fingers and Sexy Divide on the toes.

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Gio,

    I agree. 🙂 I really like this release!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Eru,

    I keep them pretty short (if they get too long I can’t type and they start to split) and I use a really good top coat. Do you have Seche Vite over there? That’s my favorite!

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Katee,

    I know! The yellow shade from that release is my fave.

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    I think it does, as long as you don’t rub at your eyes. If you want really heavy duty liner MAC Liquidlast is another good option. I have trubs applying it, though… it’s not one of those products that you can just whip out and then go.

  34. yadiq says:

    As much as the anti purple I am I am loving sexy divide is it luke a purpleish black with a metallic fleck to it?? I must say I think I am a purple convert LOL maybe I just won’t rock it at work (purple is our Corp color) I am also feeling the shift power gold I was a major fan of eddie summer too LOL I abused my assistant one day in search of the neon pink (short shorts ) she found it and I rewarded her patience with a bottle if it as well LOL it really wasn’t abuse she’s a makeup addict as well LOL

  35. Karen B says:

    Hmmm. I do apply fluidline with a 210 brush. Is the applicator on the liquidlast similar?

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  36. Catherine says:

    Ahh! Rock Star Skinny looks like exactly the color I’ve been searching for!

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Yadiq,

    That shade from the Neon Collection is awesome. I might have to bust it out, even though it’s totally not in season!

    Sexy Divide has just a touch of pearl in it… very subtle! Are you going to send your assistant on another polish hunt on Monday? 😉

  38. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    It’s pointy, like the 209. You can probably spread some on the back of your hand and use the 210 to apply it, though.

    It’s a liquid formula and I swear it doesn’t move for nothing! I put some on the back of my hand once just to see how long it would last and I swear it was on there for three days.

  39. Karen says:

    Hi Catherine,

    Yay! It’s really pretty in person. You’ll love it. 🙂

  40. Karen B says:

    The 210 is about the same shape as the 209 so I guess I could just use the applicator that comes with liquidlast.
    My skills at liner are becoming quite good btw 🙂 Only my left eye does tend to be not so perfect as my right eye…. lol

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  41. Sammie says:

    ooooooh. *drools* Must. Have. =D

  42. Marisol says:

    These are some great colors!

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