essie AW 2016 collection

This new essie AW 2016 collection is one of those times that something arrives or I spot something and I get that ‘need to blog this right away’. The shades just ticked every box for things I’m obsessed with at the moment, especially four of them that I’ll talk about further down the post that just match exactly the colour palette I want to use for my next decorating project. But more on that in a moment, first – a little more about the Tokyo inspired ‘Japanese If You Please’ essie AW 2016 collection.

essie AW 2016

As you can probably see, there are six shades. Ranging from deep purple to dusky pink. The collection has been created by essie global colour director Rebecca Minkoff who was inspired by the cultural surroundings of Tokyo. I’ve never been to Japan, but have heard it’s a really incredible place. The season most often associated is Spring when the famous pink Japanese Cherry Blossom season happens. So it’s interesting to see a collection that’s inspired by the Autumnal shades – bringing together the modern and the traditional sides to Tokyo life.

essie AW 2016

essie AW 2016

essie AW 2016

The six shades are (from left to right):

Maki Me Happy – A bold berry red cream.

Playing Koi – A fun orange-red shade. Quite an unusual one!

Kimono-Over – A deep damson plum. This is the hero shade of the collection.

Now and Zen – A soft cool grey.

Go Go Geisha – Soft blossom pink.

Udon Know Me – A cool slightly greyed blue cream.

essie AW 2016

I absolutely adore the four colours on the right – the Kimono Over, then the grey, pink and blue of Now and Zen, Go Go Geisha and Udon Know Me. They just work so well together. It was funny that this collection arrived when just this week I was looking in my nail collection for a shade exactly like Go Go Geisha. I wanted a dusky pink that was exactly like this – rather than too pastel/pinky or too rosy. I love these shades and can see them being favourites from now through AW and beyond.

Gorgeous collection for essie AW 2016 – what do you think? Anyone else loving this colour palette?! I also love the two orange/red shades – they just didn’t quite get me as excited as the other four! Oh and a note on quality of polish for these. All of them were seriously impressive on one coat, bar just the blue Udon Know Me. That was the only one that definitely needed that second coat, where all the others you could get away with just the one if you’re really careful on that one coat application.

‘Japanese if you please’* essie AW 2016 will be available from  £7.99 – Launching this Autumn

*PR sample or gift



  1. August 20, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Ahh I love a new Essie collection and it’s so nice to see pastels even in Autumn!

  2. nueyork
    August 20, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    All of these shades are just so, so perfect! Ahhhh I wouldn’t be able to pick just one!

  3. August 20, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    I am seriously in love with that shade of pink!!


  4. August 21, 2016 / 3:29 am

    These colours are all so beautiful!! I can’t even pick a favourite!

    Nicky Zeeb xx

  5. August 22, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    These all look like shades I need in my life.


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