Swatch of Essie – Playing koi (Fall 2016)

bottle shot of Essie Playing Koi

Have you seen Essie’s new Fall collection? It is inspired on Japan and to me, it’s just perfection. If I had all the money in the world, I would definitely buy the complete limited edition. But unfortunately I don’t, so I had to make a choice. I first decided to not buy anything, since I already own many fall polishes. But when I was completing an order and I saw that the store was carrying this collection, I just had to throw one in my virtual basket. The choice of which color it had to be was easy, Playing koi of course! It’s just an unique color, that I haven’t seen before!


swatch of essie playing koiPlaying koi is a rusty orange/brown/red shade. I have to admit that somehow, my pictures make it look a little bit more bright orange than it actually is. In real life, it is a little bit more dusty and brown. It is one of those colors that many leaves have in autumn!

Swatch of Essie playing koi

The formula is also very good. It covered easily in two coats. Please ignore the bubbles in some of the pictures. I used all of my favorite topcoat, so I’m trying a different one. In real life they are less noticeable, I only saw the bubbles when I looked at these pictures! Somehow this polish just makes me feel so happy when I look at my nails! It is a perfect twist on the classic dark red polish for fall.

swatches of Essie playing koi

I bought Playing koi at the dutch website Wehkamp. I haven’t seen this collection yet in any physical stores. But I think that the stores that I go to are always a little bit slow (so annoying!). I’m sure that within a few weeks all stores will sell this polish!

Have you already seen the Essie’s fall collection? Which one would you pick?

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