It’s time for another new Essie collection! I feel very lucky that I was able to get my hands on another Winter 2021/ Fall 2021 collection! I’m of course talking about the Rumor jazz it collection. Many of you asked me to swatch this collection! The reason that I didn’t order it immediately is that I didn’t know the shop it was sold at. I hoped it would be released in other stores, but I eventually decided to bite the bullet and just buy the collection in Greece.
Just to freshen up your memory: The collection consists of six new 20’s-themed colors. They all have the same finish; silver and gold shimmer in a colored jelly base. They dry completely smooth. It is actually pretty difficult to see what is going on in these shades because the polish is so sparkly and reflective. It sometimes seems like they have some holographic pigment, but it is very difficult to tell. I don’t think I have ever seen something like this from Essie. The closest I could think of is Essie’s In a gingersnap from last year’s winter collection, but instead of gold shimmer with silver shimmer.
It amazed me how much these shades changed with different lighting. I therefore tried to capture them in direct light and in indirect light, such that you get a better impression of what the shades are like.
Essie Dressed to excess
The first one I tried was the green one, “Dressed to excess”. I literally said “wow” when I first applied it to the nail. It is so sparkly, yet the color is also very intense. The polish covers well in two coats. I’m pretty sure I don’t own anything like this! I think this one might also have some gold shimmer, but I’m not entirely sure!
Essie Bedazzle me
‘Bedazzle me’ is the purple shade of the collection. Two coats was enough to achieve this result. Looking at the pictures with direct light, it definitely seems like this shade has some holographic shimmer in it! In indirect light it doesn’t sparkle that much, but it is more a reflective silver shimmer that is more apparent. I’m very happy with this shade!
Essie Gatsbee’s knees
‘Gatsbee’s knees’ is the yellow/gold in the collection. This one seems to be the odd one in the collection. I’m not sure whether this one contains the silver shimmer, or that it only contains gold shimmer. The polish is also a tad sheer. I’m wearing three coats, but if I look close in direct light, it still looks a bit sheer. I’m worried that if you have longer nails than me, you might have to do four coats.
Still, this shade looked so good. It is very reflective and just looks like you put some gold on your nails!
Essie take it speakeasy
Now my favorite of the collection, ‘Take it speakeasy’. This one just looks like you crushed some gemstones and put them on your nail. I really haven’t seen anything like it before, and definitely not from Essie. The formula is a bit thicker than the other shades, and in one coat it is already quite opaque. Still, for the most intense effect I would recommend doing two coats.
Essie All you ever beaded
‘All you ever beaded’ is the silver of the collection. In terms of application, it reminded me a bit of the gold one.
It is also a lot sheerer than the other shades. I’m wearing three coats in the pictures, but I definitely could have used a fourth coat. The darker patches in the color are just my nails that are peaking through the polish! I’ve worn this shade a second time now, and the shade was opaque in two coats. I’m not sure what went wrong the first time. The shade is super reflective, which makes it very difficult to see in real life! I believe the shade also contains some gold shimmer, which makes it very pretty.
This is Essie All you ever beaded compared to other silver Essie’s that I own. The colors of ‘Jingle belle’ and ‘All you ever beaded’ are quite close, but ‘All you ever beaded’ is a bit lighter. ‘All you ever beaded’ also contains the largest shimmer particles and the least streaks. ‘Empire shade of mind’ is darker and ‘Steel-ing the scene’ has warm undertones.
Essie Rumor jazz it
The blue one, Rumor jazz it, is the namesake of the collection. It has a very similar formula to the purple one. The shade covered nicely in two coats. While painting this on, I couldn’t help but to think of the “retro revival” shade Starry starry night. Why didn’t they use this shimmer for that polish? Anyway, Essie’s starry starry night is probably the reason why I’m so in love with every blue shimmer shade! ‘Rumor jazz it’ is definitely not an exeption.
Conclusion & availability
That’s it. This collection definitely did not disappoint! I can honestly say that this is probably my favorite Essie collection of the year. It’s so different from any other Essie shade I have ever used (and I used a lot!). The shades do not look cheap, but quite sophisticated. Exactly what you would expect from Essie. I think every shade in this collection is just perfect for Christmas. Also, I think that, when used together, these shades will be great in some Christmas nail-art!
So now on to the depressing part; their availability. I’ve only spotted them so far at Zizel.gr and Angelopouloshair.gr, which are both Greek websites. They do ship abroad (and outside the EU). The Belgian website “Di” also has them, they are listed under the “essie fall 2021” collection. However, they do not have all shades, and they only ship inside Belgium. I haven’t heard anything about this collection besides from these three stores. Sadly, I also have no clue whether they will be released in the US and Canada or whether this is going to be an EU-only collection. The other Winter collection is already listed on Amazon US, so hopefully, this one will follow too. I will definitely keep you posted!