Swatches of the Essie Winter 2021 collection (‘Toy to the world’)

Swatches of Essie’s Winter 2021 are here!!! No not from the ‘Rumor jazz it’ collection, but from that other one (‘Toy to the world’). Although I was more excited about the Rumor jazz it collection, I got very curious when I saw that Essie’s new winter collection was available. Of course, I ordered them and within three days the bottles arrived from Denmark at my doorstep. The bottle of ‘All dolled up’ had a bit of a rough time, but the polish is still fine, so who cares?

OK, a little recap in case you forgot. The collection is going to consist of 6 new shades. This is what Essie has to say about them: “don’t kid yourself… you’re ready to get all dolled up and perfectly manicured for the holiday party circuit this year. the new essie limited edition winter 2021 collection has us taking a trip down memory lane to a toyland of our childhood dreams. discover six nostalgic, supercharged shades that tap into the magic of the holidays and the pure joy of being surrounded by your most memorable childhood gifts.”

The collection has some shades that you would definitely expect in a winter collection, but also shades that are a bit… unexpected? At least, without further context, they are a bit random. But I will show them, and you can say in the comments what you think, OK?

Essie All dolled up

‘All dolled up’ is a cool-toned vibrant pink creme. Definitely not what you expect from a winter collection, right? At first, I was a bit annoyed about this, but then I actually opened the bottle and applied the shade to my nail. All I can tell you is that the formula is extremely nice. The shade covered in two coats, but in one it was already quite opaque. I’m actually very surprised by this shade!

Essie Blossoms n’ besties vs Essie All dolled up vs Essie Lovie dovie vs Essie kissed by mist

Essie’s Lovie dovie is closest to ‘All dolled up’, but lighter. Blossoms n’ besties is warmer and Kissed by mist is lighter. I think Mod square or Forget me nots could possibly be a dupe, but I don’t own those shades.

Essie Mod square vs Essie All dolled up vs Essie lovie dovie vs OPI Suzi nails new Orleans

I got a ton of requests on Instagram whether I could compare ‘All dolled up’ to ‘Mod square’. Mod square was never released in Europe, so I was already telling people I couldn’t do a comparison. But through a strange coincidence, I was able to get a bottle anyway! The shade is a bit darker than All dolled up and a lot brighter. I’ve also added OPI’s Suzi nails New Orleans, but that shade is obviously much darker.

Essie Jingle belle

‘Jingle belle’ is a silver shimmer. It is actually my first silver polish ever. It required two coats and is a tiny bit streaky, but not as streaky as it seems in the picture. I always avoided silver polish because of the streaks and the metallic finish that they had. Jingle belle seems to exist of a lot of tiny glitters instead of metallic shimmer, and I actually love it. And let’s just be honest, a shade like this always works well towards the holidays.

Essie Jingle belle vs Essie all you ever beaded vs Essie empire shade of mind vs Steel-ing the scene

Although ‘Jingle belle’ was my first silver polish, I quickly expanded my collection. In the new ‘Rumor jazz it’ collection, there is also a new silver shade called ‘All you ever beaded’. This shade is a bit lighter, contains larger shimmer particles, and is less streaky. I was lucky because my local TKmaxx had Empire shade of mind, and Essie Steel-ing the scene. Empire shade of mind is darker and has smaller shimmer particles compared to Jingle belle. Steel-ing the scene has warm undertones, also smaller shimmer particles, and still has the small Essie brush.

Essie Toy to the world

‘Toy to the world’ is a vibrant red pink. It also doesn’t seem like a standard Christmas color, although I see how it could work during Christmas. The formula of this polish is again extremely good. The polish was pretty much opaque in one coat, but I’m wearing two in the picture, just to make the color a little bit deeper.

Essie éclair my love vs Essie Toy to the world vs Essie Sunset sneaks vs OPI We seafood and eat it

Essie Éclair my love and Essie Toy to the world are definitely dupes. I couldn’t see a difference in real life, and both shades have an awesome formula. ‘Sunset sneaks’ is a bit lighter and has a sheerer formula. ‘OPI We seafood and eat it’ is also a bit lighter in real life. To be honest, there are probably more shades out there that are very similar to ‘Toy to the world’, but Toy to the world itself has a very nice formula.

Essie Don’t kid yourself

‘Don’t kid yourself’ is a shade I really didn’t expect in a winter collection. Before I received it, I thought it might contain shimmer, or it might be toned down for winter. But literally nothing, this is a bright summer/spring color. Maybe if you celebrate Christmas in the Southern hemisphere, this one is for you! The formula is not that great as the other cremes. I’m wearing two coats, but I should have used three. I’m probably going to save this shade for spring/summer though.

Essie peach side babe vs Essie don’t kid yourself vs Essie love-all game vs Essie Check in to check out

I don’t have any shades that are direct dupes for “Don’t kid yourself”. I do have a lot of shades that are similar but slightly different. Essie’s Peach side babe is lighter and pinker. Essie love-all game and Essie check in to check out are more orange. I own many more coral shades, but I couldn’t find one that exactly has this color.

Essie Lucite of reality

‘Lucite of reality’ is probably my favorite polish of the collection. It is a green with hints of blue. On its first coat, the shade is more watery than the other shades, but with two coats I obtained perfect coverage. I don’t know what it is, but even looking at these pictures is pure love.

OPI My studio’s on spring vs Essie Lucite of reality vs Essie Field of dreams vs Essie Off tropic
Essie Satin sister vs Essie Lucite of reality vs Essie Go overboard vs OPI My studio’s on spring


‘Glee-for-all’ is the last shade of the collection. It is a champagne shade filled with tons of shimmer. Sometimes Essie does this thing where you only see the shimmer in the bottle, but that’s definitely not the case with this one. I literally mumbled ‘Wow’ when I was applying this shade.

I’m wearing three coats in the picture, but in hindsight, two coats also would have been enough (I wanted to try whether it changed the color). I think the color looks a little bit strange with my skin tone, but still, I love it. (Essie, maybe you can make this shade next year in different colors?) I think this shade will look awesome with darker skin tones, so I can’t wait to see more swatches of this polish from different ladies!

Essie Getting groovy vs Essie Glee-for-all vs OPI I love Yokohama vs Essie get your grove on

Obviously, I don’t have any dupes for Essie Glee-for-all. OPI I love Yokohama does have the same type of shimmer, but the polish is pinker and more sheer. Getting Groovy and Get your grove on are obviously just very different types of shades.

Conclusion & Availability

OK, I’ll admit, this collection is not your standard winter collection. But individually, I like all the shades. I’m really curious what the inspiration of Essie was when they were making this collection. Maybe some Christmas presents? Or the nutcracker?

I’m not sure whether this collection is already officially released. I found it on Nice Beauty, but I think they were just really early this year. Sadly, I also don’t know anything about the official release dates of this collection. It might be the 1st of October (the Essie advent calendar will be released on the first of October), but this is just a wild guess. I even heard that some stores do not even have the Essie fall collection yet! If you really want the collection: keep checking google. (But I will also update this post if I find it somewhere else).

In the next couple of days, I will continue working on this post and add some comparisons. In case you’ll find this collection early, you’ll still be fully prepared 😉

Update : The collection is available over here on Amazon (affiliate link).

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