Essie Haute In The Heat Collection Summer 2014




Sometimes I feel like I get this weird high when I review Essie collections–and no, I’m not sniffing the polish or acetone. I know I’ve said it before, but I am always excited when I see new Essies. Am I weird for loving the bottle shape? I just find their bottles so incredibly classy and identifiable that I want to have hundreds of them lined up in my melmers just so I can admire the white caps. I know that I have issues but that just works to your advantage if you’re looking for Essie news and swatches, right?! I am normally in the know when it comes to upcoming collections, but I seriously had not heard a peep about the collection I have for you today until last week when I was reading a magazine. Sometimes I just assume that their neon collection is their summer collection but nope—we get a separate summer collection. Hey, in my book that’s great news because I wasn’t too in love with the Too Taboo Collection. So anyway, once I saw the ad in my magazine, I went to harass and chastise my nail guy for not telling me about this new collection. Whenever I go to his store, the first words out of my mouth (after saying hello, of course) are: “What new stuff do you have?” Sometimes I don’t even have to ask him because he will steer me to any new displays. I love my nail guy, but I’m pretty sure he’s a little scared of me. So now that I’ve rambled, are you ready to see the Essie Haute In The Heat Collection for Summer 2014?

Essie Strut Your Stuff 1Essie Strut Your Stuff 2OH MY FLIPPING POLISH GOD. Essie Strut Your Stuff is such a freaking gorgeous color. It’s like the darker cousin of In The Cab-ana. The formula on this was pretty nice because it was very opaque and smooth. I applied two coats here and it dries pretty shiny. One thing to note is that it stains a bit–but not enough to ever deter me from wearing it.

Essie Ruffles & Feathers 1Essie Ruffles & Feathers 2What are you doing to me, Essie? Are you trying to make up for past duds with this gorgeous polish? Cause I have to be honest: It’s kind of working. Essie Ruffles & Feathers is another gorgeous polish with an awesome formula. In real life, this color is slightly more green but my camera makes it lean a little bit more blue. Still…hubba, hubba!

Essie Urban Jungle 1Essie Urban Jungle 2I love white creamy polishes so much but we all know that the formula usually sucks balls, so I wasn’t expecting for Essie Urban Jungle to be decent. In fact, the formula is quite nice even though the first coat applied a little streaky and had a kind of chalky look. After the second coat, it was all gravy.Essie Haute In The Heat 1Essie Haute In The Heat 2Essie Haute In The Heat is really pretty but i found it a little boring especially since it’s the collection’s namesake. Still, if you don’t have something super similar, it’s worth getting because the formula is superb. If you have a steady hand, this is a one-coater.

Essie Roarrrrange 1Essie Roarrrrange 2Despite the silly name, Essie Roarrrrange is a nice and juicy summer color. Unfortunately, I am still on the “I hate orange” train from last week so I can’t say I am really loving the color. Additionally, this is the only polish that gave me a little trouble because I needed three thin coats to even it out.

Essie Fierce No Fear 1Essie Fierce No Fear 2I really wanted to love Essie Fierce, No Fear but I think this color just doesn’t do me any favors. I think it look absolutely icky on me, but I’m sure it will work on different skin tones. The formula was nice and SUPER shiny so expect two coats.

Overall, I am very happy with this collection. Coming off my disappointment with their Summer Neons, this is just what I needed to reel me back in. I know that this doesn’t necessarily scream SUMMER, but I think I quite like that. I also always appreciate their 6-piece collections because this allows me to really focus on each polish. I can totally see this collection being very polarizing, so I’m very curious to hear what you think. I think most of the major brands have put out their summer offerings, so now I’m excited to start hearing about Fall collections. Maybe I’m just trying to ignore the fact that we have 100+ degree weather all last week and it’s not even summer yet. Kill me now. On that note, I hope that you had a nice weekend and that you’re nice and rested for this new week. Is it Friday yet? No? Ok. Thanks so much for the visit today, and I will talk to you soon.



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11 thoughts on “Essie Haute In The Heat Collection Summer 2014

  1. Oooh that blue looks absolutely wonderful! Ruffles and feathers and Urban jungle are beautiful as well but a little too similar to OPI’s Amazon amazoff and Don’t bossa nova me around for me to feel like I really need them.

    Great swatches as always 🙂

  2. WOOOOOT I haven’t heard anything about this collection until now! I love the colors! There seems to be a lot of similarities between this collection and OPI Brazil (I’m seeing AmazON, Bossa Nova, Man-Go and Sao Paolo here….), it would be interesting to see comparisons 🙂

    I totally get how you feel about the Essie bottles, btw. I feel the same way about Essie and Cadillacquer 🙂
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  3. I LOVE these colors. You’re right, they don’t scream summer, in fact they seem more like a fall collection to me, but they’re gorgeous!

    I think the brown might work on some skin tones, but would look decidedly fecal on me. However, I think I am in love with that orange!

  4. I was actually wearing an Essie (an Essie I got at your nail guy’s place the first time we went) when I read this. I really like Essie, especially the brush (it just works for me). I think that I don’t buy a whole ton because they maybe push the envelope a little less in the color department than other brands? I don’t know…but I know I do really enjoy using the ones that I have.
    I am with you in that I hadn’t heard a word about this until I read this post. I’m going to give it a positive reaction, haha. I don’t like the orange or the brown, and I can take or leave the namesake color, but I love the blue, teal, and neutral. Even though I don’t think I *need* any of these, I’m still liking the collection as a whole and am feeling pretty good about it, haha.

    1. Yes to everything that you said! I do tend to enjoy Essie polishes a lot even when they aren’t unique. There’s just something about the brand that I really like. This collection is definitely nice. The brown is the only one that I really don’t like on me but I’m sure other people will be able to wear it without it looking gross.

  5. Whoa! I LOVE THESE! Okay, I’ll skip the orange as orange polishes never look good on me but the rest? GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to get my hands on these pretties ♥

    Okay, perhaps they don’t really scream summer to me but it does seem like a very balanced, thoroughly considered collection. I’m much more excited about this collection than, say, OPI Coca Cola Collection. Love, love, LOVE ESSIE! 🙂
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  6. Would you look at that, it seems Essie has broken out of the “Include a dupable lavender from our last three collections” phase. Such refreshing colors! But ugh, why did I have to see these? With the exception of the namesake of the collection and that other brownish color, it’s looks like I’m going to go to extreme lengths to obtain this collection. Especially Ruffles & Feathers and Urban Jungle. I’m always conflicted about buying blues because they are the majority of my collection and I always swear I have at least 1 dupe, like I swear Strut Your Stuff might be a dupe of Avenue Maintain but I digress, I still want them! I’m also super excited about Roarrrrange I’m on this “stepping out of the norm” kick lately.. I have a few oranges and yellows that have been neglected for far too long because I usually stick to my lavender, blues and reds. I recently tried an old Essie green and I currently have on an awesome yellow from Sparitual, I could just kick myself for not giving these amazingly fun colors a chance sooner! Anyway, in so many words, I’m way excited for this collection! As usual, awesome awesome awesome swatches! Thank you 🙂

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