As a total blogger favourite brand, I wasn't expecting to head to the Essie stand and fall head over heels for a colour like this.
I love Essie, there's a total 'gotta catch 'em all' vibe about those cute little bottles, and the formula is easy to apply and long-lasting to boot. So, what would it be on this Boots pit-stop? Mint Candy Apple? Sand Tropez? Mink Muffs? Wrong, wrong and wrong.
Smokin' Hot is a cream finish deep, dusty purple with a no visible shimmer and absolutely perfect for winter. I love the way it looks on my pale, cool skin as it pulls visibly purple. The above pictures are without a top coat, and I find the shade to be super shiny, opaque and creamy in finish.
If you loved Chanel's Paradoxal in tone, you'll love Smokin' Hot. The lack of shimmer, by comparison with the Chanel, is almost more mature and I think a darker nail colour actually makes the nails look 'cleaner' in terms of the nail shape. As a nail polish freak and someone who paints their nails everyday (my nailbeds are screaming in protest already) I can't take this off!
What's your favourite Essie shade? I need recommendations! I've already blasted through Fiji like no-body's business....