NOTD: Essie Yogaga

This collection seems to be shrouded in a bit mystery – it doesn’t seem to be widely available yet, even though its release date was slated to be August, 2012. Swatches are strangely absent from the interwebs – I only saw two or so sites with full collection reviews.

In any case, I was pretty excited for a few shades from this collection when I saw the promotional photos – particularly Yogaga, Gym Dandy, Boxer Shorts, and Pilates Hottie. Sadly, I only have Yogaga to show you for the time being.

I *really* love this color and I think it fits pretty well into the category of edgy, but work appropriate. This one is definitely safe even for the strictest working environments. Essie’s site describes it as a ”peachful sandy beige.” I’m not sure peachful is a word and this polish doesn’t seem peach-toned at all, so I wonder whether it is a typo on their site. I think it’s actually meant to be “peaceful.” Get it… zen, peaceful, yoga is relaxing and peaceful… yoga… yogaga… Bueller? Bueller? I would describe it as a dusty, putty greige creme. It reminds me of the color of throwing clay. (Which makes me smile because my one and only attempt at pottery ended about 15 minutes in when I realized the clay was going to make my nails peel, womp womp). The base color is similar to Rescue Beauty Lounge Jane, but one full shade lighter and, obviously, minus the shimmer. Definitely not a dupe, but would be a suitable lemming quencher should you be disinclined to drop the big bucks.  As usual with these shades, the overall look was really elegant and sophisticated. Additionally, this shade really seemed to compliment my skin-tone which is warm and olive-toned.

This NOTD was three coats. I believe I used Nubar Foundation (currently undergoing a trial period for a possible spot as my new HG basecoat) and Seche Vite as a top coat. I did have application issues – the consistency of my bottle was very thick. It applied well after 10 or so drops of polish thinner and some hardy shaking. I’m not sure whether the thickness was unique to my bottle – the other reviews I’ve read online didn’t discuss application. I can’t give you an accurate wear time assessment because I’m having some wear issues resulting from the use of Foundation (I’m still trouble-shooting this).

I really wish I had the whole collection to show you – I am so sorry that I don’t. Right now, the collection seems to be available on Essie’s website, but I have yet to see it at any of my usual haunts. When I’m finally able to pick these up, I will definitely buy Gym Dandy, which I will promptly swatch for you. I’m undecided on purchasing the rest of the collection – I’ll probably hold out until I see swatches from Scrangie (yup – I usually wait for her swatches before deciding what to purchase myself, haha).


Disclosure: This polish was sent to me for review by Essie’s PR representative.


14 Responses to “NOTD: Essie Yogaga”

  1. LizzardVanReptile Says:

    Love this one, as well as Boxer Shorts. Found mine at Wags a month ago at least. And you’re right….not much buzz about this collection on the web. Hmmm…

  2. Dream Mom Says:

    Love the color. It looks modern and fresh. My last bottle of Essie was very streaky and horrible; wonder if they are having some issues. I don’t recall Essie being like that previously. LOL on throwing clay…I’d pass on it too if it messed up my nails:)

  3. Rhonda (nailsbeautiqued) Says:

    Very pretty. I haven’t seen this collection yet where I shop for Essie. I’m also wanting Boxer shorts.

  4. Sue Says:

    I’ve seen the whole collection at Walgreen’s. It didn’t seem to have any kind of fanfare or advertising from Essie, though, upon release. Odd.

  5. Cathy Says:

    I love this sort of shade as a palette cleanser, especially after wearing too many glitter manis. I agree that “peachful” would have to be a typo, but seriously how would that get through quality control.

  6. Rebecca Says:

    It is great to see you blogging again! When I first discovered polish blogs I think I read 90% of your posts. :) I’m very excited for this new direction because I love work appropriate colors, often annoyingly nicknamed “mom colors.” I’m glad someone wants to post about beautiful polishes that aren’t chock full of giant glitter (the indie glitter… oh the indie glitter). Boy I seem to be running on at the mouth (/fingers?). I love this color on you!

  7. Ra Says:

    I think it’s quite similar to OPI Did you ear about van gogh?

  8. Elizabeth Says:

    This is a beautiful colour! Soft and totally work-appropriate but not boring in the least. It’s light, but it’s very rich, and it looks gorgeous with your skin tone too. ;)

    So great to see you back again!

  9. Lindsey Says:

    This is such a beautiful, creamy polish – I love Essie, I might have to pick this one up!! Found you via More Nail Polish’s blog!

  10. kia Says:

    nice! yes scrangie will def let you know if polishes are worth buying or not!

  11. Steph Says:

    Lizz – Weird isn’t it? Since I posted this I was able to get my hands on the rest – I’ll be posting soon.

    Dream Mom – Me neither! Well I mean, I have some really old school Essies that are pretty streaky but nothing recent. Very strange. Haha. I was so excited about that class too and it was sort of expensive but yea… nails > everythine else : P

    Rhonda – Agreed, I haven’t seen it anywhere.

    Sue – Maybe they’re toggling it with Stylenomics which is still being promoted.

    Cathy – LOL!!! Since I do the opposite, palette cleansers for me are glitters. : P

    Rebecca – Thank you! It’s good to be back. : ) I like the indie glitters but holy %^$# they are EVERYWHERE. I have picked up a few though, I cannot tell a lie. lol.

    Ra – From swatches it looks like it – I haven’t picked up any of the new OPIs yet because I’m working backwards through time, I’m trying to pick up the stuff I wanted from Spain right now. I’ll compare when I get DYEAVG.

    Elizabeth – Thank you! Those were my thoughts about this color too. : )

    Lindsey – I love MNP! It was one of the first blogs I stumbled upon when I started blogging and Cathy is awesome. <3

    Kia – I read her religiously. I def missed her while I was gone.

  12. Marisa Says:

    This is such a beautiful neutral! I haven’t seen it around. Looks great on you!

  13. Steph Says:

    Thanks! : )

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