Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Nail of the Day: Essie Merino Cool

Today's NOTD is Essie's Merino Cool, released in their Fall 2010 collection. This is a purple/grey chameleon shade that didn't really spark my interest until I saw it in person. I'm a sucker for purples, but this color changes so drastically depending on the lighting and surrounding environment that sometimes it looks entirely slate grey. However, when you catch it in the right lighting, it's beautiful.

natural light, 2 coats

Now in the above photo, the polish clearly looks grey. So I decided to include a few comparison photos in this post to give you a better idea of it's true color. Below is Merino Cool next to Essie's Chinchilly, a light grey. In this comparison you can start to notice the purple tones in Merino Cool.

Essie Chinchilly, Essie Merino Cool

Here is another comparison of Merino Cool to OPI's You Don't Know Jacques!, a taupe-grey color:

Essie Merino Cool, OPI You Don't Know Jacques!

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison


  1. That could literally my favorite color if I had the chance to get my hands on it :) These are the kind of colors I go for nowadays, especially in colder months like this one.
    Wear it? I'd live in it :)

  2. I love it - it would be the best grey color I've ever seen. The other colors in their fall collection are gorgeous too!

  3. I reallyyy love that color! I just might have to go and pick it up(:

  4. It's a great fall color! Kind of reminds me of Rimmel's Steel Grey.

  5. I have Merino Cool. I bought the small version of it, it came with 4 mini polishes from the Fall 2010 line and I think I will have to buy the full size now. I keep grabbing for it even though I just wore it, let's say, last week! I just bought You Don't Know Jaques by OPI and I like Merino Cool better! I love your blog and your videos, keep 'em coming.

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  6. I am obsessed with this color. I just bought it at ulta with the buy one get one 50% off deal for essie colors and bought 3 other colors as well! But on my nails it is a true gorgeous greyish purple that i will be wearing all fall/winter long! I love your videos and all your nail polish hauls. You should do an updated collection!

    Marisa :)

  7. I have merino cool on right now and I love it! I can never quite decide what color it is...brown, plum, taupe, or grey??