With the exception of Deborah Lippmann’s flecked, sparkly anniversary polishes, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten as many complements on a nail color as I have with essie’s Smokin’ Hot. People keep asking me if it’s Chanel, so if you want the look for less, here you go!
The shade is part of essie’s Winter collection (you can also get a mini pack), which includes Masquerade Belle (black ruby), Silken Cord (a classic vampy red), Hot Coco (chocolaty brown), Luxedo (deep plum), and Going Incognito (not sure how incognito you can be with this shade – it’s an eye-catching emerald green!). The shades are $8 each or $48 for the full set or $17 for the mini set.
essie also launched, for holiday, a Maniperfection Mini 4-Pack Kit ($15), which includes all the must-have for an at-home mani/pedi. I can’t stress enough how important protecting your nails with a base coat is (plus it helps the polish bond to your nail), and to give nails a salon look I always like to finish off polish with a shiny top coat. The kit also includes an apricot cuticle oil and a dry oil, which work to nourish nails and help extent the life of your mani/pedi.