Essie Fall 2016 Fall For Japanese Collection Review & Giveaway

by Lisa Heath

Press Sample of Essie Fall 2016
Fall For Japanese Collection

I have another new Fall 2016 collection to share with you today! I’m getting ready to go on vacation, but I really wanted to get this post up for you before I go! Here is the Essie Fall 2016 Fall For Japanese Collection Review & Giveaway!

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Not only will I be showing you this 6 piece Fall collection, Essie is also offering 5 sets of the Essie Fall For Japanese collection to 5 of my readers! How awesome is that? All the giveaway details will be at the bottom of this post, after the swatches of this beautiful collection, of course!

Ok, so for Fall 2016 we are going to Tokyo, Japan! They have bottled the modern and traditional sides of a city bustling with fashion, cuisine and nightlife. This collection was inspired by one of Rebecca Minkoff’s trips to Japan.

Let’s jump right in so you can see these shades, and then see how you can enter to win your own set!

Essie Fall For Japanese – Go Go Geisha

Essie Fall 2016 Go Go Geisha

Essie Go Go Geisha is a slightly dusty light pink creme. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. Application was surprisingly easy for such a light shade (I usually need 3 coats for these)

Essie Fall 2016 Go Go Geisha Macro

Essie Fall 2016 Go Go Geisha Side

Essie Fall 2016 Go Go Geisha Up

Essie Fall 2016 Go Go Geisha Down

Essie Fall For Japanese – Kimono-Over

Essie Fall 2016 Kimono Over

Essie Kimono-Over is a deep cool toned plum creme. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos. Great application.

Essie Fall 2016 Kimono Over Macro

Essie Fall 2016 Kimono Over Side

Essie Fall 2016 Kimono Over Up

Essie Fall 2016 Kimono Over Down

Essie Fall For Japanese – Maki Me Happy

Essie Fall 2016 Maki Me Happy

Essie Maki Me Happy is a crimson berry crelly. I needed 3 coats for these photos, and there are still some areas that you can see through it.

Essie Fall 2016 Maki Me Happy Macro

Essie Fall 2016 Maki Me Happy Side

Essie Fall 2016 Maki Me Happy Up

Essie Fall 2016 Maki Me Happy Down

Essie Fall For Japanese – Now And Zen

Essie Fall 2016 Now and Zen

Essie Now and Zen is a medium grey creme. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Essie Fall 2016 Now and Zen Macro

Essie Fall 2016 Now and Zen Side

Essie Fall 2016 Now and Zen Up

Essie Fall 2016 Now and Zen Down

Essie Fall For Japanese – Playing Koi

Essie Fall 2016 Playing Koi

Essie Playing Koi is my favorite from the Fall For Japanese collection! Playing Koi is a medium rust orange crelly. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Essie Fall 2016 Playing Koi Macro

Essie Fall 2016 Playing Koi Side

Essie Fall 2016 Playing Koi Up

Essie Fall 2016 Playing Koi Down

Essie Fall For Japanese – Udon Know Me

Essie Fall 2016 Udon Know Me

Essie Udon Know Me is a dusty stone blue. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Essie Fall 2016 Udon Know Me Macro

Essie Fall 2016 Udon Know Me Side

Essie Fall 2016 Udon Know Me Up

Essie Fall 2016 Udon Know Me Down

Essie Fall 2016 Fall For Japanese Collection Review & Giveaway

Essie Fall 2016 Fall For Japanese Collection Review & Giveaway

I really liked the shades in this collection for a Fall 2016 collection. There are lighter sides as well as deeper shades. I only had slight issues with Maki Me Happy since after 3 coats some nail was still visible. Other than that, they applied nicely.

My Top Picks: Playing Koi, Udon Know Me & Go Go Geisha

Price: $8.50 Each

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Are you all ready for the Giveaway now?


As I said, the folks over at Essie wanted to offer 5 sets of the Essie Fall 2016 Fall For Japanese Collection to 5 of my readers!

Rules are simple – must be a US resident and must be 18 or older to enter. Giveaway will end on Sunday September 11th, 2016.

Good luck and have fun!

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April Ladd August 29, 2016 - 9:02 am

I am a big fan of grey-toned polish, but as a redhead I have to say the burnt orange “Playing Koi” is my favorite!

Never Say Die Beauty August 29, 2016 - 9:20 am

beautiful collection! I love Go Go Geisha and the two reds. I know I’ll be picking up at least one of them

Deborah W. August 29, 2016 - 9:25 am

My favorite Essie polish is First Timer. Out of this collection I really like Now and Zen and Kimono-Over. Thank you for an awesome giveaway!

My Name Is Kat August 29, 2016 - 9:28 am

This collection has a little of everything. I love it.

Lauren L August 29, 2016 - 9:46 am

I love Playing Koi! I crave those rusty orange colors every fall!

Isabelle C. August 29, 2016 - 10:10 am

I ADORE Playing Koi! And my favorite Essie is probably Strut Your Stuff. I love bright blues!

Heather G August 29, 2016 - 10:31 am

A couple of my faves/repurchases are Sand Tropez, Fiji and Mint Candy Apple. From this collection I love Kimono-Over, Now and Zen & Udon Know Me.

Christine S. August 29, 2016 - 10:42 am

My favorite essie was Butler Please until I wore Loot the Booty, which took the number one spot!

Sarah Becker-Marrero August 29, 2016 - 10:46 am

My fave Essie is Bikini So Teeny! I’m a polish newbie and I think it was the first polish I really HAD to have.

Lindsey Piper August 29, 2016 - 10:58 am

I love Essie so much it’s hard to narrow it down to my favorite. But, it’s probably Wicked, such a beautiful color I wear it tons in the fall and winter.

Danielle Quinones August 29, 2016 - 10:59 am

I purchased Playing Koi already and I’m in love with the formula! One of my all time favorite Essie polishes.

Lindsay T August 29, 2016 - 11:23 am

My favorite Essie is Topless and Barefoot :)

Anita Narasimhan August 29, 2016 - 11:26 am

I love Over! It’s such a pretty purple:)

Phyrra August 29, 2016 - 11:26 am

I like the grey a lot.

Sam S August 29, 2016 - 12:09 pm

I really enjoy the dusty quality to some of these. Udon know me and Go Go Geisha are favorites for me from this collection.

Jennifer Collins August 29, 2016 - 12:26 pm

I really like all of the colors, but the deepness of Kimono-Over is making me really excited for Fall

Jenny m August 29, 2016 - 12:43 pm

Soo gorgeous! Essie has done it again! ❤️

Jenny m August 29, 2016 - 12:44 pm

Essie has done it again! ❤️ They never fail to impress me with their wide array of Colors! So excited for this to launch.

Cat Ray August 29, 2016 - 1:01 pm

Favorite Essie polish? For the name: Topless and Barefoot. For the color: Butler Please! This whole collection has a very cozy feel to it; I love all the colors!

Daniella August 29, 2016 - 1:06 pm

My favourite Essie polish, is either Mint Candy Apple or Maximillian Strasse-her!

Erika August 29, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Now and Zen and Udon Know Me need to be mine. Nao!

Pam R August 29, 2016 - 1:17 pm

Kimono Over is beautiful! Purple is my jam. :)

Nicole Small August 29, 2016 - 1:52 pm

I love them all! Finally a collection that i love every color!! Cant wait to try these out!!

Ella King August 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

I’m so tempted to get Now and Zen literally because name.

Sui Ling Kwong August 29, 2016 - 2:38 pm

My fave Essie is lilacism :) such a pretty color.

Nelle August 29, 2016 - 2:42 pm

Beautiful collection and thank you for the generous giveaway! My fave Essie polish color is Plumberry.

K.W. August 29, 2016 - 3:12 pm

Definitely “Koi”, it looks like my year round kind of color.

Julie August 29, 2016 - 3:46 pm

I love Udon Know Me! It’s so pretty.

Brandy Pfeiffer August 29, 2016 - 3:49 pm

Sand Tropez and No More Film is my favorite, but in this collection I like Go Go Geisha.

Sherri Koster August 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm

From that set, my favorite is Udon Know Me. But from the ones I have already, my favorite is Garden Variety. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ruya August 29, 2016 - 4:31 pm

My favorite is Udon Know Me :)

Cindy (Prime Beauty) August 29, 2016 - 4:50 pm

Perfect shades for fall!

Kyong Lee August 29, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Smooth Sailing is my favorite!

Kari "KiKi" Current August 29, 2016 - 5:14 pm

Love this collection!!! I don’t really have a favorite Essie color because I love all the ones I have equally but if I had to pick the one I use the most it’s probably Spin The Bottle.

Maureen B. August 29, 2016 - 5:34 pm

From the set, I love kimono-over. But outside of this collection my favorite would have to be chinchilly.

Lisa L August 29, 2016 - 5:59 pm

So many pretty options. My favorite has to be go go geisha.

Mary B. August 29, 2016 - 6:11 pm

Playing koi is so pretty. I love fall colors so much

Sara P. August 29, 2016 - 6:27 pm

Love Playing Koi! It looks so rusty and rich and pretty.

Mary Labelle August 29, 2016 - 6:36 pm

All are my favorite.

MarciaF August 29, 2016 - 7:19 pm

I saw an ad for this collection and knew I’d have to get Kimono-Over but now that I see the others I’m even more impressed.

Kathy M August 29, 2016 - 7:21 pm

Topless and barefoot is my favorite color.

Vonna Walters August 30, 2016 - 1:53 am

I adore Essie Viva Antiqua! To me, it’s such a pretty, mermaid-esque color!

Stephanie August 30, 2016 - 1:58 am

I love Udon Know Me, that has to be my favorite from this collection. My favorites in my collection of Essie polishes are Bikini So Teeny and Blossom Dandy. I really love the light blue polishes!

Amber August 30, 2016 - 2:16 am

Kimono Over is such a gorgeous fall shade. Beautiful swatches!

Holly August 30, 2016 - 5:25 am

I am a sucker for neutrals so Go Go Geisha does it for me.

Mollie August 30, 2016 - 5:57 am

Maki Me Happy is calling my name although they are all really gorgeous!

Crlsweetie912 August 30, 2016 - 9:27 am

Essie Splash of Grenadine is my all time favorite!

Aquamarine August 30, 2016 - 1:04 pm

Hmmm… I have this old bottle of dark green essie polish, but there’s no name on it. It’s a beautiful and rich forest green. Googled it, and I think it might be stylenomics. It’s one of my faves.

Hayley Shea August 30, 2016 - 3:22 pm

My favorite Essie to date is probably Penny Talk. Love it for stamping or just on its own

Jackie S August 31, 2016 - 5:58 am

I’m going with the one that started my essie addiction – Mint Candy Apple :)

Miriam Bland August 31, 2016 - 8:38 am

I love the colour Ballet slippers….. I get loads of compliments when I wear it. It lasts for ages too.

Latoya O'Neall August 31, 2016 - 11:14 am

My favorite Essie nail polish color is Viva Antigua from their summer collection. It has the perfect shimmer and is the most perfect shade of green!

Beth Combs August 31, 2016 - 11:28 am

My favorite Essie is Penny Talk or the silver one that i can’t remember the name,

Viktoria August 31, 2016 - 12:45 pm

Armed&Ready will always be my favorite Essie! Btw its perfect for Fall, I should wear it soon.
Thank you for the great swatches and for this giveaway!

Colleen Boudreau August 31, 2016 - 2:39 pm

I don’t really have a favorite, but I love pinks!

Rachel O'Donald September 1, 2016 - 2:48 am

I love Go Ginza. Can’t wait to try Go Geisha.

Vera K September 1, 2016 - 3:17 am

I love Now and Zen.

Jaclyn Reynolds September 1, 2016 - 5:31 am

I love Kimono Over, gorgeous purple!!

Crystal W September 1, 2016 - 6:54 am

I have to say I love the dark plum, tge grey, and the stone blue

Debbie S September 1, 2016 - 8:27 am

Love Udon Know me from this collection. One of my favorite Essies is Bikini so Teeny.

Taeler September 1, 2016 - 11:26 am

I love Udon Know Me – it’s such a pretty blue!

Jenna September 1, 2016 - 2:50 pm

Love udon know me!

Renee Le Mieux September 1, 2016 - 4:12 pm

My favorite essie polish is wicked and i’m excited for now and zen this fall!

Ana Conaway September 1, 2016 - 5:15 pm

Oh I love them all! I think if I have to pick one it’s the grey one though.

Nail Polish Society September 1, 2016 - 8:08 pm

My all time favorite is Bikini So Teeny and Playing Koi is my favorite in this collection. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ellie E September 1, 2016 - 10:40 pm

My all-time favorite Essie is Bikini So Teeny! In the new collection, I need Udon Know Me, Kimono-Over (even though I’m sure I have a dupe for it), and Now and Zen!

Amie Olson September 2, 2016 - 5:08 am

I really love the new Plum Shade, Essie Kimono-Over. Beautiful new colors! Amie Olson

Mary branham September 2, 2016 - 12:41 pm

Love the new Essie fall colors
Hard to pick a favorite

Katie C. September 2, 2016 - 3:29 pm

Go Go Geisha is really pretty!

Polished Hippy September 2, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Oooh, those reds are divine!

Carolsue September 2, 2016 - 10:04 pm

I like dark colors, so the Essie Kimono-Over is my favorite!
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Pamela September 3, 2016 - 8:52 am

It’s hard to pick a favorite! I tend to like their darker shades, but the old Ballet Slippers is such a nice nude pink.

JenJ September 3, 2016 - 6:25 pm

Playing Koi is so pretty!

Michelle N. September 3, 2016 - 7:38 pm

Choosing a favorite Essie is really hard for me… But I think Sugar Daddy has to be my favorite! Cocktail Bling is a close second though.

Leta September 3, 2016 - 10:23 pm

Beautiful collection. My favorite Essie polish is leggy legend!

Mandi Foutch September 4, 2016 - 6:06 am

It’s hard to choose a favorite!! I probably turn to Trophy Wife the most though, so that’s my favorite Essie polish!

Kara September 4, 2016 - 6:16 am

I absolutely love what I’m seeing in this collection! I think it’s time I was a bit more polished!☺

Susan Christy September 4, 2016 - 10:09 am

Cocktail Bling is my favorite.

Nicole Ackerman September 4, 2016 - 2:44 pm

I love ‘forever yummy’!

Elena September 4, 2016 - 3:08 pm

My favorite is Playing Koi

Adriana September 4, 2016 - 3:54 pm

My fav is go overboard.

Zoey September 4, 2016 - 4:54 pm

My favorite is No Place Like Chrome.

Lucy D September 4, 2016 - 5:44 pm

I’ve always loved Lilacism – an oldie but a goodie!

Mary W September 4, 2016 - 5:55 pm

I like Playing Koi. I like orangey shades and reds and this one has both.

Susan P. September 4, 2016 - 6:14 pm

I like the Kimono-Over dark purple color of Essie nail polish.

Stephanie Clayton September 4, 2016 - 6:42 pm

Chinchilly is my all time fave from Essie.

Cindi September 4, 2016 - 6:50 pm

I love Good as Gold. It’s my most used Essie polish.

DeAnna Keller September 4, 2016 - 7:03 pm

I love Essie’s Udon Know Me and No Place Like Chrome.

Starla September 4, 2016 - 7:15 pm

I love all of these- so many beautiful colors.Go Go Geisha is my favorite out of this collection. My all time favorite is Ballet Slippers!

Lacey Barton September 4, 2016 - 7:33 pm

Tart Deco is hands down my favorite Essie Polish!! Still so in love with it after all these years! It’s pure perfection!!!

Tracie Cooper September 4, 2016 - 7:37 pm

I love the Kimono Over, I love purple!

Elizabeth Walker September 4, 2016 - 8:28 pm

I love Kimono-Over!

Jennifer Hansen September 4, 2016 - 9:13 pm

First Timer

Dawn Monroe September 5, 2016 - 5:45 am

I like the Kimono over and now and zen. Great collection.

samantha schreiner September 5, 2016 - 6:08 am

Our of this collection my favorite color is Essie Now and Zen. In general Essie Catch of the Day has been lately!

Shareena McKinzy September 5, 2016 - 8:31 am

I want to feel girly again and paint my nails different colors everyday lol

Kelsey September 5, 2016 - 8:36 am

My favorite is Playdate. such a beautiful lilac

Christy Peeples DuBois September 5, 2016 - 2:06 pm

I have never tried an Essie polish believe it or not. But I have been wanting to try some of their coral and purpleish colors.

Amanda Patterson September 5, 2016 - 3:56 pm

I only have a few essie polishes but I love one that I have that is a sparkly purple with a green flash!

Ashley T. September 5, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Playing Koi is SO GORGEOUS. My favorite autumnal shade of orange! I think my favorite Essie of all time is Hide and Go Chic.

Michaela Kay September 6, 2016 - 3:10 am

My favorite Essie color is “Bell-bottom blues”. Matches my truck perfectly right down to the shimmer from the sun shining on it. :)

ashley k September 6, 2016 - 4:47 am

My fav has to be Butler Please!

Stacy Pennock September 6, 2016 - 5:38 am

My favorite from this collection is Playing Koi. My favorite Essie ever is Naughty Nautical.

KarenMc September 6, 2016 - 6:37 am

Thanks for such a thorough review of the new collection — I want ALL of these colors and so really wanted to see them “in action” before I splurged. Playing Koi is my favorite, so fall-ish without screaming “pumpkin”.

Andrea Darst September 6, 2016 - 9:38 am

I have so many favorites, I can’t name just one!

Yelitza September 6, 2016 - 1:48 pm

Udon Know Me is amazing!

Mina V September 6, 2016 - 3:47 pm

My favorite Essies are Bikini So Teeny and Chinchilly. I’m really excited for Udon Know Me! Gorgeous!

Jackie Areas September 6, 2016 - 3:48 pm

I am absolutely in love with kimono over . That deep purple is so my type of polish!

Michelle September 6, 2016 - 3:50 pm

Udon Know Me looks very pretty. My favorite Essie of all time is Garden Variety.

Lee Mckeon September 6, 2016 - 3:50 pm

M favorite Year round I raspberry!

Beth Williams September 6, 2016 - 4:15 pm

Love them all but Now and Zen is my fav!

Christina Raymond September 6, 2016 - 4:24 pm

I absolutely love every matte color they have! Coat Couture is probably my favorite. I also love all of their soft blues like Mint Candy Apple

Chely Areas September 6, 2016 - 4:42 pm

I love go go geisha!

Vanessa Areas September 6, 2016 - 5:26 pm

I love ALL of them! But if I have to choose it would have to be Udon Know Me. Simply gorgeous!

Jeni September 6, 2016 - 5:28 pm

Essie Clambake is my favorite!

Shannon September 6, 2016 - 6:33 pm

My favorite Essie polish is called All Access Pass. It’s a really pretty blue.

Victoria Harjadi September 6, 2016 - 11:28 pm

I love Playing Koi from this collection and my all time favorite is Going Guru!

Giau nguyen September 7, 2016 - 5:54 am

My favorite essie color for summer is Tart Deco, love the bright summer vibe it gives!

mitch jimenez September 7, 2016 - 6:35 am

My favorite is Udon Know Me.

Abigail September 7, 2016 - 10:26 am

From this collection? I love Now and Zen!

Erica Jane September 7, 2016 - 10:43 am

Playing Koi is gorgeous! I’m definitely picking that one up. Thanks for the post and giveaway!

Holly C. September 8, 2016 - 9:23 am

My all-time favorite Essie is Huckle Buckle. My favorite from this collection is Udon Know Me.

Redheadkitten September 8, 2016 - 10:07 am

My favorite Essie color is Melody Maker (huge Miku fan), but I’m really digging Kimono-over from this set too.

Traci September 8, 2016 - 11:49 am

Playing Koi is beautiful. I love those types of colors for fall.

Teresa koedyker September 8, 2016 - 2:16 pm

I love them all but I think Playing koi is my favorite! Thank you for the giveaway!!

Adrienne M September 8, 2016 - 6:14 pm

Sunday Funday is my favorite summer shade!

Christy Peeples DuBois September 8, 2016 - 9:16 pm

You have such pretty nails. These colors are gorgeous on you.

Kami Dumis September 8, 2016 - 10:56 pm

Definitely kimono-over. I am a purple girl. I haven’t bought an Essie polish in a couple of years but I want to try this color and see how it holds up. :)

Rachel Beltz September 8, 2016 - 11:13 pm

Kimono Over has to be perfect! It’s a fall must have!

Naomi Suwa September 8, 2016 - 11:45 pm

An oldie-but-a-goodie jelly “secret story” has been my Summer fav but I’m liking “playing koi” for this Fall

Michelle Castagne September 8, 2016 - 11:48 pm

My all time favorite Essie polish is Mademoiselle

Cynthia Richardson September 9, 2016 - 8:13 am

My favorite Essie polish is Ballet Slippers

Melissa Epps September 9, 2016 - 6:18 pm

I love and would wear them all but Udon Know Me is my favorite from this collection.

Yun Zhou September 9, 2016 - 8:37 pm

I’m not sure if I have a specific favorite, but Pink Diamond remains special to me because it was my first nail polish. :)

alinya September 9, 2016 - 8:54 pm

My favorite Essie polish probably has to be Berry Naughty because it applies beautifully in two coats and it’s good all year round when you’re feeling vampy.

Stephanie September 9, 2016 - 9:25 pm

For me it would be between Go Go Geisha and Maki Me Happy. Absolutely find those colors stunning.

Kathleen Lordelo September 10, 2016 - 7:40 am

My favorite Essie polish is Watermelon. Kimono-over looks like a great fall color.

Shayla Wolfe September 10, 2016 - 9:42 am

My favorite Essie is Loot The Booty. Love Udon Know Me from this collection. I’m a sucker for blue nail polish!

natasha lamoreux September 10, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Love Essie!!! My fave is the Go Go Geisha. But I love them all.

Lucy Nguyen September 10, 2016 - 6:49 pm

My fav color is Go Go Geisha

K8theCurst September 11, 2016 - 5:41 am

I am loving this collection!! Dusty blue and rusty orange and plum and YUM. Great swatches, thanks!!

Karla September 11, 2016 - 7:25 am

Oh my! It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about an Essie collection. I love these!!

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