Thursday, September 1, 2011

Essie Power Clutch

Last year at this time, I already had the entire Essie Fall collection and had swatched and compared all six colors. This year, I've only gotten one color, which I saw and grabbed off a random shelf at Meijer at the beginning of August, before I'd seen any displays for the collection at all. I just knew it was grey and I needed it. I mentioned it on a friend's Google+ stream—she'd linked to an article that called Power Clutch khaki, which confused me since it's not at all what I think of as khaki; then she found another article that called it dark green. I have a hard time seeing this as anything but grey—if it's green, it's the greyest green I've ever run into. I sure hope my color perception isn't going; I can't imagine doing this blog if I were color blind, though I guess it could be all about texture. One thing I do know for sure about Power Clutch: it's very shiny, even without topcoat. Swatches are two coats, though with careful application, I could see this being a one-coater.







When it came time for comparisons, I was more interested in the green/grey issue than finding a dupe, so I pulled out Rescue Beauty Lounge Orbis Non Sufficit, which is undisputedly green, and OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees, which is definitely grey.



I used two coats of Orbis; surprisingly, I needed three of Suzi Skis.



Top to bottom: Orbis Non Sufficit, Power Clutch, Suzi Skis in the the Pyrenees.


Even next to a green, Power Clutch looks grey to me. That's not a problem; I like grey polish. I just ordered the rest of Essie Fall 2011 from AveYou (not affiliated) with the 50% off gift certificate deal from KGB Deals (that's a referral link for me, but I just signed up this week so am not sure how it works exactly), which I found out about thanks to the ladies on the MUA nail board.


25 comments:

  1. I love this dark color! Perfect for fall! and thanks for the *comparison*!!

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  2. Hm, it looked green in the swatches by itself, but next to another green, it looks gray to me! I still like it, though!

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  3. This Essie is sooo pretty! Thanks for the comparison that is always very nice :D

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  4. hmm that color is really nice.. hmm i need more fall colors. maybe i shall try. ooh and good comparison. i love them!

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  5. I love Essie formula and this color looks amazing, very helpful comparison there, I'll surely pick this one up when it arrives in these parts, probably around next summer ;(

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  6. It's definitely grey. And I don't really see any green in it. But I love grey polishes, and Essie so of course I love this. It looks great on you!

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  7. Nice nice color, I would have said a greenish grey, but compared to the others (great idea BTW)it's definitely gray. I like it!

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  8. I would say it looks like a super grey green. Whatever it is, it's nice, though!

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  9. I definitely see a hint of green in it. ;) But green or grey.. who cares? It's a gorgeous shade!

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  10. This one is the one from the collection I really want to get! It's so awesome! I see a bit of green in the grey colour, like an undertone or something, it makes it even more special. I love green and I love grey, so it's a must for me!

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  11. I have to agree with Larie. Looks green in the swatches but grey in the comparison. Either way it's a gorgeous colour, and I think I need it.

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  12. I think it has a hint of green but mostly grey?

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  13. Wow this has got me double taking, the first pick looks kinda green but then Your comparison it looks so gray next to green very trippy! Regardless it's a beautiful fall color.

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  14. Power Clutch reminds me of a color I just swatched from IsaDora called In The Army.

    I love how Suzi Skis looks so different on you than it does on me - it looks very grey.

    Have you tried comparing Power Clutch against Chanel's Khaki Vert from last year or Sew Psyched or Rescue Beauty Lounge's Diddy Mow?

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  15. Yeah it definitely loses any hint of green when put up against the challenge -- still a pretty color though!

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  16. I have Power Clutch and Orbis and so glad your comparison shows them as different! I hate when I buy dupes!! Thanks KarenD!

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  17. i love this color, going on my wish list :)

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  18. Thanks, ladies! Glad I'm not the only one who's having trouble spotting the green--sometimes I get a glimpse of it then it goes grey on me again. :)

    Carina M, I haven't tried next to Khaki Vert or Diddy Mow/dupes; that's a good idea!

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  19. This is the only one that appealed to me from this collection. Looks good on you!

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  20. Love this, Essie is good at these slightly sludgy colours.

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  21. I'm in love with all three of these. I keep seeing reviews of Power Clutch everywhere. I wasn't going to buy it, but it's growing on me quickly.

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Thank you for reading and commenting! I greatly appreciate knowing I'm not just talking to myself here. :)