Second, welcome to a very late Skinny Dipping post. I feel kind of bad about that after hounding Anna about it Sunday night and then proceeding to be offline until today. But sometimes life happens. More on that after we get to the swatches.
After a couple of months of baiting y'all, I hope you're not too disappointed to find out that Essie Case Study is my favorite fall nude. When this one was released in last fall's Brand New Bag collection, the only polish in just about everyone's wheelhouse was Power Clutch (and for good reason ... it's stunning). Very Structured made a few waves because it was such a weird color (I could never wear it, kudos to you if you can!), but Case Study ...
... oh, Case Study.
Three coats with Essie Good to Go.
I can see why some of my albino friends wouldn't want to make a case for this polish (pun VERY MUCH intended), as it's not exactly the most wearable color. It's definitely on the warmer beige side of the nude spectrum, though some green tones creep in in certain lights (mostly artificial). I have no idea why, but this makes Case Study a perfect fall nude and somehow it manages to look, well, amazeballs on me. Best of all, no lobster hands.
The formula was typical Essie (to me), good after two coats and easy to work with. Dry time was quick with Good to Go. I only wore this one for a day, which is what you see in these pictures, but I could have worn it for a few more days. Depending on how cray things get around here, I actually might try that.
I don't know if Case Study made it to Essie's core line, but it's not HTF online. I also saw it quite a bit at Marshall's and TJ Maxx last month, so you might get lucky there.
Do you own this polish, or do you think you might want to now? Are you of the opinion that Essie's fall collections generally aren't the most exciting? (Essie Summer and Winter collections FTMFW.) Was Brand New Bag a snooze for you?
Once again, real life has gotten crazy bananas lately. If any of you are the praying kind, I would appreciate it if you said one for my lola (in English, my grandmother), who fractured her hip and is in the hospital ... over in the motherland. My mother, who returned stateside last Tuesday, is flying back there tomorrow morning and won't be in the U.S. again until December 27. This means that (A) work is going to be insane without my mom -- I'm not sure how much slack I have to pick up -- and (B) my father and I have to plan a Thanksgiving meal for six people, including ourselves. I know this is not a bad problem to have but whenever I thought/fantasized/nightmared about making Thanksgiving dinner, it was usually in the context of a Friendsgiving and with ample preparation time.
I'm sure we'll pull something together, though. I remembered to pick up Costco pumpkin pie and bring home "21 Jump Street" with the intention of introducing its goodness to my sister and my cousin, so I'll live. For now, feast your eyes on this holiday viewing tradition: