|Would buy this product again.||94%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Blue
This is one of my all-time favorite polishes. I don't paint my nails all the time, but when I do I tend to like things that aren't in the standard red/pink range, and I'm *usually* not a fan of shimmer/holo/frost/etc. This is a perfect smooth cream in a dark, muted, plummy-gray. On the nail, it's not nearly as purple as it is in the bottle. Fuss-free application, opaque in two coats. Got it for eight or nine bucks at CVS.
I do wish I could take of half a point for packaging and leave it a 4.5, because, while I really like the consistency of many Essie polishes, the brushes are indeed a bit too small.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
This is the first Essie polish I've tried, and I am impressed with the quality. It applied very smoothly and I had opaque coverage in two coats. The color is a creme, slightly purplish toned cool dark grey; for me it's unique. I've been using plums, purples, and burgandies for half my life and am now branching out to grey and blue. It is dark, but not anywhere near black. Smokin hot lasted without chipping for about 5 days; however, I use a really good basecoat that has prevented chips on all brands lately.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Cool Hair: Black, Medium Eyes: Brown
I love this shade such a pretty color. I just wish the brush was bigger.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Green
This is by far one of my new favorite colors especially for fall and winter months! This shade looks amaizng on every skintone. For those who want to wear darker shades but don't want to wear black this is the ideal shade for you. I have worn it plain and with a glitter topcoat and it looks striking no matter how you use it. I would buy this again and again.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Black
Price: not bad, about $9 CAD
Packaging: I am not a fan of Essie's brushes, period. I have a wider nail bed and find the brush far too thin and 'flimsy' to leave a streak-free coat. I would also like the handle to have a bit more grip, but that's minor.
Product: if I could give this a 3.5 I would. The colour is undoubtedly beautiful and unique. Indoors where yellow lights tend to cancel out the purple undertone, this is a dark dusky gray...decent but nothing unique. In daylight though, it's a beautiful sophisticated gray with dusty-eggplant undertones. I am not a fan of Essie's formula and find it streaky with few exceptions (go overboard is a standout). It takes a lot more effort to apply than OPI, in my opinion.
I would repurchase because I haven't seen any easily-available dupes, and the purple undertone is just gorgeous for fall/winter.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
yay! I love this polish. Even though its from last year I just picked it up. I love vampy purples and gray purples and this looked so nice in the bottle- but I waited b/c I have others like Metro Chic and I Brake For Manicures (OPI).
This is the perfect mix of the two. dark and purple.but also with that gray/taupe undertone. The formula is great....I am a big fan of Essie polishes in general.
I love that it doesn't look black on ...so to me its like metro chic and I dont break for manicures had a baby...and on my yellow based olive to tan skin tone it doesn't look garish.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
This was my first essie polish! It's a mix of grey, taupe and violet. It's really flattering if you have a cool undertone and I think I would buy it again. It lasts on my nail around 3 or 4 days without chipping.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I love this shade! It's a dark taupe with a heavy purple tint on me and it's o flattering. Very appropriate for fall but looks good in a sophisticated way year-round.
Application is good, wear time is your essie standard. I would by Smokin' Hot again if I ever ran out.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green
This is one of my favorite Colors. It's a smoky purple taupe Color.
The Application was ok. 2 Coats are enough sometimes, but on some Nails I could see free Spots, so I would say it's better to use 3 Coats.
It stays on very good. I wore it for 3 Days and had a little Tipwear.
I would buy it again, because it's a very pretty Color. I wish it was more opaque, though.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I think this a great color! While I love the new Fall Collection, this color is classic. It is a deeper grey with a touch of purple tint. I think it looks great on medium skin tones. There is something sexy about dark nail colors when the weather gets colder and we can no longer wear bright pinks!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
ATTENTION I have found an exact duplicate of this shade its Sally Hansen xtream wear (round bottle) in the shade grey area. I got the sh NP first then I came across Essie smoking hot I know how popular it is Cuz I work at Ulta and everyone asks for it and we can't keep it in stock. So I tried it on with the sh grey area next to it and its an exact perfect match. Oh and the Sally one cost $2:59 at Ulta:)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Essie Smokin' Hot was part of the Winter 2010 collection, and while it's definitely a great shade, I honestly don't understand why it goes for ridiculous amounts on eBay and is so hard to acquire.
The shade .. A greyed out medium to deep dusty purple. It's a cream shade and is a shimmerless version of Chanel Paradoxal. It applies smoothly and wears well. Initially when I saw it, I wanted it something fierce. upon receiving it via swap and wearing it .... I don't see the hype. I love the shade, but don't find it to be so stunning/unique that it's worth wild feats to acquire it. I'm happy I have it in my stash though as it's very flattering on my MMM skintone.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I love this color - it is a beautiful grayish eggplant - very nice! It, however, does require about three coats. It has been hard to find this and am apalled that there are folks out there trying to sell a bottle of this for $20+ on ebay. I got it for $8 at a local nail salon in NYC and am so happy I decided to as this is a keeper.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This is gorgeous and one of my new staples. With a great top coat, this is so shiny and rich. Out of this, Essie Chinchilly and OPI You Don't Know Jacques, this is my fave of the purpley nail trend. I think it is sold out at alot of places and I can see why. GORGEOUS!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Love this dark plumishhh color!
Great winter color
**MUST HAVEE COLOR!!!**
If your looking for a dark color, this is the one!
Favorite Essie Color! <3
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Blue
I think I'm in love with this color.
First of all - in the bottle this one look more purplish than grey but on my nails (as you can see, photo is mine :)) is deep, dark grey with some purple undertones. It's not black but not a typical grey also. Fantastic.
Application was ok. Smokin' Hot lasted on my nails about three or four days and when I removed it, it was in very good condition - there was not any chip or somthing (I used it with Essie's First Base and Seche Vite).
Love, definitely. And must have.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This color type greyed out purples seems to be everywhere. The color is a grey with some purple undertones it's a cream finish. I brought this not realizing I already owned it because I have Nina Never Glum Plum which is an inexpensive dupe. The formula was fine for me I used three coats because I had spots.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I don't get manicures often but when I do I tend to go for OPI reds. I recently had a manicure as a gift at a spa and the nail tech suggested this color by Essie. I was somewhat skeptical but after trying it I loved it. It looked great with my skin tone -NC43
It's only been a few days but it seems to be wearng well. It is considered a dark gray but has some dk purple (ie eggplant) undertones to it. I usually go for polishes with a bit of shimmer but this is a very rich looking creme polish. It is part of Essies Winter Collection 2010 and apparently everyone wants it. I wanted to carry some home with me, but the spa was sold out, I checked another salon and it is backordered two months. Still looking at other places to purchase it.
I would like to see this color become a part of the permanent collection for Essie. IMHO it is head and shoulders above OPI's " You Don't Know Jacques" which is not as vibrant a color to me.