Essie Mink Muffs is one of my all-time favorite chocolate shades in my nail polish collection. It’s a bit of a paradox of a brown in that it looks both light yet rich, and looks very different depending on the lighting you are currently in. Mink Muffs is one of Essie’s best selling shades, because every single time I go to Ulta, that slot in the display is always empty and void of the shade. I was pleasantly shocked to find that my local Walmart had an entirely brand new Essie display that took up the end of an entire aisle. Mink Muffs was part of that display, and I happily scooped it up. To see swatches of this gorgeous shade,
Mink Muffs is a taupe-brown cream, and almost looks like the shade of smooth, rich, refreshing chocolate milk in the bottle. When I look at this shade in the bottle, I also get hints of gray and even purple, which I knew would make this shade look really different in various lighting. It is the perfect neutral shade, and I think that Mink Muffs would make a gorgeous modern day French or half-moon manicure.
Mink Muffs is a bit sheer if you apply it lightly at first, but it can be extremely opaque if you put a lot on your brush at first. To get a smooth, clean application, I applied a semi-sheer coat for my first, and my second coat is what you see in the swatches on this page.
Notice how different Mink Muffs can appear depending on your lighting. In artificial lighting, it almost looks like a gray-brown…hmm…graywn? In direct flash it is visibly chocolate, and in natural lighting it has that rich, neutral appearance to it. All the above swatches are with two coats, and a Seche Vite topcoat. The color has great opacity, and looks extra shiny with any top coat you have handy. I cannot tell you how many compliments I get on this shade when I wear it out – it truly is a beautiful shade if you love neutrals, browns, or just want to try something different! I am especially loving this shade up for the colder winter months. It warms up your hands with a rich color, without being too heavy or dark.
Essie Mink Muffs is available at Ulta stores nationwide, as well as in participating Walmart stores now. You can also browse and shop for this shade at Essie Online.
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