From Essie’s Winter 2010 A Winter’s Tale collection, Smokin’ Hot is a gorgeous deep gray creme with distinct purple undertones. Essie describes it as a “stone cold fox gray that burns hotter than any flame.” Well, ok Essie. I guess that works too…
While the color is awesome, the formula is not. It’s very thin and can be streaky if not applied carefully. I used three coats in my swatches.
Luckily there is an exact dupe of this polish with a better formula. Nina Ultra Pro Never Glum Plum retails for under $5 (compared to $8+ for the Essie) and applied perfectly in two coats. When Nina Ultra Pro changed to their new bottle style they did keep Never Glum Plum as part of their permanent line. Along with additional swatches, there is a comparison of the two below the jump!
Despite there being a dupe available, if you’re still dying to get a hold of the Essie version, Essie did add Smokin’ Hot to their permanent line.