This is my favorite shade from Essie's new Fall 2016 Japan collection: Essie Udon Know Me! This is kind of my perfect shade, because I eat udon noodles all the time, plus I'm a sucker for a dusty color, and also for a good blue-green. Now that I've worn it, I have to say this is the perfect shade - a nicely balanced pale turquoise, which looks a lot like a dusty blue in a lot of lights, but has an obvious hint of green when you look at it next to true blues.
This gorgeous watery hue is a natural canvas for these koi and water lily water decals I had stashed away in my drawer, from Born Pretty. (Unfortunately they're not longer available, I got them over a year ago.) It's funny because there actually is a koi-themed name in this collection, but it's too dark to put these decals over! Udon Know Me, however, is absolutely perfect.
|T to B: Essie Truth or Flare, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Lady Libra-ty, Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-mint, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Something, Pure Ice Bikini, Essie Mint Candy Apple|
|T to B: China Glaze For Audrey, Essie Turquoise and Caicos, Zoya Wednesday, Zoya Bevin, Essie Maximilian Strausse-Her|
On the other hand, it's nothing like Maximilian Strausse-Her OR Truth or Flare, which were what came to my mind when I first saw this shade.
I also thought of Zoya Bevin, which has the same greyed tone, but is definitely a lot darker and a lot greener.
A comparison of blue-green Essies!