After being suitably impressed with my first essie purchase a few month ago, the lovely carousel coral. One very rainy (supposedly summers) day I decided it was time to try a couple more - and the infamous seche vite top coat! :)
They are (from left to right) Van D'go, Seche Vite dry fast top coat and Lilacism :)
I love pastel nail polishes, I think they're really flattering (especially on my short stumpy fingers!) however they can be a bit of a nightmare to apply (hello OPI's mod about you!). Although both van d'go and lilacism look absoutely gorgeous when applied, they both have some familiar pastel nail polish problems!
Van D'go is a stunning pale pinky peach, I knew I would adore this colour as soon as I set my eyes on it, and although the finished product looks fantastic, this applies very streaky and is quite hard to work with. It took me a few attempts to get the application right first time, but for me its worth it for the gorgeous colour!
Lilacism is a really light lilac, very pretty! I didn't find this as hard to work with as van d'go it actually applies really well. However it is very sheer and it took three coats for me to get the coverage I wanted.
This picture was taken about 5 days after applying so I have been really impressed with its staying power, there is only one tiny noticable chip. I've also had lots of compliments on this nail colour - result! :)
I havn't actually used the seche vite yet, so I will let you know if it lives up to expectations! I am so impatient when waiting for my nails to dry, and I'm forever smudging them so I'm really hoping this topcoat does what it says on the tin!
Overall, for me both of these essies seem to have flaws in their formulation. However I am willing to overlook them for the fabulous colours, and they are both definitely up there with my favourite nail polishes :)
Can you recommend any Essie nail colours?