After doing my Essie “Haute as Hello” manicure from my last post, I really wanted to see if my other somewhat older Essie polishes had the same formula issues. Older Essie creme polishes have an awful reputation for having problematic formulas but the polishes that have come out since Essie was sold to L’oreal have been great! So I picked up Essie “Lapis of Luxury” to see if it had the same awful formula. I was pleasantly surprised with this polish! I normally pass this polish over for China Glaze “Secret Periwinkle” because its my favorite periwinkle blue. The two polishes are dupes, and if they aren’t 100% exactly the same then they are 95% the same and you definitely don’t need both. But the formula on this polish is really nice. It was opaque in 2 coats and evened out nicely over the nail. The dry time seemed to be a little longer but not too much longer to really be an issue.
I was really impressed with the Essie but I knew that I was going to add some glitter. For some reason, I always added Deborah Lippmann “Happy Birthday” with all my periwinkle manicures, so I knew I had to add it to this one to. I forgot how much I love Happy Birthday! Its so densely packed and easy to work with. This is one coat and it almost covers my nail completely! I think if I were to use it on its own, it would be fully opaque in 2 or 3 coats. All the glitter lays nice and flat on the nail and the dry time is pretty decent. The only downside is that the polish is a tad thick, but I don’t mind that at all. I left this manicure on for 3 days and only had slight tip wear. Overall, I was really impressed and kind of want to wear this again!