Swatchity-Swatch: Essie Lilacism

Hello gentle readers.

Another week begins. And in the dark, cold of Winter comes a breath of Spring in the form of Essie Lilacism. This polish has been lurking in my untrieds for... Nearly a year. How lovely is this polish, I ask you. Essie Lilacism is a beautiful lilac crelly. This swatch is four coats. Yes. Four. This polish is a little thin and the pigmentation isn't stellar and it had a hard time handling my demon ridges. I am going to give this another go with underwear and see if it goes a little better. Because I want this stuff to work. That colour is simply divine. Classic Essie... Soft, gentle, ladylike and just downright pretty.

Sunshine photographs for your perusal.



The formula of Essie Lilacism is pretty translucent, for all it's appearance of it being a creme. I had to paint on four coats to get it opaque and smooth. The first coat was thin, streaky and uneven. The second was a little better, started to even out nicely but damn! My ridges! Third coat, even better. Had my nails been nice and smooth, I could probably have stopped there but this polish and my ridges don't look well together. Some polishes, I can ignore them showing a little, not with this one. So, the fourth coat got everything covered and smooth. Finally. lol If you have smoother nails three coats, at the most should do you very nicely. This polish is worth the three coats. Trust me.

Application, it's self was easy. This polish is nice to work with and easy to control. I had very little cleanup. There was no pooling, dragging, clotting or being chalky and difficult, as some Essie cremes can be. Dry time was pretty good, even with four coats, by the time I finished taking photographs, this stuff was dry to a gentle touch and would have dried faster, had I used Seche Vite. I like this polish, in spite of having to work with it a bit to make it work for me and it will be on my nails, come Spring.

So, what say you? Like this polish? Think that you might be craving it? If I am not mistaken, Lilacism is part of Essie's core collection and available just about anywhere you can find Essie polish.

Thank you for stopping by and reading. Have a wonderful Monday and may your polish never bubble.

21 comments

  1. I do like it, might have to go look for it now :-P

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  2. Too shiny and happy for me!  I hate it when demon ridges appear!

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  3. I bought mine from a seller on Amazon. Even with shipping, I got a better deal than going out and buying it in a store. :)

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  4. Heh heh. 

    Isn't it a biotch, tho? Some polishes can smooth those suckers out better than others. *shrugs* It is what it is. :)

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  5. I love these kinds of colors... 4 coats though... Sigh... Any dupes u could think of?

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  6. Hmmm... I'll have to sift through my polishes and see what I come up with. I am thinking about a Revlon and a Sally Hansen. Let me get back to you. :D

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  7. And try to remember that the four coats was for me, thanks to my ridges. I think with underwear or if you have smooth nails, you can definitely do fewer coats. :D

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  8. Very pretty color.  I've got on a similar color now and have it topped with Fingerpaints Motley and Asylum and it's a nice combo.

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  9. How funny, I had my nails done yesterday, and I picked a lilac polish, LOL. I am currently wearing OPI "Do You Lilac It?" I fudged one up upon getting into the car, so I threw a coat of Pure Ice "Busted" over top. Looks AMAZING. I think "Busted" would look beautiful over this Essie also =)

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  10. This is stunning, I'm such a sucker for anyhting purple! I still have yet to try Essie too!

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  11. See, that's how I go broke... Adding this one to my to-get-to loooooong list LOL :))

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  12. LOVE this! I wanted this one so bad but accidentally got neo whimsical because it was where it was supposed to be :(

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  13. That sounds gorgeous. :D

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  14. I have Do You Lilac It? on my wishlist. :D

    I am going to have to try Lilacism and Busted, together. I love Busted, it is such a versatile layering polish. :)

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  15. This one is pretty. There are a lot of lovely lilac polishes out there. :)

    Essie is nice polish. I have found the formula on some to be a bit of a pain in the rear but many of them are just gorgeous. I love that Essie makes such lovely, understated, ladylike polish colours. Sometimes I am just in the mood for that. :)

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  16. Thank you. I think it is lovely, too. :D

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  17. Yikes! I hate it when that happens. Would it kill someone to put polish back in the spot where it belongs? Really! 

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  18. I have anice one from ELF but the brush is terrible!! I think I've had enough of gaudy glitters and really craving  creme colours like this at the moment!

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  19. I strongly dislike ELF's brush! I have a few ELF polishes and they are okay but they languish because of the brushes. Yuk! 

    I am also ready for some soft, pretty polish.  Early onset Spring fever, no doubt. lol

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  20. My favourite polish for the last year or so.  I love's it so, gorgeous flattering colour on nearly everyone I think too. 

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