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For those of you who dont know, I love nail polish and I have a constantly growing collection of it, mostly thanks to my very lovely friend (enabler/supplier) from Chicagoland. I have so many in fact that Ive not even used all of them just yet which no doubt makes the fact that I still acquire more on the regular a bit bonkers to some of you. However, in my defense, aside from books for my Kindle, its the only thing I really shop for. Anyhoo, a few weeks ago I purchased Essie Lapis Of Luxury. I picked this up at DM for about 7.25 (its cheaper here than on Amazon) and in the States you can find Essie nail polish at Ulta, Target, Wal-Mart & Walgreens for $7.75-$8 a bottle.
First of all, I feel that I have to share with you just how much I love Essie products. I know they are on the pricey side but they really do make a quality product. Their formula is gentle and is 3 Free, which is short for the three toxic chemicals, toluene, dibutyl phtalate (DBP), and formaldehyde, which were once commonly found in nail polish (sadly some companies still arent 3 Free so be sure to check the bottles you have ladies). I for one, will only use products that are 3 Free. So I feel that you are at least getting what you pay for and lets face it, one bottle will last you for quite a long time.
Now back to Lapis Of Luxury. I kept running across swatches of this over the past few months. A few weeks ago while in DM I picked it up on a whim and Im so glad that I did. I typically go for darker colors so this was a little different for me. As you can see in the pictures above, this is such a lovely shade of periwinkle. I think its perfect for spring and summer, although I will probably wear this year round as its one of my favorites now. The formula was great to apply and went on super smoothly and easily with no clean up. I think the clean and easy application is in part thanks to the new wide brush included in the bottles of Essie that Ive purchased from DM though, which Im not sure when or if Essie will be introducing this wide brush to North America or not. Lapis Of Luxury wore extremely well. I had it on for a full week before only the smallest chip appeared, which is unheard of for me, granted I always use a good top coat as well (Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat).
I understand that not everyone is going to drop $8 on a bottle of nail polish. However if you really like this color, there are plenty of more budget friendly dupes available. I will always try to include a list of dupes when I do nail polish posts in the future by the way.
Maybelline Express Pie In The Sky
China Glaze Secret Perwinkle & Electric Beat
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue
Catrice Up In The Air
Barry M #306 Pale Blue
Color Club Blue Light
Picture #1: Lapis Of Luxury with Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
Picture #2: Lapis Of Luxury with no top coat
Please feel free to comment below. I would be interested to see if anyone knows of any other dupes for this color that I may have missed. Happy polishing ladies and as always, thanks for reading!
*Pictures belong to me, so please do not use them without my permission. Thanks!