Essie ‘To buy or not to buy’

Quick NOTD of another recent Essie purchase… this time this was from ebay (American seller, fairly good price and arrived in about a week with no customs charges). Essie describe this shade ‘To buy or not to buy’ as a lavender with shimmer – and in the bottle it certainly does have a pretty shimmer but this is pretty much lost on the nails – but you can see it (just about) in the bottom picture.
To be totally honest, the formula of this one was a bit disappointing. It’s not as good as the new diffusion line that hit Superdrug/Boots recently. The new diffusion line has a much nicer brush to work with, it’s flatter so much easier to apply. The brush with this polish is long and thin and the formula meant I needed three coats to get a decent finish.
Overall, if you want a lavender polish then I’d suggest going for Lilacism from the new diffusion range instead – when on the nail, it’s hard to tell the difference and the formula/brush on that one would win it for me! But in this case I was suckered in by the name…!
THIS is the seller I bought from (have bought from them a few times and never had any issues).

Bought by me.


  1. May 30, 2012 / 10:26 am

    Lovely colour though!

  2. May 30, 2012 / 11:50 am

    What a diffrence in the pictures! But still love the colour!

    • May 30, 2012 / 12:31 pm

      I know, it looks so different in different lighting. The slightly yellowed background is artifical light and the close up is natural light but with flash. The nail swatch is totally natural light.

  3. May 31, 2012 / 12:32 am

    Very nice colour! I know what you mean about the formula of some Essie polishes though, it’s quite annoying to get them to look good!

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