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Fishbowl Friday *019*

This week's prompt is quite simple, something I definitely needed after such a crazy week! Fishbowl Friday Numero 19 has gone the way of the brand ESSIE...

Coat Couture by Essie

Coat Couture by Essie

Essie Coat Couture

Coat Couture by Essie

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Essie Coat Couture
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Essie Good To Go

It has been a seriously long time since I've blogged about an Essie polish. I really haven't picked up much from the brand lately. Around the Holidays, I purchased Summit of Style, but I've yet to crack that open. When I read about their Cashmere Matte collection, I was immediately intrigued by Comfy in Cashmere and Coat Couture, but ended up purchasing only the latter.

Coat Couture is a purple leaning gray, or grurple if you will. What makes it so unique is the pretty, contrasting turquoise shimmer that runs through it. Being part of the Cashmere Matte collection means a matte finish for all the polishes, including Coat Couture.

For the most part, I'm not a fan of matte polishes. I like sparkles and shine way too much for that. When it comes to Coat Couture... I'm really, really, not a fan of the matte finish or formula. I don't really understand the point in mattefying this polish in the first place. Before 2 coats of Clear, the turquoise shimmer was practically non-existent. There was more of a turquoise sheen than anything. Application was kind of a mess, too. I couldn't get Coat Couture to apply evenly at all. When I topped with clear, I still saw a little splotchiness and ridge marks. When I topped everything off with a thick coat of Essie Good to Go, I really wasn't sure if any leveling would occur upon drying.

Thankfully, it leveled decently enough, and the result is what you see in the pics. Unfortunately, you don't really see that there's still visible ridge marks, fine lines, and a little splotchiness. I can't see them in the photos either, and I'm sure you can't see them unless you're actually really close to me, but still. While typing, I'm seeing it and it irks me! This formula definitely has room for improvement, in my opinion!

Other than that, I like this shade of gray, and I loooooooove this turquoise shimmer. It's cropping up all over this Spring, and I'm really digging it. I have a serious thing for polish with contrasting shimmer! As much as I love the colors and the contrasting shimmer in this mani, it's hiiiiiighly likely that I'll be taking it off tonight. There are other polishes calling my name... (aren't there always?!?)



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