Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Essie She's Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer
Essie She’s Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer

Is That Highlighter All Over Your Nails?

Essie She’s Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.46 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent, reflective lilac.” It’s a medium lilac purple shot through with ultra-fine fuchsia-pink iridescent shimmer. I can’t emphasize enough how subtle the shimmer is and how little it really reflects–it takes a lot of direct light and shifting to see it. Cult Nails Charming is warmer, less blue-based. Zoya Caitlin is much darker and bluer. Essie Lilacism is much lighter.

I’ve been having some good experiences with recent Essies–this one was a little less stellar. Good, just not perfect. The formula on this particular shade was a little thick, so getting even coats that don’t take too long to dry was more difficult. The drying time still seemed a little long, and it’s not at all forgiving if you move to apply your second coat too early–you’ll definitely get drag. The color itself is opaque after two coats.

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She's Picture Perfect

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As long as you're aware that the reflective shimmer is very subtle, it's worth a look. It's not a color I could easily find dupes of, even of just the base color. It looks prettier in the bottle, because the iridescence is more pronounced.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Essie She's Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer
Essie She’s Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer

Essie She's Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer
Essie She’s Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer

Essie She's Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer
Essie She’s Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer

Essie She's Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer
Essie She’s Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer

Essie She's Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer
Essie She’s Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer

Essie She's Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer
Essie She’s Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Beauty.com, $8.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Cult Nails Charming is warmer, less blue-based. Zoya Caitlin is much darker and bluer. Essie Lilacism is much lighter.

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29 thoughts on “Essie She’s Picture Perfect Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Dinitchka

    I love the iridescence to it (is it blue?? blue-ish??) but I am not into the colour. I love purples but the lighter the purple goes my hands look … meh.

  2. Avatar of Kafka Kafka

    So odd to have Limited Edition for a fall shade that screams Spring to me…. hm.  I think this might have been really pretty if the iridescence had been significantly more pronounced. It’s faintly noticeable in the bottle but, as you noted, almost imperceptible on the nails. 

    • Kafka I could see the iridescence on the wet brush from the bottle and it’s so pretty, but yeah..light purple in August??  Very weird!

    • royaldoultonsan

      Kafka This one was part of the Summer Resort collection. The iridescence is subtle, but still more visible in good lighting than it may appear. Beautiful shade nonetheless.

    • BeanBoy

      Kafka It’s not for fall. This is from the Resort 2012 collection, which came out in March. 

      • Avatar of Kafka Kafka

        BeanBoy  Ah, thank you to both you and to royaldoultonsan. I saw the review, saw it was Limited Edition and thought it had just recently come out.  I don’t buy much Essie, so I’m not familiar with particular collections. It makes a lot more sense now. :) 

    • jennyh

      Kafka As the others have said it’s part of the Spring 2012 collection. Good luck finding it if you are interested. That collection is long gone from stores. 

  3. Avatar of Dee GUSnail

    That’s a gorgeous color.  I have such issues applying nail polish though-would never look like that if I applied it myself!

  4. “prettier in the bottle” applies to a lot of Essie shades unfortunately. I’m not a fan of the brand.

  5. Gosh this is so pretty–I actually saw this at CVS the other week but didn’t get it because I got several other Essie polishes and I have so many lavenders/lilacs at home…but you’re right–the blue in this one makes it so different then anything I own and I am definitely going back for it!

  6. RedLipsBlakHair

    Wow, so pretty!

  7. Sanguine13

    Aw, I bought She’s Picture Perfect back in April and mine isn’t thick at all, the polish from my bottle actually applies very easily. Maybe this bottle was from a bad batch? I love this colour though, it’s so pretty!

  8. Avatar of Caitlin Caitlin

    It’s funny, I bought polish this several weeks ago and mine is a significantly lighter shade of purple…practically a purple-tinged white. How odd! The shimmer in mine didn’t transfer to the nail at all :(

  9. Jun

    It’s so pretty! Too bad this came out months before, so you can’t even find it in stores anymore.

  10. Avatar of Malia Malia

    oh my gosh I dont really care about the thickness or the virtually non existent reflecting- I LOVE that shade!! :)

  11. Barbara

    I’m not one for lilacs/lavenders but this is really pretty :D
    One of the titles says ‘is that highlighter all over your nails?’ do you mean like purple highlighter? LOL

  12. Avatar of Ana Ana G.

    Nice but not great. Plus, it’s too of a spring color for me to wear it on fall. I love love purples and lilac but I prefer stronger colors for nail polishes.

  13. Avatar of artemis artemis

    perfect color, the iridiscence is pretty cause it’s subtle, heh, but a simple one would be perfect :D

  14. It’s an okay color but I wouldn’t pick this for myself. Not that into lavender shades and pastels.

  15. Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    Pretty! I’m not a fan of Essie nail polish, but I LOVE lilacs, so I might have to get this one.

    Does anyone know how this compares to OPI Do You Lilac It? I assume Essie is a bit lighter and bluer, but it’s hard to tell from online swatches with these types of colors.

    • Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

      Nevermind my question, I just realized I have a mini version of this shade. Got the set when it came out this spring.

      Probably says something about my nail polish collection when I don’t remember which shades I already have. I’ve lost count on the number of times I’ve bought a shade not realizing it was already in my stash. lol.

  16. Lolly

    Love this.

  17. Aly

    How do you get these Essie nail polishes to look so nice?! I bought a light orange color a while ago from Essie and it was HORRIBLE! It dried SUPER dark compared to in the bottle and it was everywhere and it seemed.. like matte but yours seems glossy.. Do you use a top coat?

  18. Just finished painting my nails with this color! Bought it the next day after reading this review. Should have just not bought it. Color is nice. But all the drag and not so even application etc is true.