...for just €1.29? Yes please!
Deborah Lippmann glitter polishes have quickly become must-haves in the beauty world, with its sparkly shades rivaling the best in the business and having OPI et al quaking in their boots. The reason I haven't gone and bought her entire range? The £16 (almost €20) price tag. So when trying to fuel my addiction for all that glitters, I came across this little polish from Essence with a likeness to the much sought after 'Across The Universe'. This brand isn't one I have ever bought from before (makeup snob *ahem*), but for €1.29 in my local chemists I honestly didn't have anything to lose.
|Essence 'Blue Addicted'|
The verdict? Gorgeous.
Four coats of this gives an opaque navy finish with teeny blue sparkles suspended with larger hexagonal chunks of green and blue. Next time I'll just paint a couple coats of this over a dark base for ease of application.
However, I can't do a true comparison without an actual swatch of DL's 'Across the Universe', MsRed from Red's Beauty Blog kindly allowed me to use her swatch to compare...
|(l-r) Essence 'Blue Addicted' / Deborah Lipmann 'Across The Universe' (c/o Red's Beauty Blog)|
Apart from my sloppy application (Ms Red, you put me to shame!) there is no denying that the two are extremely similar. There is clearly way more sparkles in DL's offering, and a smoother finish is left as the Essence one looks quite grainy. However since there's over €15 in the difference, I can not complain!
What do you think of this? Are the Deborah Lippmann polishes worth the extra cash?