Essie Lilacism and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow

Essie Lilacism and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom PowWhen it comes to nail polish, I’m not really partial to any one brand, although out of my handful of favorites, I always seen to gravitate toward a single theme within each brand. For example, I love Essie’s opaque pastels and Julep’s full-coverage glitters. My OPI’s tend to be darker cremes or glitter topcoats and when it comes to Deborah Lippmann, the more sparkle, the better. Sometimes I know exactly which polish I want to use for a mani and other times I just grab a handful and pick one at random. For this mani, I wanted a couple of colors I hadn’t used in awhile. I ended up choosing Essie Lilacism and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow.

Essie LilacismEssie Lilacism is a beautiful color. It’s a light purple with hints of blue. This is a milky opaque polish that satisfies my light-purple-pastel craving. Unfortunately, I absolutely hate the formula.

Essie Lilacism maniLilacism was really thin and watery when I bought it but my Essie’s tend to thicken over time so I had hoped the formula would improve. I’ve had this polish for awhile and it’s still the same. It requires multiple coats to become opaque (I used three) and it’s so watery that it’s almost impossible to work with.

Essie Lilacism maniThis is a pretty color but no matter how careful I am while polishing, I always end up with streaks all over the place. No wonder I haven’t used it in awhile!

Essie Lilacism and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom PowAs a way to cover up the streaks, I used Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow as a glitter topper. Boom Boom Pow contains two different sizes of gold glitter in a clear base. For an extra touch of glam, it also contains 24 karat gold dust, which I didn’t even realize until I looked up the description for this review. Real gold in my nail polish?! How fancy.

Essie Lilacism and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom PowI have a love/hate relationship with most glitter toppers because they seem to be either too sparse or too dense. Boom Boom Pow has just enough glitter pieces and I love the different sizes. The glitter dust also adds sparkle and makes the polish look more densely packed with glitter without completely covering up the base color. Plus, it hides the streakiness of Lilacism!

Essie Lilacism and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom PowI love the color of Essie Lilacism but I wish the formula was better. It is so watery and streaky and not much fun to use. Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow went on nicely and added just enough glitter to make my nails sparkle and hide the streaks from Lilacism. I’m really excited about the real gold dust in it and I will definitely be using it more. Lilacism is $8.50 here and Boom Boom Pow is $20 here.


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