The New York Stock Exchange, where "to buy or not to buy" is a big decision
Essie's Spring 2012 collection Navigate Her proclaims the "self-made woman knows what she wants and exactly how to get it". From the spring collection, To Buy or Not To Buy is a great name for a polish. How often do you go to the store and hold a polish in your hand... roll it around... hold it up to the light... think "do I have anything else like it"... before deciding to buy it or leave it?
That's exactly what I did when I found To Buy or Not to Buy last week at Cosmetic Market. I was pretty convinced I didn't need this pastel purple but then I saw the sparse blue duochrome shimmer (which is undoubtedly the same shimmer used in Pink-a-Boo) and decided it had to come home with me.
To Buy or Not to Buy is a pastel pinky-lilac cream. The formula was slightly streaky and challenging to work with, so I would suggest using 3 thin coats. Unfortunately, the shimmer in the bottle is virtually undetectable on the nail.
To Buy or Not To Buy looks pinker compared to Essie's cool toned pastel purple Lilacism.
Pointer and ring fingers: Lilacism
Middle and pinky fingers: To Buy or Not to Buy
There is quite the selection of pastel purple polishes out there - I'd love to see how To Buy or Not to Buy compares to Essie's other pastel purples such as St. Lucia Lilac or Nice Is Nice. China Glaze Light as Air, OPI Steady as She Rose, and Zoya Marley might also be similar.
The beautiful shimmer looks so promising in the bottle but unfortunately is hardly visible on the nail. If you are in love with the blue duochrome shimmer, I'd recommend tracking down OPI I Juggle... Men. The same shimmer is suspended in clear polish and you can apply it over any color.
Adding one coat of OPI I Juggle... Men gives To Buy or Not To Buy the shimmer seen in the bottle.
Despite the fact that To Buy or Not to Buy's formula is less than perfect and the beautiful shimmer in the bottle disappears on the nail, I don't own a dupe for this color and think it makes a lovely addition to my collection of spring pastels.
Essie's Navigate Her collection is available in February. In New York City, Essie can be purchased at many locations including Beauty 35, Bed Bath and Beyond, Cosmetic Market, and Duane Reade.