I got this polish on sale at TJ Maxx, and I'm glad I bought it on sale. It is a terrible formula, even though the color is so beautiful. The polish is a jelly dark red shade that is perfect for fall. It is terribly streaky, and doesn't apply evenly at all. It has chipped after 24 hours and seems to get less even as time goes on, if that is even possible. I used two coats of it and it seemed pretty opaque, but they were thicker coats. I topped it with Seche for reference. This polish is a color I'd love to have in my collection but the formula is god awful.
I really love the colour of this polish, but I cannot really get past the bad formula. I have gotten this colour done a few times and it lasts a long time and looks fantastic, but once I did it myself I had a hard time. It goes on very thin (which is understandable for a jelly), but gave me a lot of bald spots and kept erasing itself. This is a good colour if you have a lot of experience in nail painting!
I wrote this review almost a year ago, and this has become one of my favourite polishes. It took me a few times to truly figure out how to apply this, but you have to use thinner coats to get this to work well. It stays on really well and looks great with a shinier top coat. This is a really good colour if you love wearing deeper reds, or are looking to add one to your collection. This is slightly lighter than Essie 'Wicked'.
I am undecided about this one. I love the color. The red / jelly finish is so beautiful- the undertone is perfect for my neutral skin tone. I hate the formula and brush. Don't get your cuticles, because even if you clean them up they will still be terribly stained. Went on so messy and gloopy I added a holo flakie topcoat which looks great over this shade. Will probably keep as a mixer for others, or bring to the salon when I get my nails done. Too much of a PITA do put on myself.
This colour is gorgeous and so shiny (I didn't even bother with a topcoat), but application is tricky and required 4 coats. I've always been really skilled at applying my nail polish but if you're one of those girls who don't have a steady hand, don't bother purchasing this or purchase it but take it to your manicurist. The finished result is beautiful, and it's an oxblood, vampy colour that's perfect for fall.
I really love this colour. It reminds me of the deep red of a candy apple, but changes depending on the light. As others have mentioned, the formula isn't great to work with - it's really thin and took me three coats to get anywhere near opacity. I could have probably gone for one more coat, but I'm lazy am not generally a fan of polishes that take me more than two coats. For that reason, I wouldn't repurchase, but I do enjoy the colour enough that I'll keep using this one. As for the packaging, it's a typical Essie brush - I really like them and find them easy to work with on my fairly small nails, but I think that just comes down to personal preference.
Gorgeous Color. Difficult formula. I just got this as part of the Stylenomics Fall 2012 Collection and was excited about wearing it. Just as many bloggers and previous reviewers have said, the formula is just difficult to apply. It is a jelly so it's sheer and if you are looking to achieve the bottle color it will take several coats. I stopped at 2 moderately thickish coats as I had gotten it to look opaque enough and frankly, I had run out of patience with the formula. Beautiful on and and very high shine but a lot of monkey business and probably would not repurchase.
UPDATE: I came back to add a lippy and say that I WOULD in fact repurchase because of the amazing wear of this polish. I have the kind of nails that chip almost immediately after a manicure, by about the 24 hour mark. I am happy to report that 72 hours in I am almost completely chip free. YAY!
Skirting the Issue is a vampy deep blood red polish from the stylenomics collection. This is a perfect color for fall/winter! I bought my bottle for $8.99 CND.
The formula is pretty thin and it takes about 3 coats to get the bottle color. Drying time is pretty good and the jelly finish gives off a high shine! This polish doesn't chip easy and lasts a pretty long time. However, it does tend to shrink on my nails which is annoying.
I would repurchase because the deep vampy color is just fantastic and goes will with my NC35 skin tone. The polish shrinking on nails, and thin formula is annoying though.
I had been seeing all over the internet about oxblood being one of the pantone colors for the fall, so when I ran across Essie's new fall collection, I was so excited to see Skirting The Issue! I love a dark, vampy red for fall, even better that it's a jelly finish. I'm not sure if I just got a better bottle or what, but mine was easy too apply, opaque in two coats, just beautiful. I'm really happy to have this in my collection! I don't have anything else quite like it, and I know I'm going to get a lot of use out of it this fall and winter.
I am an Essie devotee so giving this review pains me. I looooove the idea of this color. This is he second stylenomics polish that has disappointed me. This color is amazing but it is too sheer and you have to put on 6 coats to get the beautiful opaque shade like you see in he bottle. It is kind of thick after you have had it open for a few minutes and goes on striped so you can really tell when you need more coats. I'm really bummed about it. It's hard to apply when it starts to thicken. It would help if the brush were wider.
Brush is too skinny. Color is too transparent. On first coat, looks like a nail tint from the 80s. Was hoping for a vampy color like it appears to be in the bottle. :/