Hello Essie Lovers!
Do you remember last year when I brought you a bunch of Color Discrepancy posts? I compared lots of Essie's with the same name but had different coloured polish and sorted out which were reformulations (Fiji and Mint Candy Apple) and which were changing colours (basically every sheer pale pink...) Lilacism was included in that post, but I didn't have personal experience with it.
Well now I do :(Instagram posted a picture of Lilacism, it was MUCH more purple than mine. Weird.
Then last Winter, Essie came out with Virgin Snow and I thought "why would Essie make a complete dupe of Lilacism?" I even compared them here and they were almost identical. But the more I looked at the super blue-grey colour of my bottle of "Lilacism", the more I realized my poor bottle had changed colour!
I had to do a little bit of searching in different stores to find a fresh purple-toned bottle of Lilacism (since a lot of them tend to be the discoloured blue version) but I finally found one earlier this Spring! I knew I needed to share my findings with you, so let's take a look at both of them closer.
Discoloured Lilacism (blue)
My old bottle of Lilacism is a very pale greyed out blue. When I look at my post for Lilacism that I did a year ago, my bottle seems to be a little bit more lilac back then. Now any trace of purple in this polish is gone. The formula was more opaque than I remembered. I only needed two coats of polish to get it opaque.
old Lilacism vs. new Lilacism
Don't these look like completely different polishes?! It's so crazy that the colour of Lilacism on the right will fade to look like the bottle of Lilacism on the left over time.
I'm sorry to say, I don't know the cause of the fading. Maybe just time and the volatile nature of the chemicals used to make the lilac colour. But I'm pretty sure that if you own the true Lilacism...eventually you will have a bottle of blue polish in your collection.
new Lilacism vs. old Lilacism vs. Virgin Snow
Just to make things interesting, I threw Virgin Snow in the mix to show how it compares to both the new and old bottle of Lilacism.
|Left to Right: true Lilacism, discoloured Lilacism and Virgin Snow|
As you can see, a true bottle of Lilacism is COMPLETELY different than Virgin Snow. But discoloured Lilacism is almost a perfect match. Virgin Snow is just a hair lighter and brighter. But they are so so close.
Speaking of not ordering polishes that discolour online, I totally ignored my own advice and ordered some sheer pale pink Essie's online back in December. I found Essie Rock Candy and Essie Pillow Talk on nailpolishcanada.com for $3.95 a bottle and was stoked to add them to my collection! I love sheer pale pinks and was most excited for Rock Candy. Here's what I THOUGHT I was getting:
|Image from Makeup & Beauty Blog|
Hmmm...not the pale pretty pink I was looking for.
I also ordered Pillow Talk which was supposed to be a sheer nude pink, that looked like this:
....but I got another bottle of yellow/brownish/beige:
Here they are lined up with some of my other sheer pinks.
|Left to Right: Sugar Daddy, Mademoiselle, Tying the Knotie, Rock Candy (discoloured) and Pillow Talk (discoloured)|
Nope. Something's definitely not right here.
The GREAT thing was that nailpolishcanada.com gave me amazing customer service! I emailed them to tell them what I received and they offered to either a) replace my discoloured bottles and send me new ones, or b) refund my money. I was worried I would just end up with two more discoloured bottles of polish so I took the refund. They were super quick and amazing about it.
As a refresher, here are the list of Essie polishes (that I've discovered) that change colour over time:
- Vanity Fairest
- Muchi Muchi
- Ballet Slippers
- Rock Candy
- Pillow Talk
Do you know of any Essie's other than these that change colour over time?