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Work Friendly Nails :)

Yay! I'm back with nail polishes!
I've been neglecting my polishes for a while, but recently they have sparked my interest again. So might as well continue on my goal to have a large database of nail polish swatches on my blog.

Today's color is an extremely work-friendly color. I think it's a very sophisticated and mature color that could never go wrong. It doesn't scream for attention, but it doesn't turn your fingers into mannequin fingers either.
It's essie's Lyford Lilac! :)

Isn't the color beauuuuuuuuuuutiful? :) I love toned down, not-so-over-the-top (I call them 'practical') colors, and this is one of those colors. The color is a pink/mauve/lilac color all mixed together. In really life (without the camera flash and in indoor setting) it looks like it has a bit of brownishness in it too.

Here's my opinion on the polish itself.

Application: A bit watery (like most essie polishes).
Intensity: A bit sheer (needs 2-3 coats for a completely opaque look)
Finish: Cream (no glitters)
Lasting Power: 2 - 4 days with top coat before chipping starts
Color: Exactly the same as in the bottle

Some people say that it's a dupe of OPI's Barefoot in Barcelona, luckily I have the nail polish, so I compared the two :) In my humble opinion, the two aren't really comparable. As you can see in the picture below, BIB is more on the dark reddish-brown color, and Lyford Lilac has much more of a light mauve/lilac tone to it.

I think they are completely different, but if you're looking for a color that's ballpark in that brown/mauve/dusty pink shade, I guess either polishes could be okay.

* swatch photos : 2 coats + top coat
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  1. Hi Catalina!

    Those are def. work friendly nails! I love the color!!! so elegant and appoarchable! But essie and opi are so expensive here...gonna look out for a drugstore dupe!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Come visit my blog if you have time!

  2. Very nice color, definitely suitable for more professional occasions!

  3. GORGEOUS colors! I am in search of work-friendly nail varnish colors. I'm glad you shared pictures of both the OPI and the Essie polishes!

  4. I have the same colour but a different brand! It really is a work friendly colour, I feel so comfortable wearing them.

  5. I'm really loving the Essie color! I have still yet to try Essie nail polishes. :)

  6. Ohhhh pretty!!! I'm going to have to get some! =)

  7. i love the color!!! it reminds me of wet n wild megalast Undercover

  8. I have a total love-hate relationship with Essie nail polishes, I find them often harder to work with than OPI. But they do make lovely colours! My favourite from them so far is called "Eternal Optimist" :)

  9. wow it's so pretty! I think most of the polishes from essie are really work friendly :)

  10. ooooh those are really nice colours!! Totally agree that they're work friendly ^^ I have a question though - do you think glitters are a go or no go when it comes to work nails? I'm not talking about huge blingbling sparkles but like sort of a faint shimmer - more like some of anna sui's light glitter nail polishes. I've seen girls with both styles and was wondering about your opinion ^^ Thanks!

  11. Actually the OPI dupe for that color is Tickle My France-y. I would say about 90% identical to Lyford Lilac. Do check that color out! :D

  12. id have to agree with zelda

    thts wat i was thinking wen i saw the swatches!


  13. thats a really pretty color!
    both the essie and opi colors are pretty :) i love them both!

  14. The essie color is really nice! I should definitely look for some similar dupes here!


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