Essie She’s Picture Perfect Swatches & Review

Essie-She's-Picture-Perfect-Swatches-ReviewYou may remember that I was really excited to find Essie She’s Picture Perfect in my Loose Button April 2012 Luxe Box.

Good grief, Charlie Brown! It only took me until September to get around to wearing it! *Tsk tsk*

No joke – ever since I got it, I placed it carefully beside my computer so that I wouldn’t forget to wear it. And many times when I was composing blog posts, I would randomly pick it up to admire.

After so many months, it finally hit me – why haven’t I worn it even though I love it so much in the bottle?

Lots of activity fired away in the ole synapses, and my brain started working. Note: Started! Hehe, so today, albeit late, is my review of this pretty polish.

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Essie She's Picture Perfect Review & Photos

Essie She's Picture Perfect Review & Swatch


Iridescent lilac

Key Notes

  • Name: Essie She’s Picture Perfect
  • Collection: Essie Resort Collection 2012
  • Colours Available in the Collection: She’s Picture Perfect, Sure Shot, No More Film & Pink-A-Boo
  • Amount: 13.5 mL (0.46 fl. oz.) – Interesting…It’s the same Essie bottle, but instead of 15 mL, it’s labelled differently.
  • What I Paid: This came as one of the samples in my Loose Button April 2012 Luxe Box. I paid $12 CAD for the entire box with 5 samples.
  • Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada, Trans Design, Beauty Stop OnlineNailsupplies

Essie She’s Picture Perfect Review


Although saturated purples make me swoon, greyish purples like She’s Picture Perfect by Essie also get my attention. There’s something really ladylike about this type of colour, hehe, and I’m not really used to wearing ‘ladylike’ shades.

When I first laid eyes on this polish, I could already tell that I would love it. That’s probably because I find greyish purples extremely easy to wear. I have never found one that clashed with my skin tone yet, so this shade seems like a safe choice.

What I also like about it is that even though it’s purple, it’s still a little neutral, so you can wear it with a lot of different colours in your wardrobe.

Where I work, I can wear crazy colours and wild nail art even with a meeting with the big boss, but if you work in an office that’s more traditional, rest assured that this shade is work-appropriate. That being said, it’s far from boring because of the interesting shimmer it has, which I’ll talk about next.


She’s Picture Perfect by Essie has a magical micro-shimmer running throughout that’s pinkish purple. This looks like pixie dust thrown onto the polish to take it from flat to magical.

The shimmer is subtle. You can see it on your nails, but it comes alive more under the sunlight. Unfortunately, I only had a chance to photograph it with my camera’s flash and in dim natural light.

Application & Formula

I expected nothing less than perfection in terms of formula for Essie She’s Picture Perfect. Hehe, with a name like that, wouldn’t you?

So, I’m happy to report that it applied very easily and smoothly. The first coat was a little streaky, but with a second medium coat, everything evened out, and I didn’t feel any need to use a third coat since two coats provided complete opacity.


  • Greyish purple with pinkish-purple micro-shimmer
  • Great pigmentation
  • Easy-to-apply, smooth formula

  • First coat is streaky (I had to reach for this ‘Con’…)

Final Verdict: 9/10

She’s Picture Perfect by Essie is everything I thought it would be. It’s classy, ladylike, and easy-to-work-with. Shades of purple like this have never let me down thus far, and that’s why I’m in love with them – ole dependable! 😉

What’s the one shade that never disappoints you? Do you have to wear traditionally ‘work-appropriate’ polishes at your workplace?


30 thoughts on “Essie She’s Picture Perfect Swatches & Review

  1. Randi

    i like this polish. its a bit lavender too, right ? me gusta !
    the one shade that rarely disappoints me is teal/blue. there are so many blues i like: OPI “Fly”, Chanel “Coco Blue”, Sinful Colors “Aqua” or OPI “Teal the cows come home”.
    i dont have any workplace – i still go to school and i can wear what ever i want to. i enjoy wearing loud or freaky nail arts but sometimes i put on a classy frensh mani too 🙂
    Randi recently posted: Final erster Schultag Mani

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Randi!

      Yes, it’s very much lavender, but it has a good amount of grey to give it that dustier look.

      Hehe, you sound a lot like me with the freak nail art! 😉 Rock it!

  2. Erica

    Ooooooh la la! I LOVE this shade Mary! I am a purple-a-holic and this colour would fit in with my polish collection quite nicely. Do you know if it’s easily accessible still?
    I am like you, I can wear anything on my nails at work 😀 Ahhhhhhhh! That’s the life! 🙂 I probably wouldn’t be so into nail polish/art if it was a no-no.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Erica!

      I’m sure that I’ve seen it at a Trade Secrets recently. Plus you can definitely find it at the usual etailers. 🙂

      Yay for being able to wear anything on your nails at work. *e-High-Five* It’s the best, and I agree with you – if I was limited to what I could wear Monday through Friday, that would put a real damper on my nail addiction. Hmm…so is it my boss’ fault that I’m addicted to polish? Heheheh! Okay, maybe not…

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jenn!

      Thank you so much! These greyish purples never let me down – must be because they’re cool-toned? Really easy to wear!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jacqui!

      In person it’s looks less periwinkle to me and more lavender. And the shimmer is very subtle. You’ll see it mostly under sunlight, but it’s faint…just a shy, demure lacquer. 🙂

      If you wind up getting it, please let me know what you think after you’ve tried it out. I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

  3. beachgal

    I bought this shade. Like many, found myself with a sad face when the bottle shimmer did not transfer to the nails. Out of 3 I can think of in this shade range that Essie came out with this yr, I prefer Play Date the most – it’s brighter with less white to it…but that said – this one is not chalky white like some can be that enter this color range. Looks nice on you.

    1. beachgal

      Oh and as far as work appropriate shades – those rules are super changing now it seems unless you are in say an attorney office or high finance….look at last night! Ms. Obama was sporting a blue/gray polish that might have been gray (if we ever find out for sure) that looked a tish blue ’cause of the back lighting (blue) to turn the wall behind the podium from white/red that it is into blue.

      1. Mary Post author

        I tend to agree with you – so glad that people are being allowed to express themselves in harmless ways. Just the other day, I went to the bank, and the teller had on a really funky freehand nail-art design with pink and green hearts, polka dots, and funky tips all in the same manicure. 🙂

    2. Mary Post author

      Hey beachgal!

      Aww…sorry that it left you disappointed. I pretty much expected that the shimmer would be very faint because it was so soft even in the bottle. But, at least when the sun comes out, I can see a whisper of it. (Yeah, I can see sound. 😛 That explains a lot, doesn’t it? Haha!)

      Oh, I don’t own Play Date. Need to look into it!

  4. Karen

    ummm sooo I may or may not also have this polish in my untrieds…. As far as work appropriate shades, well everyone is going to hate me, but I do think its somewhat important, brights shoud be reserved for fridays, but muted colour are OK, the actual colour however doesn’t matter ( like a light soft blue grey instead of a hot pink, even if pink is typically considered an office olour)… just my opinion though! I just feel like that bc it is a place of business. Obviously there are exceptions & if your allowed to wear what you want, then take full advantage!!
    Karen recently posted: Cult Nails Untamed with Orly Bailamos

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Karen!

      Nah, I don’t hate you! My readers and I spread the love! 😉 *Spreads love* *Throws sprinkles into the air like Rainbow Brite* Hehe!

      You’re entitled to your opinion. 🙂 And I respect what you think. Yes, it definitely depends on the situation. Haha, I don’t think I’d dare to wear a neon orange to work if I was the highest-paid lawyer in the country. 😉 Then again, if I was, I wonder how much credibility I’d lose if I started donning crazy nail art and polish to court. Haha!

  5. Jessica

    Goodness, this one is lovely. Going on my (extensive) want list!! I just love the combo of the light purple with the pink shimmer :).

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      Just keep in mind that the shimmer is very faint, but you CAN see it in the sunlight. 🙂 Despite that, the purple itself is so classy. If you track it down, hope that you’ll fall in love/lust with it, too. 😉

  6. Amanda

    Ooohhh…this is very pretty…I don’t have any Essie polishes…I may have to change that!

    I have a really pretty pinkish-lilac shade from Lancome called Groove that I always love to go back and wear, it’s always perfect!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amanda!

      No Essie polishes? Yes, this is a great one to get! You’ll start your Essie collection off with a bang.

      You know what? I don’t own a single Lancome polish. Actually, I don’t have any makeup from Lancome except for random samples I got from the department store and free samples with my purchase of other stuff. Is the formula good when it comes to polishes?

      Another light-purple nail polish I absolutely love and wear time and time again is OPI Do You Lilac It?. That one’s more purple without any grey. But if you like this one, you might enjoy the OPI, too.

      1. Amanda

        I actually have Do You Lilac It? ( I love the name!) and while I’ve worn it on my toes, it hasn’t got onto the fingers yet. Great colour, though.

        Lancome is my makeup of choice, but I only have the one nail polish. But I love it, applies great and even though its a few years old it still applies as great as when I first got it:)

        Yeah I’m surprised I don’t have any Essie polishes, especially since they’re a brand that is actually in stores around me (I usually have to buy on-line). I also really want Mojito Madness! Gotta love those greens, right;)

        1. Mary Post author

          Thanks for letting me know about the formula. If there’s a really unique colour they put out, I’m going to buy the polish. I’m also curious about trying Dior nail polishes…just because I consider those to be high-end, and it’s a rare thing when I buy any polishes at that price point. It would have to be for a special-occasion splurge. 🙂

          I don’t have Mojito Madness, but I’ve seen it in person, and it’s a lovely green! Hehe, but this is coming from a crazy person who has more than a drawer full of greens alone. (I’ve been trying to buy every single green that I set my eyes on. But that one made me have a long debate with myself. I talked myself out of it, but only because I needed to save money to put toward a big splurge on a bunch of American Eagle Outfitters jeans.)

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      You have great taste. Haha, I’ve seen some hideous bridesmaid dresses, so it’s nice to know that you were nice to your bridesmaids! 😉

  7. Nicole

    I actually love all colors of nail polish, I think. If I had unlimited amounts of money, I’d just order every collection as soon as it comes out. Now, I wouldn’t have enough room to store all these so any that weren’t my favorites I’d just giveaway to little girls I work with because honestly there are probably like 10 nail polishes out of my whole collection (not including basic black, white, greige, tops and bases) that I’ve worn more than once. This is a really pretty color but not one I would be drawn to on my own. Now that you’ve shown us tho…. I just might end up with it in my basket next time I’m at target 🙂 Thanks for sharing 😀
    Nicole recently posted: Day 1: Red Nails

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole!

      Oh boy – unlimited funds? I think we’d all go insane. We’d probably end up being on My Strange Addiction: Billionaire Edition. 😉

      If I had unlimited funds, I’d get into the polish business hardcore…coming out with my own colours, trying to get them sold at major retailers, and maybe even come out with a publication. But…haha, if money were no object, my priority would be to get my book published (not polish related, but the non-fiction book I’ve been working on about office politics), to contribute to charities, and to start a feminist magazine.

      1. Nicole

        I think we can both agree- you have much better plans for you money than I do.

        Actually if I just came upon a whole gang of money, I would open a children’s recreation center kind of like the Boys and Girls club but more organized and slightly smaller scale (probably for younger kids), then I would send my husband to brewing (beer) school and open a brewery where he could be the brewmaster and I could just be a creative influence. Also I would make my own jewelry and find somewhere legit to sell it 🙂
        Nicole recently posted: Day 3: Yellow Nails

        1. Mary Post author

          Haha, but plans are different from reality. Maybe in reality, I’d blow it all on pink feather boas. Nahhh, probably not! 😉

          Your plan to open up a Boys and Girls type club is very noble. 🙂 It shows that you want to give back to the community and not just reap the rewards for yourself. Good for you!

          Hehe, a creative influence = you’d drink his creations?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Yeah, when I was receiving the Luxe Box, I tended to get quite a few full-size nail polishes. It’s almost like they knew about my lacquer ‘problem’ and instead of staging an intervention, they decided to fuel my addiction. YAYYYY! Hahaha! 😉


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