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Essie Dive Bar + Deborah Lippman Across the Universe = Heaven!

Oh my, do I have a special combination to show you today, people.  Looking through my rapidly-filling Helmer for inspiration tonight I decided it was finally time for me to try out one of the polishes that got me addicted to polish, Deborah Lippman Across the Universe.  I've seen this one swatched plenty of times on its own so I thought I'd see what it looked like with a base colour.  Essie Dive Bar had the same kinds of colours so I thought I'd see what they looked like together.  Man, both of these are awesome!

First, let's look at the swatches for Essie Dive Bar.  A dark green-blue-purple duochrome, this is a simply beautiful polish.  I love dark colours to start with but this one with it's subtle colour shifts, oh so good.  Application was really good, what you see here is two coats.  




What I was really surprised by with this polish was how many colours it holds on the close up.  Look at the next picture, see all the blues, purples and greens?  So pretty.  I was so tempted just to stop at this but I tried Across the Universe on one finger and knew I just had to keep going.



Here we have it, finally, Deborah Lippman Across the Universe, swatched at last.  After some of the giant glitters I've been trying lately with the Lacquistry polishes it didn't blow me away like it might have a few weeks ago but it's still so beautiful.  A blue jelly base with tiny blue hex glitters and large green and blue pieces.  Application was nice, as you'd expect, these picture are all with just the one coat, topped with a coat of Seche Vite.  I found this a lot easier than most to get an even distribution.



View these in the larger view, I dare you.  Try not to be mesmerised by the glass glitter of Dive Bar in the back and lovely glitters in the front.  Yesssssss.


The Verdict:  I love both these polishes.  They applied wonderfully, dried fast and needed only the one or two coats.  I love how the two of them together create this sparkly, deep pond feel.  Was it worth it for the $20 Across the Universe cost?  Hmm.  I really wanted this one in particular because I've coveted it for so long but there are plenty of blue and green glitters out there that would probably get you by.  Dive Bar, on the other hand, has a surprising amount of different colours and colour shift to it and I'm a fan.

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