Don't tell Illamasqua Baptiste (my one true love), but I decided to try out a new shimmery purple. Essie Sexy Divide had been on my wish list for quite some time, so when I finally brought it home in a swap, I was itching to try it! Plus, let's be honest - I really like the name.
Sexy Divide is a deep red-leaning purple with fine red and purple shimmer. The red shimmer seems to be a smidge larger than the purple shimmer and stands out more in the sunlight. The color is gorgeous, but the shimmer is almost a "secret shimmer," as it gets a little lost on the nail. It shows up nicely here in the photos, but in most lighting it just looks like a creme. No complaints on application - just two easy coats! As with any purple, it was impossible to photograph, so I had to color correct these photos (Hence the orange skin. Sorry guys, I promise one day I'll figure out how to take more color-accurate photos!!) I think this is pretty close to actual color. :-)
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And here it is compared to Baptiste herself (Swoon!). You can see the difference here. Sexy Divide's base is almost...cloudier? Murkier? Either way, I think it's the reason that gorgeous shimmer doesn't really show through. Show her how it's done, Baptiste!
(L) Essie Sexy Divide, (R) Illamasqua Baptiste
Sexy Divide is a lovely polish, and even though it's a close cousin to Baptiste, the shimmer doesn't show quite as much, so I was ready to keep this one in my stash as my Perfect Deep Purple Creme...until I saw the wear.
I don't comment much on wear in my posts, because for the most part, I don't have huge issues with chipping from any polishes in particular. Sure, there's always your standard tip wear, but usually if I get chips, it's because I did something stupid that caused the chip. Sexy Divide on the other hand, was a complete nightmare in terms of wear. I applied it Tuesday night. By Wednesday morning I had some pretty significant tip wear. I thought it was strange since all I had really been doing was sleeping, but I shrugged it off. By early Thursday morning, I had four GIANT chips. Really unusual for me. I'm not quick to point fingers, but since I used the exact same base coat/top coat combo and wasn't doing anything stupid to cause chips, I gotta blame this one on Sexy Divide. Sigh. Baptiste, you really are my one true love!
If you want to give it a whirl, Sexy Divide is part of Essie's core collection, so you can find it at Ulta, Wal-mart, etc. Due to my less than stellar experience, I can't whole-heartedly recommend it, but the color is nice. :-)
What do you guys think? If you've tried Sexy Divide, how was the wear? Maybe I just got a dud?