Since I'm terribly unexperienced with pastel application (due to my reluctance, of course), this is actually four coats of the Essie. The first one is very thin though, because I usually start out my manicures that way, and I always, always, forget that pastels needs to just be slapped on as quickly as possible - with the mandatory risk of bubbling. And, if you're wondering why all these photos vary in color, it's because my camera still hates these warmer purple toned shades. It's a red leaning, more lavender than lilac one. At first I thought the last photo (shot with my dslr) was the most accurate, but now I'm leaning towards the sunny photo being that, only the shade is a tad darker. Oh, and can you see the underlying Essie shimmer? I know I can't.
Anyway. The Finger Paints flakie (one coat) made this manicure so much better. Without it, I wouldn't have liked it. It still felt very little like me, but it was okay. And any day soon, I just might post a manicure or two that are so not me that this Essie shade appears to have been made with me in mind.
Swedish word of the day:
lavendel -noun lavender
We emphasize the middle syllable.