Essie Sole Mate is one of the first Essie's I ever bought when I first started getting into nail polish, and it's probably one of my only impulse buys. I usually consult makeupalley and nail blogs before spending money on a polish, but I was young and unafraid at the time.
|3 coats, no topcoat|
Sole Mate is a deep plum jelly. It's one of those colours that can easily be mistaken for black in certain lights, which I know a lot of people like, but I'm just not a huge fan of. I'm in the camp of "if I want to look like I'm wearing black nail polish, I'll wear black nail polish"! Luckily, Sole Mate does have a strong purple pigment to it, so this isn't a huge problem.
The formula is extremely streaky and thin, it takes a least three coats for opacity. As you can see Sole Mate is SHINY. I didn't use topcoat so I could show you just how reflective this polish is. You can even see the reflection of my arm and shirt in some nails!
Even though Environment Canada predicted a lovely sunny day today, it turns out we're actually getting full cloud cover and snow! So, all of the above pictures are unfortunately taken under the clouds.
While I don't regret buying Sole Mate those many moons ago, it will never be at the top of my favourites list. It is a great colour for this time of year when the mood calls for vampy shades though!
Do you usually impulse buy your polish or do you research the colour a bit?