Essence A Lovely Secret is a lavender creme with subtle purple shimmer that flashes bright purple. It is hard to describe in one sentence. At first glance, it appears to be a light purple creme. Then you see it almost looks marbled, rather than filled with shimmer. The purple is matte and does not shimmer. Instead it adds amazing depth. Its not really visible in the picture until you click on it. The larger version gives you an idea of what I mean. On top of this unique depth, when the light hits this polish, the purple suddenly flashes bright and shimmering. Its very visible in the bottle and harder to capture on the nail.
The application is great, as I've come to expect from Essence. This is two coats and completely opaque.