I hereby claim that No Buy February is over. It's done. I think I did pretty good with not buying any polish. I did cave a few times but such is life. I also said I would actually stop buying polish altogether if my Rubbermaid storage container filled up... Although now that it has, I am looking for other storage solutions and am tempted to get one of those IKEA Helmers.
Today I've got another polish that slipped through my No Buy. I was eye-ing Essie's Leading Lady from the get-go in December. Complete lust. I saw it a few times and then soon it just became harder and harder to find. I found this one at Save On Foods. I am thinking that it might be a limited edition release but I'm not too sure! I couldn't find any availability information on Essie's Winter Collection 2012. In either case, Leading Lady is a deep seductive bold red jelly, packed with silver glitter that gets completely overtaken and swallowed into a cohesive red abyss. This just screams burlesque to me; I love this polish just as much as I thought it would. Leading Lady is meant to be worn alone, not as a layering polish. The base red jelly is very deep and I reached full opacity in two coats. The finish is unfortunately dull and even a little too bumpy from the glitters for my taste but it's nothing a little bit of Seche Vite won't fix.
Another reason why I was so drawn into Essie Leading Lady is because of its name. I wear a pretty mean set of Jeevice retro-inspired glasses and when I was buying them, the salesman told me that the frames are referred to as "leading lady". Now unfortunately I was unable to find any actual backing reference to this but oh well. Still cool.