'Violet' is a clear base with small and medium-sized hexagonal glitter. I applied this by "dabbing" rather than brushing onto the nail, so I found it quite easy to get a good coverage; the photos show just one coat. The brush on this polish was average, but the one thing I would say is DEAR LORD IT STINKS. I mean really, really smells. This is definitely not a 3Free polish, for those of you who care about such things. I bought this from Poundland priced at, you guessed it, £1.
What's your favourite Essie shade? Have you tried ChitChat's nail polish?