As much as I adore Claire's Envy, I really feel the name has been overdone for green polish. What would you call this shade instead? There is something planetary about the color. The green sparkle embedded in the charcoal base looks like the night sky in an alternate universe. I could easily imagine a world where the stars were green.
Please click for a close up of the cosmic green shimmer.
Envy has a very thin consistency. It felt like painting a water color rather than polishing nails. I used four coats, but the process was relatively quick. I didn't have any other application issues other than needing to build the color. I would really recommend wrapping the tips on the initial application and capping the tip of nail with polish the next day. This will help with any tip wear issues often found when using jelly formulas.
I really adore this polish. In low light, it appears black with a little flash. There is enough vital sparkle that keeps Envy out of the almost black category. When painting the color on my nails, the base seemed like a watery charcoal that slowly built to black. This shade has been part of Claire's assortment for awhile. I purchased my bottle last summer and it has been waiting to spend time on my nails. Envy is a great shade for vampy lovers.