Essence A Lovely Secret truly is a lovely secret as it hides pretty purple shimmer in its lilac base. This is two coats of A Lovely Secret. I thought Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Princess Cut flakie would really complement the polish. Too bad the flakies did not present well with this as a base coat. This is two thick coats of Princess Cut. I then pondered if Essie's matte topcoat would make the hidden shimmer and flakies take center stage. Oops it hid all the greatness of this polish =*(.