Words cannot describe my excitement when I found this in my package:
|Whoever did the wrapping did a great job. It was almost too pretty to unwrap (almost).|
|I only got these two.|
|Isn't the sticker adorable?|
|You can see a faint gleam of Aqua Lily's shimmer...|
|Warning: IKB 2012 is a true blurple (more purple IRL), not blue. Also, it's obnoxiously bright :D|
|Blurry, in order to capture the shimmer. Drool...|
|Once more! Look at that awesome shimmer!|
|Comparison with similar shades! I am happy to say that Aqua Lilly is 100% unique, even if you don't take the shimmer into account.|
|Dior Saint-Tropez is lighter, Orly Viridian Vinyl is darker and matte.|
|OPI Fly has more blue in it, China Glaze For Audrey is lighter and more minty.|
|Essie Aruba Blue is metallic and more blue, Cult Nails Time Traveler is much darker|
|Swatched! You can see Aqua Lily's shimmer indoors. Again, IKB 2012 is more purple than it appears in these pics (opaque jelly!).|
|Last pic... All were taken with flash, indoors|
Formula wise, IKB 2012 gave me some trouble as it is a little bit on the thick side. On the other hand, it's thickness allowed for it to be opaque in two coats. Personally, the finish of a nail polish trumps its application. If you are bothered by it, you can probably use some thinner to make the formula more fluid. I don't have Revlon Royal to compare it with, but they seem similar enough if you want to get this color without breaking the bank (Royal is 4.99, 1/5th the price of IKB).
Aqua Lily was great, I didn't experience any issues with it. It's not as glossy as IKB though, so a top coat is needed. Dupe wise, if you don't mind not having the shimmer, the comparison bottles above are pretty close to it (other than being slightly darker or light).