As Essie polishes go, Cute As A Button is as good as it gets in my humble opinion. The formula is spot on - the perfect consistency and opaque in two coats. If you were really in a rush, you could get away with one but two is perfect.
The colour is adorable and right up my street - my love affair with anything coral is still in full swing. Essie describe it as a 'a juicy persimmon delight' but when I think persimmon I think orange. Cute As A Button is NOT orange.
In the bottle, it appears to be a pinky-peachy-coral but on the nail, a hot coral that leans pink in certain lights. I suppose that is my roundabout way of saying Cute As A Button appears a few shades brighter on the nail than in the bottle!
I'm still totally undecided about Shellac and similar gel manicures because I've heard far too many people complaining of weak, brittle and damaged nails post Shellac (even with professional removal) so for now, this is shiny and long lasting enough for me!