Estee lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer shades clockwise from the purple bottle on the left: Violet Diva, Fuchsia Flame, Purple Passion and Hot Coral
I try to treat my nails well. I really do. But the constant clacking away at the keyboard, coupled with the opening of countless cans of gravy, take a toll. That’s why I’m looking for nail polishes that do more than merely look good. They also need to stand up to the everyday drama/trauma I put my nails through.
I was hoping to find such a polish when I tried the new Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquers ($19 each). Last month the brand launched a newly reformulated line, adding eight bold, pigmented shades to their permanent collection (Frozen Fantasy, Rosa Rosa, Hot Coral, Pure Red, Enchanted Garnet, Fuchsia Flame, Purple Passion and Ultra Violet), as well as eight limited edition shades bound exclusively for Nordstrom stores (Sizzling taupe, Oyster Cult, Perfect Storm, Chocolate Crave, Mega Fuchsia, Violet Diva, Wicked Green and Wild Blue).
I’ve long loved EL’s polishes and really hoped these new ones would be just as great as their predecessors.
By all appearances, they are. The new shades sure look gorgeous on nails, don’t they? Vibrant, un-ignorable colors with a finish so shiny that it could cause temporary blindness? Hello!
Last week, along with my usual base and top coats, I wore two coats of Hot Coral on my fingers and Fuchsia Flame on my toes. From the get-go, things looked good; they applied just as smoothly as I hoped they would.
Fuchsia Flame (left) and Hot Coral (right)
Violet Diva (left) and Purple Passion (right)
But ’twas a love not meant to be. By the end of the very next day, I started seeing chips — a few on the nails of my right hand, and a large one on my big toe. By the fifth day, almost all of my fingers and a couple of toes were chipped.
It’s not a question of loving the way these look because I do. The shine? Off the hook, but the wear time isn’t nearly up to par, especially not for a $19 nail polish. Maybe they’ll last longer on you (I hope), but I’m gonna have to pass.
PRICE: $19 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Estee Lauder counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: C+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Long day! But we made it. Now, with Monday out of the way, it should be all smooth sailing from here. How was the rest of your afternoon?