Estee Lauder Blue Dahlia Nail Lacquer: A Midsummer Night’s Blue

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estee lauder blue dahlia swatches pure color nail lacquer

An inky blackish blue with a whisper of deep purple, Blue Dahlia Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($18) looks like a midnight summer sky on tips and toes. One of two polishes in EL’s fall 2010 collection, (the other’s called Surreal Violet), it makes me long for late-night adventures and broken curfews, and it’s yet another reason I’ve joined the Blue Dahlia bandwagon.


The shine? Otherworldly. If I were a super heroine, I’d deflect laser beams with Blue Dahlia’s luminous shine.

estee lauder blue dahlia swatches pure color nail lacquer

estee lauder blue dahlia swatches pure color nail lacquer


The thick texture (almost like molasses!) might not appeal to girls who prefer thinner consistencies, but it’s not exactly goopy. As long as I’ve taken my time to apply it slowly, I’ve been able to lay down smooth streaks of color from nail base to tip.

Oddly enough, even though it applies thick, it still dries quickly. I haven’t been able to figure out the mechanics of that yet, but I’m chalking it up to one of the universe’s many mysteries. πŸ™‚

I can’t stop staring at the color… If there’s an award for most hypnotic blue nail polish of fall 2010, I’d give it to Blue Dahlia (remember last fall’s stunning Lancome Indigo Paris?). Too bad it’s a little on the expensive side ($18). Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A-

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  1. Natalie says:

    does it shine blue-er when you turn your hands a certain way? it looks pretty dark!

  2. nekosan says:

    That is absolutely gorgeous. Although, I’ve only just barely been able to talk myself into spending $12 for a bottle of polish; i usually stick to things in the $1 – $3 range. This probably isn’t for me; i could find something cheaper that I’d be just as happy with. The recent Lippmann polishes, however, have caught my eye.

    • Ana says:

      I just got a very similar dark, inky blue shade by Ulta, called Moody Blues. With BOGO 50% off it was only $2.50… they have a pretty good selection of polishes that seem to always be on sale πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Oh, the super sparkly ones? Those are very cool.

      • nekosan says:

        Yeah, those – “Bad Romance” and “Across the Universe”. I may get the China Glaze “Mummy May I” to satisfy my “Bad Romance” craving (not dupes, but similar-ish). For “Across the Universe”… I think I’ll have to look at swatches online and contemplate. =)

  3. Gina says:

    This almost reminds me of OPI’s Russian Navy, just a little bit darker. Beautiful color.

  4. jen. says:

    Ooooh, that’s beautiful. I am pretty pasty, so I don’t know if I could pull this off. It looks super-great on you, though!

    • Kate & Zena says:

      You can, trust me. I’m vampire pale and dark blues look fabulous. I own a lot of dark blues because they look really good on pale skin (Phallic, Russian Navy, Bermuda Breakaway, Navy Baby, one from Essie whose name I can’t remember…I own a lot of blues in general).

    • Karen says:

      You can totally rock this, Jen! I bet the contrast would look stunning against your pale skin.

  5. Kayann says:

    Oh! I lurve that! I have a similar color from e.l.f. It was part of the “Jewel toned” collection except the one I have has a bit of shimmer.

  6. Toni says:

    Totally lusting after this color! I also want Chanel’s Paradoxal from the Fall 2010 collection. I have been on a nail polish kick lately, so I am checking out the new colors for fall. Thanks for sharing the review and the swatches!

  7. Vonvon says:

    I am not really a nail polish person, but I think this shade is so elegant and classy!
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  8. ace says:

    i love this- its so msterious looking πŸ™‚ ! im not sure i can actually jusstify my buying it, though, considering how terrible i am with nail polish…
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  9. Jeni says:

    It looks great. I love super dark, almost black blues! And I love glossy nail polish!
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  10. Amber says:

    I like it! I’ve only in the past year stopped being afraid of dark polish.
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  11. Agnes says:

    I love this color! i think its a great alternative to wearing black polish.. but still be able to get that dark color πŸ˜€ hehe although i might not be able to justify $12, i definately want to look around for a color like this πŸ™‚ thanks for posting!
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  12. amy says:

    It is pretty and I will have to swing by the EL counter sometime. Although, I think this colour may remind me of an OPI colour.
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  13. shugal says:

    Looove this color, but I saw the whole EL collection of Blue Dahlia you posted and Yup…I am sooo getting it for my fall makeup!!

    I had OPI’s Russian Navy color…Loved it!!

    This Blue Dahlia collection…love it..thanks for letting us know!! πŸ™‚

  14. Marina says:

    This colour is mesmerizing! How many layers was it?

  15. Curvatude says:

    what a gorgeous rich blue….i love it…
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  16. Astrid says:

    Great! Really. I went to buy it. But one fact is important….how many layers was it?
    Also: I join company with Marina πŸ˜€

    Astrid f. Germany

  17. KimRob says:

    I love it! It’s perfect for late summer.

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