A valuable lesson learned from the Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer Pure Red Hautes Collection and Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones: prepare, prepare, prepare.
Before Indy went looking for the Holy Grail, homeboy researched his cargo pants off! — filling his mind (and his man purse…so forward thinking!) with every bit of knowledge he needed for his quest.
You don’t just go running off, willy-nilly, looking for the Holy Grail based on the secondhand rumors of a friend of a friend of a friend, you know? You gotta prepare, and you gotta prepare the right way.
Proper preparation is also important when it comes to Estée Lauder’s Pure Red Hautes Collection, but not in the “let’s go chasing after ancient relics” sense. More in the “now I’ve got a perfect shade of red polish for every occasion, yay!” way.
Thanks to Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux, if you’re on the market for red tips and toes, the collection’s five $20 crimson polishes have you covered.
With each one, Tom tried to channel red’s sophisticated, romantic side, while coaxing out their propensity for naughtiness and play.
Super shiny, pigmented and smoother than a great chianti, the Red Hautes don’t even need two layers. I’m wearing two for these swatches, but that’s only out of habit. I think I easily could have gotten away with one.
I love the formula, high-shine finish and these colors, but the brush, I’m not too crazy about…
I like having a crisp edge at the base of my nails, but I find that difficult to get with this brush.
Running a fine-tipped paint brush dipped in nail polish remover along the edges cleans things up, but who always has time for that?
PRICE: $20 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Estée Lauder counters and esteelauder.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,