Nodding to Nostalgia, the Mad Men of Estée Lauder Want to Paint Your Paws Pink Paisley

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Estee Lauder Mad Men Nail Lacquer Pink Paisley swatch

Wearing the new Estée Lauder Mad Men collection Nail Lacquer Pink Paisley ($24), available now at counters and online

“Young people of the world!” she boomed from the podium, “I know this is hard to fathom, but there was a time when it was a lot harder to find funky nail polish colors!”

Back when Jen, Cindy and I cruised around our suburban hometown listening to TLC on tape (from a portable boom box set on the front passenger seat floor of Jen’s old, white Datsun 510), the craziest drugstore polish I can remember was Revlon Cherries in the Snow.


We had no python greens, gunmetal grays, hexagonal glitters or holographic formulas. Our standard issue nail polish colors were pink, beige, red and occasionally a really, really dark wine…for when you were feeling extra rebellious. 🙂

Maybe that’s why I feel the past tugging at the corners of my mind when I wear limited edition Estée Lauder Nail Lacquer in Pink Paisley from the new Mad Men Collection…

This shimmery, cool-toned pastel pink was created to evoke the swingin’ late 60s, the time during which the latest season of Mad Men is set, but I’m also getting a decidedly late ’80s/early ’90s vibe.

I’m pretty sure I sported something similar to the prom…

Estee Lauder Mad Men Nail Lacquer Pink Paisley

Estee Lauder's Mad Men Collection Nail Lacquer in Pink Paisley closeup

Estee Lauder Mad Men Nail Lacquer Pink Paisley swatch

Four layers of Pink Paisley

I dig the color and the retro packaging, but I do wish it didn’t take so much patience to apply. I’m finding that anything less than four layers can look a little streaky.

At least it dries relatively quickly… Even though it isn’t technically a quick-dry polish, four layers take about 15 minutes to dry.

I see this shade, like Pinkadelic lipstick, being more for Mad Men die-hards, since you could probably find something similar for less (and that requires fewer layers).

PRICE: $24
AVAILABILITY: Available now at counters and also online

And speaking of retro…


I just about spit out my tea laughing, LOL! Have you seen this pic of Matt Damon on the cover of Entertainment Weekly? It’s a promo for the upcoming Liberace movie (Behind the Candelabra).

Call me crazy, but I feel like that long blonde hair works on Jason Bourne.

I think it’s mostly because I wanted the same hairdo circa 1981…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lauren says:

    4 coats!? You’d think EL could make it a bit more opaque.
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    • Karen says:

      Some of their polishes are one coaters, unfortch this one isn’t. You could go with 1-2 coats and wear it sheer, but I like it fully opaque. 🙂

  2. Monica P says:

    4 coats? If my polish isn’t good with 2, then I’m fairly done with it. Too bad though .. it is a lovely shade!
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  3. Shikha says:

    15 mins for drying 4 coats.. that required lots of patience.. but shade is pretty.. your picture in background is very cute…
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  4. gio says:

    That’s a pretty shade, but for 4 coats?! I never bother with nail polishes that require more than 2.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Gio,

      Yeah, I know what you mean. When I’m in a hurry, I have no patience for multiple coats. But sometimes I don’t mind it, especially when the color’s beautiful.

      Hope you’re having a nice Thursday!

  5. hikarianna says:

    Beautiful Nail 🙂

  6. Kim says:

    Hello!!! I’m trying to catch up from my trip but wanted to stop in since it’s been an entire week (gah!). I love the prom picture; it’s super cute. I also laughed at Matt’s hair (and makeup) on the EW cover. Love the feathered style. That said, I don’t think it works as well as Ben’s Argo hair and beard. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi, hi! How was So Cal? Was the weather nice? And did you do any haulin’? 🙂

      • Kim says:

        It was good but we were there during the only days when it wasn’t in the 70s/80s. It was cool and overcast but 99% was working inside so I didn’t mind. I got to dip my feet in the ocean, so that covered the important stuff. 🙂

        Yes, I grabbed a bunch of loot: Smooth Operator, Becca Beach Tint duo (watermelon and fig), MUFE Aqua Brows and an angled brush to apply. B’day gift was Benefit mascara and Watt’s up (duo) and grabbed a Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel pack as the 100 point gift. Huge haul for me!! 🙂

  7. Jennifer says:

    I said it when I saw the logo… LOVE the nod to days of old!
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  8. Lorrraine V says:

    I really should have waited for your review on this one. I am such an EL polish fan that when I saw it and the words “Limited Edition”, I pre-ordered sight unseen. As soon as it arrived at counters I swatched and knew I’d made a mistake. I had to return. Too streaky and patchy, just an off consistency for EL(their formula is usually tops!) and you are right, several coats to get it to behave. Worse still the color dried frosty retro on me, when I much prefer lit-from-within shimmer. Hated having to return that cute little bottle. 🙁
    BW your prom photo is adorbs! Great post as usual. Please keep those nail posts coming!

  9. Christine says:

    Aw, I love me some Mad Men and make up – together? My wallet quivers a bit in fear for the spending I’m about to do! The bottle is major cute but I am too twitchy to spend the time to do four coats to get the colour opaque. Gorgeous colour though.

    Haha, my mum used to only allowed me to use clear or pink nail polish when I was younger. Now, I’m rocking bright neon yellow nails (Rare by Illamasqua)- how far nail colour selections have come.

  10. You look so pretty in your prom picture Karen!
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  11. Lauren says:

    Four coats is far too many. I’m happy if I do two! Its a gorgeous color but I think I will be finding a similar shade in a more opaque formula.

  12. Maria says:

    OMG Matt Damon looks like a lipstick lesbian from the early 1980s. I almost burst out laughing in my quiet office!! Thanks for the afternoon laugh!!!

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