Saturday, 3 January 2015

Review: Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Blue Blood

Today I have the first of hopefully many reviews for you - a nail polish review! Well, I'll do them if you like them haha... I've never done nail polish reviews before as my manicures have never been good enough to photograph...with literally every single manicure, I'd always think the nail polish is dry, do something and end up getting a nick or smudge...even if I'd waited an frustrates me to no end. What's the point spending all the time painting our nails, even when they say 'fast drying', especially with top coats, for them to smudge after waiting hours? Thankfully though, I did myself a favour and asked for something for Christmas that I've wanted to try for ages - Seche Vite! Before I had Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Topcoat and it was okay, but my nail polish still ended up smudging or getting dents in it. I'd heard so many good things about Seche Vite, that it penetrates every layer of nail polish to form one bone dry, rock hard layer and I'm so glad I have it now. I'm finally pleased to say that my manicures stay nice and even now. Therefore, I'll do nail polish reviews as I paint my nails from now on, since my nails are finally good enough to photograph! Anyway, you'd think this was a review of Seche Vite, the way I'm going on (that'll come soon)...onto the review!
Brand: Estee Lauder
Name: Pure Color Nail Lacquer
Shade: Blue Blood
Price: £14.50/$21

The nail lacquer promises a high gloss, long lasting, ultra shiny and fast drying finish. It doesn't tell you what finish the nail polish has though, something I think is important if you don't like shimmer, glitter, matte, etc. Or maybe 'gloss' is the finish? I don't know enough nail polish terminology haha...I don't mind any finish though so I don't really care.

This is a small size of nail polish - the full sized bottle is 9ml and this is 5ml. The bottle is pretty and looks luxurious. I love the navy and gold theme and it's very apt, since it's the brand colours too. The bottle feels weighted and high quality, but not too heavy that it's a hindrance. The bottle is made of glass and the handle is made of plastic.



I think with many premium brands, one way you can check if an item is fake is whether it has a serial number on the underside, which this does...I know with Urban Decay you can run checks on serial numbers but I don't know whether you can do that with Estee Lauder. However, I have no doubt this is real haha, it was gifted to me by a friend who works at Estee Lauder.
Like I mentioned before, it doesn't specify if this has a matte, shimmery, glittery finish or whatever...but it just has a plain gloss finish. I find gloss finishes the best for everyday, especially since they're easy to remove with plain nail polish remover.

The application of the nail polish is nice...I've never tried premium brand nail polish before but it's very smooth, fluid, self levelling and dries relatively quickly. It's not runny or streaky like cheaper nail polishes. I need two to three coats to make this opaque; two if I apply the first coat thicker (but it takes longer to dry) and three if I apply the first layer thinly.
Even though this is my first nail polish review, I know my nail polish application skills aren't great haha...I tend to miss parts near my cuticle in an attempt to not get the polish all over my skin. This photo was taken a couple of days after applying the nail polish so there is slight tip wear, but it's mainly for showing the colour.

The colour is a very dark navy blue - in some lights, it almost looks black. It's very classy and understated.

Taken at the same time as the above photo (a couple of days after applying). This was three coats of the Pure Color Nail Lacquer with one layer of Seche Vite over the top. Seche Vite has a glossy finish and it really gives the nail polish a gorgeous shine.
Tip wear was to be expected after a couple of days. I've been wearing this nail colour for just under a week now and with Seche Vite on top, I haven't experienced any chipping whatsoever. The parts near my cuticles that I missed with the Seche Vite, however, have chipped slightly without the top coat on it, so I'd wager a guess that if you wore this nail lacquer with no top coat on top, it'd chip within a couple of days. I think many people know that applying any top coat extends the wear time though, and usually improves the finish so it'd be unusual to go without a top coat.
I would not have picked this colour nail polish for myself if I had been shopping for myself, but since it was gifted by a friend, I got the chance to try it out. I actually really love the colour and find myself reaching for it occasionally. It's also my first time trying a premium brand nail polish and whilst the quality is nice, I wonder if it is something I could achieve with a slightly less expensive, yet not quite as expensive brand as Estee Lauder, nail polish brand such as Essie, Butter London, Sally Hansen, etc. If I couldn't find a colour like this in another brand though, I would consider treating myself to it. I give it 5 stars out of 5!

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