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Purple Passion from Estée Lauder was part of a 4 piece ‘Coffret’ I purchased from Nordstrom for just under $21. I’ve had this polish on for less than 24 hours, no I have not been digging ditches or any manual labor except for a couple of loads of laundry and grocery shopping. Yet my nails look like heck.
Estée Lauder nail polish is one of my favorite brands, the full size bottles sell for $21 (.3 oz). The formula is creamy and smooth. Usually full coverage is achieved with one coat. The bottle is adorable, the brush is great and the colors are different. Smashed from EL was named by Allure magazine as the best nail color of 2012. I tell you all this so you can understand my disappointment with the performance of this polish. 😧

(photo from Nordstrom’s website)

Disappointment aside I am happy with this set of 4 polishes. The bottles are small, .17 oz but the brush is still normal. The 4 colors are Smashed, Black Plum, Purple Passion and So Vain. Priced at just over $5 for each bottle makes this a great buy. If Nordstrom offers this set again, I will most definetly buy.

FINAL THOUGHTS: for Purple Passion from Estée Lauder ? I really like this color. The formula was very rich and smooth, easy to apply. I ‘wrapped’ my tips as I planned on wearing for a few days, but even so you can see the tip wear in less than 24 hours is unacceptable. I know from past experience that the Estée Lauder brand is better than this and I realize that polish performs different on different people. I would not let this deter you from trying this polish, especially with this little kit. 😍

🌷 Today was a gorgeous day, dare I say spring like? (We will probably have snow tomorrow). I noticed my daffodils are coming up and there are some buds on my rosé bushes. 🌸. It won’t be long now! I hope you are having perfect days now and always!

💅. As always, thanks for stopping by!



If there is a cosmetics company out there that does nail polish colors better than CHANEL, I haven’t found them, yet. CHANEL always gets the color of the season just right. Maybe that is because CHANEL is the one setting the trends. If you looked at the recent fashion shows held in New York, London and Paris you will see that trending for the summer and fall is a lot of blue, gray, and blue-grays. CHANEL showed their latest haute couture collection set in an airplane. The runway was the center aisle of the plane. When asked after the show, why all the clothes were blue, Karl Lagerfeld responded with no reason, but added “I don’t have the blues”.

This the end of the show when all the models come out. Gorgeous!
Dior also showed a lot of bluish-gray. Probably more on the gray side than the blue side. His polish of choice looked to be an eggplant purpley color. CHANEL’s clear choice for polish is a pretty frosty blue. Right now on the CHANEL website, there is a limited edition color “Coco Blue” which is a light frosty blue. The other limited edition colors are Gold Fingers, part of the Las Vegas de CHANEL collection. This is a sheer gold, and the only review I saw on it was not a positive one. The reviewer said it pulled too much yellow, making her hand look sallow. From the Spring 2012 Collection June is the only color of the 3 released for this collection to be a limited edition.

These are the 3 colors released for the spring collection. From left to right, April, May and June. I bought May for myself as my birthday is in May (16th) and I love pink :), I bought April for a friend of mine who has a birthday in April, and I bought June as a prize in an upcoming giveaway on my You Tube channel.
These polishes ultimately give a great payoff in color and wear. If you haven’t used them before, they can be frustrating. Pretty much across the board, CHANEL polishes must go on in thin, thin layers. You need to let the first coat dry before applying the second coat, and don’t be surprised if you need a third. I have 3 coats of May in the picture, with a topcoat. The other thing about these polishes is the uniqueness (is that a word?) 🙂 of the colors. I know May is a spring/summer pink and you think it would be easy to duplicate, but not so. This is a warm pink, as opposed to a cool pink which is part of why it is so different. Even with CHANEL’s Black Pearl, which is a gray shimmer with blue undertones, you think it would be easy to duplicate but not really. You can come close. Revlon’s Black with Envy comes ‘close’ to Black Pearl but I think it is too dark to be a dupe. Black Pearl is part of CHANEL’s permanent line, and has been a top seller for many years. Revlon’s Naughty, which used to be called Perplexed is touted as being a dupe for CHANEL’s Paradoxical. I have heard from a reliable source that this is an exact dupe. I must say Naughty is also in my top 5 polish list.
CHANEL has raised the price of their polish. I paid $25 for Black Pearl and May. June was $28 and April was $26. McKenzie at Nordstrom told me June was higher because it is LE. Are they worth the price? For me and the 2 polishes I own, yes. I love both Black Pearl and May, they are in my top 5 colors of all time. Will I add to my collection of CHANEL polish? Probably not. For me the $8 polish that is ‘close’ to a CHANEL color is just fine. I will save the difference and buy more lipstick!

This is another picture that makes me happy, so I just had to add it.
My You Tube channel
Click on the link above for my You Tube channel. I will be announcing a giveaway in the next week, one of the prizes will be CHANEL’s nail polish in the Limited Edition June!. This color has been described as the perfect apricot color! And I agree, it is so pretty and bright. This spring/summer it is all about this apricot, peachy, tangerine-ee color. It is every where. Which of the 3 spring shades is your favorite?


20120304-223751.jpgThis is Black Pearl


I just got this today, it is from the Holland collection by OPI. It was just released over the weekend. I will post other colors from this collection as I get them.

This is a very rich brown with flecks of gold. The gold shows up in the sunlight and with a flash. The picture I took is without flash. The golden flecks are really pretty and they do show up fairly well. It looks almost like you put a coat of a sheer gold sparkle polish over. Pretty!

You may be wondering, OPI…rich brown….does

You Don’t Know Jacques

come to mind?


As you can see, they are different, not totally different, but different. WSLTK is on the left and YDKJ is on the right. YDKJ is a cream based formula with a more flat finish. The WSLTK is a creamy formula but like I said, it has the flecks of gold which gives it a shimmer.

I like both..no surprise there. I can justify the slightest of difference in a polish color! Which one do you like the best? Or is brown, sparkly or otherwise, not your cup of tea?

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