Estee Lauder Extravagant Pearl NOTD

Posted by Lipglossiping On October - 23 - 2010

Following the roaring success of Estee Lauder’s previous nail polish release and the fact that I simply couldn’t have anymore love for Surreal Violet than I do, I had super high hopes for their Christmas collection.

I was given Extravagant Pearl at a recent event and I have really mixed thoughts on it.

Extravagant Pearl is one of two polish releases for Christmas 2010, the other being Extravagant Night (a dark plum with mesmerising micro-glitter).  Looking at Extravagant Pearl in the bottle, I expected it to be a sheer, layering polish… it isn’t.  The above shows three thin coats and if you don’t mind a visible nail line, you could be done in two.  Oddly enough, the reviews I’ve read of the darker Extravagant Night show that one to be a 4 coater!

Anyway, I’m going off on a tangent…

Extravagant Pearl is quite a difficult colour to describe… but I think I’d call it NARS Albatross in a nail polish.  A pale, warm gold with shimmer.  Lots of shimmer.  A little too much for me.

It looks quite frosty and for some reason makes my normally narrow nails look wide and fat.  It needed a top coat too thanks to the micro-glitter making the surface of the nail quite gritty to the touch.

I want to love this shade, I really do… it is packed so completely full of beautiful multi-coloured sparkle in the bottle I was sure I would be on cloud nine with this on my nails.  But I’m just not feeling it.

I tried layering it over black to see if I loved it more… I still don’t.

Urgh, what’s wrong with me?  It’s clearly very pretty and sparkly and totally Christmassy.  It even works well against my skintone… perhaps I just don’t like frosts?

Wear has been marvellous… 3 days now with no tip wear at all though it was a little slow to dry between coats.

What do you guys think?  Am I crazy for not loving it?

Estee Lauder Extravagant Pearl is a Limited Edition shade released as part of the EL Christmas/Holiday Collection.  It’s available online or on counter and priced at £12.


12 Responses to “Estee Lauder Extravagant Pearl NOTD”

  1. Valeria says:

    Really great color! 🙂

  2. Charlie says:

    I don’t like it in the first pic but love it in the second. I have Extravagant Night and its a two coater for me, although three would be absolutely perfect

  3. gio says:

    I really love how it looks in the second pic, it’s really pretty!

  4. I’m a little unsure about this one, will definitely need to check it out in store before deciding. I was very late at purchasing Surreal Violet, which I adore, and had a hard time hunting it down, so I don’t want to make a similar mistake with these polishes. Extravagant Night sounds more me. Thanks for the great pictures & post X

  5. Tamara says:

    oooh i love those sparkles that are not too much or chunky but just enough to give that gorgeous look xoxo

    http://glamandglitterforever.blogspot.com/

  6. I like it layered over black, but otherwise it seems like it’s too close to your skintone without actually being a nude color. Nude frosts are just weird for me.

  7. I actually really like this over black! It’s a bit meh by itself but I think the black makes it really pretty. thanks for the post!

  8. Timperley says:

    Your nails look best in the darker colours. I have a theory that most ranges do a nail colour for people with no or short nails and I reckon this is Lauder’s Christmas no nails color. Agree that Lauder polishes last well.

  9. Julia Arenas says:

    🙂 Guess what, a relative of mine sent me Surreal Violet home with someone who came from the U.S., woohoo 😀 Hey, regarding this one…I’m not too cool with how it looks on you, for some reason I’m finding it more pretty layered over black.

    I’m rockin’ short nails now for a change, and certain eye catchy polishes look nice on short nails, what if you tried this one on again when you trim yours next time? I didn’t like NUBAR’s Iced Licorice on my long nails. When I chopped them short then reapplied…oh my, now I can’t stop looking at them.

  10. Nicole says:

    This isn’t really my cup of tea either. Pretty color sure but I wouldn’t buy it. Oddly enough I was staring at that first pic thinking “Gee her nails look really wide, I don’t remember them looking like that before.” I noticed because I think you have nice nails and I’m not such a fan of the flare you’re getting with this one <.< I agree with Julia there, try it again next time you're nails are shorter, it may look better.

  11. Shortiee31 says:

    I think it may be one for shorter nails too! The nail polish itself, not entirely sure how I feel about it yet.. Hmmm?

  12. I don’t blame you, I also dislike frost polishes! Something about them always looks cheap and wrong to me.

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