The Purple Mani I Can't Get Enough OfFriday, September 25, 2009
I love nail polish. I've made no secret of this. I was once a very active poster on the Makeup Alley Nailboard, and that's where I met my friend Michelle from All Lacquered Up. (True, we talk a lot more about beauty blogging and I get to hang out with her at Fashion Week, but our first bonding was over polish) I can't rival her polish collection, but I have well over 300 shades myself. Over the past year or so I've really been attracted to dark vampy shades, and my favorite of those are either berry toned or purple. They tend to go great with my super pale skin and short nails.
I have to admit that of those 300 polishes, I only own about 2 or 3 Estée Lauder polishes. This isn't a quirk, I just haven't had great luck with their formula (I avoid other brands too, usually Chanel and YSL have even less staying power on my nails than Estée).
So, taking all of that into consideration, I couldn't resist trying out the Blackened Amethyst color that Estée released with their Sensuous Gold collection this fall. The shade is amazing. It is a dark matte purple with a little bit of a berry leaning. In the right light it looks more berry than purple, which I love. The brush is wide and makes for easy application, the polish is almost one coat color and it applies like a dream.
The formula seems to be a bit different than the last time I tried it out. With a good base coat (my favorites are Orly Bonder or CND Stickey) and top coat (Seche Vite or Poshe) I am getting 3-4 days of chip free wear out of a manicure which is a big improvement over the 1-2 days I once got from Estée Lauder (note, I know other people that have 1 week manis easily with this formula, it seems to just not like me as much, I'm not sure why). It isn't up to the 7-9 days of chip free wear that I can get with a OPI, Essie or China Glaze manicure. But I don't seem to care.
Despite the shorter wear time on me, I keep reaching for this color over and over. I can't help it. I must have about 30 other dark purples I could do a manicure with, but I've done about 8 or 9 manicures with Blackened Amethyst since I got it. If you like vampies you might want to check out this shade!
Estée Lauder Blackened Amethyst Nail Lacquer