The red and berry red polishes are not color corrected, see below for accurate colors.
My husband and I went to the Canary Islands last week, and I picked up a few polishes while we were there. This cute little travel collection from Estée Lauder I picked up at the airport on our way home. This set of 5 polishes á 5ml cost €35 which is not too shabby if you ask me. The brushes in these polishes are of the wider sort, which to me is highly appreciated since you usually have to reload your brush more than once with mini polishes. That was not necessary at all with these. They do smell a bit stronger than I had expected, though.
First up is Nudite, a nude cream polish with a slight yellow undertone. It had the worst formula out of all of them (thick and sticky), but that was easily fixed with a few drops of thinner. This is three coats and topcoat, since it wasn’t perfectly self-leveling due to the formula. It’s a nice color for my skin tone I believe, although it looks slightly offish when my skin is tanned.
Pure Red is, like the name suggests, a red cream polish with the faintest traces of blue undertones. The formula was spectacular, as was the coverage. This is two coats and no topcoat. Cleanup and removal was surprisingly easy and non-messy, the polish didn’t stain or smear at all.
Love Bite is a rich berry pink cream polish and very difficult to capture on photo. I had to color correct these photos over and over, but I think I got it now. The formula was just as flawless as in Pure Red, this is also two coats and no top coat. Easy, stainless, smearless removal with this one too!
I had high expectations of Bête Noire, and was devastated to see that the first coat was awfully sheer. However, it built up very well, and I only needed three coats when I was dreading I would need more. It has a dark blurple base with purple and pink shimmer particles. Three coats, no top coat, fairly easy cleanup and removal, but the shimmer particles do stick to the skin a bit.
In total contrast to Bête Noire, I wasn’t expecting much at all from Nouveau Riche. It looked like one of those awfully sheer foil polishes that end up being topcoats to darker underwear polishes and never worn on their own because you just couldn’t bother with all the coats.
That is NOT what Nouveau Riche is. The first coat was a bit sheer, I’ll give you that, but just like Bête Noire it built up nicely and I managed to get it somewhat opaque in three coats. This is an antique gold/brass colored foil polish with hints of pink mixed in. Absolutely stunning! Removal was a bitch, though, since all foils are like that with messing foil particles all over your hands, but no matter. I think this polish just oozes luxury, don’t you?