Monday, August 8, 2011

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Metallic Sage

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I'm not really a green nail polish least I thought I wasn't, but lately I have purchased more green nail polishes than any other color.  It's odd because I really can't wear green nail polish to work, yet I find myself compelled to buy it.  If I ever get into yellow polish, please shoot me.  Not only have I never found a yellow polish that doesn't streak and needs 3 to 4 coats, the color itself looks terrible on my skin. It looks good on other people, but not me.  I digress. So why in the heck did I get a green polish?  Not a cute Kelley green or forest green, I got a olive/babypoop/brown green with gold shimmer.  WTF?

You see when I was under the spell purchasing the Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee, I picked up the Estee Lauder Pure color Nail Polish from the same Collection in a color called Metallic Sage.  I'm a sucker for anything metallic when it comes to nail polish.  My recent quest to find a mirror like silver nail polish met it's end when I got a Minx Manicure in Las Vegas last year, and now any silver polish I buy just does not live up to the Minx Manicure.  Well I finally put to rest the mirror like finish and moved on to metallic.  Now metallic is a term I use loosely.  I consider anything that vaguely resembles a metal like appearance to be metallic.  I believe that more discriminating nailphiles would say that some polishes I consider metallic to be frosts, glass fleck or flakies or some other term. But since I'm not a nail polish connoisseur, I'll just use the terms I think they are an you all can correct me.  OK?

So what is it about Estee Lauder's Metallic Sage polish that drew me in?  I have no idea.  I blame Tom Pecheux (Creative director for color cosmetics with Estee Lauder) his sorcery.  Having drunk the proverbial Tom Pecheux Kool-Aid I am now a loyal denizen of the Estee Lauder Pure Color line.  Metallic Sage nail polish is no exception.

Tom Pecheux
If you remember last year I brought you pictures of Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Surreal Violet. A stunning warm lilac with gold duochrome.  Well now I am enchanted by a dark olive green with metallic gold shimmer and a slight duochrome.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Metallic sage goes on slightly thin but easy and three coats gets you a completely opaque nail.  Using thicker coats, one could achieve the opaque quality in only 2 coats.  The color goes on smooth and dries fairly quick.  The result is a deep olive green , almost brown color with a gold shimmer that shows as a duochrome in some lights and just as a regular shimmer in others.

Please note that the photograph I took makes the color look lighter than it actually is. It's a slightly darker green in real life.

Do you NEED this?  Well I am personally in love with the Estee Lauder formula which lasted 4 days before chipping as I was doing a lot of work with my hands under water (bathing Darthypie). The polish is fluid and not watery or thick. The brush is excellent. It is slightly thin but the bristles leave a smooth finish with no ridges.  The bottle is OK. Being a cube has some advantages aesthetically but other than that I assume it will be difficult to get all the polish out if I ever finish it.  At $19 a bottle it may make you search for a dupe for the color from a less expensive brand, but I hardly have the time or energy to do so.  Plus Tom Pecheux has enchanted me.  I blame him.


  1. I have one word for you - ENABLER!

    Best, Lisamarie

  2. I really love the look of that shade. It's so unique. I have a feeling it will look super dark and maybe too intense against my skin though. Oohh so tempting though!

  3. Wow, that's a gorgeous shade! I do love olive-y greens, I always have.

  4. Tom Pecheux is a friggin' genius. Love the colour.

  5. very pretty, it looks similar to BB Couture Eve which has slightly larger shimmer particles

  6. Whoa! How unusual and interesting. I don't think it would work with my (very tan) skin tone, but it's a cool polish nonetheless.

  7. Lisamarie and Christelle: I have a word for you! Payback! Jeesh after all the stuff yu make me want to buy? It's only fair!

    PerilouslyPale: I'm as pale as you, but I prefer dark it's YRMV

    Nicole: Thanks! It's the first Olive-y green I have ever purchased!

    The Mighty J: He is a genius! You are so right!

    Jill: Ooh. TY for listing a possible DUPE!

    Keerthi: I bet it would look awesome, but I'm sure one of the more tan nail bloggers will show it on their nails soon enough!


    Why do I want this nail polish?! WHY?!?!

    I'm excited for your Lacquer Head Week - will you be doing any nudes/neutrals?!


  9. I was looking at this but the MA was so negative about the shade that I was embarrassed to buy it. I need to look again. I love dark polish and feel better in darker shades.
    You make this sound very appealing.

  10. Hi - I'm new to your blog but I love it! I just purchased this polish and the blush as well. Both are gorgeous - your swatches due it justice. Thanks.

  11. I also love what Tom Pecheux is bringing to the table over at EL. Good stuff there.


  12. this has been standing in my google reader favourites waiting for the moment i have a bit more time to comment. wow, this little sexy thing is a stunner: absolutely drooling here xx


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