Readers, I’m delighted to share with you some fantastic guest nail-swatches of Estee Lauder’s holiday Extravagant Night nail polish (click here for my arm-swatches of the collection). These photos and review were provided by the amazing KristinaÂ of Sasquatch Swatch — and the color is positively magical on her fingers. As always, you can click the images to view at full size.
Extravagant Night is my first Estee Lauder nail polish, so I didn’t really have any expectations when it came to the brush, application, or wear. I was pleasantly surprised by the brush, which is flattened like OPI’s Pro-Wide brush but not quite as large — so it would probably work especially nicely for someone with small nails. Extravagant Night is sheer enough that I needed to apply three thin coats for full opacity, but I probably could have also gotten away with two thicker coats. In any case, it applied very smoothly and easily for me. I applied the color over one coat of Gelous base coat and followed it up with one coat of Poshe quick-dry top coat. That base/top coat combination is usually pretty unstoppable on me — I can often go for 5-6 days without chips, even doing dishes and so on — so I was disappointed when I started to get small chips on this after about 36 hours. With that said, this is as long as I let my nails get (I filed them down after this manicure), so I suspect the manicure might have lasted longer if I had applied it when my nails were shorter.
Estee Lauder nail polishes are expensive enough that I wouldn’t recommend starting a collection of them — but if you find yourself drooling over a particular color, as I lusted after Extravagant Night, it’s definitely worth checking out.