Spring 2013 | Estée Lauder Dilettante Nail Polish | Photos, Swatches, and Review

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good and safe holiday! Today I have a polish from Estée Lauder from their Spring 2013 collection called Dilettante. I put this on at work quickly, and figured I’d photograph it before I messed it all up.

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Dillettante is a gorgeous bright sky blue. The photo above is without topcoat. This polish dries down to a wicked glossy finish. Absolutely gorgeous. However, getting there is a bit of a pain. The formula is wicked streaky, uneven, and kind of thick. Not even after a while does it level out. It’s super iffy. I added a coat of China Glaze Fast Dry Top Coat to see if that’d help. It didn’t, really.

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This is with topcoat. You can see the unevenness here, especially on my ring finger. The color in this picture is a little lighter than in real life.

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This is more like it’s off-camera appearance. At first I really felt it was close to China Glaze For Audrey, but it’s more like OPI What’s with the Cattitude from the Shrek collection. Zoya Robin is more… intense(?). I guess that’s the word. For Audrey is too green, but only ever so slightly so.

I’m going to go finish cleaning the Christmas aftermath disaster zone that is my house. Have a great day!

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Essie Borrowed & Blue vs. OPI What’s With The Cattitude? Comparison

So, I hear a lot of people have been asking about Essie’s beautiful Borrowed & Blue and how it compares to OPI’s What’s With The Cattitude? from the Shrek collection. Well, here you go!

Both pictures are true to color.

As you can see, WWTC is way brighter, and is the color of a clear summer afternoon. I’ve never seen a true sky color like WWTC. B&B is a clean spring pastel blue. They’re obviously very different. Borrowed and Blue I decided I will wear to my wedding someday. WWTC is the exact color I’ve been looking for. I have this turquoise necklace from Kohl’s that I love, and I needed that color on my nails. I couldn’t find it! While WWTC quenches my blue need for now, I’m pretty sure China Glaze Bahamian Escape is the one I really need.

Essie Borrowed & Blue is from the Borrowed and Blue Collection, which I found at Ulta.

OPI What’s With the Cattitude? is also from Ulta.

Essie Borrowed & Blue NOTD– Swatch, Review, Photos

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First off, this is not what’s on my nails now. Why? Because it was a fail. Essie hates me. However, this is one of the prettiest colors I’ve ever seen. Essie Borrowed & Blue is a light, pastel, eggshell blue creme. I’ve been looking at extremely light colors like China Glaze Bahamian Escape and OPI What’s With The Cattitude? I went to Ulta to pick up some of the Shrek collection and missed it by one. day. So, I was wondering aimlessly, mourning the loss of the perfect spring pastel blue, when I spotted the Essie Borrowed & Blue display. There were some pinks and whites, and THIS. This beautiful, pastel bottle of perfection. I ran home and rubbed China Glaze’s GR8 out of existance and put this on.

And that’s about where the awesome stopped. The formula SUCKED. It was so patchy and goopy, even for a thin, even coat. After two coats it became opaque, but it took almost 45 minutes to dry– with a coat of Seche Vite! Then I had to rush around and find my work pants, and totally messed up my pinky nail. So I took it off and tried reapplying with out a basecoat, and guess what? One coat, completely opaque, dried with no issues completely in 10 minutes. (Click on the picture above and compare ring finger to pinky). Now, I had the same exact issue with Nice Is Nice, so I’m going to try that color again with no basecoat. That seems to be the trick.

Final Verdict: Excellent color, opacity, and dry time– with no basecoat. If you use a basecoat, you get a gloopy, messy ick on your nails. (Compare ring finger to pinky)