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Estee Lauder Holiday 2010 Nails – Extravagant Pearl & Extravagant Night

estee lauder holiday 2010 extravagant pearl and extravagant night The Estee Lauder Holiday 2010 collection is filled with rich golds and reds that sound like your typical holiday fare but thanks to Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux, these traditional shades were given a glamorous twist.

“Fantasy, luxury and of course femininity were my inspirations for this Holiday collection. There are many lip and eye colors to play with and they all have a wonderful texture for an easy application.” Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

It’s been a while since an Estee Lauder nail polish has really grabbed me but Extravagant Night brings a sultry party to the nails.  And its pale gold counterpart, Extravagant Pearl, is the shade we saw gracing the Derek Lam runway just last month at New York Fashion Week.

There are very few things that can get me out of bed before 6am but watching Tom Pecheux work his makeup magic is one of them.  He’s not only a talented artist but his sexy French voice is enchanting.  It’s such a clichéd phrase but I really could listen to him read the phone book.  It ended up being a double bonus morning at Derek Lam with Jin Soon Choi working the nail scene.

I spoke with Tom about the graphic orange eyes he created using primarily lip products in lieu of shadows.  This was the third show where he incorporated white into the eye look so expect that to play into the Spring trends. Tom shared that Derek Lam’s collection was based on a book about how the West coast interpreted the minimalist style of the East coast during the 60s.  To compliment the blues and earth tones in the clothes Tom paired a sun kissed face with nude lips and a strong, statement eye.

Using Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Coral as a base he layered two new Pure Color Lipsticks over top.  He then placed an architectural white triangle on the inner corner under the eyebrow to change the shape of the eye using a new white shadow. The pretty, nude lip color is also part of Spring collection that will be launching in March 2011.


While speaking with Tom about the look I snapped a few shots of the Spring 2010 Pure Color eye shadows and two new Pure Color Lipsticks that were blended to create the bold orange eye.


Manicurist Jin Soon Choi tended to the models’ fingers and toes using one coat of the Holiday 2010 Collection nail lacquer, Extravagant Pearl. She told me they decided on one coat of polish because they didn’t want too heavy of a hand for Spring. The pearl color with its gilded tone complimented the orange in the makeup and clothes. It’s minimalistic but the pearly sheen pops against the runway lights to create a finished look.


When I saw Extravagant Pearl backstage my initial thought was, “Boring!”  A pearly sheer; been there, done that.  However, it’s much more pigmented than I expected as evidenced by the two coat swatch below.  With three thin coats the polish is completely opaque.  While this isn’t really my kind of color it has a lot of depth thanks to the golden sheen and flecks of silver micro-glitter.  This isn’t your grandma’s pearl polish.


Now Extravagant Night got me so excited that I raced to put it on. In fact I wore it last weekend and have had a number of people ask me about it. Under the incandescent lights in my brow waxer’s room she thought it was OPI Tease-y Does It. They’re so not the same but I’m just as smitten with Extravagant Night as I am with Tease-y.

Extravagant Night made me think of NYC Cognac Sparkle a beloved shade in the nail community. While the polishes aren’t the same, they have a similar feel. EN has a blackened base and needs three coats to become opaque but the final result is a mystical, plummy sparkler. There is a bit of gold pearl that can be picked up at certain angles and silver micro-glitter that looks like little twinkling stars.


While we’re talking Holiday, I just have to gush about the Extravagant Gold Eyeshadow Palette in this collection. As much as I love to buy bright colored shadows, and I have a drawer full of them, I wear neutrals more than anything. Browns, golds, taupes, etc.

For the past year if you looked in my makeup bag you’d see the Dior Holiday 2009 palette. It’s been my go-to for just about everything.   I’ve used it so much I’m hitting pan.  I know it’s lame sauce to wear the same look all the time but I’m a sucker for a well coordinated palette because it’s no-brainer makeup.  Well now I can happily retire my well worn Dior for this beauty which is even more stunning in person.  The soft shimmer and silky, blendable texture just don’t translate here but in person, it’s a winner!


The Estee Lauder Pure Color Extravagant collection is on sale now on The Pure Color Nail Lacquers retail for $18/ea for a .3oz bottle and the Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Extravagant Gold retails for $42.

Have any of you spotted or purchased from the EL Holiday collection yet?  Are you loving Extravagant Night as much as I am?  Thoughts on the look at Derek Lam?

Disclosure: Product samples were furnished by Estee Lauder. For more info, view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Jamie K. says:

    wow loving the 2nd polish already! gorgeous swatch!

  2. greenCerulean says:

    love love love the plum color, it does look just a tad too thick but the color is gorgeous.

  3. Laura says:

    Extravagant Night looks AMAZING! It reminds me of OPI’s Merry Midnight…but only if the flakies had been ground up into sparkles.

  4. sara says:

    Hmmm… I think I like the shadow palette better than either of the polishes. I mean, the polishes are nice, but I like the shadow better. So much that it ALMOST inspires me to wear more eye makeup. :)

  5. Brittany says:

    Extravagant Pearl is really pretty!!

  6. Laura says:

    Extravagant Night makes me think of OPI’s Merry Midnight, although the OPI has bigger glitter. Any chance we can see a comparison?

  7. Violet says:

    Upon second glance, Extravagant Night does look nice! Upon first glance, though, I just saw old lady colors… maybe the bottles are influencing me?

  8. Winnie says:

    Totally love Extravagant Night, it’s a must have!
    As a fellow neutral lover (for eye makeup, definitely not nail polish!), I agree that’s a perfect palette, there’s no rule that you can’t add a smidge of color, but nothing wrong with starting with the basics!

  9. Lauren says:

    That eyeshadow palette looks amazing! A more refined and less glitter-tastic version of the Urban Decay and Too Faced natural palettes that are making the rounds. Definitely going to get my hands on that.

  10. Alison says:

    Ugh, I did NOT budget for this!

  11. Kitty says:

    Holy! LOVE Extravagant Night!

  12. Bunny says:

    I’m so glad that you are swatching again! The finger must be all healed.

    Extravagant pearl looks to me like a watered down version of Glitzerland and Extravagant Night reminds me of Opi’s Merry Midnight from last year.

  13. Mickellerox says:

    Oooo! I have never really wanted an Estee Lauder polish before Extravagant Night, but I LOVE it! Any chance you could do a comparison swatch of that and Tease-y Does it? That’d be fab! :)

    • Kellie says:

      If she doesn’t respond to you, I can show you how to do a side-by-side comparision with your browser, if you want. Let me know .. :)
      “kelliealtieri @ gmail DOT com” is my email address – w/o the spaces and a (.) in the place of the DOT.

  14. Jenny says:

    Extravagant Night reminds me of OPI Merry Midnight from last year’s holiday collection.

  15. Yoli says:

    I actually like both!! Way to go Estee Lauder!

  16. Katarina says:

    Me to. Eyeshadow Palette is going on my wish list. Can you hear it, Santa??? :-)

  17. M says:

    I love them both!!! Extravagant Pearl will be perfect for work, as I was asked to “tone down” my nail looks :-( I hate my boss ;-)

    • Kellie says:

      What?? You were asked to “tone down” your manicures?? That’s really ridiculous. LOL The corporate world sucks. I’m thankful that I’m a pet sitter. ;) My clients don’t care what my nails look like, they’re only concerned with getting tummy rubs or treats.

  18. Susana says:

    Extravagant Night looks beautiful! I love the effect of the microglitter.
    I hope they release this collection in Spain.Thanks for the review!

  19. Debbie says:

    Yep that purple sparkle is gorgeous, no doubt it will be ages before its here in the UK but I will have to keep an eye out!

  20. KatieM says:

    Extravagant Night is stunning. Yet another lemming

  21. milktea says:

    I like everything I see!

  22. Snoe says:

    Those polishes are absolutely beautiful! The palette looks nice as well :3

  23. Katy M says:

    I’m so happy because I’m a huge Estee Lauder makeup fan and this is the first time I’m wanting polish from them in about 5 years! Yea! Finally!

  24. Lois says:

    Ohmy, I love these colors soooo much! Too bad they’re so expensive :(

  25. virginia says:

    I totally agree with you about the neutral look and I don’t think it’s “lame sauce.” :D I think that having a pretty and polished look just enhances your features instead of drawing too much attention to them.

  26. Leslie says:

    Extravagant Night looks amazing. It may have to be my next purchase.

  27. Elizabeth says:

    These colors are divine and could probably get me through the entire winter. So all occasion! Love the shadow palette too. Too bad I’m trying to avoid buying make-up for a very long time :(


  28. Jimmy K. Designs says:

    sweeeeeet! well just the plum but it is really great!

  29. Kisten says:

    Love the nail polishes!

  30. Sarah says:

    Wow, Extravagant Night is suuuper pretty! I really like it :D

  31. Traci says:

    I like both of these, but i think my favorite is the pearl one! It looks so pretty!

  32. Jackie says:

    I just bought these and LOVE them! Thank you for your review.

    Also, congrats on getting one of the best beauty blogs in November’s InStyle Magazine! Well deserved!

  33. Jenn says:

    Extravagent Night is very pretty!

  34. Kellie says:

    The gold is fab! Your nails always look SO perfect. Do you paint them yourself for the blog or do you have them professionally done? They’re great .. our nail beds are very similarly shaped/sized. And I have a hard time getting the cuticle line so clean .. how do you do it?! DIVULGE WOMAN! ;)

    • I use a sable acrylic brush (oval brush, not a round one) dipped in acetone and patted dry a little on a piece of paper towel to detail the cuticle area after the 2nd coat of color has set. Then I apply top coat.

  35. Zara says:

    I love Extravagant Night!

  36. Hi Michelle!

    Extravagant Night is gorgeous! How do EL polishes wear? Sorry for such a practical question but as a manicurist I wanna make sure that I carry not only beautiful colors but colors that wear 5-7 days on the fingernails. If the polish chipped after 2 days my clients would not be thrilled ;)


  37. GwenSA says:

    Extravagant Night looks like a winner to me. I’ll probably order it. Surreal Violet is a EL shade I recently tried and I was very impressed with the quality, color, wear, etc. The heavy bottle is kind of nice too. I’d rather be noticed for me and not my ‘eye shadow color’, so neutral is the classy way to go. EL’s shadows are supposed to be very nice. I’ll ditto other people’s requests for a comparison of Extravagant Night with OPI’s Merry Midnight. Thank you.

  38. Emma uk says:

    Got the night one today in the sale