ELLE "Blush Stroke" nail lacquer is a beautiful baby pink porcelain shade. What I admire most about this nail color is that it is a porcelain nude shade, but balanced out with baby pink. Often porcelain nude nail colors have beige, brown, taupe, or off-white undertones, which makes your hands appear like mannequin hands. The baby pink adds a flirty and dainty touch to this otherwise professional subtle shade. Being a Southeast Asian, I find this nude very flattering for my beige-olive skin tone.
I purchased this nail polish from Kohl's. ELLE polishes retail for $10.00. Fortunately, Kohl's mails coupons every now and then, so I purchased this polish for about $7.00 after a 30% discount. The makeup artist for ELLE told me that ELLE is owned by Estee Lauder. ELLE is meant to be the affordable cosmetics line, targeting the middle-class consumers.
Although a light creamy pinky nude, the formula of this polish is quite nice. It is not so thin that I need to apply five or more layers for full opacity. It is not so thick that the second coat drags on the first coat creating pockets and streaks. The first coat was a little streaky, but it was effortless to apply a second and third coat, at which point the polish looked even and uniform across the nails. I always apply Essie's Good to Go Top Coat, which enables my polishes to dry within one or two minutes at most. This polish as with all, if not most, of polishes starts to chip here and there by the fourth day of wear. I do not like to keep polish on my nails longer than that time frame. I also like to give my nails some days off to be naked and breathe.
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