Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Spring 2011: Wild Storm

Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer ($19.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a steely gray with a hint of bluish-teal micro-shimmer with a faint metallic-frost finish. The blue-tinge is very subtle–it’s more noticeable in the bottle than it is on the hands. The blue comes out strongest in natural light (or low light), but it is there. I only need two coats for an opaque result, and it applied smoothly and fairly evenly, despite minor brushstrokes showing up under flash lighting.

I was initially reminded of Chanel Steel, but it’s nothing like it–it is far too black to be similar. Then, I thought perhaps it was in the same vein as Chanel Black Pearl, but Black Pearl is much more teal–not so much silver or blue. It is like a darker version of NARS Full Metal Jacket. It is also like Zoya Kelly–with shimmer.

The formula itself wasn’t too thick or thin and applied smoothly without any issues. Drying time seemed average, and there was a soft glossy shine, but I’d still recommend a top coat. The amount in the bottle is a little below average, I’d say, while the price tag is a bit hefty.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: While I’ve been really impressed with the uniqueness in some of Estee Lauder’s polishes lately, Wild Storm doesn’t quite hit those notes for me.

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Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Wild Storm? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

I was initially reminded of Chanel Steel, but it's nothing like it--it is far too black to be similar. Then, I thought perhaps it was in the same vein as Chanel Black Pearl, but Black Pearl is much more teal--not so much silver or blue. It is like a darker version of NARS Full Metal Jacket. It is also like Zoya Kelly--with shimmer.

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9 thoughts on “Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. This color is “meh”. I do kind of like that the bottle resembles an ice cube.

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    When it comes to metallic, dark, silvery steely colors… first I bought OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous. Then I got Chanel Steel. While definitely not a dupe, it still fits into the dark metallic category. I just purchased Dior NY 57th, which is an EXACT dupe for Steel, and I’m kind of regretting it now because that was supposed to be one of my New Year’s resolutions – no dupes! Rewind to Spring of last year… I bought and then returned Dior Silver Pearl (dark metallic silver of course) because I had so many drugstore dupes for it. So while EL Wild Storm very much belongs in my collection, I simply cannot allow myself to purchase it :( Thanks as always for the swatch and review though!!!!

  3. Heather

    Nice, but I prefer Chanel’s Black Pearl

  4. i think 19$ is much more for this tiny one but colour is nice…!!!

  5. no actually it seem to be very tiny but its quit normal in size…
    sorry for the 1st comment..:P

  6. Karen

    Looks really similar to China Glaze Jitterbug which is a little more glittery.

  7. MarionneB

    Hi Christine

    It keeps intriging me that so many of the great cosmetic houses are coming with steelish polishes in the spring. Not that I’m complaining, I found myself gazing at all those different shades. I do find this Estee Lauder Wild Storm quit similar to Lancome Le Gris L’Wren and the Dior 57th, from my own stash and read somewhere that it also is similar (or even dupe) of Essie Over the top (2007).