Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Blue Dahlia: Surreal Violet

Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.3 fl. oz.) is a gray-toned pink-mauve with copper-bronze shimmer. It’s a little on the sheerer side with two coats, but it was nearly opaque, so I left the swatches with two–but you could probably do a third for a totally opaque result.  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.  Those with larger collections may want to add this more unique shade to their stashes, but if you’re just building up your collection, this may be too much on the expensive side.  You can grab Illamasqua ($14/0.5 fl. oz.), NARS ($16 for 0.5 fl. oz), and Lippmann ($18/0.5 fl. oz.), which are all stellar polish brands, and get more for your money.

I would also like to give this polish props for being utterly difficult to photograph in natural light — thanks a lot! What a diva on set!

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 6 /10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Those who are fans of greiges and purples may find themselves in love with this mix of both!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Surreal Violet Nail Lacquer

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i like these colours. I picked up MAC’s shale eyeshadow at the weekend. I wanted a purpely greige colour but it goes brown on my eyes. it also seem quite powdery! i’m a little disappointed!

I’ll experiment more with it tonight! maybe put a purple or grey under it to bring out the lilac tones! I WILL make it work! LOL!

The color is interesting and perfectly in keeping with the smokey grays of autumn. It’s a shame that the formula is not better. I can see the streaks in it πŸ™

Hey Amanda,

One reader suggested Venus de Violet as a potential OPI dupe. I don’t have it to compare myself, though!

OMG. This is totally my color. I wasn’t expecting anything when I was reading the review, but once I saw the pictures, I want it!

Hey Stephanie,

One reader suggested Venus de Violet as a potential OPI dupe. I don’t have it to compare myself, though!

Venus Di Violet by OPI is sort of similar, just by going off the pictures… it’s kind of a light lilac-y pink with pink, purple, and gold micro-shimmers. If you want to get closer to this particular color (I don’t care much for this color myself, so I will skip this step) you could mix in a tiny tiny amount of shimmery brown/copper or gray pigment depending upon your skin tone and/or desired hue and get a very similar effect I am sure. I love wearing lots of colorful and different nail polishes but I also like to just mix the colors I have when I can (because most of the time I will only want to wear a color once or twice and then go back to my staples–ashy purple, red, and pink). Anyway, I just wanted to tell anyone who cares about the cheaper alternative (even though it won’t be spot on) and also that IMO the OPI color is much better in the application process.

I mixed pigment with clear nail varnish with pigment last week. It worked well but i probably put too much pigment in cause it was quite matte but covered with a glossy top coat and it was perfect! Must try mixing it with other nail polish now. my tip would be smush the pigment with a spoon or something like that to get rid of any lumps! also use a petri dish or something disposable cause i ruined one of my mother’s egg cups!

I really like that color, and I wasn’t expecting to just from the picture of the bottle. It’s so interesting… I love looking at it. πŸ™‚ It’s a bit more than I’m willing to spend on nail polish, though.

I find this color to be beautiful. It sort of reminds me of Essie’s demure vixen. (to the next level and without the purply/blue sheen) Still laughing at you calling it a “diva” hehe

Love this color !! I’m always leaning towards gray-toned nail polishes. I find them to be office friendly but at the same time, funky & different (if you get the idea I’m trying to describe) lol. But it’s a little too expensive for the amount you get. Maybe I’ll go check out that OPI dupe you mentioned πŸ™‚

The photos don’t do this colour justice! I was “casually” walking past an Estee Lauder counter when the salesperson tried this colour on me. Thought it was pretty, said I’d think about it and left, but I was back in 5 seconds because the colour just turned so darn gorgeous when reflected under the light. For someone like me who loves the whole purple-mauve-gray-gold-muted pink combination, totally worth the money, I say! My favourite nail polish of the moment! πŸ™‚

FYI, I’ve been a silent/invisible Temptalia follower for the past few years now, and this is the first time that I actually posted a comment… I love it that much!

I would definitely agree, Bang! It’s a total pain in the behind to photograph!!

Thank you! Happy first comment!! Hope this is but the beginning of many more to come πŸ™‚

The colour is fab, but most nailpolishes caused breakouts. I can only wear Chanel, which is not so bad πŸ˜‰ but gets pretty expensive.
I will stick with reds and pinks though.

This is gorgeous! I’m not a fan of the price either, but my nearest Cosmetics Company Outlet had a bottle for $12, so I snatched it up! I actually had no trouble with the formula. It’s a lovely color!

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