Estee Lauder Heavy Petals Nail Lacquer Collection for Spring 2013 Swatches & Review

Estee Lauder Heavy Petals

Estee Lauder Heavy Petals is the latest Pure Color Nail Lacquer collection for spring 2013.

In this collection by Tom Pecheux (Creative Makeup Director for the brand) we have five new pastel cremes.

Ready to get your spring on?

Estee Lauder Heavy Petals 2

Estee Lauder Coral Cult
Coral Cult

Coral Cult is a coral creme. Obviously. I happen to love this shade with my skin tone, it’s just pink enough and not too warm or orange for me. It does apply a little on the thin and watery side, but I only used two coats here. A wee bit uneven, but not bad. Very pretty shade.

Estee Lauder Narcissist

Narcissist is a pale pink pastel. It’s not a “Pepto” pink, but softer. This one was the most uneven in terms of application of the collection. I managed to get it pretty even with three thin coats.

Estee Lauder Dilettante

Dilettante is a medium turquoise blue creme. Not a sky blue, just the right combination of blue and green. This one too was a wee bit streaky and I used two coats, but perhaps could have done three for better coverage.

Estee Lauder Lilac Leather
Lilac Leather

Lilac Leather is a soft lilac creme. Pretty shade, it definitely borders on pink depending on the lighting. Another one that was a bit uneven. This was two coats.

Estee Lauder Absinthe

Absinthe is bright yet somewhat muted yellow-green. This is my favorite shade in this collection not only because I love this shade, but also because it was the best formula. There wasn’t a streak in sight, and it covered beautifully in two coats.

Estee Lauder Heavy Petals Collage

Overall: This definitely gets me in the mood for spring, but not everything came up roses (cue groans). I think the best and most interesting shades in terms of formula and color are Coral Cult and Absinthe. Next up is Dilettante, then Lilac Leather and Narcissist.

Availability: Nordstrom, Macy’s, Estee Lauder.

Pricing: $20.00 for .3 oz.

See anything here that you would fork over $20 for?


Note: Estee Lauder is not cruelty free.

Disclosure: The product(s) in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer or their PR company for consideration. For more information please visit my legal page.


  • January 2, 2013

    I love every color in this collection. I know what I’m asking for as a birthday gift! Great swatches, thanks!

  • January 2, 2013

    I think they are all very pretty but the one that stands out to me is Absinthe! It looks like the perfect semi-edgy but still wearable green. I don’t own anything like it and I think I might need to fork out the $20 for this one actually! Thanks for beautiful swatches as always! :)

  • January 2, 2013

    I’m completely in love with Absinthe but Estée Lauder nail polish chips on me within a couple of hours. Hopefully some other brand comes out with a similar color this spring.

  • January 2, 2013

    i feel like we’ve already saw those shades a thousand times :(
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    • January 2, 2013
      J Latham

      I agree with Danisha. Same old…

  • January 2, 2013

    What a pretty, springy collection! Don’t know if I’d want to pay $20/polish, but I do love those colours!

  • January 2, 2013

    What a pretty, springy collection! Don’t know if I’d be willing to fork over $20/polish, but I do love those colours.:-)

  • January 2, 2013

    Love Coral Cult. Such a beautiful color.
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  • January 2, 2013

    Really pretty collection. Absinthe is the best!
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  • January 2, 2013

    Coral Cult is beautiful! I love soft corals.

  • January 2, 2013

    Absinthe is the winner for me out of this bunch, but still more than I would want to pay.
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  • January 2, 2013

    I really like the colors in the collection as a whole, but only Coral Cult cues my interest. It’s the perfect orange coral.
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  • January 2, 2013

    I love all of these! And the name is adorable haha
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  • January 2, 2013

    I like how these are a bit more saturated than a lot of the pastels I’m seeing for Spring. and the coral is TDF! :)

  • January 2, 2013

    Beautiful colors but i can not fathom spending $20 on one single polish. I had a hard enough time asking my mom to spend $18 on a NARS polish for me for Christmas!

  • January 2, 2013

    absinthe is good, but would probably never spend that much on nail polish since i dont wear it that much.

  • January 2, 2013

    I like coral cult and can see Dilettante being popular. Nothing too special, in my opinion – but I also don’t really wear pastels… if you love pastels, this is probably a dream collection
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  • January 3, 2013

    I like absinthe, but the rest leaves me cold…
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  • January 4, 2013

    I feel like there are comparable dupes in other lines for cheaper but I really like Coral Cult the most (coming from a girl that loves anything pink). My second favorite would be Dilettante. I like that it’s not an over the top bright spring blue, but it looks more muted.

  • January 6, 2013
    Carrie Statum

    I do like some of the colors but I feel I could get something very comparable for a lot less. Plus I don’t like the fact that Estee Lauder does animal testing. So they are definitely a no go for me. I love your blog and swatches though as always.