EL's polishes are so sophisticated to look at which I suppose is indicative of the high price tag. Beautiful though the colour is in the bottle it is lost in translation on the nail. It is nowhere near as exciting. The understated red glitter particles are still there yet the overall effect is a bit flat and lacklustre. I am disappointed in this one.
I have to agree that Estee Lauder's Smashed is beautiful, besides the price. But I do believe at times you get what you pay for, though not always. The color is edgy and sophisticated at the same time. Perfect for someone in their teens or twenties right up to 50's. No...not 50 yet, but soon. Color is purple with cranberry tones and the glitter is there but not in your face as I am not a glitter girl. Bottle is sturdy and enough room for me to use as a stand for my finger. Would buy another EL polish in a heart beat. Cannot report on staying power just yet as I just did a manicure. Will report back on that aspect.
This is a stunning dark purple with red undertones and delicate but still noticeable blue and purple shimmer. The formula goes on smooth and opaque in a single coat (if you like your coats thicker, but definitely opaque by the second coat), and dries quickly with a smooth, shiny texture. EL has brilliantly made your whole experience with this polish one of luxury, giving you an impeccable formula, pliable but not splay-y brush, and a solid bottle encased in thick glass. You can't go wrong with any of the elegant shades in the Metal Mania collection, honestly. The only problem I have with it is the steep $20 price.