This post about Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze Pure Color Nail Lacquer from Summer 2011 Bronze Goddess collection is mostly for the benefit of my readers overseas, where the collection and the Shimmering Bronze nail polish are still widely available. Here in the US some counters still have it, but it's mostly sold out (though a little creative googling shows it's still around) as are most of the items in the range (I'm so glad I got the Sea Star bronzer when it first came out. It was weird in February but perfect now).
Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze Pure Color Nail Lacquer (try saying it quickly three times) has a very pretty pink copper undertone/base, making it a little more unique in a market full of summery bronze shades. Most colors in these family are significantly more gold or just lighter (like the gorgeous LMdB Eris that I wore for the first half of the week). The finish is decidedly metallic; I like it and have dark enough skin to wear it easily as a casual color. If you're either very fair or very dark, Shimmering Bronze might look bolder on your hands.
Why I like it:
1) The shimmering formula is better than most other Estee Lauder polishes that chip when you look at them funny.
2) The brush is wide and easy to cover the nail with little to no maneuvering.
3 While what you see on my left hand in the photos are two coats (and careless haphazard application), I actually wear only one coat on my right hand. While it's lighter than the color in the bottle it still gives nearly full coverage and the pinkish copper is more evident.
4) Two minute drying time. I have yet to mess that up.
Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($19) can still be found here and there. Canadian and European Estee Lauder counters are yet to run out.
All photos are mine.