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Mattese Elite Ballet Colors Of Me Swatches

Today I have swatches from Mattese Elite’s Ballet Colors Of Me Collection. This collection consists of 6 light-colored shades, perfectly going with the theme. All the shades are named after something in the art of ballet.

First up is Developpe.

Mattese Elite Developpe

In terms of ballet, developpe is an unfolding movement. It literally means to open out or unfold. Developpe is a delicate light lavender pastel shade. The formula for this creme is pretty awesome. It went on my nails smoothly. Drying time is pretty speedy. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Developpe (in shade)

Mattese Elite Developpe (lighting changed)

Mattese Elite Developpe (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Developpe (close-up)

Mattese Elite Developpe (pretty creamy lavender shade)

Next up is Arabesque.

Mattese Elite Arabesque

Arabesque is the term used for one of the most basic static poses in classical ballet. It’s the position where the dancer is standing on one leg while the other leg stretched out behind their body and both knees are straight. This shade is a perfect nude to add to my stash. I don’t have many nude shades, so I don’t have anything quite like it in my collection. Formula gave me no problems and drying time in between coats is excellent. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Arabesque (in shade)

Mattese Elite Arabesque (lighting changed)

Mattese Elite Arabesque (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Arabesque (close-up)

One of my favorites from this collection is up next, Pink Tutu.

Mattese Elite Pink Tutu

This delicate pink represents the very familiar color in the world of ballet. Whenever I think of ballet, costumes especially, I think of the color pink. A very creamy pink shade, this went on my nails smoothly. Drying time is speedy. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Pink Tutu (in shade)

Mattese Elite Pink Tutu (lighting changed)

Mattese Elite Pink Tutue (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Pink Tutu (close-up)

The darker shade in this set is up next, Releve.

Mattese Elite Releve

Releve literally means lifted. It is the act of raising up from flat feet to the pointed feet position we often see in ballet. I’m having difficulty finding the right words to describe this shade. It’s like a greyish purple creme shade in certain lighting, but more brownish grey at other times. Formula for this one is really nice and smooth. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Releve (in shade)

Mattese Elite Releve (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Releve (close-up)

Next shade is one I’m on the fence with, Attitude.

Mattese Elite Attitude

In ballet, attitude refers to a pose by standing on one leg with the other leg lifted and bended behind, in front, or to the side of the body. Attitude is a bluish green creme shade. I don’t have anything similar or even close to this shade. It’s growing a bit on me though. Application was smooth and easy. Drying time is speedy in between coats. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Attitude (in shade)

Mattese Elite Attitude (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Attitude (close-up)

Last shade is called Pointe Shoes.

Mattese Elite Pointe Shoes

Pointe shoes refers to shoes worn by ballerinas. This shade is the only one with shimmer in this collection. It’s a peachy pink shimmery shade that applied smoothly on my nails. Being that this has shimmer, it’s my favorite among all 6. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Pointe Shoes (in shade)

Mattese Elite Pointe Shoes (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Pointe Shoes (close-up)

You can score any of these beauties directly on their webpage or if you live in the wonderful state of New York, you can stop by at any Ricky’s NYC store locations (see here) and see this and other shades for yourself before you buy. Mattese Elite shades retails for $5.99 each before tax.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


7 responses

  1. I love the descriptions of each nail polish name. You did that very well. The colors of the polish are striking, LOL no pun intended. Love the pastel shades and as Ballet is a beautiful art form in itself, these nail colors are perfect for that type of dance. Bravo!


    Mc Huggs 🙂

    April 19, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    • Thanks! You’ve always posted insightful comments. I appreciate it!

      April 19, 2011 at 1:22 PM

  2. I just love the ballet names for the polish! I think Arabesque is my favourite.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    • I think it’s great of them to name them as such to keep with the theme. 🙂

      April 19, 2011 at 5:19 PM

  3. Would you say Releve is standing on your tippy-toes? Most commonly thought of in ballet as heels together, toes pointed out. That’s considered First Position.

    I find all of these colors very pretty. I wonder what color Rond de Jambe would be. 😉

    April 19, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    • Yes, LOL. I couldn’t think of the words and you just said it! 🙂

      April 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM

  4. Pingback: Mattese Elite Cosa Nostra Swatches « kittypolishnbags

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