Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Beautiful Beginnings with Estee Lauder

What was the first Estee Lauder product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  My first Estee Lauder products were mascaras! That’s kind of a weird way to start using a brand, I think, particularly because Estee Lauder isn’t as known for their mascaras as other brands (like Dior and Diorshow).  After that, I tried some of their skin care, which I did like, though sometimes the scents of their skin care range can be too heavy for me.  I really like what Estee Lauder has been doing recently — the products are stellar with some fantastic colors and ranges.

Share your first time experiences with Estee Lauder in the comments! :)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012


Estee Lauder Violet Underground Collection for Fall 2012

Introducing a new multi-dimensional, limited edition trend collection for 2012, Estée Lauder Pure Color Violet Underground. Inspired by multiple cultures, styles and textures, this collection is the ultimate fusion of high style and street chic. The makeup in Pure Color Violet Underground takes glam rock to a new dimension with a fantastical aesthetic revolution of deep, vibrant violet and fuchsia tones.

Estée Lauder translates the drama of underground style fused with the luxury of couture onto eyes and lips saturated in a jewel-toned palette. Cognac and bordeaux combined with neon brights in scarlet and crimson create a mysterious palette rich in sensuality. Pure Color Violet Underground uses contrasting high lacquered intensified pigments and matte hues to create rich dramatic dimension. Together the strong pigments collide against a beautifully radiant satin complexion to give the overall look a modern yet dramatic high-fashion feel that any woman can try.

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Violet Underground Rich mix of deep violet, crimson, and fuchsia grounded with a sensual pale pink and powerful matte black (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Quick-Thick Eyeliner ($21.50) (Limited Edition)

Punker Black Dramatic black (Limited Edition)

  • Pure Color Velvet Lipstick ($25.00) (Limited Edition)
  • Black Cassis Matte deep wine (Limited Edition)
  • Violet Crush Matte violet (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Gloss ($22.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Chaotic Currant Deep plum wine (Limited Edition)
  • Rebellious Violet Dazzling violet (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Black Iris Black with an avant-garde violet twist (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom; August 2012 at Estee Lauder counters nationwide and esteelauder.com

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Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss
Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss ($22.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and a cool white shimmer. The only gloss that seemed remotely similar was MAC Preppy, which is much, much sheerer and less vibrant. NYX Rose has a similar finish, though it’s a lipstick, and is a much more muted of a pink.

This new (but limited edition) formula is supposed to have a high shine, long-lasting wear, and be non-sticky.  It’s kind of a ridiculous gloss–totally over-the-top, in the best way possible. Sure, it’s not going to be the finish for everyone, but it’s incredibly fun to play and wear.  The gloss is on the thicker side, which definitely accounts for its opaque color payoff.  Not totally non-sticky, as there is some tackiness to it, especially as the day goes on, but not enough that I would have described it as sticky.  It’s lightly hydrating over the five hours this wears.  Each gloss is scented with the traditional fig of Estee lauder’s line–kind of a sweet, fruity scent–but no taste.

The Glossover

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Cosmic Pink

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It feels and looks more like a hybrid of lipstick and gloss, rather than gloss, even though it has a really bright sheen--but on the lips, the consistency is creamy like a thicker lipstick, and the color payoff is more like a lipstick.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Estee Lauder Violet Rain Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss
Estee Lauder Violet Rain Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder Violet Rain Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss

Estee Lauder Violet Rain Pure Color Sequin Finish Lip Gloss ($22.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.*) is a vibrant, nearly neon fuchsia-pink with iridescent fuchsia sparkle. It’s redder and more shimmered compared to Milani Flashy. MAC Gimme That! is redder, lighter, less shimmered. The color is opaque and extremely heavy in sparkle.  You can feel the sparkle a little bit, but it’s not too noticeable or gritty.  Because of the overall brightness and vibrancy of Violet Rain, it should complement most skin tones–it’s going to give you lots of oomph, pop, and contrast whether you’re pale, deep, warm, or cool.

This new (but limited edition) formula is supposed to have a high shine, long-lasting wear, and non-sticky.  It has a great glossy shine that wears for two to three hours, while the color and sparkle itself lingers for five to six hours.  The sparkle travels ever-so-slightly, but it manages not to travel to parts on unknown, and I only found a few stray sparkles outside of my natural lip line.  It’s slightly tacky but not what I’d describe as sticky.  This is scented with Estee Lauder’s signature fig scent, which is a softly sweetened fruit scent overall, but I didn’t detect any taste.  I also liked that it was somewhat hydrating, because even after six hours of wearing Violet Rain, my lips weren’t dying of thirst, but they did need a boost of moisture shortly after.

* When Estee Lauder sends samples, they are usually not in full retail packaging, so they do not come with outer boxes or real labels, which means I don’t have the official weight/volume of the gloss written on the package. I will call the Estee Lauder counter when they’re open today to get an official number. For now, I’m assuming it’s the same as the rest of the Pure Color Glosses.

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Violet Rain

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Because of the overall brightness and vibrancy of Violet Rain, it should complement most skin tones--it's going to give you lots of oomph, pop, and contrast whether you're pale, deep, warm, or cool.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012


Estee Lauder Pure Color High Gloss Launches

Estée Lauder introduces a new generation of gloss that quenches and seduces your lips, Pure Color High Gloss. Packed with nourishing ingredients for sensational smoothness and reflective color, Pure Color High Gloss feels lush, shines bright and looks chic. The new collection includes seven beautifully wearable hues in a new high-performance formula that provides infinite moisture and an extraordinary ultra-dimensional sheer finish.

Pure Color High Gloss ($18.50)

  • Bare Glow
  • Crystal Clear
  • Flash Dance
  • Stolen Kisses
  • Coral Chic
  • Vixen Plum
  • Berry Lush

availability: May 2012

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon
Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is an intense black with brown undertones. It looks pure black in person, but as is often the case with photos, blacks will either lean brown or black, depending on their actual undertone. Urban Decay Perversion is still a little more intense and has better color payoff in a single stroke. It’s also comparable to MAC Black Black, though this has less of a sheen.

This formula is approved for usage on the lower inner rim of the eye (also known as the water line), which is important to note. It’s also long-wearing, smudge-proof, and budge-proof–once it sets. Because it is Kajal, it is smudge-able for about thirty seconds, but once it sets, it stays put all day long on the lower lash line. On the lower water line, it lasts between six to seven hours. The consistency is very creamy and smooth against the skin, but the pencil itself feels and seems hard–though there’s absolutely no tugging or pulling at the lid whatsoever. I recommend swatching it against your hand once, just to get past the initial sharpness of the point when you first receive it.

It’s fairly opaque in a single pass, though it could use a wee bit more pigment to be truly opaque in one go. It builds up and layers with itself nicely, so it enables even, opaque color coverage with two passes or so.

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Dramatic Black

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I love the creaminess of the formula and how well it wears on the lash line! I also love the really matte finish this particular shade has. My only wish is for more color payoff so it would be really opaque in one stroke!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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