Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush
Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess: Sea Star

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush ($34.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a duet of bronzer and blush The bronzer is a medium-dark tanned peach with subtle gold sheen, while the blush is a semi-sheer coral-red with soft gold sparkle. Estee Lauder suggests using them together or alone, but the way the star is splayed out, you’re likely to get at least a little bit of the bronzer shade with the blush. Together, they swirl to create a orange-peach with a subtle play of pink and a gold-tinged sheen and some gold sparkle.

I found the gold sparkle too obvious; it created a less-than-desirable texture because it didn’t feel as smooth and almost gave it a powdery feel. The color itself was on the sheerer side and tended to sheer out even more when blending. It’s definitely a subtle product, because I could not build up much color in the swatch.

My compact felt wobbly–like you could shake it and hear parts moving about, but the pan didn’t fall out when I held it upside down. It just felt flimsy and not nearly as secure as I’d like. It’s possible that it is an individual product defect and that the majority won’t find this an issue. The design on the powder itself is lovely, and the golden sheen on part of the starfish is overspray but there is some shimmer/sparkle in the powder afterward.

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Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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I don't think it excels at either blushing or bronzing and falls somewhere in the middle. Based on the amount of orange in the swirled color, I'd recommend this for warmer skin tones, because it may turn ruddy and too orange on cooler skin tones.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011


Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick for Spring 2011

“These lipsticks are so easy to fall in love with – it’s about so much more than just looking pretty, it’s about making a statement with your lips.” – Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux introduce new Pure Color Lipstick, uniting fashion and technology with two new luxurious formulas that set the stage for modern lip looks. Decorate and define your lips with the new formulas of Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick and Pure Color Crystal Lipstick to create a fresh, bold statement that reignites your passion for lipstick. The high-performance formulas are fused with an expansive palette of hues that promise a lip look for any desired occasion from a subtle whisper of color to a vivacious, siren red. These lipsticks are expertly crafted and specially formulated to maintain the highest quality of color performance, shine and wear… the new Pure Color Lipstick.

Pure Color Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Nude-Brown: Urban Auburn, Barely Nude, Autumn, Cafe Chic, Sugar Honey, TIger Eye
  • Pink-Berry: Candy, Bois de Rose, Wildly Pink, Blushing, Pink Parfait, Sunstone, Rubellite
  • Coral-Red: Melon, Nectarine, Coral Sun, Scarlet Siren, Cherry Passion
  • Mauve-Plum: Beige, Rose Tea, Hot Kiss, Exotic Orchid, Mystic Mauve, Plum Couture, Pinkberry

Pure Color Crystal Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Pink-Berry: Crystal Baby, Crystal Pink, Rose Petal, Rose Envy, Tiramisu, Passion Fruit
  • Coral-Red: Twinkling Ruby, Ripe Papaya
  • Mauve-Plum: Plum Fizz, Berry Truffle

Pure Color Lipstick Custom Collection by Tom Pecheux

Taking cues from his work on the runway, world-renowned makeup artist and Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux introduces his first lipstick collection for Estée Lauder, mimicking his ideal lipstick palette for everything from a night out to a high-fashion editorial shoot. Six high-performing shades create the Pure Color Lipstick Custom Collection by Tom Pecheux that includes hues from a creamy vanilla to a ravished raspberry to a deep, bitten plum. The universal color palette includes creme and shimmer finishes with color that is buildable.

  • Nude-Brown: Vanilla Truffle (Limited Edition)
  • Pink-Berry: Raspberry (Limited Edition, Pink Lolita (Limited Edition)
  • Coral-Red: Cherry Passion
  • Mauve-Plum: Plum Couture, Deep Violet (Limited Edition)

Availability: Pure Color Lipstick will be available at select Estée Lauder counters nationwide and www.esteelauder.com starting in March 2011.

Monday, February 28th, 2011


Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer for Spring 2011

“Nail Lacquer has really become a fashion statement like a must have accessory. This collection compliments the runway trends we saw for Spring 2011 and comes in a range of soft and bold shades to capture your favorite look. ‘‘ ‘‘ – Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

Avant-garde glamour coats the nails in chic, shiny splendor with the new Pure Color Nail Lacquer by Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux. The new, instantly gratifying collection of eight in-line nail lacquers in painted shades of sophistication has a decadently full-coverage formula with a long lasting finish. A luxurious range of hues from perfect neutrals to smoky charcoals to romantic purples and riveting reds, delight the senses and turn nails into mini accessories to match any look. An additional, limited edition collection of eight high-fashion shades explode at your fingertips in vibrantly rich hues. Relish in the new look for luxe nails… introducing Pure Color Nail Lacquer.

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($19.00)

  • Chocolate Crave (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Enchanted Garnet (Permanent)
  • Fuchsia Flame (Permanent)
  • Frozen Fantasy (Permanent)
  • Hot Coral (Permanent)
  • Mega Fuchsia (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Oyster Cult (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Perfect Storm (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Pure Red (Permanent)
  • Purple Passion (Permanent)
  • Rosa Rosa (Permanent)
  • Sizzling Taupe (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Ultra Violet (Permanent)
  • Violet Diva (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Wicked Green (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)
  • Wild Blue (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Availability: The in-line shades of Pure Color Nail Lacquer will be available at select Estée Lauder counters nationwide and www.esteelauder.com starting in March 2011. The limited collection shades will be exclusive to Nordstrom stores starting in March 2011 for a limited time.

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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Estee Lauder Wild Blossom Pure Color Lipstick
Estee Lauder Wild Blossom Pure Color Lipstick

Estee Lauder Wild Violet Collection: Wild Blossom

Estee Lauder Wild Blossom Pure Color Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium pink-beige with soft, pale gold micro-shimmer hidden within a creamy finish. It’s opaque on my lips, and the lightness of the color does make it seem creamier than other shades from this launch.

my thoughts on the formula: The coverage is excellent, and it feels lightweight despite its pigmentation. It’s also more moisturizing than your average lipstick, which makes it comfortable to wear. I get about five hours of wear with this shade in particular, because it is more pigmented. Estee Lauder’s lipsticks are scented with a lightly sweetened fig but are taste-free to me.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: This is a nice shade that can be worn everyday and paired with any eye or cheek–whether it’s bold and smoky or soft and neutral.

where to buy: Nordstrom

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Monday, February 21st, 2011

Estee Lauder Untamed Violet Eyeshadow
Estee Lauder Untamed Violet Eyeshadow

Estee Lauder Spring 2011: Untamed Violet

Estee Lauder Untamed Violet Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new and limited edition shade of cool-toned violet with soft flecks of gold shimmer. It is part of Estee Lauder’s Wild Violet collection for spring. The shade itself should suit cool skin tones with ease, and warmer skin tones can make it work by pairing it with warmer shades.

my thoughts on the formula: Pure Color Eyeshadow is very soft and smooth but not powdery and has no fall out. With a nice level of pigmentation, the shadow is easy to work with.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: It’s a lovely color with a silky texture that makes it blend when applied.

where to buy: Nordstrom

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Monday, February 14th, 2011

Derek Lam @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Derek Lam @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Derek Lam @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Tom Pecheux for Estee Lauder for makeup; Jin Soon Choi for Estee Lauder for nails.

Makeup How-to

  • Eyes: Silver and Black Eyeshadows (Fall 2011), Highlight shade (Fall 2011)
  • Lips: Estee Lauder Nude Matte Lipstick (Fall 2011)
  • Face: Double Wear Light Foundation, Lucidity Translucent Loose Powder, Bronze Goddess Soft Duo Bronzer, Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator (Summer 2011), DayWear Plus Creme
  • Nails: Porcelain Pure Color Nail Lacquer (Fall 2011)

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