Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee

Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee

Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee ($40.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as “high polish for your skin.” It’s a liquid, powder, and gel formula all-in-one. Estee Lauder says it “smooths on as an all-over soft sheen” and “builds for luminous pearl highlighting.” I wouldn’t describe it as an all-over powder or really so much a highlighting product–maybe a highlighting bronzer. The product is very, very intense. The pigmentation is insane; one tap of the brush, and it’s more than enough color to add a bronzed look to my cheeks. To achieve mere highlighting, I found that a fan brush and a very, very light hand (think of just a tap) was the only way to get just a faint sheen. If you use a regular blush or highlighting brush, and you use your typical method, you’ll probably find there’s too much for just a highlighted sheen.

This is a product that would be really lovely on deeper, golden-toned skin. It’s a rich coppery bronze with red undertones and a molten gold shimmer and sheen. theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer is browner, less orange and red. Urban Decay Gilded is a little lighter, more orange and less red-toned, but compares to the softer swatch of Topaz Chameleon.  If you want to bring out the metallic sheen, you can use the powder with a wet or damp brush.

I feel like this product is too pigmented if its aim is to be an all-over highlight.  Even on darker skin tones, I can’t imagine using this all over.  It’s very metallic and frosty, so it does emphasize the texture of the skin slightly.  The brush that Estee Lauder includes applies this more heavily if you aren’t careful (light hand, tapping away excess).  As a bronzer, it should work on warmer skin tones.  There are strong copper and orange tones, so I’m not sure if this would work as well on cooler complexions.  Estee Lauder just doesn’t call this product out as a bronzer, when it just feels and looks so much like one.

It can be used as a highlighter, but the application is more difficult and takes some practice.  It looks very dirty on my skin tone as a bronzer, but with a fan brush, a light hand, and a buffing brush, it can yield a softer, more manageable golden sheen.  The texture is soft but has this dry feel; it’s a different texture compared to most powders, but it is similar to Estee Lauder’s recent formulas like this.  When I wore this as a bronzer, it lasted for seven hours before beginning to fade.  I wish it would blend out more easily, because it’s just too easy to over-apply, so a more blendable texture would make for a more forgiving application.

I had a tough time trying to figure out exactly what Estee Lauder was going for here and whether this product should have been sheerer or if the pigmentation was on point.  I decided that since Estee Lauder said it was buildable (and it is) and didn’t mention it being sheer, the product would receive full marks for pigmentation.  Because achieving the highlighting the brand describes is more difficult, this was reflected in the application score.

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Topaz Chameleon

B
As a bronzer, it should work on warmer skin tones. There are strong copper and orange tones, so I'm not sure if this would work as well on cooler complexions. Estee Lauder just doesn't call this product out as a bronzer, when it just feels and looks so much like one.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Estee Lauder Teal Topaz Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Teal Topaz Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Teal Topaz Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Teal Topaz Nail Lacquer ($19.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a dusty teal with a cream finish, though it dries to an almost vinyl-like finish. Illamasqua Muse is a richer, deeper teal that isn’t much darker but has more depth. Cult Nails Let Me Fly is a bit darker and has shimmer. Orly Viridian Vinyl is very close in color but has a pleather-like finish.

It’s not quite opaque after two coats, and it doesn’t apply completely evenly; there is a tendency to streak and pull. I’ve had good luck with Estee Lauder’s new Pure Color lacquers, but this one fell flat for me. The application was off; it wasn’t as pigmented as other shades, and it did not apply flawlessly. Estee Lauder bottles look big, but they’re deceptively small in actual product–there’s a lot of excess glass, which makes the bottle heavy and chunky (it takes up more space than your average bottle of polish).  I typically get a week of wear with very minor tip wear with Estee Lauder’s formula.

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Teal Topaz

B
It's a really pretty shade, but the formula falls short--at this price tag, and with several other dupes available, it's unacceptable.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, January 14th, 2012

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

Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “turquoise.” It’s a new and limited edition item from Estee Lauder Topaz for spring. The new formula is supposed to be creamy, richly pigmented (intense color in “one single stroke”), and blendable. Estee Lauder also says it can be used on the lower inner rim of the eye.

It’s so lovely! The color aside, which is gorgeous, but the formula is fantastic. It’s perfectly pigmented, and it’s nearly opaque in a single pass (and once you get past the initial tip, which is very fine-tipped, it’s easier to get that opaque line in one go). The consistency is very, very creamy, and it glides on the lash line effortlessly. I was expecting this to have some wear issues, but like the recent Kajal eyeliners, it didn’t budge. It wore for eight hours on my lower waterline, which is very impressive. On my lower lash line, it wore for twelve hours. No smudging, fading, migration, or any of that nonsense; just pure long-wearing color.

The color it is a dark blue-teal. It’s creamy with no shimmer, so it has more of a matte finish. It’s darker compared to Estee Lauder Electric Teal, though the difference isn’t extreme, so you may find you only need one.

These come sharpened, and the tip is extremely fine and long. It sharpens like other jumbo eye pencils, but because it has the consistency of your normal pencil eyeliner, there is a lot less waste than if this was a creamy jumbo eye pencil (think Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencils). The waste is the same as an eyeliner (it wasn’t enough to make me concerned).

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Dramatic Teal

A+
Amazing pigmentation, wear, and feel! Estee Lauder's been stepping up their game, and their newest eye crayon has shown just how much. Don't sleep on this one; I expect this shade to be a sellout just like Electric Teal from holiday.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep navy blue with a hint of indigo. It has a matte finish, and it has a fair amount of pigmentation in a single pass, but it builds up really easily and well. The texture is creamy without being slippery. It has a really dense feel and wears well on the lash line for ten hours or so (waterline is less, five to six hours). I couldn’t think of any dupes–a lot of my navy blue eyeliners are lighter or have shimmer, which tends to lighten the overall appearance.

Navy blue is an excellent alternative to black while still getting a really defined eye.  It can also add a pop of color without adding brightness to your favorite neutral look (which is my favorite way to wear it).  The matte base makes it more versatile, too, because you can smudge a shimmery eyeshadow to play with the finish and dimension of it.

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Blackened Sapphire

A
It has a matte finish, and it has a fair amount of pigmentation in a single pass, but it builds up really easily and well. The texture is creamy without being slippery.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012


Estee Lauder Spring 2012 Collection: Topaz

“My inspiration behind the collection was vacationing in Arizona, enjoying the warm sun, the amazing desert colors and the shadows that play on the sand and rocks. I was thinking of a gorgeously healthy-looking woman that had an element of fantasy in her personality. I wanted to convey that with a palette of strong yet soft colors.” — Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Topaz Mosaic Sun-drenched neutral desert tones with an unexpected pop of citron yellow

Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Dramatic Black Black
  • Dramatic Teal Turquoise

Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Topaz Chameleon Sun-kissed warmth

Pure Color Gloss ($22.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Citron Kiss Sparkling citrus yellow sheen

Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Sultry Caramel Golden bronze
  • Sensuous Nude Seductive natural
  • Sublime Nectar Soft coral

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($19.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Teal Topaz Tranquil yet vibrant blue-green

availability: January 2012

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Estee Lauder Cyber Silver Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow
Estee Lauder Cyber Silver Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow

Estee Lauder Cyber Silver Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow

Estee Lauder Cyber Silver Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a dark silver-shimmered gray. It looks a bit darker, less silver (and certainly less metallic) when applied dry compared to when it is applied wet, where the metallic sheen and therefore silver nature of the hue comes through much more. Either way, though, the color payoff is tops. The shade reminded me of Dior Smoking Blue, but this is more metallic. It’s a little lighter compared to Bobbi Brown Silver and Urban Decay S&M.

Of the three I tried, I thought Cyber Silver had the most depth, and it applied really smoothly both wet and dry. It wears for around six hours without a base when applied dry but reaches eight hours when applied dry; there were no wear issues if used with an eyeshadow base. The texture feels almost like a baked eyeshadow but with a much smoother feel and the product holds together infinitely better.

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Cyber Silver

A-
Perfect hue for the holidays--you could wear it as part of a smoky eye for New Year's Eve. It looks metallic without being over-the-top, and it has excellent color payoff both wet and dry.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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