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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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011


Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soleil

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soleil for Summer 2011

This summer, let Estée Lauder transport you to the Mediterranean with the latest Bronze Goddess collection of seductive makeup. Inspired by the hues and atmosphere of luxurious resorts on the Rivieria, the collection invites you to sit poolside and take in the cool waters, warm sand beaches and sun’s luminous rays. Experience the casual luxury and seductive spirit of a Goddess with shades that sparkle, shimmer and shine for eyes, lips and nails, while face and décolletage are transformed into golden, glowing perfection.

Bronze Goddess Island Oasis Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition)
The eyeshadows’ delicate iridescent pigments allure with radiance and luminosity in warm sand shades of copper, bronze, gold and coral balanced by cool surf hues of turquoise, seashell pink, silver and seaweed.

ShadowStick Duo ($20.00)

  • Gold Bronze
  • Pink Teal

Pure Color Gloss ($20.00)

  • Blazing Coral Sparkle
  • Plum Divine Shimmer
  • Sun Burst Sparkle (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Crystal Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Tiramisu

Bronze Goddess Sea Star Bronzing Blush ($34.00) (Limited Edition)

Bronze Goddess Sea Star Bronzing Blush is a beautifully-crafted, feather-light illuminating blush that enhances any skin’s bronzed complexion with a perfectly warm sun-kissed glow. Featuring an artful starfish resting on a shimmering sand-inspired background, the silky, soft powder bronzing blush gives skin a naturally radiant, smooth, sun-kissed finish. Color-true and with buildable coverage, this unique bronzing blush enhances your natural cheek color with an added touch more summer radiance with every stroke. Easy to apply and blend, the blush can be worn alone, or over any Bronze Goddess bronzer and will not streak or settle into pores.

Bronze Goddess Bronzer ($30.00)

  • Soft Matte Bronzer
  • Soft shimmer Bronzer
  • Soft Duo Bronzer (Amber Bronze Medium/Amber Bronze Rich)

Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer ($28.50) (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($19.00)

  • Shimmering Bronze (Limited Edition)

Bronze Goddess Soleil Fragrance ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

Bronze Goddess Soleil’s opening reveals a dawn-like freshness of Sicilian citron, Calabrese bergamot and sweet tangerine blended with Provençal lavender flowers and lemon tree petitgrain. A cascade of solar flowers follows: Mediterranean pittosporum, neroli Tunisia, Moroccan orange blossom, Indian sambac, grapefruit tree blossoms and pink lily nectar. Finally, the background of the fragrance warms with enveloping blonde woods, iris notes, ambrette seed and crystalline musks.

Bronze Goddess Fragrance ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

Availability: March 2011

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Monday, February 7th, 2011

Estee Lauder Untamed Violet Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Untamed Violet Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Wild Violet: Untamed Violet

Estee Lauder Untamed Violet Double Wear Eye Pencil ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep dark violet with iridescent purple shimmer strewn through the colored base. It applies smoothly and goes on opaque without having to layer, and it lasts all day on my lower lash line (since it has shimmer, I didn’t wear it on my water line). I wouldn’t describe it as particularly creamy, even though it had a good glide. The formula is comparable to Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eye Pencils, though.  It is a darker purple with less iridescence than Urban Decay Ransom, but it is comparable to Urban Decay Lust, which is slightly bluer and doesn’t have as much sheen.

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

final thoughts: The cooler undertones of this shade help to brighten eyes, so it is a nice shade to wear alone for a less-is-more kind of look, because it will brighten the whites of your eyes.

where to buy: Nordstrom

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