Estee Lauder Spring 2012 Collection: Topaz


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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Estee Lauder Cyber Silver Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow Cyber Silver
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
91%

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Estee Lauder Blackened Plum Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner Blackened Plum
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

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Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner Blackened Olive
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%

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Estee Lauder Electric Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner Electric Teal
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
98%

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Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow Cyber Lilac
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
91%