Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Estee Lauder Michael Kors Very Hollywood Collection for Spring 2010

“Hollywood is the birthplace of fantasy and dreams. The inspiration for the Estée Lauder Michael Kors Very Hollywood Color Collection is iconic Hollywood glamour, both past and present, interpreted for everyday life.” – Michael Kors

This Spring, Estée Lauder will introduce the Estée Lauder Michael Kors Very Hollywood Color Collection. This collaboration stemmed from the longtime friendship between Aerin Lauder, Estée Lauder Senior Vice President and Creative Director, and acclaimed American designer Michael Kors. “Nobody understands modern glamour and luxury like Aerin Lauder and the Estée Lauder brand, which is what this collection is all about,” says Michael Kors.

The Estée Lauder Michael Kors Very Hollywood Color Collection is a group of limited edition products that reflect both the timeless beauty philosophy of Estée Lauder and the luxurious, modern fashion style of Michael Kors.

Michael’s design perspective has defined modern American glamour. It is no surprise his presence pervades the modern Hollywood scene – whether he’s dressing celebrities for a red carpet event or attending award shows himself, Michael Kors is a name synonymous with Hollywood.

For the Bel Air Beige Look

  • Very Hollywood Sunset Coral Blush ($26.00)
  • Very Hollywood Blonde Mink Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00)
  • Very Hollywood Sepia Eye Pencil ($19.00)
  • Very Hollywood Honey Blonde / Starlet Peach Lip Sheens SPF 15 ($22.00)
  • Very Hollywood Honey Blonde / Starlet Peach Lip Glosses ($20.00)
  • Very Hollywood Hollywood Gold Nail Lacquer ($18.00)

For the Rodeo Pink Look

  • Very Hollywood Sunset Pink Blush ($26.00)
  • Very Hollywood Night Star Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00)
  • Very Hollywood Film Noir Eye Pencil ($19.00)
  • Very Hollywood Bungalow Pink / Starlet Rose Lip Sheens SPF 15 ($22.00)
  • Very Hollywood Bungalow Pink / Starlet Rose Lip Glosses ($20.00)
  • Very Hollywood Bungalow Pink Nail Lacquer ($18.00)

Complementary Products for Face & Lips

  • Very Hollywood Shimmering Loose Powder ($32.00)
  • Very Hollywood Hollywood Gold Lip Sheen SPF 15 ($22.00)
  • Very Hollywood Hollywood Gold Lip Gloss ($20.00)

Availability: January 2010

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Add a Little Holiday Opulence to Your Look

Estee Lauder Opulent Shimmer Powder ($32.00) is a limited edition, holiday highlighter from Este Lauder’s Ultimate Red Collection.

It has this kind of basketweave-esque pattern on the outer portion of it, which is slightly bronzer, while the inner hexagon is flat and more of a beige-y shade. Nevertheless, you swirl and mix both sections together to get a shimmery shade of beige-y gold. It was surprisingly subtle and not at all frosty or glittery — very smooth, soft, and appropriate In my swatch, you can see that it doesn’t show up too bright or look glittery, but it lays on skin quite well. I’d say my arm is somewhere around NC20 or so, for reference.

Certainly not as pretty (just as far as the pattern goes!) as Lancome’s Sparkling Cherub, but it’s more my style and something I’d reach for more often. I found Lancome’s Sparkling Cherub to run deeper and have more of a semi-matte finish–it just felt more like a bronzer than a highlighter to me. I do feel like they’re very different products, so it’s more a matter of what you’re looking for and what you want the product to do. If you’re just looking for a shimmery highlighter, Estee Lauder’s is your better bet; if you’re looking to add more warmth to your skin, Lancome’s is the way to go.

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

Recommendation:  If you’re in the market for a soft, smooth golden highlighter, you might like this limited edition holiday offering.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Monday, November 30th, 2009

Estee Lauder Blacker Than Black Collection for Winter 2009

A Luxurious Collection of Rich, Intensely Saturated Black Mascaras and Sultry, Smoky Accents for Big, Bold, Dramatically Alluring Eyes.

Now beautifully bold, dramatic eyes are just a wave of the wand away. Don’t be shy, make your eyes the center of attention with Estée Lauder’s new Blacker Than Black eye collection. This unique collection features six of Estée Lauder’s most popular mascara formulas each in a richer, more concentrated, more dramatic black shade for eyes that appear bigger, bolder, more dramatic!

Because the mascara is so concentrated, it creates a contrast that defines and frames the eyes for a look that is at once highly sophisticated and utterly alluring. And, whether your look calls for lashes that are lengthened, defined, volumized, lifted, curled or a combination, you can achieve the look you want as each of these luxurious mascaras offer the same unique benefits as their original formulas, but now with the deepest, intense jet black effect.

Products

  • Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara in Blacker Black ($19.50) (Limited Edition)
  • Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Bold Black ($19.50) (Limited Edition)
  • Projectionist in Jet Black ($19.50) (Limited Edition)
  • TurboLash in Turbo Black ($32.00) (Limited Edition)
  • More than Mascara in More Black ($19.50)
  • Magnascopic in Black ($21.00)
  • Black Smoke Signature Eyeshadow Quad ($35.00)
  • Onyx Double Wear Eye Pencil ($19.00)

Availability: December 2009

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Monday, October 5th, 2009

Estee Lauder Ultimate Red Collection for Holiday 2009

Now available is Estee Lauder’s seasonal colour collection!

Opulent Shimmer Lip Gloss ($18.00)

  • Cranberry
  • Gold

Opulent Shimmer Powder ($32.00)

Radiant shimmer powder illuminates skin with a hint of golden opulence. Sweep it across cheekbones, décolletage—anywhere you want a holiday glow.

Gel Eyeliner ($19.50)

  • Black

Ultimate Red Turbolash ($32.00)

  • Gold

Ultimate Red Signature Eyeshadow Quad ($35.00)

  • Gold Opulence
  • Lavish Plum

Holiday Eyeshadow Palette ($32.50)

Catch her eye with six sensational shades for holidays and all year long. A sophisticated palette in a sleek crocodile-embossed case complete with mirror and dual-ended applicator. The colors complement each other for great looks in endless possibilities: Pure Color Eyeshadow in Sugar Cube, Mocha Cup, Cinnamon and Mink; Estée Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Roseberry Duo.

Signature Lipstick ($19.50)

  • Blackberry
  • Cranberry Ltd
  • Goldi
  • Simply Red

Pure Colour Nail Lacquer ($18.00)

  • Gold
  • Burgundy

Holiday Mascara Set ($25.00)

Give her long, long-wear lashes and a flawless finish—an eye look to love. A perfect stocking stuffer, this gift collection includes four great formulas for amazing eyes, all in a golden, crocodile-embossed pouch: Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara in Black, Dual-Ended Lash Primer Plus and Double Wear Stay-in-Place Concealer SPF 10, and Artist’s Eye Pencil in SoftSmudge Black.

Holiday Lipstick Colleciton ($37.50)

Lavish her lips with five full-size lipsticks. This gift collection brings together favorite shades from some of Estée Lauder’s best-selling formulas, tucked in a red satin keepsake box: Pure Color Lipstick in Sugar Honey, Rubellite, Hot Kiss and Autumn; Estée Lauder Signature Lipstick in Soft Amethyst.

Holiday Lip Gloss Collection ($32.50)

Make her holidays shimmer, glimmer and shine with six Pure Color Glosses. A great stocking stuffer—the perfect touch to dress up holiday lips or add shimmer atop her favorite Estée Lauder lipsticks. Elegant crocodile-embossed pouch holds Pure Color Gloss in Fresh Berry, Nude Rose and Clear, and Pure Color Crystal Gloss in Sugarcane, Honey Glaze and Plum.

Holiday Brush Set ($45.00)

Give her the pro style tools she needs to create great looks anywhere she goes. The perfect gift for any makeup fan, this exclusive collection includes four brushes she’ll use every day, all in a red satin travel case: Foundation Brush, Blush Brush, Eyeshadow Brush and Angled Eyeshadow Brush.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Estee Lauder’s Pure White Linen Pink Coral ($72.00 for 3.4 oz.) is the newest addition to the White Linen perfume franchise. Pure White Linen emerged originally, and then a derivation thereof in Pure White Linen Light Breeze. In June, Pure White Linen Pink Coral joined the family.

Composition

  • Top Notes: Apple Blossom, Clear Aldehydes, Waterfruits, Pink Peppercorns, Chinese Berry Mist
  • Middle Notes: Jasmine, Pink Peony, Camellia Flower, Cherry Blossom, Sweet Pea, Honeysuckle
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Heliotrope, Sandalwood

I had never taken a sniff of the original White Linen scent, because I come from a family that’s terribly irritated (nose-wise) from fragrances. Growing up, perfume was completely off-limits, and there’s no real way to sneak wearing perfume when you have a bunch of sensitive noses around the house! (Trust me, I tried a few times… spraying outside, but they’d know when I came home with the scent still lingering.)

Perfume was always this unattainable product category that I was like, “I can’t wait until I move out of the house so I can wear perfume everyday!” Turns out, unfortunately for me, that a lot of perfumes tickle my nose in rather…unpleasant way, so I actually wear very light scents when I do wear them, and I’d say only a few times a week at that.

Estee Lauder describes this scent as a soft floral, “The tender fragrance to live in all year long. It sweeps over the senses, gentle as the ocean at dawn in waves of sea-kissed Apple Blossoms, Waterfruits, Sweet Peas and Camellias blushed with Honeysuckle and Sandalwood. You’ll love how you feel in Pure White Linen Pink Coral.”

The scent of Pure White Linen Pink Coral is that of a lightweight, softly sweetened floral. It feels young, not quite as sophisticated as the other scents in the franchise, and it just has that feel like they were going for a younger demographic. It opens with the crispness of green apples and lightness of berries. As it wears, the sweetness of honeysuckle and jasmine start to appear, and gives you a more obvious floral scent. Finally, the dry down is a very tried-and-true combination of vanilla and sandalwood.

I feel like this isn’t a unique scent, but it’s a very wearable scent. It’s light, tame, and all-occasion appropriate. It’s probably more suitable to a subtle summer scent than perhaps fall, but I know others, like me, prefer lighter scents year-round, too. I think if you are, generally, a fan of Estee Lauder scents, you may find this scent too much like a redux and merely milking the White Linen chain than an original creation by the perfume giant. I like it, but it doesn’t grab me enough at the open nor at the end, so it’s not something I’ll personally be wearing often.

  • Product: 21/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation: For a soft, flirty sweetened floral, Estee Lauder may have your poison!

Availability: EsteeLauder.com

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipstick and Lip Pencil for Fall 2009

New Long-lasting, Luxurious Color for a Perfect Pout that Lasts All Day

Tired of constantly having to reapply your lip color throughout the day or worry about your lip
color smudging or bleeding? Now, you can say goodbye to all the fuss and hello to lusciously full, beautifully defined, fresh looking lips that last all day!

New Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lipstick and Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil are the
latest additions to the renowned Double Wear makeup collection of long-wearing, stay-in-place products. Each of these luxuriously creamy, long-wearing lip products deliver instant rich, staytrue color and shine to lips for a luscious look that lasts no matter how long your day or night does.

Double Wear Stay-In-Place Lipstick is a sophisticated, long-wearing, ultra creamy lipstick that
delivers long-wearing, satin-like, stay-true color to lips. Double Wear Stay-In-Place Lip Pencil
is a technologically advanced lip pencil that glides on delivering a smooth, even line that won’t smudge or budge all day.

Double Wear Stay-In-Place Lipstick ($22.00)

  • Stay Rose
  • Stay Pink
  • Stay Pinkberry
  • Stay Raspberry
  • Stay Mauve
  • Stay Plumberry
  • Stay Mocha
  • Stay Ginger
  • Stay Coral
  • Stay Scarlet
  • Stay Cranberry
  • Stay Ruby

Double-Wear Stay-In-Place Lip Pencil ($19.00)

  • Pink
  • Fuchsia
  • Rose
  • Wine
  • Plummy
  • Tearose
  • Spice
  • Mocha
  • Chocolate
  • Tawny
  • Coral
  • Apple Cordial
  • Red
  • Russet

Availability: August 2009.

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