Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Estee Lauder Extravagant Red Lipstick
Estee Lauder Extravagant Red Lipstick

Estee Lauder Holiday 2010: Extravagant Red

Estee Lauder Extravagant Red Long Lasting Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a limited edition shade from Estee Lauder’s holiday collection (which also features Extravagant Berry). The best part about this lipstick is actually the gold glitter overspray on the outside of the lipstick–it’s just a shame it wears off. The lipstick itself does have a faint gold shimmer to it, but it is quite subtle. It is a rich, opaque orange-based red with subtle gold micro-shimmer, soft shine, and intensely pigmented. It wears for six hours with ease, and it doesn’t leave lips feeling dry. Like other Estee Lauder lip colors, it did have their sweet fig scent.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: I like everything these is about this lipstick — it’s smooth, pigmented, and wears comfortably.  The shade itself is not particularly unique, though, so for those who find themselves buying red lipsticks often, you may have something similar enough to this to skip.

WHERE TO BUY: Nordstrom

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Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Estee Lauder Radiant Peach Blush
Estee Lauder Radiant Peach Blush

Quick Reviews: Estee Lauder Radiant Peach Blush

Estee Lauder Radiant Peach Blush ($26.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a golden shimmered coral with the same soft, silky texture Estee Lauder’s powder blushes are known for. It’s a beautiful blush and highlighter combo–the way the golden shimmer plays with the coral really makes it unnecessary to use a highlighter on top. For me, this is the kind of shade I can never get enough of; it doesn’t matter if there are dupes, I always have to have every iteration! Estee Lauder’s shimmer is a shimmer-sheen with nice pigmentation, too, which makes it a nice variation.

I have done a comparison of many peachy-corals here. This is Estee Lauder’s version of the cult-favorite NARS Orgasm. It is also similar to MAC Springsheen. You can also check out a whopping six pages worth of dupes for NARS Orgasm over at The Dupe List.

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

RECOMMENDATION: Another good choice for your coral blush needs!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Friday, December 10th, 2010

Estee Lauder Radiant Berry Blush
Estee Lauder Radiant Berry Blush

Thinking of Sugar Plums This Winter

Estee Lauder Radiant Berry Blush ($26.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a softened rose-plum with a subtle satin sheen. The texture of Estee Lauder’s powder blushes is incredibly finely milled, soft like silk, and smooth. These are buildable blushes that deliver sheerer color initially but can be layered for a more intense cheek look. I find these are very foolproof blushes; you can never go overboard, and they look very glowy, not shimmery or frosty.

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

RECOMMENDATION: I love this on both cool and warm skin–it is also absolutely gorgeous on really pale skin, because it can give a nice level of contrast.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Estee Lauder Spring 2011 Collection
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Mascara

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara

Introducing the next generation of the Estée Lauder Sumptuous mascara franchise – Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara is for the lash extremist! Lashes are magnified and multiplied with one swipe, making eyes look outrageously big and amazingly bold. Make a high-impact statement with your lashes, and everyone will wonder ‘are those lashes real?’

What makes Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara extremely volumizing? It’s the synergy of the lightweight Extreme Bold Volume Formula™, a special blend of three customized lash building fibers, and the exclusive Extreme BrushComber™.

Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara ($23.50)

  • Extreme Black
  • Extreme Brown
  • Extreme Indigo
  • Extreme Violet

Availability: Now at all Estee Lauder counters nationwide and esteelauder.com

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Estee Lauder Spring 2011 Collection
Estee Lauder Spring 2011 Collection

Estee Lauder Spring 2011 Collection: Wild Violet

Pure energy that pulsates sultry sophistication is the inspiration behind the new vision in color by Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux for Spring 2011. The Wild Violet Pure Color Makeup Collection is a dynamic collection of high-performance makeup and fragrance products to highlight the spring season with a burst of enthusiastic color.

In this intensely vivacious collection, lips delight in shades of electric orange, brazen cherry and violet plum, eyes are smoldering in muted neutrals with wisps of purple for maximum depth and attention while nails are rich and smokey in a modern charcoal. Adding to the collection, a vivid, lush fragrance that has a first impression of Genet Flower, Mandarin, Purple Freesia, Blue Jasmine and Wild Gardenia to create a lively experience and then Amberwood is blended in to complete scent with an energetic, multi-sensorial vibrancy.

Pure Color Lip Gelee ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Electric Cherry Blazing red
  • Electric Violet Fuchsia violet
  • Electric Coral Fresh coral
  • Electric Pink Brilliant pink

Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Wild Fire
  • Wild Blossom
  • Wild Coral
  • Wild Violet

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Wild Violet Mix of warm, smokey ember and neutral shades with a powerful, shimmering deep plum at the center

Pure Color Eyeshadow ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Untamed Violet
  • Sugar Cube

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($19.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Untamed Violet Effervescent purple

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

  • Storm Charcoal grey

Wild Elixir Fragrance ($55.00 for 1.7 oz.) (Limited Edition)

Compliment the look with a feeling of pure energy radiating from luminous Genet Flower, invigorating Mandarin and smooth woods blended in the new, limited edition Estée Lauder Wild Elixir fragrance. An expressive, sophisticated floral texture evolves into a dry down of soft woods and lingers sensuously on the skin for an utterly dramatic appeal.

Availability: January 2011 at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide and esteelauder.com

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Estee Lauder Extravagant Night Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Extravagant Night Nail Lacquer

Best of Fall: Extravagant Night

Estee Lauder Extravagant Night Nail Lacquer ($18.00 0.3 fl oz.) is a stunning deep dark purple wine base decked out with multi-colored flecks that range from deep fuchsia to violet to gold. Ahh! This was absolutely gorgeous from the first coat on (two coats shown). I don’t even know how to describe the way it looks, because it practically dances under bright lights (like flash), but it still retains its character and depth in natural light. It applies evenly, just like a normal shimmer polish tends to do, but the effect is so much more like a glitter–without the grittiness.

It’s sold out in a lot of places, but Macy’s still has it online! I wish it weren’t so expensive or else they put more in the bottle (0.3 fl. oz. is below average for the price point).

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If it’s something in your budget, YES!

AVAILABILITY: Macy’s

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