Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Spring 2011: Wild Storm

Estee Lauder Wild Storm Nail Lacquer ($19.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a steely gray with a hint of bluish-teal micro-shimmer with a faint metallic-frost finish. The blue-tinge is very subtle–it’s more noticeable in the bottle than it is on the hands. The blue comes out strongest in natural light (or low light), but it is there. I only need two coats for an opaque result, and it applied smoothly and fairly evenly, despite minor brushstrokes showing up under flash lighting.

I was initially reminded of Chanel Steel, but it’s nothing like it–it is far too black to be similar. Then, I thought perhaps it was in the same vein as Chanel Black Pearl, but Black Pearl is much more teal–not so much silver or blue. It is like a darker version of NARS Full Metal Jacket. It is also like Zoya Kelly–with shimmer.

The formula itself wasn’t too thick or thin and applied smoothly without any issues. Drying time seemed average, and there was a soft glossy shine, but I’d still recommend a top coat. The amount in the bottle is a little below average, I’d say, while the price tag is a bit hefty.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: While I’ve been really impressed with the uniqueness in some of Estee Lauder’s polishes lately, Wild Storm doesn’t quite hit those notes for me.

WHERE TO BUY: Estee Lauder

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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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