Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Estee Lauder Halo Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Halo Shadow Paint

A New Long-Wearing Eyeshadow from Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder Halo Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm champagne beige with a shimmered, frost finish. Tarina Tarantino Elektron is lighter and a powder product. Urban Decay Booty Call is more peach-colored and a powder product. Benefit Tattle Tale is less beige, more golden. Maybelline Barely Branded is lighter, more white-based, less yellow.  This color would work well as an all-over shade, wash of color, or as an eyeshadow base.

The new Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint formula is supposed to wear for 12-hours crease-free, fade-proof, and have “maximized color impact … magnified vibrancy.” Halo applied smoothly, evenly, and opaquely without having to load the brush with product or layer a ton of product on. The dry down time seemed about average; not so quick that you have no time to work with the product, but not so slow that it gathers in the crease if you don’t give it enough time to set. Once it dries down, it’s set for the whole day. It didn’t crease or fade over a 12-hour period.  The texture was really nice, too, because it has a thin but very creamy feel.

P.S. — I have a few more shades to review, and I haven’t tested all of them yet, and while Halo is one of the best of the bunch, some of the others I did have some issues with. The line has seemed inconsistent to me so far, so I wanted to give readers a heads up that if you’re waffling over other shades, I have more reviews to come!

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Halo

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This color would work well as an all-over shade, wash of color, or as an eyeshadow base.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 21st, 2013

Blue-Teal Eyeliners
Blue-Teal Eyeliners: MUFE #12L, Milani Aqua, UD Flipside, TT Spark of Envy,
Stila Peacock, TF Exotic Teal, EL Dramatic Teal, EL Electric Teal, bareMinerals 1PM,
UD Mainline, Prescriptives Blue Grotto, MUFE #4K, NYX Emerald City, NARS Kaliste,
MAC Tealo

Blue-Teal Eyeliners: Your Guide

I am a fiend for teal eyeliner–there is absolutely no doubt about that–and here are fifteen shades that seemed like blue-based teals (a few turned out to be a little green-based).

  1. Make Up For Ever #12L is a darkened blue with a hint of teal. It is more shimmery than Tom Ford Exotic Teal.
  2. Milani Aqua is a brightened teal with a hint of blue and frosted finish.
  3. Urban Decay Flipside is a lightened blue-teal with a shimmery finish. It is lighter than Milani Aqua.
  4. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy is a darkened teal with a blue-based and a green-tinged shimmer/sheen.
  5. Stila Peacock is a deep blue with a hint of teal and light sheen.
  6. Tom Ford Exotic Teal is a deep, dark blue-based teal.
  7. Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal is a dark, blue-based teal with a matte finish. It is a touch bluer than Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (LE)
  8. Estee Lauder Electric Teal is a teal with blue undertones and a matte finish. It is greener compared to Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal and lighter than Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (LE)
  9. bareMinerals 1PM is a deep, dark blue-based teal. It is darker than Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (LE)
  10. Urban Decay Mainline is a blue-based teal with stronger blue undertones and a matte finish. It is bluer than Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal. (LE)
  11. Prescriptives Blue Grotto is a teal with bluish-green tones. It is darker than Estee Lauder Electric Teal and Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (DC)
  12. Make Up For Ever #4K is a green-tinged teal. It is slightly greener than Prescriptives Blue Grotto.
  13. NYX Emerald City is dark, emerald green.
  14. NARS Kaliste is a deep, blue-based teal. It is brighter than Tom Ford Exotic Teal.
  15. MAC Tealo is a blackened green-tinged teal (looked bluer in the pencil!). (DC)

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #2 (quality, price), #4 (quality, pigmentation), #7 (quality, pigmentation), #9 (quality, pigmentation), #10 (quality, pigmentation), #12 (quality, pigmentation)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

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Saturday, January 19th, 2013


Estee Lauder Heavy Petals Nail Lacquer Collection for Spring 2013

This Spring, nails are immersed in a world of ethereal, dream-like hues that capture the spirit and romance of Paris in full bloom – introducing New Pure Color Nail Lacquer Heavy Petals Collection. This limited-edition nail collection by Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director, Tom Pecheux is a profusion of pastels inspired by the playful mood and kaleidoscope of color that emerges from the city of Paris as it blossoms to life in Spring.

“In Nail there is a lot of fantasy and color and nothing is more rich in color and sensation than Paris in Spring,” stated Tom Pecheux. “For this collection, I thought of amazing bouquets from the flower markets, the pretty pastels of children’s carousels and the pops of color from macaroons.”

Bursting with energy and vibrancy, Heavy Petals is a fanciful palette of fresh shades that expresses the beauty of the Spring season. This whimsical collection makes a modern statement for nails that conveys both femininity and style.

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Narcissist
  • Lilac Leather
  • Coral Cult
  • Dilettante
  • Absinthe

Availability: Now @ Estee Lauder

Saturday, January 19th, 2013


Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paints

Estée Lauder introduces the unparalleled texture, extreme performance and intense color in creme eyeshadow, Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paints. Whether it is a bold, right off the runway flash of color or a soft, sophisticated wash of watercolor, this high style collection will drench eyes in a silky smooth buildable mousse creme and captivate with rich pigments to create eye-catching looks that last all day!

Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paints include a range of long lasting hues in a creamy and richly pigmented formula that glides onto the lids with mousse-like softness. Worn alone or mixed to create infinite seductive and sophisticated looks, the truly versatile formula features buildable pigments that envelop lids for seamless, stunning depths of color.

With unbelievable 12-hour wear, the hybrid texture is comfortable, non-creasing and non-fading. Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paints wrap lids in a smooth creme that glides on and blends easily for pure pigments and light reflecting pearls that stay shimmering all day and well into the night.

Infused with True Vision™ Technology – a unique concept of wrapping concentrated pigments into a crystalline laminate to create a multidimensional look – color is amplified and magnified with a glowing metallic finish. Mousse-like creme lays down a layer of pure pigments to recreate and redefine eyes, while prismatic light reflecting pearls add dazzle to each shade, for glimmering effects ranging from a subtle sheen to a dazzling shimmer finish.

Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint ($24.00)

  • Sinister
  • Neon Fuchsia
  • Bold Cobalt
  • Extreme Emerald
  • Chained
  • Cosmic
  • Pink Zinc
  • Halo
  • Steel

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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Saturday, January 19th, 2013


Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty Collection for Spring 2013

Introducing a deceptively sensual limited edition trend collection for 2013, Estée Lauder Pure Color Pretty Naughty. Optimistic yet not overly sweet, the world of watercolor pastels is taken to new heights by infusing an urban synthetic vibe for a youthful and modern twist. Inspired by exquisitely delicate pastoral hues from the enchanting English gardens, mischievously dusky pigments add a flash of dramatic irony. With a youthful rebellious attitude, Estée Lauder Pure Color Pretty Naughty overcomes the paradox of being romantically sophisticated and playfully sexy.

Eyes are washed in a flight of fanciful soft tones and lined in discreet flashes of dark pigments to create dramatic emphasis and contrast, while cheeks are flushed with a tint of color for a naturally innocent and glowing finish. Lips are softly touched by vividly sheer shades in satin textures and nails complete the look with a sultry new interpretation of lilac. Together, a wash of gentle tones infused with strokes of brilliant hues run against a radiant satin complexion creating a beautifully feminine, sensually innocent and playful look that any woman can fall in love with.

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pretty Naughty

Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner Duo ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Black/Blue

Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tease

Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Envelop lips in rich satin with new Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipsticks in four brilliantly refined naughty shades. Creamy, lightweight matte formula exudes a sheer and satin finish, leaving lips feeling soft and supple. The ultra-slim modern silhouette hugs lips upon application, leaving lips infused with fruit extracts that add moisture and hydrate. Light-perfecting pearls radiate a flawless, satin-rich color that is sheer and stable. Highly pigmented shades range from a light pink to a bright coral adding a bright and vivid pop of color.

  • Naked
  • Rock Candy
  • Rebel
  • Demure

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Insatiable

Availability: Now @ Estee Lauder

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Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush
Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush

Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty: Tease

Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush ($40.00 for TBA oz.) is a highlighting powder and blush with “soft color” that “builds to a high sheen.” It’s a soft pink with a hint if plum and slight cool undertones with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It’s very much in the same vein (as far as finish goes) as other iterations of the formula. MAC Flower Fantasy was the closest color I could think of, but it’s a bit lighter. Lancome Moonlight Rose has a similar finish, but it’s much, much lighter. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose is warmer, less pink, more beige.

The pigmentation on Tease is excellent; it’s a very buildable product, but it doesn’t require careful application to avoid getting too much pigment. It should work well for really pale complexions as well as much deeper ones. It has a beautiful, finely-milled consistency and soft, smooth texture that applies and blends well on the skin. There is a very slight emphasis of pores and skin texture, but it’s at a level where the glow it yields seems like a good trade-off and is not noticeable from afar. On my medium skin tone, it added both soft color and sheen. It lasted for eight full hours without fading.  If you are a fan of this type of powder product, I think this one is definitely worth checking out.

I’m not sure how much product this contains (the back of mine has sample labeling), but I know that previous versions of the Illuminating Powder Gelees have been 0.15 oz. and 0.17 oz. The size of this compact is the same, so I would expect it to be of similar size. There definitely seems to be plenty of product in the pan.

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Tease

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If you are a fan of this type of powder product, I think this one is definitely worth checking out. It will work on a variety of complexions, has a lovely texture, and true-to-pan pigmentation.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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