Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil
Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a darkened burgundy purple with warm undertones and subtle pearly shimmer. It has a very waxy base, so while it glides across the skin without tugging, the color payoff in a single stroke is semi-sheer. It was buildable to mostly opaque color, and while I love the color but don’t find the formula to be particularly long-wearing as it thins after seven hours of wear. MAC Nightshade (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Raven (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Electric Cobalt Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a brightened, medium blue with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which was buildable to opaque color in two to three layers. It had the same waxy, glide-on texture that made it comfortable to apply but just not an intensely pigmented product. It wore well for seven hours before migrating towards the outer corner. Kat Von D D.R.A. (P, $10.00) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief (P, $15.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Abyss (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Emerald Volt Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a darkened green-teal with a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation in one pass, and the texture was better balanced between creamy and waxy, so it glided on, deposited even, rich color, and didn’t run. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Sephora Collection Good Mood (P, $9.00) is greener. Make Up For Ever #52L (LE, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Blue Noon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

I love dusty and muted rosy lipsticks, which can range from light and rosy pink to rosy brown to rosy coral. Here are some of my current favorites for spring! :)

  1. Bite Beauty Musk — a muted, rosy pink-beige
  2. Givenchy Nude Guipure — a light-medium rosy pink
  3. Guerlain Garance — a medium, rosy coral
  4. Estee Lauder Irresistible — a medium-dark muted rosy pink
  5. Maybelline Untainted Spice — a deepened rosy brown

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Monday, January 26th, 2015

Estee Lauder Chrome Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil
Estee Lauder Chrome Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Chrome Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium silver with a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage in two to three layers. It glided on but seemed a little waxy. It lasted for nine hours on me, which is shy of the 12-hours promised. MAC Sterling Silver (P, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Certainly Sterling (LE) is lighter. L’Oreal Silver Sky (290) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Cuff (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Silver Skates (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Chrome (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Gold Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, and it was fairly buildable, but the consistency was a little too waxy so it didn’t build to fully opaque coverage. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Twinked (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC $$$ (P, $16.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (P, $9.00) is darker. NARS Las Ramblas (LE, $24.00) is yellower, lighter. Urban Decay Goldmine (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Going for Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Antique (04) (LE, $28.00) is less yellow. Chanel Vegas Gold (LE, $28.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Pearl Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light white gold with warm, yellow tones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff and was rather waxy, so it was difficult to build up an even layer of color. It lasted for nine hours on me. MAC Snowed In (P, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venus (P, $19.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection Blonde Ambition (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Pink Gold Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a golden copper with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, and it wasn’t buildable to much more than that. On me, the color wore well for nine hours before thinning noticeably. Sephora Collection Girl Talk (P, $9.00) is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani Copper (05) (LE, $28.00) is darker. Chanel Or Rose (LE, $30.00) is darker. Chanel Peche Cuivre (LE, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Estee Lauder Spring 2015 Collection
Estee Lauder Spring 2015 Collection

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00)

NEW Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil’s exceptionally creamy formula sets in quickly to provide an intense high coverage, color-true wear. Easy to apply, the luxurious formula goes on in one smooth stroke with no tugging or skipping and practically melts into your skin. Worry-free and long-wearing, this water-resistant eye pencil is easy to smudge, blend and apply thanks to a combination of unique technologies and carefully selected ingredients.

  • Onyx
  • Coffee
  • Smoke
  • Night Diamond
  • Night Violet
  • Sapphire
  • Emerald Volt
  • Electric Cobalt
  • Blue Steel
  • Teal
  • Burgundy Suede
  • Olive Lustre
  • Pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Gold (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Gold (Limited Edition)
  • Chrome (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Shine Lipstick ($30.00)

Take your lip looks to a whole new level with Pure Color Envy SHINE Sculpting Shine Lipstick. Full of saturated color and shine that illuminates lips in one stroke, it features multi-faceted pigments that create definition—making lips appear beautifully shaped, sculpted, and curvaceous. This lipstick’s creamy texture glides on smoothly and gives even coverage, and it is formulated with time-released Moisture Complex, which works to capture and seal-in hydration that lasts throughout the day. Housed in a luxe case, this lipstick’s bullet is slim-shaped to highlight the curves of your lips.

  • Baby Cashmere
  • Blossom Bright
  • Boudoir Baby
  • Charmed
  • Fairest
  • Heavenly
  • Innocent
  • Mischievous Rose
  • Pink Dragon
  • Surreal Sun
  • Inspiring
  • Passionate
  • Empowered
  • Suggestive
  • Intriguing

Availability: Coming soon at Sephora (listed online but not yet in stock); both products will be available at all other retailers that carry Estee Lauder in January 2015

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Kendall Jenner is the New Face of Estee Lauder
Behind the scenes on an Estee Lauder ad shoot with Kendall Jenner. Photo courtesy of Estee Lauder.

The Estée Lauder brand today announced that it has signed Kendall Jenner, fashion’s new breakout star and social media sensation. Kendall will appear in digital, TV and print advertising campaigns and play an active role in creating social media content that will live on Estée Lauder’s channels as well as her own.

“Bridging the worlds of high fashion, entertainment and social media, Kendall is a modern beauty who represents a whole new generation of women who live, breathe and share beauty, fashion and life 24/7, on their own terms, in a visually compelling way,” said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Global Brand President, Estée Lauder. “She is the ultimate instagirl, and we are excited to leverage her image, voice, energy and extraordinary social media power to introduce Estée Lauder to millions of young women around the world.”

“It honestly feels like a dream to represent such an iconic beauty brand — it is an incredible honor and quite humbling,” said Kendall Jenner. “I found out when I was backstage at Paris fashion week, and all this time I’ve had to keep the news top secret. I am so excited to share it now and be part of Estée Lauder.”

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Estee Lauder Reckless (480) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Reckless (480) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Reckless (480) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, pink-berry with cool undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is redder. Chanel Rayonnante (145) (P, $34.00) is sheerer. Chanel L’Amoureuse (47) (P, $34.00) is more matte. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more recently added shades to the range (and the last one that I have for now). It had rich, opaque color coverage that went only smoothly and evenly. The consistency is lightly creamy but not too slippery, so it adheres comfortably to the lips and yields longer wear (six hours on me). The formula is vanilla-scented but taste-free. This particular shade was hydrating over time. I really loved this shade, and I think it’s a great addition to the range–the muted quality to the color makes it more interesting to me.

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