Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

In Love with Sensuous Rose

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush ($28.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pale pink-beige with a soft, satin finish. It has subtle warm undertones, but it’s just barely warm. I almost wanted to describe it as coral, but I think the muted quality of the color makes it something else–that’s where the beige tones come in. Tarina Tarantino Feather is pinker. MAC Ladyblush is a bit darker (and a cream product).

Pure Color Blush is supposed to be “fresh, radiant color [that] lasts all day, won’t streak or fade” with an “ultra-silky powder [that] sweeps on sheer for a natural glow” or “builds for contoured and sculpted definition.” It’s a blush that you don’t have to worry about being too heavy-handed with, but if you need more color, it’s buildable. It’s also supposed to wear all day without streaking or fading.

I’ve only tried this shade from this formula, but it was a stunner and more than impressive! It’s extremely soft and silky-smooth–absolutely finely-milled–and looks that way on the skin. The way it melts onto the skin gives such a great natural finish and sheen, so it never emphasizes pores or skin imperfections. Estee Lauder really nailed the pigmentation, too; it applies easily and evenly without going overboard, but it still shows up on my skin tone (I’m about medium in color) even with just one sweep of color. The color is buildable to more dramatic (true-to-pan) color without having to pile it on. It wore for a full ten hours, and it very slight, noticeable fading after twelve hours–incredible wear.

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Sensuous Rose

A+
An impressive shade: long-wearing, buildable color, silky texture, and looks good on the skin. This would be a nice everyday shade that adds a little color and warmth but not too much shimmer.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette
Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette

Take Me to the Violet Underground

Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00 for 0.15 oz.) consists of five shades ranging from pink to black to brown. The formula is long-wearing and is not supposed to crease while still blending easily.

The first shade is a vibrant fuchsia pink with a subtle metallic sheen. When applied dry, it’s slightly sheer and looks like it has a soft frost finish. When applied damp, it is incredibly opaque and vibrant with a soft metallic finish. MAC Moon Rose is just a little less fuchsia. MAC Tease With Ease is softer. NARS Caravaggio is darker. Urban Decay Woodstock is very similar. MAC Bright Fuchsia is also close.

Next to the fuchsia shade is a chocolate bronze with a metallic sheen. When applied dry, it still retains a subtle metallic finish and has excellent color payoff. When applied damp, it becomes more intense but doesn’t change too much. NARS Surabaya is similar but has a less metallic finish. Make Up For Ever #14 has less red in its base. theBalm Tres Moi is less red-toned and a smidgen lighter. Le metier de Beaute Bordeaux has a stronger red undertone. Chanel Ebloui is grayer.

Moving on, we arrive at a light beige-peach with soft, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It’s nearly the same whether it is used damp or dry, though it becomes just slightly more metallic when it is used wet. The pigmentation is full and opaque both ways. Bare Escentuals Stealth is more matte in finish and a little lighter. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is a fraction lighter. MAC Say Yeah is frostier and has a subtle golden sheen. theBalm Luscious Lani is noticeably lighter and more metallic in finish.

In the middle is a dark black with subtle shimmer that’s just barely noticeable. It has good color payoff when used dry, though it is more intense when applied damp. When applied, it does intensify better with a brush than just in a swatch even when applied dry. It’s not quite as dark as MAC Dark Dare or Milani Pitch Black. It is darker than MAC Carbon.

The final shade is a rich violet with hints of blue and an underlying dark base. It had good pigmentation dry but had less depth, whereas when applied damp, it took on a much more intense, deeper look, though both dry and damp had similar metallic finishes. I felt that this was the least dupeable shade in the palette, because it is a darker purple with only a hint of blue. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl is lighter, less blackened. MAC Starless Night is darker, not really blue–more black in its base (so you lose some of the purple). MAC Imaginary has no blue. Givenchy Lune Mordoree is bluer. Urban Decay Frigid is the closest but it lacks the blackened base.

I think this is one of the most stunning eyeshadow palettes that has launched in the past few years. It’s utterly breathtaking–whether or not these are the kind of hues you’d feel comfortable wearing or not, it’s a showstopper. What I love is that it does deliver on the color, and all five shades work well together; not just in one color combination but multiple ones. If you prefer subtle pops of color, there are two more neutral shades (beige and bronze) that can be accented by the richer shades (pink and violet) or darkened (black).

These wore impeccably, too!  I had no problem achieving nine hours of wear with no fading or creasing with or without a primer, and I used four of the five shades in the look (no black).  They were easy to blend, didn’t have any fall out, and applied with full color without having to pack it on.  It comes in a purple metallic case with a mirror on the inside and two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. The only criticism I could come up with was the pink shade could be better pigmented dry.

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Violet Underground

A+
I think this is one of the most stunning eyeshadow palettes that has launched in the past few years. It's utterly breathtaking--whether or not these are the kind of hues you'd feel comfortable wearing or not, it's a showstopper.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012


This August: Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Launches

This Fall, Estée Lauder and Tom Pecheux dare you to play in a world of bold, luminous and impactful color with new Pure Color Vivid Shine – the latest wave of shades that dazzle eyes, lips and nails with sparkling shine and chromatic color. This modern spectrum of color features new finishes and textures. Eyes are heightened with hyper metallics that accentuate and entice, lips come alive with amplified, vivid color in lustrous shades that offer unprecedented shine, and
nails sparkle with alluring chromatic hues to complete the look. Whether it’s to create a striking and dramatic or soft and luminous effect, Pure Color Vivid Shine is a collection of bold shades for women and makeup artists who want to indulge their love of color.

Pure Color Gelée Powder Eyeshadows bring color to life in two weightless, incredibly smooth finishes:

  • Limited-Edition Vivid Shine Finish: In the collection there are 6 Vivid Shine shadows that feature a unique blend of specially treated glow and metallic pearl duo complex. This luminous finish catches and reflects light, creating the purest levels of multidimensional color illumination for unforgettable eyes that glow!
  • Cyber Metallic Finish: These 10 shimmering Cyber Metallic shades transform eyes to a hyper-metallic, futuristic look.

Vivid Shine Eyeshadow ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Magenta Pink-purple
  • Electric Orchid Purple
  • Fire Sapphire Blue
  • Ultra Marine Teal
  • Lights Out Black
  • Pop Pistachio Green

Cyber Metallic Eyeshadow ($24.00) (Permanent)

  • Cyber Pink Light pink
  • Cyber Ruby Burgundy
  • Cyber Ice Platinum (Limited Edition)
  • Cyber Silver Silver
  • Cyber Lilac Purple
  • Arctic Sky Pale blue (Limited Edition)
  • Cyber Gold Gold
  • Cyber Copper Copper
  • Cyber Teal Teal
  • Cyber Green Green

Vivid Shine Lipstick ($25.00) (Permanent)

  • Power Pink Pink (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Voltage Coral
  • Pink Riot Pink coral
  • Magnetic Magenta Fuchsia
  • Mauve Struck Plum brown (Limited Edition)
  • Electric Mauve Plum
  • Violet Electra Violet
  • Rebel Raspberry Dark pink
  • Brilliant Bare Nude brown (Limited Edition)
  • Copper Flash Warm brown
  • Spiked Toffee Caramel nude
  • Spiced Cocoa Brown (Limited Edition)
  • Hot Corraline Light coral
  • Fireball Orange-red
  • Poppy Love Dark red
  • Forbidden Apple Deep red
  • Pearlescent Luminizer Pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Gunmetal Luminizer Gunmetal (Limited Edition)
  • Foil Luminizer Foil (Limited Edition)
  • Lame Luminizer Gold (Limited Edition)

Vivid Shine Nail Color ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Purple Velvet Pink
  • Dressed to Kill Deep red
  • Black Turquoise Blackened teal

Availability: August 2012

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012


Estee Lauder Beyond Black & Metal Mania Nail Lacquer Collections for Fall 2012

Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux introduce NEW Pure Color Nail Lacquer Beyond Black and Metal Mania Collections – two mini-shade statements that evoke the seduction, beauty and fantasy of the City of Lights at night. This dramatic palette of intriguing shades, textures and finishes expresses confident style and attitude with unprecedented color and impact.

“When creating this collection,” said Pecheux, “I wanted to capture the intensity and naughty side of Paris when it truly comes alive…at night!” NEW Pure Color Nail Lacquer Beyond Black and Metal Mania Collections include smoldering and amplified hues that capture the raw energy and sexiness of the City of Lights under a dark Parisian sky. Beyond Black is defined by five deep shades that saturate nails in rich and dramatic color, capturing the allure of the Parisian Femme Fatale. Metal Mania dresses nails in glam glitters for a modern metallic finish, enticing women to experiment, with daring effect.

Beyond Black Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Caviar Gray
  • Bete Noire Purple
  • Blue Blood Blue
  • Black Plum Plum
  • Viper Green

Metal Mania Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Nouveau Riche Gold
  • Explosif Taupe
  • Chaos Gray
  • Smashed Purple
  • Fiery Hot Red

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom; August 2012 at Estee Lauder counters nationwide and esteelauder.com

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Beautiful Beginnings with Estee Lauder

What was the first Estee Lauder product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  My first Estee Lauder products were mascaras! That’s kind of a weird way to start using a brand, I think, particularly because Estee Lauder isn’t as known for their mascaras as other brands (like Dior and Diorshow).  After that, I tried some of their skin care, which I did like, though sometimes the scents of their skin care range can be too heavy for me.  I really like what Estee Lauder has been doing recently — the products are stellar with some fantastic colors and ranges.

Share your first time experiences with Estee Lauder in the comments! :)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012


Estee Lauder Violet Underground Collection for Fall 2012

Introducing a new multi-dimensional, limited edition trend collection for 2012, Estée Lauder Pure Color Violet Underground. Inspired by multiple cultures, styles and textures, this collection is the ultimate fusion of high style and street chic. The makeup in Pure Color Violet Underground takes glam rock to a new dimension with a fantastical aesthetic revolution of deep, vibrant violet and fuchsia tones.

Estée Lauder translates the drama of underground style fused with the luxury of couture onto eyes and lips saturated in a jewel-toned palette. Cognac and bordeaux combined with neon brights in scarlet and crimson create a mysterious palette rich in sensuality. Pure Color Violet Underground uses contrasting high lacquered intensified pigments and matte hues to create rich dramatic dimension. Together the strong pigments collide against a beautifully radiant satin complexion to give the overall look a modern yet dramatic high-fashion feel that any woman can try.

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

  • Violet Underground Rich mix of deep violet, crimson, and fuchsia grounded with a sensual pale pink and powerful matte black (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Quick-Thick Eyeliner ($21.50) (Limited Edition)

Punker Black Dramatic black (Limited Edition)

  • Pure Color Velvet Lipstick ($25.00) (Limited Edition)
  • Black Cassis Matte deep wine (Limited Edition)
  • Violet Crush Matte violet (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Gloss ($22.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Chaotic Currant Deep plum wine (Limited Edition)
  • Rebellious Violet Dazzling violet (Limited Edition)

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

  • Black Iris Black with an avant-garde violet twist (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom; August 2012 at Estee Lauder counters nationwide and esteelauder.com

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