Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Collection is a mix of summery color goodness from a gorgeous blush to a “Sand and Sea” eyeshadow palette. The collection features a Matte and Shimmer Bronzer ($30.00 each), a Duo Bronzer ($31.00), Pure Color Gloss Stick in Orange Poppy and Pop Pink ($18.50 each), Luminous Liquid Bronzer ($28.50), SunBlush Illuminator ($32.00), Sand & Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00), Duo Tone Eye Pencil ($18.50), Pure Color Lipstick in Golden Goddess ($18.50), High Gloss in Golden Goddess, Coral Goddess, and Rose Goddess ($17.00 each), and finally Pure Color Nail Lacqueri n Golden Goddess ($18.00).
The SunBlush Illuminator ($32.00) is a “blush and illuminator in one.” The center is a pinky-coral shade–perfect for summer–and the outer ring is more of a peachy shade with more shimmer than the center color. You can easily use just the center color if you so wish, but using just the outside color will be more difficult. To be honest, I prefer them swirled and used as one. Together they make a very pretty pink-coral color with golden sheen. I definitely will be reaching for this during the summer!
The Sand & Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00) is a good mix of cool and warm shades of color. I really love the theme of “Sand & Sea,” and I feel they hit it dead on. You get a medium bright blue paired with a lighter, more sky blue shade for your “sea.” You have a rich, warm deep brown with red toned shade as your darkest color in the palette. There is a pop of true gold and a medium brown with gold-peach sheen for “sand.” The lightest shade is a fairly nude highlighter, but it also gives off a blue-gray sheen. I give kudos to Estee Lauder for putting out such a fun mix of colors for their summer collection! Color texture was smooth and soft, and the color pigmentation was exactly what I wanted–there!
I can also appreciate the packaging on both the Illuminator and Eyeshadow Palette, because they’re in a warm, bronzy-brown color with gold detailing, but it doesn’t feel like traditional Estee Lauder packaging–it feels younger. Yay!
Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Collection is available now at Nordstrom.com.
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Dior Bronze Harmony Blush ($42.00) comes in two stunning shades — Coral Riviera and Rose Brazilia. I’ve only had my hands on Coral Riviera at the moment, but I did swatch them both at Nordstrom a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t decide between the two… now I know I have to go back and get Rose Brazilia, too!
Oh, Dior, you really know how to make a girl swoon. First it was the Skin Shimmers (can’t wait for Pop Diamond!), and now. The new Bronze Harmony Blushes. I love these blushes for a nice pop of color with just a touch of sheen! I like to pair Coral Riviera with Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer for a bronzier look or Rose Diamond Skin Shimmer for a pinker cheek.
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Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown’s Platinum Collection for Spring is a small launch that features a new shimmer brick, Platinum Pink ($40), four shades of Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow ($22), and three shades of (Shimmering) Lip Gloss ($20). The collection is available at Nordstrom.com, for those looking to buy online.
I know for most of you, the item that stands out is the shimmer brick, and thus, let’s review the shimmer brick, shall we?
With five stripes of color, shimmer bricks can be used as eyeshadows, highlighters, or blushers. They can be used wet or dry, because they’re very much like baked products. Platinum Pink has a very spring-into-summer kind of feel to me (almost more summer than spring, to be honest). I remember a few readers were concerned with a silver stripe of color, but not to fear, the silver is flecked so much with a yellow-gold sheen it won’t look awkward or misplaced on your face. The colors look pretty when swatched alone, and when swirled and swatched as one, you get a slightly-cool pastel pink shimmery shade.
I find I use my shimmer bricks mostly as blushers/highlighters, so I’m always more interested in seeing how they work together than alone. I do like the shade they create, and the color shows up so-so on my cheeks. It’s not an ultra deep pigmented pink on my cheeks, but it’s a subtle pink flush appropriate for daytime wear or to match bolder eyes/lips with. Shimmer bricks, by their nature, have a lot of shimmer. This one is definitely shimmery, but I wouldn’t call it glittery or chunky in its shimmer either. Of course, if you’re more into subtle shimmer/sheen, I’d pass on the shimmer bricks (if you aren’t able to try them in person, that is, otherwise, at least try!) and opt for something like Dior’s Rose Diamond or Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer, which have a more “sophisticated” sheen.
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Next in Givenchy’s Maharani Collection are the Prismissimes, which are compacts filled with nine shades to be used on the face or the eyes. The Spring collection features #21 Maharani Pinks and #22 Maharani Apricots ($53.00 each). Both palettes feature eight subtly shimmered or matte shadows, plus one frosty shadow smack dab in the middle.
Maharani Pinks contains four shades of soft brown-based beige paired with four shades of soft, subtle pink. In the middle is a frosty, warm, copper bronze color. The way Givenchy does their Prismissimes, the four shades are actually a gradient–meaning there is the lighest brown-based beige, a medium colored, then a medium-dee, and then a darker shade–that are all similar to each other. The same story is repeated with the pink colors, too.
The texture of Prismissimes’ shadows is always velvety smooth. I tend to find that there is not enough variation in one Prismissimes to do a whole host of eye looks, but you can get some good standbys with this quad (what with the beiges) and subtly cheeks with the pinks. For me, each color squaer is too small for me to really love it as a face/blusher, unfortunately. I’d much rather get one of their Prisme Again! Blush Quartets ($40.00).
Maharani Apricots is formatted just like Maharani Pinks, except the colors are a little darker to begin with. Four shades go from light to dark in a neutral brown color family, while the other four are a peachy-brown shade going from apricot peach to peach-brown. In the center is a rich, frosty medium-to-dark brown shade. Again, the textures of this product is the same as Maharani Pinks — smooth and velvety.
Each Prismissime comes with a cute little brush that’s designed to be used as a face brush (since it’s quite wide). What I liked about the brush was that it was also appropriately designed with the same theme as the palettes themselves. It’s just a nice touch, you know? Overall, I’m not sure these are totally worth their value, and I’d probably rather get two of the Blush Quartets instead. Then again, I haven’t tried using either as a face product, and I am curious to see how pinks and browns end up together…
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Givenchy’s Maharani Collection for Spring was definitely captivating as soon as I saw the promotional images for the launch. It also sounded extremely warm-toned and flattering for my skin tone, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to check it all out!
The real standouts from the launch are the two blushes–Maharani Orange and Maharani Pink Sari Glow Iridescent Blush ($42.00 each). The packaging for the entire collection is really fabulous with the rich orange and pink-purple with the gold overlay. On the actual blush product, there is a black design overlay, which will sort of flake away as you use the product, but it’s a nice touch. Both shades are amazingly pigmented and perfect for spring and summer. Maharani Orange is a softly shimmered peachy-orange, while Maharani Pink is softer, almost neutral pink with subtle shimmer. I can’t wait to wear them!
Expect a few more reviews from this launch over today and tomorrow I’m off to meet my mom for a lil’ bit and meet my “friend” Charles Schwab to do boring, adult things (booooo!).
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Coastal Scents Blush Palette ($16.95) consists of ten blushes–four matte and six shimmer–and are about the size of an extra large eyeshadow. It’s housed in a sleek matte black case, and it’s about nine inches in length. The palette has a nice variety of colors, ranging from warm pinks to shimmery peach to magenta fuchsia. I would say that the majority of the colors are warmer rather than cooler, if that makes a difference for any of you. Each blush is pigmented, and of course, the matte ones run chalkier than a shimmer one, but I didn’t find them to be unexpectedly chalky or unusable. The mattes are smooth and well-textured with nice pay off.
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