Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo
Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition offering from the Modern Mercury collection.  The combination is classic, though for many of us, superfluous; it’s a set of dark, smoky hues that would work well to smoke out any look.  I liked how there are two textures presented.

On the left, there is a dark black with a semi-matte finish–just a hint of sheen–that has soft but dry texture. The color payoff is good, without being too chalky, and it doesn’t skip and drag. It’s similar to several other blacks like MAC Carbon and Inglot #391.  It does, however, perform better during application than swatched directly on an arm; the fluffiness of brush bristles seems to enhance some of the drier eyeshadow formulas.

Next to the black eyeshadow, there is a dark gray with multi-colored shimmer–I detected teal, silver, and green mostly. The pigmentation could use some improvement; it’s decent to good, but it’s a little sheer. The texture is soft, so it does apply smoothly overall. It reminded me of Bobbi Brown Black Sparkle. Urban Decay Gunmetal appears similar, too!

The Pure Color Eyeshadow formula is actually designed to be long-wearing without creasing or fading.  When I wore this color combination alone on the eye (without primer!), it performed well overall, but I did see very slight fading at eight hours but no creasing.  It certainly didn’t disappear, though, and I’d say to the average onlooker, they wouldn’t say, “Wow, use a primer!”  I have normal-to-dry eyelids, so for those with oilier lids, you may still want to use a primer underneath these.

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Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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Quality-wise, this duo is good--if the colors really grab you, or you love how they're housed together, it might be worth picking up. Both shades could be a little more pigmented to provide truer-to-pan color.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo
Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo
Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo
Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo
Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo
Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $30.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

The black shade is similar to several other blacks like MAC Carbon and Inglot #391. The shimmery gray reminded me of Bobbi Brown Black Sparkle. Urban Decay Gunmetal appears similar, too!

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10 thoughts on “Estee Lauder Black Chrome Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I love the look of the dark gray one.

  2. JoJo

    Great pigmentation. I love it but may not purchase it. $30 sigh

  3. Carrie

    Nice, but not interesting enough for $30!

  4. Charlotte

    I’ve always wondered with these EL duos – do you get less product on the side with the E embossed?

    • They only give a total weight as far as I know! Mine never come labeled since they’re samples, so I have to call up the counter to get a weight!

    • I’m going off what the Estee Lauder artist told me when I called – mine doesn’t have labeling (it’s a sample) so I don’t have the info on it!

  5. Dana

    This is a great little set to have to intensify any look, I love how there are basically 2 black options, a matte and a shimmer. Too bad I already have colors similar to these, otherwise I would definitely pick up.

  6. artemis

    i would so wear that