Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

I found the gold sparkle too obvious; it created a less-than-desirable texture because it didn’t feel as smooth and almost gave it a powdery feel. The color itself was on the sheerer side and tended to sheer out even more when blending. It’s definitely a subtle product, because I could not build up much color in the swatch.

My compact felt wobbly–like you could shake it and hear parts moving about, but the pan didn’t fall out when I held it upside down. It just felt flimsy and not nearly as secure as I’d like. It’s possible that it is an individual product defect and that the majority won’t find this an issue. The design on the powder itself is lovely, and the golden sheen on part of the starfish is overspray but there is some shimmer/sparkle in the powder afterward.

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Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

C
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
73%

Bronze & Blue Look with Estee Lauder, Giorgio Armani, & Urban Decay

Bronze & Blue Look with Estee Lauder, Giorgio Armani, & Urban Decay

I’m trying be more organized and do things more methodically, which means trying to review products more timely!  I wanted to test out a few products from Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess ’11 edition, while also trial the wear of a new tinted moisturizer (this is the fifth time I’ve worn it, though).  I hope to review several of the products I tested here today and tomorrow 🙂

You will need the following…

  • Eyes:  Estee Lauder Pink-Teal Shadow Stick (peachy-pink/teal), Giorgio Armani #6 Eyes to Kill Intense (bronze), Urban Decay Flipside Eyeshadow (green-teal), Urban Decay Haight Eyeshadow (blue-teal), Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo (beige), Giorgio Armani #13 Eyes to Kill Intense (black), Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara (black)
  • Face: theBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer (Light/Medium), Guerlain Les Violettes Mineral Powder (03)
  • Cheeks: Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush (pink bronze)
  • Lips: Guerlain Mitsouko (140) Rouge Automatique (pinked peach)
  • Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 222 (fluffy crease brush), 263 (angled eyeliner brush), 116 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Pink-Teal = use an eyeshadow base (for this look); Sea Star = Bobbi Brown Nectar

For eyes, start by applying Pink-Teal shadow stick as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249–take the teal side and apply it to the lid, then apply the pink side above the crease and lightly on brow.  Apply #6 eyeshadow to the inner third of the lid with the 239.  Next, apply Flipside eyeshadow to the middle of the lid with the 239.  Apply Haight eyeshadow to the outer third of the lid and into the crease with the 222.  Use Gypsy eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone and diffuse the crease color with the 217.  Apply #13 eyeshadow on the lower lash line, and then smudge with #6 eyeshadow using the 219. Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara.

For cheeks, apply Sea Star blush on the apples of the cheeks and pat towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Mitsouko lipstick for a complementing lip.

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Stila Summer 2011 Launches


Stila Summer 2011 Launches

Garden Bliss Palette ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

This Spring, achieve what will perhaps prove to be your most effortless, yet most gorgeous glow with Stila’s limited-edition, Garden Bliss palette. Inspired by fresh organic flowers, the Garden Bliss palette will instantly enhance your complexion, leaving your skin looking radiant and luminous. Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s.

Garden Bliss Collection ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

Feel beautiful, both inside and out with stila’s limited-edition garden bliss collection. Inspired by springtime garden parties and wild flowers in bloom, this all-inclusive set contains everything you need to emanate your natural beauty. The garden bliss collection is an assortment of beautiful, natural-looking makeup, including an attractive makeup clutch for easy touch-ups on-the-go. Available at Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s.

Forever Your Curl Mascara ($22.00)

Stila has raised the bar yet again with new, revolutionary Forever Your Curl mascara. The curl goes on forever as inventive lash-curl memory acts like it “perms” your lashes immediately and over time, gently perfecting a defined curl. An astounding 90% of consumers saw an immediate curling effect within the first 30 minutes of use! Available at Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s and Sephora stores, May 2011.

One Step Bronze ($36.00)

A radiant, sun-kissed complexion is only One Step away! Introducing One Step Bronze, a triple-swirled helix serum, which multi-tasks as a bronzer, primer, illuminator and moisturizer, leaving your skin with a healthy glow. Available at Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s, and Sephora in May 2011.

Perfect & Correct Foundation ($44.00)

Healthy, youthful and vibrant skin is just a pump away with NEW Perfect & Correct foundation. Combining an advanced emollient system to hydrate and moisturize the skin, a unique multi-mineral complex and an array of skin-soothing ingredients, Perfect and Correct delivers a high-performance, high-definition, truly next-generation foundation. Available at Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s, and Sephora.

Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22.00)

Just in time for summer, Stila introduces new, ground-breaking Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liners! The first-ever pigmented and waterproof glitter eye liners on the market, these ultra, long-lasting liners stay put no matter where you go or whatever activities you do. Designed to hold up under any condition, you’ll still look stunning after a day of swimming or a fun summer night. Available at Stila, ULTA, select Macy’s, and Sephora in May 2011.

  • Sequins Black with silver sparkle
  • Bora Bora Teal with blue sparkle
  • Curacao Bright blue with blue sparkle
  • Flash Olive with gold sparkle
  • Rock Candy Brown with multi-pearl
  • Electric Bright green with sparkle
  • Royal Purple with multi-pearl
  • Starry Slate with silver sparkle

availability: Stila (several products are available now)

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Introducing: The Glossover — The Rating System

If you’ve caught some of the more recent review posts, you’ll notice a new rating system is in place. I’ve long wanted to change the criteria within the rating system, and the time has come to do so. Though these have always been part of the review–just not so transparently–I’ve decided on a new set of parameters to provide you better insight on where points are going (or getting lost) and really providing an overall score that is representative of the product. I also felt that it was time to make our system more distinct and truly ours as rating systems have gained popularity over time.

The biggest change is in the removal of the “value” metric, which I had always based a product’s price/quantity ratio compared against the average price/quantity ratio of similar products from comparable brands. From using value in the rating system for the past couple of years, I’ve found that value is simply too subjective. Some are looking for quantity, others are looking at low final cost–even if you get a metric ton of blush. One person may find a $10 eyeshadow is cheap, while another finds $15 outlandish. I will, of course, continue to talk about value and in particular, speak on products that really fall below or above, but it will be in the written review and not a component of the total score.

Introducing: The Glossover — The Rating System

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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
  • PRODUCT looks at whether the product does what it is supposed to do. If it’s a curling mascara, did it curl? If it’s waterproof, was it?
  • PIGMENTATION looks at whether the product is as pigmented as it is supposed to be. Products that are supposed to be sheer will not get 0/10 because they are not pigmented–I am looking for the level of pigmentation to be in sync with the product’s description.
  • TEXTURE looks at whether the product has a good consistency for the type (e.g. you wouldn’t want a gritty cream blush, right?) and how it contributes to a better product.
  • LONGEVITY looks at how well and long a product wears. If a product is supposed to last all day, does it?
  • APPLICATION looks at how easy the product is to apply–do you have to experiment with ten different eyeshadow bases to get the eyeshadow to pop? Is it difficult to blend?
  • PACKAGING looks at functionality, sturdiness, and overall appeal. This is less about whether it’s pretty (as “pretty” to me may be ugly to you!) and more about if it pumps out an appropriate amount, if it will withstand being tossed in a purse, and so forth.

There is a total of 50 points available, and once actual points are totaled, a final letter grade is assessed, which you will find on the lower right corner of The Glossover. Directly to the right of each component of the rating system will be my final thoughts–just as before–but displayed in a more eye-catching format. The “where to buy” component will now be listed above The Glossover, which is typically the end of the written review.

We do recognize that there are some product categories (notably, hair care and skin care) that do not fit within this rating system, and we are still determining whether certain categories really require a rating system (like fragrance or skin care) and/or need their own rating system.

Over the next few weeks, I will be moving through past reviews to bring those rating systems moved over to the new system. I expect only slight variations in grades–particular for products that were either very below or above value–but otherwise, the overall grades are getting clarified and refined.

Updated @ 11:49AM PST:  We tweaked font sizes and colors and hope that it has satisfied at least some of your concerns. Thanks!