Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush ($34.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a duet of bronzer and blush The bronzer is a medium-dark tanned peach with subtle gold sheen, while the blush is a semi-sheer coral-red with soft gold sparkle. Estee Lauder suggests using them together or alone, but the way the star is splayed out, you’re likely to get at least a little bit of the bronzer shade with the blush. Together, they swirl to create a orange-peach with a subtle play of pink and a gold-tinged sheen and some gold sparkle.
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.
I don't think it excels at either blushing or bronzing and falls somewhere in the middle. Based on the amount of orange in the swirled color, I'd recommend this for warmer skin tones, because it may turn ruddy and too orange on cooler skin tones.
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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
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.