Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee Review & Swatches

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Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee

Mirage

Estee Lauder Mirage Illuminating Powder Gelee ($47.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a medium copper with warm, rosy undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, moderately dense consistency that didn’t have any excess powderiness in the pan but was still blendable and easy to work with on my skin. The finish was more metallic and emphasized my skin’s texture slightly. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading a bit. In the past, this formula hasn’t been scented, but this has the Bronze Goddess scent in it.

Ingredients

Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Isostearyl Alcohol, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Limonene, Eugenol, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, BHT, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)].

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
  • Hourglass Soft Light Ambient Lighting Powder
On eyes:
  • Ciate Burnt Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Overdrive 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • Giorgio Armani Diva Rouge d'Armani Matte
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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This looks super-pretty but, sadly, not a colour for me. Do you know if they are releasing any other shades in this formula? (it’s so long since I’ve checked out the Estee Lauder counter so I’ve no idea what they have these days).

This is such a beautiful color in the pan and arm swatches, that I was at first very tempted to get it. Then I read where you mentioned it emphasizing your skin texture. Your skin is smoother than mine, so I enlarged the full facial pic, and I knew that this wouldn’t fly with my larger pores at all! Gladly, I saw that DoC Mírame is a very close dupe, though.

There might be a little dusting of sparkle on top but the respective rings are slightly different in depth/tone as seen initially. I’m not sure if that changes deeper in the powder, but it looks similar (with softer edges) after several uses. I wouldn’t describe it as an overspray.

This is so pretty. I looked at the other 2 shades because Mirage looks too dark for my skin tone. Even though they are now on sale for $39.95 at Nordstrom I think the lightest color, Heatwave, might still be too dark. Too bad, I just love the presentation!

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