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Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush
Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess: Sea Star

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.

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush Review, Photos, Swatches


Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush
Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush
Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush
Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush
Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush
Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush
Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush
Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush


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Michelle Avatar

I have this and absolutely love it. My compact didn’t feel flimsy at all. When you first get it, it does have a sheer golden overspray. After a few swipes, it is gone and you don’t get an obvious gold sparkle. You are left with a beautiful pinky peach blush that give a wonderful glow and has a soft sheen rather than sparkle. Love!

Melina Avatar

I agree with the both of you! I love the finish and the color of it, so nice and peachy. Perfect for spring and summer! I absolutely love and adore this.

Mimi Avatar

Looks great on you Christine, very fresh and glowy! Is this really a bronzer though? The bronzy part of the product looks like a peach blush! I may look into this as I always think that brown-bronzers are too brown for me~

Yaz Avatar

I am surprised that your product wasn’t amazing in terms of packaging and the product itself. Because I got mine about three weeks ago, and I don’t find it sheer at all, to me it looks beautiful and the texture almost creamy. I am a NC40 and I swear it looks quite obvious when I wear it that I have blush on. 🙂 Any way, thank you for your reviews Christine, I find them extremely helpful. Love from Canada. xoxo

Nadia Avatar

Oh wow, I got this the day it came out and it’s absolutely gorgeous!! The texture, pigmentation and packaging are all fine. I use the bronzer part more underneath my cheekbones and then I apply the coral part to the apple of my cheeks and it gives my face lovely definition and an overall, ‘tan’ effect. It’s beautiful! I preferred using it this way than swirling the colours together.

Styrch Avatar

Christine, you always look beautiful but I think this probably one of the most beautiful pictures you have taken in a long while. This product seems to compliment you quite well, and the rest of the colors (your lids, your clothing even) all tie in. Beautiful.

Jessi Avatar

Thank you so much for reviewing this! I agree that texture doesn’t look very nice in the swatches. Thank goodness for it being no so great; you saved me some money!

B Jones Avatar

Your new ratings system is Fantastic. I appreciate that level of specificity. You keep outdoing yourself and great job. Thank you

Daniel Avatar

I didn’t think that your blog can be better or imrpoved. I think you have the PERFECT makeup reviewing site EVER. You can be really proud of yourself 🙂

Nicole Avatar

I like the new review system and was frustrated by the many negative and critical comments you received. It is clear that you put a lot of thought and effort into Temptalia, and your hard work is very much appreciated. I want to note that I use Internet Explorer 8, and with your new rating system, the numbers (e.g. 8/10) do not line up with the category name (e.g. product). The numbers are one line underneath where they should be (so that product is blank, and the rating for packaging falls underneath the table). Also, as for some of the readers’ negative comments regarding the font, the italicized text (mainly the numbers) looks very pixellated on my browser, and it could be what people are responding to.

Nicole Avatar

I’m not sure you will see this, but since I posted (above), both issues have been corrected, and it looks great! I’m impressed. Thanks for all you do.

Farida Avatar

OMG, I love this on you. It looks very natural and fresh. I have it too and I really like it. It’s too bad that you are not a fan of it.

S Avatar

I think you look fresh and lovely wearing this bronzing blush! I’m not a huge EL fan, but I got last years version and I picked this up as well. I love both of them! Thanks for your excellent reviews, Christine 🙂

Mehak Avatar

It looks so pretty in the pan !! Too bad it doesnt work too well, but im a warm medium toned girl so might look good on me. Super cute pic yr hairband..adorable!!

Rae Avatar

I take it back, I take it back!! I am completely, *completely* in love with the glossover. (Staring it down for ten minutes last night in a last-ditch attempt to get accustomed to it? Actually, surprisingly effective.)

I love how this shade looks with your skintone, but chunky shimmer is a total dealbreaker for me. Thanks for reviewing it – now I don’t have to seek it out and swatch it myself ^^ #lazy

Lulee Avatar

I have this and I adore it. It is the perfect summer blush. I too had no problem with pigmentation or packaging… Maybe yours was a dud?

Dusty Avatar

gads! i have this and i looove it! so much that i’ve been thinking of buying a second one just for myself (when you find something that works, buy a couple of them! lol!) i thought it was gorgeous and when i compared the two, it seemed like a more orange version of “marine life.” totally not a bronzer though, i wish they wouldn’t call it a “bronzing blush” because it gives people the wrong idea. i don’t know how you could really bronze with that puppy.

Christine Avatar

Maybe I got a dud – everybody seems to love theirs but I didn’t like the texture of this at all – just felt… almost glittery (though it didn’t LOOK particularly glittery). But I agree, not much of a bronzer – call it a beauty powder, haha.

Bianca Avatar

I agree w/ you Christine 100%! I bought it & I was not impressed! I was drawn to how pretty in looked… The texture is glittery & not very pigmented & it faded so fast! So not worth the $ in my opinion. The packaging did feel flimsy. I exchanged it for a double wear cream eyeshadow which I just love!

Dusty Avatar

I have purchased products before, found them to be not what I thought – Ended up swapping them for the SAME product and it then was fine – So duds to happen. It could be… I donno. I’d let you borrow mine but it hasn’t left my sight since I bought it! LOL 😉

Either way – It a shame yours doesn’t have a good texture cause it looks REALLY pretty in your photo!

Could be the cute headband too 🙂

sam Avatar

this is a beautiful blush!! and i have to say you are looking very gorgeous in your pic- the make up you have on is really working for you 🙂

NeutraKris Avatar

It’s such a shame the color isn’t that great (or versatile) – I would’ve loved to try this! I think it’s just because it’s so darn cute, though. Loving your hair accessory, Christine! Looking lovely, as always!

Erica Avatar

It looks lovely on you! Very subtle.

I’ve been waiting for your review of this! I trust your opinion a great deal! Thank you so much!!

Cassy Avatar

I like it on you a lot! I agree it looks more blushy than bronzey, though. And I’m really sure it would just be oompa loopa on me. It’s so pretty to look at, though, kind of like MAC’s Marine Life (I like looking at it more than the way it looks when I use it)

Kelly C. Avatar

Wow, my experience with this product is completely different than yours. My compact is very sturdy, not wobbly at all. IU’m inclined to think yours must be damage, nothing rattles and nothing shifts. Also, I see no gold shimmer at all in the powder, more like a satin sheen with no obvious shimmer at all, even in daylight. I also found the powder to be very smooth. I’ll agree with you that it is more of a blush than a bronzer, but I like how you can adjust how much brown/peach and pink you want in the color. It looks totally gorgeous on me, and look seems to look the same on you : ) Sorry you didn’t like it very much.

Carrie Ann Avatar

I’m really surprised you gave this a C. I absolutely love mine! It’s the most unique bronzer I’ve ever used. It’s pigmented, goes on smoothly, blends easily and the color is so pretty. I also appreciate that the sea star seems to go all the way down to the pan instead of disappearing after the first few uses. The only downside is that the gold overspray comes right off. Overall, I’m very pleased with this. I love it even more than I thought I would.

Michelle Avatar

Christine — I wonder if you try it again after the overspray wears off a bit — maybe it won’t have the gritty texture for you?? It gave you a really pretty flush in the picture! Maybe that is why I like it — so natural and hard to over-do 🙂

Kaarani Avatar

I have this and loooove it! I’m NC30 and works great as a blush on me. I wear it almost everyday. I like it so much I just bought a back up 🙂

b. Avatar

Oh wow.. I love your look today.. and your outfit (little that I could glimpse) — definitely your color 🙂 so fresh and youthful.

Altea Avatar

Love the look on your eyes and how it matches the shirt & headband, very summery.
I don’t really like this product but it looks very natural on you.

Janalyn Avatar

The design is so cute! But I really never cared for the outside appearance of Estee Lauder products.. This color actually looks great on you, especially paired with the blues =)

Lisa Avatar

In the comments it says it is recommended for warmer skintones because it may be “too orange or ruddy” on cool skin tones. I am cool toned and this blush isn’t orange or ruddy at all!! It is a soft pinky peach color. No, it isn’t a true bronzer. I think it is great for fair to medium skin tones. Also, it doesn’t have a lot of sparkle. It doesn’t have nearly as much shimmer as blushes like Orgasm, etc. It is a soft glowy blush and I didn’t notice any off texture at all. Different people obviously have different experiences with products — but just wanted to give my thoughts.

Adelita Avatar

I’m sorry, I can’t comment on the product because I got distracted, YOU’RE GORGEOUS GIRL!!!
Seriously, I love this look on you, your hair do, your eye makeup and Guerlain Mitsouko lipstick looks totally fab on you!

Cornelle Avatar

I have this bronzing blush and it is absolutely gorgeous! I don’t think it looks glittery, it is more of a sheen. I have nothing but praises for Estee Lauder limited edition bronzers. Love ’em all:)

kfm Avatar

aw. sorry to hear that you didn’t like this one. i absolutely love mine (no problems with the packaging- after reading your review i went and shook it a bit to make sure) and i find it turns a gorgeous apricot shade on my cheeks. i’m pretty pale, though, so it shows a little more prominently on me. in my opinion, though, it does look gorgeous on you.

Whitney Avatar

I wasn’t even going to look at this powder in stores based off Christine’s review, but I’m glad I read the comments and saw that everyone loves it! Can’t wait to see it in person!

Jen Avatar

Like the rest of the comment-ers, I happen to love mine. I’m fairly neutral but I hate bronzers because they swing me to the orange side of the spectrum. For me this is a lovely blush that gives a bit of summer glow without overdoing it.

Laura Avatar

I toally disagree with the grade! I absolutely adore this blush. It has just the right pigmentation for me… also its adorable 😀 Please test this one for yourselves if you are contemplating getting it

Hope Avatar

I agree with the majority. I love mine. I get asked what I am wearing every time I use this. It is a shame you did not like it because it is one of my favorite looks on you.

Desiree Avatar

OH My Sweet God. I need that headband in my life. Yeah I’m not a EL fan. I will pass on this. It does look kinda glittery, it doesn’t look like something I can’t create with other things I already have.

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