Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint Review, Photos, Swatches

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a steely gray with gold and silver sparkle. It’s like a silvered pewter with a lot of sparkle and shine. Chanel Epatant is warmer, greener. Inglot #454 is warmer, less sparkly. Maybelline Audacious Asphalt is grayer, darker.

I can’t tell you how utterly fascinating this color is, only to be supremely disappointed at the quality of the product as a whole. It sparkles, dazzles, shimmies and dances in the light. It is so brilliant on the skin when I swatched it. On the lid, it is a mess; spotty color payoff, uneven color and texture, and looks creased from the get-go. The application is gritty, chunky, and never looks smooth. It made my lids look heavy and wrinkled. The disappointment didn’t stop there, though, because the fall out from this as it flaked off my lid throughout the day was painful and messy.  I tried finger-tips, sponge-tip applicators, a variety of brushes, and nothing worked even decently.  The only good thing I can say about the product is the color and way it sparkles is beautiful, but you never really get to see or enjoy it because it just doesn’t work well in practice.

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Steel / Sinister Stay-On Shadow Paint

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Dusty Avatar

LOL!!! I keep running into people who like these things and say that they work well. I keep looking at them and saying, “you are obviously quite high… well… so are you going to pass that or not?!” LOL

Janelle Avatar

welcome to crumble city! I can feel it in my contacts just looking at the look you created. I like the color but it is a fail formulation wise! I have a Shu Umeura eye color that is similar and also Mac Electra could be a close dupe. I find that BE shadows can create a nice foil effect as well and I am sure that they have a silver!

KP Avatar

That last picture is horrid! What a disappointment because EL usually makes such great products. The color kind of reminds me of Bobbi Brown’s antique gold or chrome patina.

Dominique Avatar

Incredibly pretty in the pan but yes definitely a mess on the lids ( what a pity ! ), I think I’d better use my Illusions d’Ombre instead !

Kate Avatar

This is the exact experience I had with Sinister. It was so amazing when swatched, but within minutes it would start to flake off and irritate my eyes.

Actually, looking at your photo, I’m guessing that you had the same experience with Sinister.

Debbie Avatar

I have this and you’re so right. It looks lovely in the pot and even on the back of my hand. But on the eye the colour and shimmer just dont show up at all, it is such a disappointment…

Maria Avatar

Fix+ is glycerin and water, I doubt it would do anything.

People use eye drops to make cake liner stay on, maybe that would work.

Lindsey Avatar

Could it be used as just a light wash of sparkle like in the swatch? From playing with it in the store I think that’s how the product is meant to be applied.

Christine Avatar

As long as you don’t mind fall out everywhere, as it lacks staying power, not just payoff! It’s worth noting that they say “pure pigment” in a creamy shadow, “go from smoky to wildly intense,” “maximized color impact,” and “magnified vibrancy, clarity and dimension.”

Mariella Avatar

I’m not all that wild about the colour/shine but I have to say that the other shade, Sinister, looks even worse in terms of application and wear. What a patchy, greasy-looking mess. And from how you’ve described Steel, it’s every bit as bad.

Laura Avatar

I had the EXACT same expereince with this product! I was so fooled by swatching on my hand as well and I originally purchased Chained and had little to no application and wear issues. I was extremely bummed because the swatch is such a gorgeous color and not too much sparkle, better than Maybelline Audacious Asphalt and nice addition to Chanel Epatant BUT the hunt continues for a similar color. Thanks for sharing and hopefully no one else will buy and be disappointed!

Ellie Avatar

I actually work for EL and have had trouble with the metallic shades I’ve found if you work with them VERY quickly if you want them sheered out, or get on one good even coat for full coverage it doesn’t crease or flake off. Side note there is no using a brush with these things it just FAILS. It sucks because the non metallic shades preform really well!

Tina Avatar

Pity it doesn’t “Stay On”…I would have bought it if not for your review because I only swatch eyeshadows and I never test those testers on my own lids. Then I would’ve bought something which swatched great but doesn’t work where its supposed to…

collier Avatar

Oh whaaaaaat! That’s just unbelievable! Glad I saw your review – I would’ve been tempted to try these. But MUFE’s Aqua Cream in “steel” is a pretty close match for this, though not so glittery. And the MUFE wears like a MOFO.

RM Avatar

i have 2 similar indelible cream shadows: immortal and holographic. immortal is more metallic, while holographic has a pink duochrome effect. super long lasting and pretty inexpensive at most of the loose minerals etailers.

Michelle Teixeira Avatar

Whoa! That picture does really say it all. I have a few MUFE Aqua Creams that apply exactly like that. I bought them before trying them on my eyes. So, now I have a bunch of stuff I wouldn’t want to give away. I think that would be mean to do to someone, it is just that bad. I swatched the EL shadow and it was awesome. I am so glad I didn’t get it though.

VickyM Avatar

What a Sinister experience! Embarrassing at this price point, it looks like what a one dollar no name brand would look like and itยดs way more expensive than that. It does look terrible and itยดs a shame bacause the swatch is gorgeous.

artemis Avatar

what an expensive piece of crap! garbage eyeshadow mess. I know 5$ eyeshadows that are almost perfect and this one is a 24$ joke.

Manuela Avatar

Shame on Tom Pecheaux for approving this, if he did. I was super excited when I saw these in the store. They’re all too sheer and patchy. Another one bites the dust. It’s so hard to find good cream shadows.

Megan Avatar

I like when you show how bad the products actually look when they get a bad grade. Sometimes you give a product a D or an F and then show pictures of it looking really nice on you. It definitely helps to see how it really performs and not just see a failing grade next to a nice look.

Emma Avatar

I really don’t understand how products like this are released. I know some very cheap cosmetics aren’t as obsessed with quality, which tends to be expected given the price point. But did NO ONE test this product? It gets to the point that I feel like this is illegal false advertising!

Jenny Avatar

Oh wow, this is a letdown. It looks like it would all clump in the crease of my eye the second I put it on. I’m glad I saw this review before I say it in a store and bought it since the color is exactly my style…

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