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Every time I see new makeup from Estee Lauder I have to tip my hat to Tom Pecheux, the brand’s creative director. The brand (in my mind at least) has been revamped to also include a younger audience while at the same time not alienating its core more mature fans. When I first saw this collection at a Macy’s counter, barely unwrapped for the public to see, I instantly grabbed the Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée which I feel is the Beyoncé of this limited edition collection. I did a review on it with swatches already here.
Estee Lauder sent over most of the collection for review consideration.
Overall this is a pretty collection that is universal enough to work for all skin tones. There aren’t any standout colors or anything that can’t be duped. My favorites include the Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée (of course) and Fuchsia Velvet Lupstick. I liked Pure Color Liquid Eye Liner in Graphite, but the color wasn’t for me—I’d prefer a black liner with shimmer like Black Quartz. Though it’s not listed as being waterproof, it lasted on me about the same amount of time as my waterproof liners do (just don’t cry or get caught in the rain…lol).
The lipsticks are very creamy and pigmented with no shine. Like a cross between matte and cream. Nude Velvet could work as a good nude for a number of skin tones–olive, tan, caramel, and darker skins. It was a good nude for my skin tone (I’m NW47), but I wear reds and berries so often that nudes wash me out…lol. The lipsticks last well through meals and normal activity.
The eyeshadow duos were so pretty and Black Chrome and Platinums were both definitely my kind of colors. Black Chrome makes the perfect smoky eye—you don’t even need a brush—you can use your fingers to apply the shimmery side and voila smoky eye. Platinums gives that perfect champagne colored wash of color and looks great paired with Fuchsia Velvet lipstick. I always test eyeshadows on their own without a base (even though I always wear eyeshadows with a base) in order to get a good feel of the pigmentation. Both shadows creased and began to disappear within the hour without a base. With a base though there wasn’t a single sign of creasing after eight hours.
What do you think? Anything catch your eye?