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I’m working my way through my pending beauty stash (hence why I started #SwatchesInSeptember) and today it’s all about these The Estee Edit Metallishadows that I received for consideration after attending a press event over the summer.
If you find applying eye makeup to be too confusing or too time-consuming, eye products like The Estee Edit Metallishadow is maaaade for you. On the top is a gel shadow which you can use on its own (though I find when used on their own they can crease and fade after a couple hours) and get the most imperfect smoky eye in just like two seconds. And with a smoky, smudgy eye look, you want it to look perfectly imperfect—it shouldn’t be completely neat nor should it look like you applied it while on a rollercoaster…lol. At the bottom of The Estee Edit Metallishadow is a super gorgeous pigment that you can apply on top of the gel. When I tell you the effect is gorgeous, the effect is GORGEOUS. You can even just apply with your fingers—no need to whip out 50 million eyeshadow brushes unless you want to.
For me the best way to wear these was the gel shadow as a base with the pigment on top. I tested it with just the gel shadow and it started to smudge and fade a little early into wear–you could apply an actual eyeshadow base and then the gel, but for a product like this, that might be doing too much. The creasing and fading kind of adds to the imperfect look though, but I’m guessing if you’re like me, you’re not going to want to apply more once it’s almost undetectable. But like I said the gel + pigment combo = BOMB.
04 Solar Blast – highly pigmented gold cream shadow with bronze gold loose pearl
05 Cyberella – highly pigmented purple cream shadow with purple gold loose pearl
06 Wild Cosmos – highly pigmented blue cream shadow with blue silver loose pearl
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Bottom line: The Estee Edit Metallishadow is pretty dope and I can see these especially the Solar Blast one making its way into my eye makeup routine. If these aren’t in the budget right now and you’re looking to create a similar effect, you can get pigments pretty inexpensive from other brands (for instance NYX makes some as well as these $2 Loose Pearl Pigments—I personally haven’t tried them yet though)