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I don’t recommend you buy these as a gift (although they would make a good gift) I recommend you buy these for yourself. Treat yourself this Christmas to a little bit of glorious self indulgence.

Just look at these beauties.

Estee Lauder Christmas Crackers

These babies will set you back £45 for a box of six but each cracker contains not one, but two Estee Lauder treats, there are cleansers, eye creams, face creams, make up, fragrance and of course Advance Night Repair. I think we can all assume that these aren’t full size products.

If you don’t mind surprises being ruined here’s a list of the contents. You’ll need to click the picture to enlarge it.

Estee Lauder Christmas Crackers

These crackers are exclusive to Selfridges and Brown Thomas now.

Of course there is a problem with these. It takes two to pull a cracker of course and I am not prepared to share. I repeat, I am not prepared to share. So I am going to get my kids to pull them with me then steal the contents from them should they win. All’s fair in love and Beauty.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Okay, lets start with the name! Sumptuous Two Tone Eye-Opening Mascara. It’s a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? Moving swiftly on… I was wandering through my local House of Fraser a couple of weeks ago when I spotted these on the Estee Lauder counter. I came straight home and asked for a press release as I’d heard absolutely nothing about these at all, they seem to have bypassed blogs and crept onto counters under cover of darkness, which is a shame as they really are lovely!

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Two Tone Eye-Opening Mascara

Another great product from the amazing Tom Pecheux, the Estee Lauder Creative Director.  What we’ve got is essentially a mascara with two ends, one Black, one Blue (in this case) and each with different brushes. The purpose of which is to open up and brighten the eyes.

You use the Black on your upper lashes and add a touch of colour to the bottom lashes with a smaller brush which really manages to grab even the littlest lashes. I love this so much. I really think it works and does what it promises.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Two Tone Eye-Opening Mascara

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Two Tone Eye-Opening Mascara

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Two Tone Eye-Opening Mascara

The mascara is £25 and comes in three colourways, Bold Black/Rich Brown, Limited Edition Bold Black/Rich Blue and Limited Edition Bold Black/Rich Plum. The last one really looks really great and I might just treat myself to that one.

These aren’t the only new things though, there are also three Double Wear Stay-In-Place Dual-Ended Eye Pencils in Onyx/Coffee, Onyx/Navy and Onyx/Garnet (£21) and four stunning Limited Edition Pure Color Eyeshadows which I looked at in store and loved, in Onyx, Amber Smoke, Midnight and Garnet Desire.

Lovely. All available now!

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer

Are you loving my artists impression there? Hmm? Unfortunately I’m unable to give you a picture of the packaging at the moment as I understand that it’s not finalised. So I hope you enjoy my artwork. As you can see I am clearly wasted in the blogging world and should really be in graphic design or some thing that utilizes my awesome skills.

Um. Enough ego 😉 Onto the serious product review! In truth I can’t show you the packaging of the Primer I have. I can however show you an official image!

Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer

Estee Lauder  have released two new primers, the Matte Perfecting Primer and the Illuminating Perfecting Primer.

I’m a recent convert to primers, as in, the last year, and at first I was all about the dewy primers (and I still do love a primer that gives a lovely moisturising base, but I’ve also come to love a matte look, since discovering that matte is often a term used to mean  a product that keeps oil at bay without making you look flat and lifeless.

Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer

The Matte Perfecting Primer has a lovely texture. It’s is mattifying, velvety and does indeed keep oil at bay all day. Whilst I do suffer with what I’d call a normal amount of oil, I couldn’t really call myself oily, so it’s the additional benefits that I like. Namely minimising the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections. And it really does. It’s a great primer.

I’m guessing there are silicones in this, it does have that kind of feel about it, so far so good for me though and no massive horrific outbreaks. I like it.

I rather fancy the Illuminating Primer too which sounds lovely and also smooths imperfections. Also loving the sound of the Spotlight Instant Radiance product which you can apparently mix with your foundation to create a more luminous finish. Sounds lovely!

Anyway, both of the new primers are available now at £21.50

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

I love all things beauty and cosmetics but I have two weaknesses. Foundations and blushers. One day I’ll show you my blusher collection. It’s not as big as it was as I forced myself to shed a few recently as it was getting out of hand but there are still more than one face needs….but now there’s a new one in my collection and I have plans to add at least three more. Damn you Estee Lauder!!! *Shakes Fist*

Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush

Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush

I present the latest addition to the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Range, the blushers, in this case, Pink Ingenue. What a beaut! Firstly it’s big, texture wise these are soft, ever so slightly powdery but still creamy (I know what I mean!) and they are beautifully pigmented as you would expect from a range entitled Pure Color.

There are 14 shades in the range, divided into satin and shimmer finish. Although in the description the shimmer shades are described as “high Shimmer”, I’d have to say I found the shimmer quite subtle, which is a good thing! There’s nothing to be afraid of here, no massive pores, just what I’d call a subtle glow. Hopefully you’ll be able to see what I mean in the next few photos.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush Pink Ingenue

 

Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush

 

Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush

The palette itself is big  and chunky and has 7g of product and is £24. Amazingly good value compared to a Nars blush which will set you back £23 for 4.5g.

And for reference here are the available shades:

Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush

I need Witty Peach, Wild Sunset and Poppy Passion. Best get saving I think!

These should be available now! Brilliant.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Estee Lauder Daywear B.B Anti Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme

So the latest BB Creme to join my collection comes from Estee Lauder. I’m still relatively clueless as to what it is about BB Creams that is making them the must have product at the moment. These are truly beauty phenomenons that I remain largely ignorant about!

So it’s with some trepidation I approached this one. This Estee Lauder offering promises and instant, even toned, healthy look, the most effective anti-oxidant  power ever (!), SPF 35, oil free hydration and oil control.

It’s available in two shades and as with the Clinique BB Creme I don’t think the shade range is adequate. Certainly not for the very palest or darkest.

The idea is that you use this as a last step in your skin care regimen and you can wear it alone or under your foundation depending on how your skin is, or what kind of coverage you like.

The cream itself is very thick and a little goes a long way so a 30ml tube should last a long time. Here’s a little look at Shade 01.

Estee Lauder Daywear B.B Anti Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme
Estee Lauder Daywear B.B Anti Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme
Estee Lauder Daywear B.B Anti Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme

I think you can probably tell this a little orange on me. It’s not too much of a problem for me for two reasons. The first is that when fully blended out it is fairly sheer so it’s not so obviously wrong, and the second is that I am unlikely to wear this without foundation covering it in some part at least.

Here it is on my face with nothing else.

Estee Lauder Daywear B.B Anti Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme
Estee Lauder Daywear B.B Anti Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme

So my observations are as follows. This would be great for anyone who is a little oily as this is very matte, not only is a very matte finish but it really does keep oil at bay for quite some time. I tend to not suffer with oily skin but can get a little shiny on my nose towards the end of the day, and found that this was very much kept at bay. I personally don’t favour a matte finish so it’s not ideal for me but I have found ways around that and in my case, because I frequently need greater coverage (I do suffer a lot of hormonal spots that seem to linger a long time) I find that I can use this BB creme all over my face and then use my foundation of choice to add greater coverage where needed, usually down the centre of my face, and it does seem to blend seamlessly with no problems.

So for me this product isn’t perfect, I’d like a slightly paler shade but 01 isn’t TOO bad, and I prefer to not have a matte finish, but I can add a bit of glow back to my skin with foundation or highlighters where necessary. I do think this would be a fantastic product for anyone who suffers with oily skin, because this looks matte and stays matte incredibly well. Very impressive.

It’s not a cheap product at £32 but it’s skincare built into your base and a little really does go a long way indeed so a tube should last a long time.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Estee Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes Collection

Just a few months ago Estee Lauder released a limited edition highlighter as part of the Modern Mercury collection. The Illuminating Powder Gelee was a first of it’s kind product with a liquid, powder and gel formula. It was a roaring success and a total sell out and has now been followed up by six eye shadows using the same formula.

Accompanying the six eye shadows are  a selection of mascaras and eyeliners. The Pure Color Gelee Powder EyeShadow are £19 each and available in Cyber Copper, Cyber Lilac, Cyber Green, Cyber Teal Cyber Pink and Cyber Silver. I received Cyber Green to have a play with.

Estee Lauder Cyber Green

Cyber Green is a blackened olive green with gold shimmer and is really beautiful. These can be used both wet and dry although I am only demonstrating this used dry. Having seen these used wet elsewhere though I’m keen to give this a go soon ad the difference is quite dramatic.

Estee lauder Cyber Green

It is a really fabulous colour and right up my street. Certainly in swatches and on the eye it is to all intents and purposes black, whereas in the pan you can see the green. The wear on this was good, lasting six hours before I started to notice fading.

Estee Lauder Cyber Green

 

At the time of writing (a week prior to the post date) I’m heading into town tomorrow to check out some of the other colours, I’m particularly keen to get a look at Cyber Teal.

Also included in the collection are six new Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Liners £16 of which I was sent Blackened Plum and Electric Teal.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Liners
Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Liners

The colours are fab and although Blackened Plum looks black in the swatch above, I can assure you it is most definitely dark purple.

And to match the Kajal Eye liners are three new Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascaras (£22) in Extreme Teal, Extreme Violet and Extreme Copper. I was sent the Extreme teal and Extreme Violet to coordinate with the liners.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascaras
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascaras

I have huge love of Estee Lauder Sumptuous mascara and I was going to link to my review but I’m shocked to find I’ve never reviewed it! Anyway, I love everything about these two. I love the colours, I love the effect given and the wear of them.

I’ll show you the four products above in use then talk a bit more about them.

First the Blackened Plum Liner and Extreme Violet Mascara:

Estee Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes Collection
Estee Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes Collection

I realise the second photo is not terribly useful but the purple of my upper lashes is shown quite well so I’ve included it.

Then the Extreme Teal mascara and Electric Teal Liner.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes Collection
Estee Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes Collection

The mascara’s are fabulous and I can’t complain about them at all. I’m looking forward to checking out the Copper one too.

The Kajal Eye Liners however I’ve not got on too well with sadly, they don’t last too long on my water line (the teal eye pictures were taken half an hour after application) and I found when I lined my upper eye lid I found I had a lot of transfer to above the crease which is so annoying. The colours are fabulous but they just didn’t work out too well for me.

My picks are the Gelee Eye Shadows and Mascaras and I think you definitely need to check them out. I also highly recommend you take a look at Lipglossiping as there are some fab swatches and and great FotD showing the products to much better effect than I have!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

I’ve been a devotee of Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation for a long time now. I have several foundations that I reach for often and Double Wear is my favourite. Largely because I often have spots and it takes a special foundation to cover them up and Double Wear does a great job of it. I also love the Double Wear concealer, and the combination of the two products is pretty much unbeatable.

A couple of months ago a friend came round sporting a perfect complexion which she told me was down to Double Wear Light and since my skin doesn’t always need the heavy stuff I thought perhaps Double Wear Light might suit me on the days where my skin is less blemished and I’ve always got my trusty Double Wear concealer to fall back on.

So I plumped for the shade “Intensity 2.0”. Estee Lauder seem to do this with their sheer-er foundations, you just pick your intensity rather than a specific shade. Shade 2.0 is a tiny bit too dark for me, it’s wearable but will be better in the Summer. It’s only a fraction off for me so I suspect that Shade 1.0 would be too pale for my skin.

The foundation claims to last 15 hours and feel as light as air and I’d have to agree, this stuff stays put, all day long, without the heavy coverage of the original Double Wear, but still creating a flawless finish. It’s clever stuff really and it’s my new favourite. It also does a good job of minimising the massive pores on my nose. I hate those pores. *Cross face*

Anyway, here it is in action, you can still see a smattering of freckles showing through I think which gives you an idea of the finish.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

As a final note, this is advertised as being light to medium coverage and it is, but its certainly buildable to give you decent coverage. A truly lovely foundation. Oh and unlike the original Double Wear foundation, no white face when using flash photography!

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Estee Lauder Pure Crimson Collection for Holiday 2011

There doesn’t seem to have been as much publicity for Estee Lauder’s holiday collection this year I don’t know why this is. It’s a small collection, 9 pieces I believe, of which I have two to show you.

Firstly the Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Enchanted. (£35)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Enchanted

Swatches without flash:

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Enchanted
And with Flash:
Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Enchanted

I think you can see that with the flash they all look rather shimmery, but actually, in natural light I’d describe them more as satin finishes. There’s no glitter and no fall out in these at all. My faves are the amazing blue in the centre, the taupe and the bottom purple, but they are all nice and well pigmented.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Enchanted
Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette in Enchanted

I love this palette. At first I thought it was very much like the Surreal Violetpalette, and at first glance it is, but actually its not when they are side by side and this is much more wearable for me. I like the Surreal Violet palette a lot, but this much more every day wear for me as it’s softer and more muted. It’s lovely.

And then there’s the Pure Color Nail Laquer, Enchanted Garnet (£14).

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Laquer, Enchanted Garnet
Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Laquer, Enchanted Garnet

A truly beautiful red creme perfect for Christmas. I LOVE red polish, I wear it more now than I ever have done and this is my current favourite. A real beauty and perfect for the season.

I’m thinking I might pop into Debenhams soon and have a little look at the Cherry Fever Pure Color Gloss as it’s really calling my name!

Anything take your fancy?

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

I’ve not done a post like this in AGES! So here we go, here are the things I’ve been loving the most lately.

Sorry I chopped the bottom off that pitcure!

Anyway, lets have a look more closely at the things I’ve been loving! Starting with Benefit 10.

benefit 10

I’ve had this for so long and it’s lasted so well but as you can see, I’ve finally hit pan. Bronzer on one side, highlighter on the other. I use the brush included to sweep the two on in stripes and then blend out with a blusher brush. I will absolutely repurchase this.  Love it and it’s my most favourite Benefit boxed powder although it’s nearly a tie with Dandelion.

Next, another Benefit product, Girl Meets Pearl. So easy to use, not too shiny, just, pearl, for a subtle glow.

Benefit Girl Meets pearl

I reach for this at least a couple of times a week. It’s just so simple to use and subtle. I’ve previously reviewed this here so I won’t go on!

Next, another Benefit product. I’m clearly feeling the benefit love at the moment despite my utter disdain for Some Kinda Gorgeous.

Benefit High Brow

Benefit High Brow. I think this is my third one? I love this on my brow bone, waterline sometimes, corner of the eye. It’s just a handy product to have and I get through a fair few of them!

Next, Nuxe Eau Demaquillante.

Nuxe Eau Demaquillante

I was sent this sample size product by the lovely people at www.escentual.com and I’ve loved using it. In fact the bottle is empty. I’ve not used it as my main cleanser but somehow I’ve used it all up anyway. One of the problems is I clean my face downstairs (we have a downstairs bathroom and the light isn’t great) and get upstairs and sit in front of my make up mirror (with lights) and then I spot the tiny sparkles dotted all around my eyes that I’ve not managed to get off with my cleanser and hot flannel. Not especially noticeable until looking in a magnifying light up mirror… that’s when I tend to reach for the cleansing water and a cotton pad to just go over my eyes once more. Clearly I am rubbish at washing my face. Anyway I’ve loved this but I can’t find it on the the escentual site to repurchase, all I can find is this which looks similar and has a similar name but a different description. Am v. confused.  I wonder if they are the same thing… its just that the sample I have makes no mention of 3 roses…

Anyway, next, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Eyeshadows in Twilight Rose and Wild Sable.

I received these over a year ago as PR samples and blogged about them here. Although I loved the quality, I’ve not really used them much as I’ve not worn neutral shades much in the last couple of years, until recently. Twilight Rose is a soft satin finish and sadly I think a limited edition shade but Wild Sable is a lovely matte mid brown and I’ve been wearing them both a lot recently. Very nice.

Then there’s the Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation.

Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation

I was sent this sample a while ago and reviewed it here. I thought it was a lovely foundation but it didn’t suit my skin at all. I’ve tried it again since discovering the Rouge Bunny Rouge Aqua Primer and now this foundation works like a charm and I’m wearing it frequently. I love it.

Finally Chanel Rouge Coco in Perle. Sorry for the stock image, I did take one but it all came out horribly.

A very lovely colour. Its a sort of my lips but better shade but with a pearly sheen. It’s very hard to describe but it finishes off a natural look really well.

Swatches of all of the above:

Top Row – High Brow, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Eyeshadow Wild Sable and Twilight Rose.
Middle Row – Shiseido Foundation, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, Chanel Rouge Coco Perle
Bottom Row – Benefit 10

So there we have it, my most recent loves. I’m scheduling this post a couple of weeks in advance so I’m sure it’ll have all changed by the time this goes live!

Anything there surprise you? Or take your fancy?

Loving this collection! The Modern Mercury Collections another winner from Estee Lauder and Creative Director Tom Pecheux cites modern architecture as the inspiration of this collection and with it’s metallic hues I can see why.

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Collection

It’s not a huge collection, 14 pieces I believe and here’s a little look at 4 of the items. Firstly the Pure Colour Liquid Liner (£19).  Available in three Limited Edition shades, Silver Zinc, Graphite and Black Quartz.  Not sure whether Quartz is Ltd as I reviewed a Estee Lauder liquid liner call Graphite some time ago. Here’s Silver Zinc.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Liquid Liner
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Liquid Liner

It’s a lovely colour, shoddily applied, have a look at the swatches at the end of this post for a much more accurate depiction of the colour. It wears extremely well, all day, no flaking. I think  Black Quartz looks right up my street so I’m contemplating buying that one.

Next the Pure Colour Eyeshadow Duos (£22.50). There are three, Platinums (Permanent) and Black Chrome and Modern Mercury. I have Modern Mercury.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Eyeshadow Duo
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Eyeshadow Duo
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Eyeshadow Duo

A silver/white and a cool grey, both shimmery. As always, these perform exceptionally well. Soft buttery and very well pigmented. These are not my colours, they lean a bit blue on me but I can’t fault the product. Black Chrome however, well that looks right up my street so that a possible future purchase for me, a black duo? Oh yes please!

Next up the highlight of the collection (see what I did there?). The Pure Colour Illuminating Gelee (£28). Woah. This is certainly a beauty to look at, but does it measure up when used?

Estee lauder Pure Colour Illuminating Gelee
Estee lauder Pure Colour Illuminating Gelee

First thing I just want to mention is the size. It’s pretty big. A great size, filling the bulk of the palette. Lovely stuff. So what is this? Well you can use it as a highlight or wet as an eyeshadow and it’s a liquid, gel, powder hybrid product. On my fair skin, it’s a little bit too pigmented to be a highlighter, but I can wear it all over my cheeks as a subtle blush with a fab sheen. You can build this up to as much as you like but for me I’ve gone for a soft look with it and I’ve found using my duo fibre brush picks up the right amount for me and deposits it nicely where I want it to go.

Estee lauder Pure Colour Illuminating Gelee
Estee lauder Pure Colour Illuminating Gelee
Estee lauder Pure Colour Illuminating Gelee

Love it. Absolutely love it. I know this is out of stock on the Estee Lauder website already so you may find you have to hunt around.

I’ve done some swatches here, which should be self explanatory, and I’ve just show them in two different lights to give you a good idea of the different effects in different lights.

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury
Estee Lauder Modern Mercury

So that’s everything, nearly. There is of course this beauty. Metallic Sage Nail Lacquer. (£14)

Metallic Sage Nail Lacquer

A gorgeous sage colour with bronze/copper shimmer. I must say I really struggled with the application of this one. Each layer, dragged the previous one. However, I’ve not had this problem with Estee Lauder Polish before and I’m thinking it really didn’t like my Seche base coat. So the pictures below are three coats as I tried to fill in the bald spots I kept creating!

Metallic Sage Nail Lacquer
Metallic Sage Nail Lacquer

There are also some lippies in the collection I’m keen to get to a counter and try out soon.

Anything take your fancy?

*Disclosure – PR Sample*