I've been writing about beauty for such a long time that I've met so many amazing people and tried innumerable fantastic products along the way. Sometimes I feel jaded, but most days I just feel extremely lucky. Why? Because things get better every year - makeup, skincare, treatments, and most importantly, relationships with my friends in the industry. I don't know if I'll ever stop beauty blogging. It's as much a part of me as, I don't know, my left hand!
Forgive that burst of enthusiasm, haha. I just feel exuberant today. Anyway. I want to share with you a new release from Estee Lauder, the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5-Color Palette in Untamed Teal (P2,550). This is a beautiful palette featuring rich, smooth shades that conspire to dress up your eyes in the most dramatic way possible.
The compact is a slim yet hefty navy with gold trimming. It contains two mini-applicators that, while serviceable in a bind, are still not going to replace an eyeshadow brush.
The formula is well-milled, silky, and pigmented. Well, save for that vertical white strip. It is kinda loose and powdery, meant to be used as a base for the eyeshadows, blending, and for lifting up the brow bone area. It's indispensable to the Estee Lauder technique of applying a white or cream color first before putting on the rest. It's how the other shades go on more evenly.
The four shades are for lack of a better word, gorgeous. Are you seeing that matte teal? I'm kinda into dark teals and emeralds lately and this palette is feeding my addiction.
Swatches! There's that matte powdery white, a sandy champagne, silvery taupe, chocolate-y brown, and intense dark teal. You can use these colors without a primer - they will stick - but I still recommend using a primer if you plan to be out all day with these on.
Here is the look I came up with yesterday: I applied the dark teal first on the lower half of my lids, blended the chocolate on the crease, softened up the lines with the matte white, and then, using my fingers, patted on the silvery taupe on the inner third of my lids. Voila! I've got a sophisticated smoky eye if I do say so myself. It didn't take a ton of time too, but hey, I've got the benefit of practice. ;)
I skipped the eyeliner since i wanted my eyes to look deeper in a hazy way. So pretty this palette! If I want something less dramatic I would just use the champagne on the lids, chocolate on the crease, and then line my eyes with the dark teal shadow. It can be used as cake liner since it's so intense - just wet your eyeliner brush and go for it.
So there ya go. ^_^ Try out the palette at an Estee Lauder counter soon, or try your next smoky eye with something teal and silvery. It's perfect for the season!