Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Estee Lauder mini haul

Estee Lauder have really sparked my interest over the past few months, with some beautiful compacts and formulas.  The 'Pretty Naughty' range for Spring 2013 seemed right up my street and I couldn't help myself but make an online purchase of 3 of the products in the range.  I don't think this range is in Dubai or know if it is coming-as usual when you ask at any counter here in Dubai they have no idea of new ranges that have already launched in the UK or US.  That is not just Estee Lauder, but generally ALL make up counters in Dubai and I find it so so frustrating that I know more about their range than they do and they work for the company itself.

Anyway, back to my mini haul.....

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Pretty Naughty Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush in Tease

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Pretty Naughty Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush in Tease

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Pretty Naughty Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush in Tease

Now that's a mouthful!  Firstly the packaging is utterly gorgeous, both outside and in.  I almost didn't want to use it but sometimes I need to remind myself make up is for using, not just for looking at!

I like Estee Lauder blush compacts as they are quite big and look and feel luxurious.

I have to admit I have not used a blush formula like this before and I do need to experiment to find the best way to use it with a couple of my brushes.  It is described as a 'high polish' blush, a tri-blend of gel, powder and liquid in one.  The website description tells you to 'tease out a flush of soft, sexy colour and innocent glow.  Builds to a high sheen highlight. Use it demurely or daringly all over'.  But it doesn't give you an application tips.

I used my normal Mac blusher blush to apply it as if it was just a normal powder blush.  I got a light sheen on the skin, it is very shimmery but also subtle and such a beautiful pink.  I want to try applying it with my fingers like I would a gel or liquid and also with a stippling brush and ascertain the best way to apply it.  A good buy though, am very happy with it.

Pure Colour Sheer Matte Lipstick-Demure and Rock Candy

This is a new formula for Estee Lauder.  I love the packaging of Estee Lauder lipsticks, they remind me of jewels.  I'm not so sure about the packaging of these new lipsticks, they look like felt tip pens which doesn't seem in keeping with the Estee Lauder brand.

Demure and Rock Candy

I picked these 2 colours from seeing online swatches.  Because Dubai is so terrible for make up shopping (in my opinion, and that's because it takes so long for ranges to appear here and sales assistants are so pushy and know so little about their products generally) I tend to buy everything now from swatches online and recommendations.

Demure, Rock Candy, Tease

Demure (left), Rock Candy (right)

Temptalia is literally my holy grail website for make-up.  If you haven't read it then I honestly suggest you don't because you will become absolutely addicted!!  If Christine rates anything a B+ or more its basically in my online shopping cart before you can say 'make up addict'.  I'd bought these 2 colours from seeing other online swatches and then I saw Christine review them.....and she didn't rate them!  Demure got a D+ rating.  Her criticism was that the formula was clingy, drying and hard to wear, difficult to apply and left the lips looking dry and chapped.  This is the first time I think I have disagreed with a Temptalia review.  I love this lipstick!  Yes its matte and it feels quite dry initially but it lasted all day and wore evenly.  I probably reapply my lipstick 3 or 4 times a day in the office-I didnt have to apply this once, even after a sushi lunch.  My lips didn't feel any dryer than usual and I found it easy to apply and as it did fade it faded evenly.


The colour is gorgeous-cool toned, fuschia pink, almost metallic when applied.  Interestingly Christine at Temptalia compared this as being very similar to Nars 413 BLKR which was something I had planned to pick up when I am next in the UK.  I don't find this lipstick anywhere near as drying as my Illamasqua lipstick in Magnetism.

But then I tried Rock Candy....and everything Christine said about Demure I found in Rock Candy.  It was drying, when it wore off it was very uneven so I had lipstick on my top lip but hardly any on my bottom lip.  When I applied it, it pulled and tugged at my lips and it felt like it was literally stuck to my lips.  But the colour is amazing.  I love coral!  This is a more orange coral but I reckon I will use this a lot in the summer, with a gloss or lip balm over it just to stop it being so drying.

Rock Candy

Have you tried anything from the range?  Interestingly enough 'Naked' from the same range got a much improved B from Temptalia.  Have you noticed nude lips were EVERYWHERE at the Oscars??  Definitely worth investigating I think!!



  1. All three items are beautiful, love the colours. I've seen that blush/highlighter a lot recently and every time I want it more. xx

  2. I agree...all 3 items are beautiful! But that blush looks insanely gorgeous! The packaging is to die for. Rock Candy is serioulsy pretty. Too bad it's so drying! Great review. I want it all :)


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