Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.It’s only recently that I feel the Holiday season coming up thanks to the extreme every frikkin’ day bumper-to-bumper traffic and almost-weekly Holiday sales. All sound to just stay at home and curl in bed with my little girl. For beauty addicts around the world, Holiday season could feel as debilitating – with the beautiful, limited edition (!!) items that will make you break your spending ban / low-buy no matter how hard you resist. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about, ladies.
Estee Lauder 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette
Remember my Estee Lauder 18-pan eyeshadow palette adventure? It was okay, not at all mind-blowing or memorable. It performed well for a mega palette but compared to the quads and quints of any other brand – it was pretty mediocre. It did, however, leave me very curious to try a legit eyeshadow palette from the brand. And what better palette to start with than a limited edition Holiday one?
Pink Mink* is a combination of a champagne, a light cool-toned pink, a peachy-pink, a deep chocolate brown and a taupe-y gold. The swatches on my arm look much warmer (the struggle to photograph true-to-color swatches is real). When the two bottom shades are blended, they register cooler and taupe-r than I’d imagined. I do think they complement the pinks very well. And I’m not at all a pink-eyeshadow wearer!
Save for the champagne highlighter (1), the pigmentation of the shadows are ho-ho-ho-paque! They actually remind me so much of the Tom Ford quads, in a sense that the pigmentation isn’t BOLD or BABAM! but they are almost true-to-pan pigmented in one swipe, as pictured above.
I was quite frustrated with the champagne highlight though because it didn’t swatch any pigment at all – I only got shimmer bits. And then I figured maybe it’s meant to be somewhat like pressed-on glitter as with the TF quads. I mean, it is labelled as a ‘reflect’ on the bottom of the quint.
The formula is smooth, even and easily blendable – in short, what you could ask for in a high-end eyeshadow palette. Nothing unique from the other higher-end brands that are of great quality. I appreciate the thought that the palettes are accompanied with suggestions on how to do a demure, a dramatic, or an intense look so you’ll never have to wonder “SO HOW THE HELL DO I WEAR THESE SHADES?”.
As for the color stories, they have neutral ones (such as Pink Mink) for those who stick to the classics but also have wearable more color-inspired selections for the adventurous (Untamed Teal and Currant Desire).
I’m impressed with Estee Lauder’s eyeshadow formulas – even if it’s not earth-shakingly unique from all the other high-end brands that exhibit the same quality. One observation – I find it refreshing that despite their almost ‘conservative’ brand image, they are coming out with more out-there eyeshadow shades for the modern women who are open to experiment – ie. Untamed Teal. The name itself sounds like a slight breakaway from the EL image, no? And if that’s not enough to prove to you that they’re totally revamping their brand image – guess who the new face of Estee Lauder is? My favorite Kardashian, if I really had to pick one.
*This is a product sent by brand for editorial consideration.
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