Before I began to blog I honestly had never even thought about buying anything from Estée Lauder. The brand simply wasn't on my radar. As I got more into make-up and heard more about certain products with a good reputation, I did try and like a few, which I suppose brings be around to the first category of makeup that I think EL excel at...
Excellent base products.
I know that many people are big fans of Double Wear foundation, but for me, it's all about Double Wear Light - you can read my review here. It's a great foundation for oily/combo skin with a decent shade selection - I've also recently tried the DW powder and it's great for long days, I acually took it to Electric Picnic with me and it covered a multitude of sins. For extra coverage, their Double Wear concealer (review here) is also brilliant - one of those very rare breeds of concealer that works equally well on blemishes and the undereye area.
They know good fragrance and skincare.
Modern Muse was a huge hit with both of us last year, although I actually favour its newest incarnation, Modern Muse Chic. Sinéad blogged about the fragrance here - my synopsis would be that it's the same beautiful blend - a little stronger and I get a lot more amber out of it, but it's still suitable for day or night. In terms of skincare, I trialled Advanced Night Repair last year and it has to be one of the best serums I've used to date - I'm planning on repurchasing it as soon as what I'm using runs out because I found it great for simultaneously hydrating and keeping skin clear. For older skins, my mam also got on really well with a cream from the Advanced Time Zone range last year.
Their colour cosmetics are incredible.
I'm talking the same level as Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, etc. This shouldn't be a surprise as EL are under the same roof as MAC, Tom Ford and Michael Kors, to name a select few. The products I'm showcasing in this post are exemplary of excellent colour pay-off and wear time; I cannot fault them.
To begin with, EL have added a few new shades to their Pure Color Envy collection of lipsticks, which I raved about last year in this post. The colour I'm wearing in the pictures is Carnal, an aptly named deep, sexy tomato red that kind of reminds me of MAC Lady Danger - but glossier and non-drying.
In brief, these are some of the most sumptuous, luxurious lipsticks I've ever tried - the formula is rich, moisturising but packed with pigment, and the packaging is heavy, glamourous and sleek. Oh, and they are every bit as good as a Tom Ford lipstick but €20 cheaper. Are you sold yet?!
On to eyeshadow - I've similarly high praise for Lauder's new Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5 Colour Palettes. The palette I have, Definant Nude* (€52) has to be one of the most perfect palettes I own - and I have quite a few. The combination of golds and browns - along with the most perfect semi-matte highlight shade - make up the perfect shade range for my colouring. If you're blue eyes, get on this palette!
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Carnal, Sculpting Eyeshadow 5 Colour Palette in Definant Nude.