Well after playing in this for a few weeks, I have to say I’d rather sink my teeth into a dark chocolate truffle.
I’ve always had a strange relationship with Estee Lauder. Until recently I have disliked the brand because I have always felt that it was made for people that felt like they had to wear makeup and that don’t actually want to wear makeup. It was a brand that I always viewed as being old and it never really showed me anything that I would like. The past few years I feel that they’ve really tried to change in a positive way. They had Tom Ford’s name to help and offered many beautiful color collections and delicious scents such as Youth Dew Amber Nude (RIP), Azuree Soleil (RIP), Bronze Goddess and Sensuous. However, I find this color collection very dull and dated. It’s about a decade too late in my book.
I had a feeling that brown lipstick and bronzes and coppers were coming back. It’s been awhile since they had center stage like I was a freshman in high school. We all thought then that chocolate brown lips and copper blush looked natural but we were young and trying to wear what our mothers did not. The truth is you look more young and beautiful and natural with a wash of Benefit Benetint and pale pink lipstick. Browns are hard to wear unless you have a smooth medium to dark skintone. For example, I think the model in the EL Chocolate Decadence ad looks bad. That blush doesn’t help her and think about the work that went into that picture and it still looks bad.
Anyways, the collection contains a few fun things and few duds. FACE AND EYES: There is the LE Creme Caramel Shimmer Powder which is a swirl of shimmery white gold and chocolate with a faint yummy sweet scent. It retails for $32 and is in a milk chocolate compact. It’s ok but I didn’t buy it. This collection features many swirls which I find too much like Bonne Bell or Bon-Bons-ish. It’s too juvenile for the colors offered and takes me back to high school too much. However, it is still my favorite part about the collection. There’s the Chocolate Box Eyeshadow Quad in Caramel Truffle which features two swirly imprinted shades. All of the shades are of creamy chocolates. It retails for $35 and the website says that it is sold out. These shades are very wearable and are an amazing formula so I understand why it may be hard to find. There is also an Eyeshadow Quad in Berry Truffle which is very pretty. It features various berry shades and a beautiful pale highlighter shade. The eyeshadows are in a chocolate brown and gold compact. They relaunched the Artist’s Eye Pencil in Brown Writer which is a great item for any makeup bag.
LIPS AND NAILS: LE Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick with Swirl in Caramel Swirl which is a shimmery gold and bronze shade with a sweet raspberry chocolate scent. I am not a big fan of this shade because it can look nasty on so many people. And there is a LE Berry Swirl which is a medium berry swirl that I find suits me better. They relaunched Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Tiger Eye a sheerer bronze shimmer. If you do not have this one, just wait for gift time. This color is always the warm featured lip shade in every gift. I have a million of them and have to layer it to make it look alive. Both lipsticks retail for $22. There is a LE Pure Color Lip Gloss in Caramel Swirl which is a mix of shimmery reddish bronze, gold, and pale pink. It looks fine until it mixes up and looks nasty in the packaging. The final color is ok. There is also a Berry Swirl which ends up looking like a beautiful berry pink shimmer. Both have a sweet raspberry chocolate fragrance and retails for $18. There is a Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Satin Gold which is a warm shimmery reddish bronze that retails for $18.
Overall I am not impressed. I do consider the shimmer powder and the eyeshadow quads but that is it. The lips are so putting on lipstick after my freshman gym class looking into a dingy mirror in a mustard yellow bathroom with no doors on the stalls. Not glamorous.