It's obvious that I've been busy if I am just getting around to posting this beauty: Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow in Cyber Lilac. I received this for Christmas from my mom and I absolutely love it. I actually had sent her some swatches from Temptalia's site because I thought these were so beautiful. Evidently no one around us had them so she had it shipped in from Nordstrom's a few states over - guess these are quite popular, and once I saw it in real life, I could see why!
This comes in a beautiful gold compact that opens up with a mirror the size of the compact, a sponge applicator and the actual product, which looks like ripples and waves.
"Color so metallic, it's futuristic. A first-ever techno tri-blend formula that's gel, powder and liquid in one. Create several looks from one shade. Apply it dry for a smooth, molten metal finish. Use it wet for a hyper-cyber effect to intensify the color and metallic shine. Unique formula allows you to build the fantasy to the highest chromatic shine. Sophisticated metallic finish looks beautiful on all skin tones."
A closeup of the color and you can really see the metallic finish. This is sort of a blend between a powder and a liquid. It initial look reminds me of a pressed version of the MAC Crushed Metal pigments, but less grainy.
No matter what I did, my camera would not pick up the complexity of this shadow. Not only is it purple and metallic, it has just the slightest red undertone with different shimmer - maybe some taupe and some deeper purple, but its very small and hard to detect without looking at it up close. This was the best I could get.
The swatch below is one pass with the sponge applicator. It is very creamy, smooth, and very easy to blend. I am extremely impressed with how much pigmentation this has with dry application: no primer, nothing on the brush, just the applicator. I have worn this with and without primer - either way I have had no problems with fading, creasing, etc and ended up getting the whole day's wear out of the color. I did find that I had less fallout when I used a primer (I used Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy), but the fallout I did have was minimal at best to begin with.
I will post an EOTD so you can see this on, with other shades, and how well it blends.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Eyeshadows are $24 for (0.03 oz) pan and can purchased online at Nordstroms. There are several other colors to choose from including, Cyber Green, Cyber Copper, Cyber Teal, and Cyber Silver.
Do you have any of these Gelee Eyeshadows? What do you think of them?