After endlessly trying out some of Estee Lauder’s blushers, I finally decided to pick up my absolute favourite – the 21 Peach Nuance which reminds me a lot of MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre which was limited edition. For those who are still in search of MAC Ripe Peach, you can consider the Estee Lauder Signature Silky Powder Blush in 21 Peach Nuance because of their similarity. In fact, they are said to be close dupes of each other.
This is a gradient blush that consists of a warm yellow that gradually fades into a bright pinky-coral. Even though this looks matte under regular lights, it actually contains very fine shimmers that does not translate well onto the skin. A tiny cheek brush is also included in the compact which makes it very convenient for touchups on the go. However, care has to be taken when applying this blush because it is quite pigmented.
The swatch on the far right is with all colours blended together. I really like how it looks on the cheeks giving a very beautiful sunkissed peachy look. This colour is also suitable for a lot of skintones. Too much of it however, will make your cheeks look a tad orange though.
It is a little hard to tell the colour from my pictures because the camera is washing everything out but this blusher is intense and really vibrant in real life. I swiped this on with my trusty old Cyber Colors Blush Brush.
Face: Clinique Even Better Makeup #61 Ivory, Clinique Even Better Concealer #Light, Clinique Blended Face Powder #08 Transparency Neutral
Cheeks: Estee Lauder Silky Powder Blush #21 Peach Nuance
Eyes: Kose Visee Eyeshadow Palette N-5, Clinique Cream Shaper for Eyes #101 Black Diamond, MM Jewelling Pencil BE208, Clinique Lash Power Extension Visible Mascara
$50 / 7g – Available permanently at all Estee Lauder counters
I used to shy away from Estee Lauder because I believed that it is an “auntie’s brand”. You can’t blame me right, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. Besides, there’s nothing that screams “OLD” more than gold packaging. And it didn’t help that the only people I know who were using Estee Lauder were all at least 35 and above.
I only started trying out Estee Lauder in recent years when I started using their skincare range. To me, Estee Lauder has always offered star skincare products but little was known about their makeup range (besides the Double Wear foundation of course). With the recent release of their Modern Mercury collection, it opened my eyes to a whole new range of what Estee Lauder had the potential to offer. I first learnt of this launch from Elaine and I dropped by the Takashimaya counter to check out the Illuminating Powder Gelee. However, that did not exactly wow me as much as the Pure Color Eyeshadow Duos did 🙂
There were a few duos I was keen on but I decided to just get one first (since Metro 20% is coming up) and the one I chose was 05 Khakis.
As usual, Estee Lauder’s makeup products come in a navy blue cardboard box which housed the compact shadow duo. The gold packaging is luxurious, classy and sophisticated. It also feels heavy in my hands and that is an added bonus 😉
Khakis is a perfect name for this duo as it features a pearly champagne beige on the left and a greyed-out khaki green on the right. I love the embossed “EL” initials – it certainly adds a unique twist to an otherwise boring duo.
When swatched, the darker side appears more brown/grey than green. That doesn’t make the duo any less attractive though!
I have been playing with it for the past few days and this is my favourite school look:
Eyes: Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo – 05 Khakis, Bobbi Brown Gel Liner – Caviar Ink, ZA Cutie Curl Mascara – Volumising
The flash brought out the gold shimmers in the champagne side very well and seemed to bring out the green as well 🙂 This is a very quick and simple look done by applying the champagne colour as a base all over my eyelid, skipping the brow bone. Then I buffed in some of the khaki on the outer corners of my eyes for added definition and depth.
Do I like this duo? Very much! It is a worth while investment because the quality is top notch and I find that sheen-y eyeshadows like these work better for school/work in contrast to shimmery ones from Japanese brands. Blendability and pigmentation of these are also commendable and very well just exceeded my expectations. These are worth purchasing during the upcoming Metro 20% sales 🙂
$50/3.5g (a MAC eyeshadow single is 1.5g for reference)