Saturday, January 19, 2013

Estée Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint - New for Spring 2013

I showed you this display recently. It was my undoing. I adore cream eye shadows, and these nine new Estée Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paints ($24) offer something for everyone - five for me. Maybe six. Who could avoid Extreme Emerald, the Pantone color of the year (below)? I may have to pop back over to get it. I'm already seeing emerald green make a splash in makeup collections, and I think it might be fun to collect the shade from different companies.

You can bet I selected the shades that a 60+ woman with pale coloring can wear. I'm conservative. I left the peacock shades for the younger gals - or those with chocolate skin, on whom this green and Bold Cobalt will look smashing.

Go from smoky to wildly intense with non-stop shadows lit with shimmer. Pure pigments in a creamy shadow. Light-emitting dimensional pearls create shimmer to the high-metallic finishes [not all of the colors are highly metallic]. Finger paint it onto lids. Glides on quickly, wears infinitely all day. Removes with Estée Lauder [or any brand] long-wear makeup remover.

I wish you could have seen me trying to get photos of these round wells of color. No matter that it was mid-day, and the sun was at its highest point of the day. It's winter, and the sun was shining brightly from the Southern sky. The half-moon shading on the shadows was annoying, so I resorted to my car's back window well. I highly recommend this trick to other photographers who don't want to hold each shadow up individually. Here are my five treasures, all lined up on my car like little soldiers. There was a lot of sunlight on them, which washed out the colors just a tad.

I placed them in numeric order from left to right.
  • 01, Chained, which appears to be a dark flesh shade in the pot - oddly, it is not the shade shown as Chained on Estée Lauder's Web site
  • 02, Halo, is the lightest in the collection, an ivory shade
  • 03, Pink Zinc, a pastel pink - the color shown online is all wrong
  • 04, Sinister, a shimmering greyed midnight blue
  • 08, Steel, a stunning hybrid taupe-silver blend that is magnificent on the skin; it is not lavender as shown online
I took my swatch photos in the same order on my arm, top to bottom. I started applying the shades with a sponge-tipped applicator, but it wasn't working evenly because my sponges were absorbing the cream. Instead of going for a brush (it was so cold), I finished up at the bottom of my arm with my fingers to try to get even swatches. I am not thrilled with any of my swatch photos. They do not adequately portray the beauty of these shades - perhaps because I had to back off the camera to get all five in the photo frames.

Most of these shades are electric on the skin. They are stunning. I love them, but I look at the swatch photos and think ho-hum. Don't be tempted to do that too. Go look at these eye shadows in person!

Chained at the top of my arm shows definite color. I would describe it as a gentle copper. Halo is definitely the base shade in the bunch. It disappears into my skin when blended. Pink Zinc (third down) didn't show up very well, but it's an extremely wearable warm pink that's loaded with shimmer.

Sinister looks more grey than blue on my skin, but there is definitely a blue undertone to the metallic shade. Steel, at the bottom, is magnificent. It glows and will make your eyes the center of attention. The color is a blend that's almost hard to describe. When I hold the pot up to the light, I see pigments of silver, taupe, and khaki - perhaps a weathered steel that will flatter everyone.

I don't need to tell all of you makeup mavens that these shadows can be used as eye shadows, liners, or highlighters. I can't wait to try Steel as a liner. I can see in my mind's eye how cool it's going to look.

These Stay-on Shadow Paints are indeed stay-on eye shadows. The darker shades will not come off with cleanser and water. You must use a long-wear eye makeup remover to remove all traces of color without pulling on your lids. That's great for those who find cream eye shadows crease or disappear on their skin. These won't.

I purchased mine at Neiman Marcus. I've seen them at counters everywhere, and they are also available online. If you do shop online, put little to no trust into the swatch photos. They are misleading.

Photo of Extreme Emerald courtesy of Estée Lauder; other photos by Best Things in Beauty


lovethescents said...

This is a great idea. Thank you for telling us about them. I look forward to swatching!

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Lovethescents,

I had a great time playing with the colors at the counter. I started with two to take home and kept adding. They were contagious. :)

angusmum1 said...

I was wondering about the last colour as your description makes it sound wearable yet unique in colour. Would it be ok as a lid shadow without being overly shimmery. Taupe mixes are very flattering for my blue eyes as I know you too like them

Charlestongirl said...

Hi angusmum1,

Yes, that's where I plan to wear it, on the lid under the crease. It will look smashing.

The more you blend this shade, the more subtle it becomes, so you can get the look you want by how much you blend.

Leticia - Cosmetics Aficionado said...

These sound wonderful! I love most things by Estee Lauder.

LilyBiscuit said...

Thank you for these swatches. Halo is exactly what I need for my fair skin. Other brands have light shades that are too frosty for me and MAC paint pots don't wear well on my lids.

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Leticia,

Hasn't EL become quite the company since Tom Pecheux took over color?

Charlestongirl said...

Stop by a counter if you can, LilyBiscuit. Or, choose one of the safe shades I purchased. Do NOT go by EL's online color renditions.

Bonnie C. said...

Very nice! I love the way you word your color descriptions, and I love that they sound so long wearing. I think my favorite is probably the pink, and I think Sinister would be lovely as a liner. Thanks for sharing! :-)

lizzybee said...

So gorgeous!! I want those five, too! Many thanks, CG. xoxo Beth in Pgh ;-)

Bettiina said...

Steel looks very pretty. I will check and see if I can test them in the store next weekend. At some point I need a replacement for my YSL cream e/s. The latter I love very much. great color and great texture.

Bettina said...

I just checked the german Estee Lauder site. The shadows are listed with "available soon" but only 4 out of what is listed on the Lauder US site. I fully agree the swatches, if they can be called swatches, on the site are not reflecting what I see on your skin. on the site steel looks totally different. I am glad that steel is listed among the very few that will be sold here. the price difference is, once again insane, but that's the usual deal with some brands.

picking up the slack said...

I am soooo late to this party but I am a cream eye shadow fan for decades and I am 64, my wonderful saleslady at Nordstrom told me about these beauties and I headed right over to eBay, where the photos may as well have been taken with a thumb over the lens. I persisted and went to google to search for reviews and swatches. The clouds parted and heaven beckoned when I found your site.

Thank you very much, Ann