Hello June!! How quickly half a year has gone by, and so much has happened! It’s been a tumultuous year so far, nothing has gone according to plan, but it’s not been all bad. In fact, I’m hoping for a bit more excitement, good ones of course… so let’s see. There’s still plenty of the year left, so keep the faith! And I would like to introduce you to a couple of new-ish items that have been on the top of my to-review list for months. As always, permanent releases took a backseat in the greater scheme of things, but these are too good to just enjoy a fleeting moment on Instagram. I’ve got something for those of you scrambling to keep up (like me), and need help covering those dark circles (hands up!!) or some natural flush on the cheeks to brighten up an otherwise dull complexion!
I am always on the ready to check out a new concealer. My skin seems to be changing and that makes finding the perfect concealer to be somewhat challenging. On the one hand, my undereye area is dry and prone to lines, so cream types of concealers seem to work well, but they tend to slide off or become cakey as the day progresses. Which is why these days I prefer lighter-weight fluid concealers that just feel kinder on my lines
Estee Lauder Double Wear Waterproof All Day Extreme Wear Concealer is all that the name suggests and more! Coming from the Estee Lauder Double Wear family [see others here], this is a liquid concealer that stays in place, does not fade nor oxidize throughout the day. It is also waterproof, so it is perfect for spending the day at the beach or even to hit up that romantic tear-jerker with a hot date. What I love about it is that it brightens, and conceals my dark circles and post-acne scars effortlessly.
A unique blend of polymers forms a flexible water-resistant veil that moves with the skin without creasing or caking The light fluid texture is super easy to blend with a finger/brush/sponge, and a tiny bit is really all you need. It is easy to layer on for greater coverage, without turning cakey. It takes a little while to dry and set, but once it does, it does not slide nor rub off easily. Estee Lauder has very thoughtfully added hyaluronic acid into the formula to keep my dry undereye areas plumped up, easing those pesky lines! There are 7 shades to choose from, with a good mix of cool-, neutral-, and warm-tones. I have here shades 1W which is a little lighter for covering my dark circles and 2C which is a bit too pink but I mix it with 1W for covering up blemishes on the rest of my face.
Estee Lauder has been building out its family of Pure Color Envy makeup, and so far I’ve loved all of the lipsticks and eyeshadows that have been released [see here]. Now, we have a whole new family of Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blushes to complete the look! As part of Estee Lauder’s effort to reinvent itself for the younger market, these new blushes come packaged in a dark navy blue compact with subtle gold trim. In their place, the older Pure Color Blush line is being discontinued, and those shades are now given a fresh packaging under the new name.
I’m afraid I’ve never tried the older blushes, so I can’t give an opinion on whether the formula has improved. Regardless, the 2 that I tried (along with the rests that I swatched) felt silky to the touch, and they go on with a satin finish that is skin-like, not powdery in the least. There are 8 shades available in Singapore (5 of them swatched above), 2 of which are ombre but repromotes from the old line.
It is important to note that these blushes feel slightly hard/dry on the surface, but they actually pick up very well with a brush. Even then, pigmentation is on the lighter side, which allows you to create a range of blush intensities without going overboard. These are not garish colors by any stretch of imagination, and will work well for the everyday woman!
Both the products discussed today are available at all Estee Lauder counters now. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Waterproof All Day Extreme Wear Concealer retails for SGD34, and the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush retails for SGD64.
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.