Estee Lauder recently launched the New Dimension Collection, which consists of skincare and makeup items to help women achieve their perfect facial shape. I had reviewed the Shape + Fill Expert Serum and Expert Liquid Tape before [here], and would like to show you the Shape + Sculpt Face and Eye Kits today.
The New Dimension collection is, in my opinion, a very innovative and powerful line that does what nobody has attempted to do before. The skincare products work on every layer of the skin’s surface to help rebuild volume and define contours. The idea is 2-fold, more volume in the cheeks give that lift and a more youthful look; and a sharper jawline and angular cheeks give a more elegant look that photographs better. But rebuilding the facial shape takes time, and so Estee Lauder has provided us with 2 custom shaping makeup products to help us contour and highlight with ease.
Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit is a palette consisting of 2 cream products – a light ivory beige for highlighting, and a medium brown for contouring. The palette also comes with a flat angled sponge which is useful for application on the go.
When I first received this I was a little apprehensive because I’ve had bad experiences with cream sculpting products in the past. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit was really easy to use! The cream texture made it super easy to blend, and whilst I wouldn’t go so far as to say the product sets and doesn’t budge, it actually stays in place pretty well without slipping even on my oily t-zone. The highlight shade is very subtle as it does not contain visible shimmers though it lends a slight satin sheen, which makes it very user-friendly for those who have problems with shine. The only thing that makes me hesitate just a bit, is the colour of the darker shade tends to be a bit more yellow than I generally prefer, but it doesn’t turn orange and in fact sheers out easily to match my NC20 skin tone.
Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit is something novel and one that I’ve not seen in the market before. It consists of 2 cream shades for priming the lids and highlighting, and 1 powder for shading. The palette also comes with a dual-ended synthetic bristle brush which I find quite deft for applying the cream shades.
The left most shade on the palette is a smoothing base, and it has a balm-like texture that melts into the skin and disappears. It primes the lid by smoothening and helping to hold makeup. The center shade is a cream highlighter that may be applied under the brow bone and inner corner of the eye to brighten. It is a pink champagne shade with a rather strong sheen so a tiny bit is sufficient. The right most shade on the palette is a medium brown powder with a matte finish. This works just like any other matte brown crease eyeshadow, to be applied into the crease of the eye and the ends of the lash line.
When I first heard of a contouring palette for the eyes, I thought it was simply brilliant for those of us who have absolutely no contours (except for maybe a bulging goldfish eye) in our eye area. However, in reality, I found it tricky to work so many products in my tiny eye area. The base shade has too much slip to hold onto my eyeshadows properly, although those with dry lid problem may actually find this one useful. The powdered contour shade is a little too pigmented for my tastes, and I find it interferes with my eye looks save for the brown-toned ones. I think this could be an useful tool for those who generally don’t know how to highlight and shade using eyeshadows, and all that is left for a complete eye look is simply to pop a complementary brown-toned shade all over the lid.
I applied both the Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face & Eye Kits on the right side of my face (left when viewed on your screen) so you can see the comparisons. I had also applied the highlight shade from the Face Kit down the center of my face, on nose ridge and chin. The effect of the Eye Kit is really not as visible as I’d imagined it would be, although the dark contour shade really stands out! I had also popped a bit of it on the side of my nose near the inside corner of my eye and you can see it clearly.
Here is a side profile to show you the effect of the Face Kit for sculpting and highlighting my cheek. I’m quite fond of the way it blends into my skin (although I had left it not quite as fully blended out as I’d like so that it shows up on photo!).
Overall, I think the Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face & Eye Kits are interesting additions to the collection. In particular, I liked the Face Kit and will definitely be using this for the party season ahead! They are already out in stores, so feel free to check them out for yourself!
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.