Fall Beauty Snapshots: Lancome, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown

Hands down, our favorite season is fall. What’s not to love? Cozy sweaters and boots, leaves changing color, pumpkin spice lattes and of course, fall makeup collections! While we are savoring summer (especially Carla, since Seattle totally spaced out on the heat wave the rest of America got!), we’re looking forward to incorporating the best of fall beauty into our makeup routine.


Lancome’s Fall 2011 Collection has us excited! Isn’t the campaign image chic? The collection is named after the original Lancome boutique in Paris, 29 St. Honore. Love the red lips and red nails, courtesy of Bang Bang Red Polish. Don’t you see it as a perfect holiday shade?  I’m going to Paris in October with my husband, so I’m feeling the need to snap up some of these items — especially the Eiffel Tower imprinted blush!

Estee Lauder’s Modern Mercury Pure Color collection created by Tom Pecheux has its fair share of chic going on as well. But it’s not the red lips and semi-smokey eyes that I’m drawn to; rather it’s the stunning Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée. A must-have! Other highlights include a new Velvet Lipstick formula and that oh-so-complex green/gold Pure Color Nail Polish.

Bobbi Brown’s Fall 2011 Tortoise Shell collection is about standout eyes, just like a great pair of glasses. In fact, it’s inspired by her dark-rimmed glasses! Bobbi may forever have the market cornered on eye shadow palettes that you compulsively just need. Because, quite simply, I see a need for both the Bronze and Sand eye shadow palette. The shades are ideal for anytime of the year, and hey, I wear glasses, too!

Any standouts from your perspective? Let us know!

Just Another Mani Monday: Estee Lauder Mega Fuchsia Pure Color Nail Lacquer

I like my Estee Lauder Pure Color manicure in Mega Fuchsia as much as I do the bottle of nail polish itself. Released earlier this spring, Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer’s are chic as can be. But I’d expect nothing less from Estee’s Creative Director Tom Pecheux. Mega Fuchsia is a sophisticated spin on the color (which I perpetually cannot spell) and satisfies the pinky-purple lover in me.

Mega Fuchsia debuted this spring exclusively to Nordstrom, and was a limited edition color. However, some counters may still have it. But if not, Estee Lauder has a Fuchsia Flame color in the permanent Pure Color line. These run for $19, and are a great go-to item if you’re not sure what to get to snag their always-amazing gift with purchases!

Unleash Your Bronze Goddess This Summer with Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Collection is back for summer 2011. This is a tradition I am pleased to see continuing, as Estee Lauder  delivers really beautiful makeup to literally bring out the bronze goddess in each of us. This summer, it’s all about the Mediterranean and the hues and luxurious atmosphere on the Riviera. The collection invites you to sit poolside and take in the cool waters, warm sand beaches and sun’s luminous rays. Sounds like a plan to me!

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Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara = Extremely Natural Fringe

I am sure that there are countless “that’s what she said” jokes to be made here, but honestly, I think I’ve finally come across a mascara wand that is too big. Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara is definitely in the extreme category when it comes to wand length. But the twist here is the natural, subdued effect this mascara has on lashes is anything but extreme.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme (L) and Chanel Inimitable Intense (R)

To give you a sense of scale, I put Sumptuous Extreme next to Chanel Inimitable Intense, my current favorite mascara. As you can see, Sumptuous Extreme could eat my Inimitable Intense for breakfast. But you know the old adage ladies, bigger is not always better. Rather, it’s how your wand works your lashes.

For me, Sumptuous Extreme gave an incredibly natural effect. It lengthened and separated fairly well, but didn’t wow me in the lash multiplying and volumizing department. The formula was soft and gentle on lashes, never flaking and easily removed. I also tested this in Extreme Indigo and found I preferred the natural effect it gave me when color was involved. For those that prefer natural-looking lashes, this could work. It’s available in four shades total, including Violet and Brown.

While the extreme effect wasn’t quite enough for me, I can honestly say this is the largest mascara wand I’ve ever used. And I lived to tell! Now go ahead, crack jokes in the comments:)

Eye Love Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye

I’ve reached a point in my life where I want more than moisture from my eye cream. Hydration remains important, but I need an eye cream that really goes to work. I’ve been using Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye for a few months now, and let me tell you, she puts in some serious work.

The skin around our eyes is much thinner (around 4x) than the rest of our face which makes it vulnerable to environmental stressors. Estee Lauder uses a proprietary technology in this product to help combat every key sign of aging – fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness, uneven skin tone – by infusing hyaluronic acid and powerful anti-oxidants in the under eye area.

According to Estee Lauder, this product also neutralizes up to 90% of environmentally-generated free radicals before they do any damage — so UV light, smoke, pollution and even your own stress which can accelerate aging.

What I love? That my under eye area looks and feels hydrated and radiant.  But also: the texture. It’s described as a silky serum, and that is spot-on. It’s a silky gel that just melts into the skin. I can’t stand greasy lotions or watery gels, and there are many products on the market that don’t meet my texture test. This does. And, it’s decently priced at $49.50. I already have a pricey Opal habit. Don’t need to add another!

New for Spring: Estee Lauder Wild Violet Collection

One of the spring collections I’m most interested in is Estee Lauder’s Wild Violet. I love the momentum that Estee is building with Creative Director Tom Pecheux and these campaign images are beyond gorgeous. This model, Liu Wen, is selling it! The color palette is a welcoming one: neutral eyes with pops of purple and juicy colors on the lips.

  • Pure Color EyeShadow in Untamed Violet  ($20)
  • Pure Color EyeShadow in Sugar Cube ($20)
  • Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Wild Violet ($42)
  • Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Untamed Violet  ($19)
  • Sumptuous Extreme Mascara ($23.50)

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Holiday Palette Love: Estee Lauder Extravagant Gold

Estee Lauder’s ‘Extravagant Pure Color’ Palette in Extravagant Gold is perfect for the holiday season with its beautiful warm bronzes and golds. I’m starting to sense a theme with myself this season — I am really loving these shades!

This is the second season we’re seeing the brand’s newly formulated ‘Pure Color’ eyeshadow and if you haven’t tried it yet, you absolutely should. They are very easy to work with and remind me of some of my favorite eyeshadows from Dior and NARS.

Extravagant Gold’s best shades are the shimmery bronzes, but the matte chocolate and the sparkly creme are staple shades that complement any look in the palette. This palette costs $42, and the quality is on par with palettes in a price category above it. So not a steal, but a good deal for the dollars.

Disclosure: We recieved a sample of this product.

Support the Cause: Beauty and Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many companies show their support by donating proceeds from special edition “pink” products towards breast cancer research. Even though October is almost over, there’s still time for some pink power. Here’s a few of our favorite “pink” beauty buys for 2010.

Stila released a special palette in their travel series, Empowered in Pink. It is available at Ulta this October. For $10, you get a convertible color and four eyeshadows.

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Estee Lauder’s Surreal Violet Pure Color Palette Takes Me Back

Estee Lauder’s Surreal Violet Eyeshadow Palette, part of Estee’s Fall Blue Dahlia Collection, takes me back a bit…to last spring. I’m perplexed and enamored at the same time with this palette. On the one hand, it doesn’t quite feel right for fall, but on the other hand it’s a nice surprise. As you can see, the shadows span the violet spectrum — there’s a whole lot of purple going on here.

I happen to really like purple and seasons be damned, I really like this palette. The “Pure Color” formula is quality — each is smooth and long-lasting. The pearly white-lavender shade on the far left is brilliant. I find myself reaching for that even when I’m not using this palette.

Estee Lauder’s fall collection marks the first by the brand’s new creative director Tom Pecheux. I love the direction he’s taking Estee Lauder, and the proof is in the pudding. If you haven’t yet, swing by your Estee Lauder counter and take a look around. You might be surprised!

Disclosure: We received a sample of this palette

Estee Lauder's Double Wear Lipstick in Stay Mauve Stays All Day

Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay in Place Lipstick is a new acquaintance of mine. I’m actually kicking myself for not getting to know it sooner. Because, guess what? It’s pretty awesome. The color that I’ve been using is “Stay Mauve,” and as you can see, it’s a lovely pink. Available in a dozen shades, the Stay in Place lipstick does just that for up to 12 hours.

The formula is creamy and smooth and isn’t as drying as other long-wear lipsticks – at least not in my experience. To help combat any dryness, I’ve been layering the lipstick with a little Rosebud Salve as needed, and for some added oomph, MAC Dazzleglass Creme in My Favorite Pink. I’m absolutely loving the results. In the photo above, that’s how my lips looked after about six hours of wear. Through my morning coffee, my obsessive water-drinking habit (one I’m trying to start anyway) and lunch.

While the packaging leaves little to be desired (sorry Estée, it’s a little “retro”), the lipstick more than makes up for it. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Lipstick retails for $22. More info available on EsteeLauder.com.

A product sample was provided to Product Girl for consideration in this review.