Wow, here in the Pacific Northwest it looks like spring is arriving early. It’s sunny today and the temperatures are supposed to get into the 50’s! Swimsuit time! (just kidding, but almost). Usually by this time we’re having another round of snow storms and it’s not unusual to have snow on the ground in May so I’m thrilled! The weather has me excited yes, but mostly so I can start wearing makeup from the new Spring collections, especially this Easter Egg looking eye shadow palette ($48) from the Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty Spring 2013 Collection (available online only). The collection also includes four Pure Color Matte Lipsticks, a Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner Duo in Black/Blue, a Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush in Tease (reviewed here) and Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Insatiable.
“Optimistic yet not overly sweet, the world of watercolor pastels is taken to new heights by infusing an urban synthetic vibe for a youthful and modern twist. Inspired by exquisitely delicate pastoral hues from the enchanting English gardens, mischievously dusky pigments add a flash of dramatic irony. With a youthful rebellious attitude, Estée Lauder Pure Color Pretty Naughty overcomes the paradox of being romantically sophisticated and playfully sexy.”
Okay, I KNOW what you’re thinking–“Uh, Cindy are pastel colors really appropriate for women of our age?” This one is! Currently the collection is only available online and I admit I had some misgivings after I ordered it, but wow! for a palette chock-a-block full of pastels, this one is astonishingly intense! The pigmentation is excellent, the texture smooth and there is a nice mix of shades. This limited edition quint comes with three pastel shades: a matte sky blue, a matte baby pink, a shimmery violet and two neutrals: a shimmery taupe bordering on bronze and a glittery charcoal. Adding in two neutral shades was a good move on EL’s part, it makes the palette more work-appropriate and suitable for pale as well as darker beauties. All the colors are buttery soft and have brilliant pigment that can be built up or sheered out.
Using the pink, blue or violet with the taupe shade in the crease is a great way to create a sophisticated look. I also like the contrast of the softer shades against the charcoal shade smoked out for a bit of that ‘naughty” edge the collection was named for.
The lasting power of the shadows is incredible too. Remember those Le Metier de Beaute eye patches I tried last week? I was wearing the violet shade from this quint when I took those pictures. I applied my eye makeup at 6 AM and didn’t take it off until 11 PM–like the Energizer Bunny it was still going!
One more look…
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a subtle, sophisticated palette that you can spice up and also have fun playing with color, you’ll want to check out the Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty Pure Color Five Color Eye Shadow Palette this spring.