Covert Ops at the Beauty Department

As much as I’d like to, there’s just no way that I’m ever going to be able to review every pretty beauty product out there, because the sad fact is that I’m far from Ms. Moneybags.  It’s disappointing, because I so appreciate posts from others which give me the full low down on shades etc. from products within a brand, as it makes my compulsive shopping much easier (and my lemmings list smaller/larger, depending!).  However, now that I am the proud new owner of an iPhone, I’m able to do a lot more undercover work at all the beauty stores I frequent, which will hopefully help you narrow down (or, expand) the field for which products you want to shell out for.  Earlier this week I had my first opportunity to put myself to work, and because it was laid out so pretty for me, I decided to swatch Estee Lauder’s new(ish) Pure Color Blushes ($32CAD), of which I’ve been eying for months.

The display actually looks much nicer here than it did 15 minutes before I took the photo, as the coordination of shades was KILLING me (had been for weeks) and my OCD-self had to rearrange them all in a somewhat organized flow.  Then I was able to proceed with the swatching/snapping :)  First, what I like to think of as ‘The Cools’:

Left to right: Sensuous Rose, Audacious Plum, Mauve Mystique, Electric Pink

Since I gravitate toward warmer blush shades, none of these called to me, though Sensuous Rose would be a much-needed addition to my stash as I tend toward brights and have very few subtle shades, which I could stand to have.  Sensuous Rose and Audacious Plum are ‘satin’ finishes, which look more matte to me, while Mauve Mystique has obvious shimmer/glitter, and Electric Pink is a satin.

Next, ‘The Warms’ – AKA My Kind Of Shades!:

Left to right: Brazen Bronze, Hot Sienna, Wild Sunset, Peach Passion

*Sorry for the blurred photo, I had another shot but it didn’t depict the shades as accurately!
Even though these shades had much warmer tones, I actually wasn’t into them much, with the exception of Wild Sunset of course, which I absolutely ADORE.  It looks SOO good, I must own this blush – it’s the number one on my list out of them all.  There’s slight shimmer in it, but not so much that it’s unwearable.  Brazen Bronze is fairly shimmery, and Peach Passion is even more so, while Hot Sienna is more matte.

Below, we have the more badass colors, the ones I call ‘The Vamps’:

Left to Right: Lover’s Blush, Alluring Rose, Rebel Rose, Intriguing Plum

The only shade I own even remotely like these shades is Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Velvet Plum, which is similar to Rebel Rose.  Intriguing Plum IS intriguing – I’d like to see what it looks like on, because it is intense.  Lover’s Blush isn’t really vampy but it just seemed to ‘go’ if you know what I mean.  It looks more pinky here but it’s more beige-y in reality.  All shades are satin finishes with the exception of shimmery Lover’s Blush.

Last, we have ‘The Romantics’, obvious rose and pink tones:

Left to right: Poppy Passion, Exotic Pink, Pink Ingenue

Poppy Passion, a satin finish, could be stellar in the Winter when you’re going for that windburned flush, but I think for the Summer it leans a bit too cool for my liking.   Exotic Pink doesn’t do it for me at all, and looks a bit too shimmery to be qualified as a ‘satin’ but whatever.  Pink Ingenue would look so sweet on the right skintone, maybe even mine in the right season, but for now I’ll pass.  As you can see, it’s a shimmer finish.

And that’s that!  Not too shabby for a camera phone, huh?  I hope these swatches were at least remotely helpful!   I had so much fun doing this, and I can’t wait to do it again!  It’s handy that I know ALL of the SA’s at Mills and Shoppers on Spring Garden (a boutique location), because I can do this without looking totally shady.  Some of the SA’s at Sephora know me, but I’m not there often enough (surprized? – hey, remember I don’t have a car LOL) for me to really  have an ‘in’ yet – I’ll work on it :)

Any shades caught your eye?  Have you tried this formula yet?  Let me know what you think of it!

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  1. #1 by Amy on June 12, 2012 - 3:10 am

    I love swatches like this! They’re so helpful, since I am pretty much never at the mall. And I laughed at how you rearranged the blushes––that sounds like something I would do, and I’m sure all the future customers appreciate it, too :) The shimmer finish blushes are definitely more glittertastic than I want, but some of the satin ones are gorgeous! May have to drag myself to the counter to check them out. Thanks for sharing!

    • #2 by Latoya on June 21, 2012 - 8:53 am

      I’m really glad you got some benefit of these swatches, Amy! I always find them helpful too :) I’m dying to get one of these, but frig – how many blushes do I need, right?? lol

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by Liz (@Reductionista) on June 12, 2012 - 11:35 am

    My faves: Wild Sunset and Poppy Passion! I love how large these pans are – makes the blushes seem extra blushy and happy. :D

    I’m a little pissed that Estee Lauder isn’t remaining stagnant and granny. As if we need more options! lol

    • #4 by Latoya on June 14, 2012 - 3:47 pm

      LOL Liz!! It’s so funny you say that, I never really acknowledged it but I feel the exact same way. I was able to totally ignore Lauder products before. My list keeps growing, argh!!

      ‘Extra blushy and happy’ pretty much sums it up, yep.

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by Katherine on July 31, 2012 - 10:26 pm

    Thank you so much for the swatches! I did a search and found yours. They help a lot! I see about at least 5 or 6 for myself that I want and I have 3 daughters that I need to collect for too!

    • #6 by Latoya on August 1, 2012 - 8:45 pm

      Oooh lucky!! I still haven’t picked one up for myself though there are a ton that I think would be totally fab!! I’m so glad I could help out with the swatches Katherine! :)

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