Estee Lauder Double Wear ShadowCremes: Have We Met Before?

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Estee Lauder must have heard how much I love cream eyeshadows (LOL!) because they just released a new line of 10 called Double Wear ShadowCremes ($17.50 each).


All of the Double Wear ShadowCreme swatches with flash

The 10 colors include…

  • Blue Velvet: A shimmery indigo-blue
  • Antique Gold: A shimmery bronze
  • Ivory Lace: A shimmery golden beige
  • Silver Leaf: A shimmery taupe
  • Vintage Violet: A shimmery deep purple
  • Sea Mist: A shimmery teal
  • Lilac Petals: A shimmery cool lilac
  • Golden Apricot: A shimmery golden orange
  • Pink Blush: A creamy, peachy pink
  • Precious Jade: A shimmery greenish gold

The entire Double Wear ShadowCreme family without flash

When I checked them out today I had some serious MAC Paint Pot ($16.50) de ja vu/vu ja de.

If I were to close my eyes and touch a Double Wear shadow, I’d probably mistake it for a Paint Pot. They have a similar medium-weight feel to them, and they even look like Paint Pots, too, having a rich pigmentation that, like Paint Pots, lasts for hours without budging a bit. They’re like MAC Paint Pots in almost every way beyond the packaging and that they cost a buck more.

I was swatching the colors at a counter when a few of the shades reminded me of last year’s Paint Pots from the MAC Fafi collection.

I think Pink Blush looks like a lot like Perky, Sea Mist resembles Rollickin’ and Vintage Violate bears a striking resemblance to Nice Vice. If you missed the Fafi Paint Pots last year, this might be a great opportunity to score some near-dupes.

And this isn’t a Fafi dupe, but doesn’t Estee Lauder’s Precious Jade remind you of MAC Fluidline gel liner in Sweet Sage (a shimmery greenish gold)?

MAC Fluidline in Sweet Sage, MAC Paint Pot in Perky, MAC Paint Pot in Rollickin’, MAC Paint Pot in Nice Vice

Blue Velvet

Antique Gold

Ivory Lace

Silver Leaf

Vintage Violet

Sea Mist

Lilac Petals

Golden Apricot

Pink Blush

Precious Jade

Blue Velvet, Antique Gold, Ivory Lace without flash

Blue Velvet, Antique Gold, Ivory Lace with flash

Silver Leaf, Vintage Violet, Sea Mist without flash

Sea Mist, Lilac Petals without flash

Silver Leaf, Vintage Violet, Sea Mist, Lilac Petals with flash

Golden Apricot, Pink Blush, Precious Jade without flash

Golden Apricot, Pink Blush, Precious Jade with flash

I *love* the MAC Paint Pots and cream shadows in general. Even though these cost one dollar more than the MAC ones I still think there’s some really hot colors. I’ve my eye on both Antique Gold and Blue Velvet!


What do you think of these? Cute? Not so cute?

The new playlist

This afternoon while I was looking for music to revamp my running playlist I came across Keri Hilson’s Turnin Me On. Have you heard it? I’ve already watched the video about 10 times today, and now I’m kinda obsessed Keri’s makeup in it. Girlfriend’s pale, shiny lip and smokey eye combo looks hot!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Citrine says:

    I am loving sea mist and blue velvet, so pretty!

    Citrine´s last blog post..Revlon Not So Blue Berry

    • Karen says:

      Hi Citrine,

      Yeah! Sea Mist looks like it’ll be perfect with this summer’s teals and bronzes. 🙂

    • SuzyBee says:

      Has anybody seen any Sea Mist anywhere lately? It was like it was here and gone before I even had a chance. An Estee Lauder lady tried it on me and said how great it looks. Then when I tried to buy it, she said they were out. I havent been able to find any anywhere since. I hate her.

  2. Paris B says:

    I have Sweet Sage… or rather HAD and that looks remarkably similar. Since EL is the mother company for MAC I reckon there might be some technology transfer there. Why waste a good formula? 😉

    Paris B´s last blog post..Presenting Sephora Hong Kong!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Paris B.,

      So true. Sweet Sage is one of my faves. My pot is three shakes from dead but I’m still holding on to that thing with a death grip.

  3. Kailey says:

    Antique Gold…come to mama! Ivory Lace and Golden Apricot are gorgeous too. I just got $50, so off to buy these babies I go =D
    or maybe I should get the MAC paint pots…

  4. Tanya says:

    *ears perk* TAUPE?! 😀

    Blue Velvet looks beautiful, I’ve never seen a deep blue cream shadow like that before (or, maybe I’m just sheltered). Antique Gold looks so pretty too, even though it looks too warm for me (I can admire!).

    Tanya´s last blog post..Half-Off Sale @ Crazy Rumors!!!!

  5. Stacie says:

    Silver Leaf, Sea Mist, and Precious Jade! Ooh, I want! (Can’t have right now, but that is beside the point!) I’m stuck unable to splurge on anything for the next few weeks, thanks to a few extra bills this time around (Uncle Sam takes a third of each paycheck, and still insists on a little more come tax time!) I’ve been trying to create new looks with the makeup I already have, but I’m beginning to think I’m addicted to acquiring things. Oh well! I can dream! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stacie,

      They’ll be around for awhile so you have time. 🙂

      There’s a lot of fun ways punch up your look without having to spend lots of moolah. One of my favorites is layering eye pencils beneath shadows to create different colors and effects!

  6. Stef says:

    Ok, I need to say more than that. But Ooooooooooo! I want Blue Velvet so badly I can hardly speak. The beauty is making the words escape me….

    Stef´s last blog post..How to: have a Grey Gardens theme party

  7. Rachael says:

    The close-ups make me want to touch them LOL! It’s causing my computer screen to have greasy little finger prints all over them!!! I want almost all of them but if I had to narrow it down I would have to choose silver leaf or ivory lace… I wonder if these could be used as liners? I love the blue but am thinking it would be too dark on me!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rachael,

      LOL! It is easy to have that reaction. You could totally use them as liners. Do you have a stiff angled brush or a push brush?

  8. Katie & Zena says:

    Hm, Blue Velvet is making me itch for my CG Eyeslicks in Moody Blue (I heart it; it’s a pity they discontinued the line though). It’s nearly the same color. I’m sure I have a navy eyeshadow too close to that color.

    I have the blues now. 😀

    $17.50 is a lot of cash for something I may be allergic too though. I definitely have to go get that indigo/navy color I saw in the Covergirl make-up aisle. Cheaper and I know I won’t have blimp, itchy or red eyelids.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katie,

      I dunno if you live near a Nordstrom, but they’re pretty generous when it comes to samples. You could always have them make you one and test it out for a few days.

  9. Kailey says:

    These are “come to mama” worthy! Haha.
    Before I forget, normally I HATE last stupid maybelline greatlash mascara (the pink/green one). Though, my mom got the black curved brush one, and I layered some over Lash Visor. BAM. It’s not so bad! But I’m still skeptical. Maybe I was delusional in my love for my new Chanel liner, Le Crayon Yeux <3 The teak makes my eyes POP.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kailey,

      Hmm! That’s an interesting combo! I haven’t tried layering anything with Lash Visor so maybe it’s time to do some Frankenstein experiments.

      I love Chanel liner, too. 🙂 So smooth and creamy!

  10. Catherine says:

    Wow… that green is gorgeous. I… totally want it.

    Catherine´s last blog post..I GOT MY DSK PACKAGE! 😀

  11. Justine says:

    Antique Gold, Vintage Violet, and Blue Velvet are SO pretty… I wonder if they’d make good bases? I use MAC paintpots right now but these colours are so pretty too…

    Justine´s last blog post..Snapshot Thoughts

  12. Karen B says:

    Oooh, looks very interesting indeed… Wonder where they got the inspiration…

  13. Tali says:

    Ooooo I prefer these to the shu uemura ones! (I like shimmer) especially the seamist, violet and vintage apricot!

    I think as estee lauder owns mac. they are probably using the same paintpot formula!!

  14. Faye says:

    It’s funny because I was just going to ask you if tried these, Karen. I bought them yesterday in Blue Velvet, Silver Leaf, Sea Mist, Precious Jade, Lilac Petals, and Vintage Violet. They were too pretty to resist.

    For me, the biggest difference between these and the MAC Paint Pots is the consistency. I find the Paint Pots somewhat drying and hard to blend (don’t know if that’s just me). These seemed much smoother and easier to apply.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Faye,

      Awesome haul, girlfriend! I feel my resistance weakening…

      Hmm, do you usually peep the Paint Pots at the counter? The sample ones to seem to be drier than the ones I have at home because they’re open for a spell. At any rate, I’m glad you like these. I can’t wait to get my hands on Blue Velvet! WHEE!

  15. Sylvie says:

    Doesn’t Estee Lauder own MAC? They probably just took MAC’s paint pots and stamped Estee Lauder on it.

  16. Michele says:

    What do y’all use for a tinted moisturizer?
    I am lookig for some ideas.
    Beauty Addict

  17. Milan says:

    These are pretty! Gonna have to check them out.

    Milan´s last blog post..Get Ready! NYX Cosmetics 10 Year Anniversary SALE!!!

  18. Amanda says:

    these look SOOOO pretty. my faves in order are blue velvet, vintage violet and sea mist! but alas I don’t really *need* any more eyeshadow, and would almost rather get some new spring shoes (Gasp-I know!)

  19. Gen says:

    So pretty & intense! I’ve been wearing Too Faced’s LOCKDOWNS…they are so great! Yay! for creaseless cream eyeshadows!!!

  20. jane says:

    Speaking from a former EL insider…
    (they are all made at the same plant)
    I know that for a fact!

  21. Paula says:

    I NEEEEED Lilac petals!

  22. Faye says:

    Hi Karen,

    You will love Blue Velvet!

    Re the MAC Paint Pots, I bought a few online and was just sort of disappointed with the blending ability, so they weren’t samples. And the lids! I practically hammered them and they still wouldn’t come off. I had to get my husband to wrench them open. EL’s were much easier to open, too.

  23. Jacka says:

    You inspired me to buy them all. Thanks for doing the swatches.

  24. Merla says:

    Yes they can be used as liners . . . . use the eyeliner angled brush!!
    These colors are amazing. . . .so are Shiseido pots!!

  25. Michele says:

    Benefit has a great line of cream shadows.
    Ulta has a great special going on : their beach colors are one to covet!
    Have a great Sunday!

  26. justina says:

    hey karen
    i’ve been following your blog for awhile, and it’s really awesome. i went by my estee lauder counter today and bought antique gold, and my friend got vintage violet. they’re both super gorgeous. i also stopped by victoria’s secret and bought two of their beauty rush creme eyeshadows ($1.75 each). you should check those out because the colors are really really gorgeous, and seem to have pretty good texture so far. and you definitely can’t beat that price. 🙂

  27. Justina says:

    Hi Karen,

    I wear them alone usually, just over a primer because my makeup tends to smear. I really like going green, it’s a really pretty shimmery light lime green.

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