Estee Lauder Stays Golden with Sensuous Gold for Fall 2009

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Anybody else been moved by Estée Lauder lately? I’m thinking 2009 could be the year they bring sexy back.


I’ve liked a lot of their recent releases, like the Double Wear creme shadows and their Fuchsia Now and Bronze Goddess collections, and I think EL’s going to keep her momentum through fall with Sensuous Gold.

It’s 11 pieces of limited-edition goodness for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails.

First impression?

I love the packaging (hello, gorgeous!), but then it’s pretty hard to go wrong with shiny baubles.

What do you think of the embossed pans in the Signature Eyeshadow Quads or the soft rosy golds, deep plums and bronzes?

It all strikes me as straight-up pretty and feminine — the kind of shimmery textures and soft colors perfect for a candlelit dinner date. Just add heels, a little black dress, dainty gold jewelry and your favorite scent.

Ain’t no boy (or girl) able to resist those charms. 🙂

Check out these product pics and swatches, and let me know what you think.

Product pictures

Sensuous Gold Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Rose Amethyst, $35

Sensuous Gold Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Rose Gold, $35

Sensuous Gold Signature Lipsticks from left to right: Terracotta, Cinnamon, Rose Amethyst, Plum Amethyst, each $20

Pure Color Sensuous Gold Multi Gloss in Rose Gold (left) and Amethyst (right), each $18

Sensuous Gold Pure Nail Lacquer in Rose Gold (left) and Black Amethyst (right), each $18

The Sensuous Gold collection also includes Gilded Rose Shimmer Powder ($36).


Sensuous Gold Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Rose Amethyst

Sensuous Gold Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Rose Gold

Sensuous Gold Signature Lipsticks from left to right: Terracotta, Cinnamon, Rose Amethyst, Plum Amethyst

Pure Color Sensuous Gold Multi Gloss in Rose Gold (left) and Amethyst (right)

Sensuous Gold Pure Nail Lacquer in Rose Gold

Sensuous Gold Pure Nail Lacquer in Black Amethyst


Are any of these colors catching your eye?

True confessions…

El Hub’s working late tonight, which means I can cook guilt-free vegetarian food for dinner and watch a cheesy chick flick (Confessions of a Shopaholic), yea! 🙂

How are you doing? Is it Friday yet?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Xtina says:

    That Black Amethyest nail polish looks spankin! I’d buy it.

  2. cinnamon is my kinda lipstick for fall! golds can look icky on my pale asian skin… but if they’re pink enough they might work!
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… Introducing the Ballroom Beauty Mascot – Cha Cha the Kitty =-.

  3. Marce says:

    LOL, Confessions of a Shopaholic! Isla Fisher really works it on the dance floor huh? And Luke is…um…really cute 😀 Have you read the books though? They’re sorta cheesy too (sortof like the movie?) but they suck you in. And they’re like, 6.
    Now to the makeup! I’m really liking this Fall collection, since I *adore* golds! It looks pretty sexay, and could be used all year round, which is cool! Great swatches! 🙂
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Alerta! Shu Uemura & Tsumori Chisato =-.

  4. Vonvon says:

    I have been liking Estee Lauder a lot this year. And wow!! Sensuous Gold collection is gorgeous, though I have had similar colors in the eyeshadow quads that can be duped 😉

    But packaging-wise, very classy.

    Rose Amethyst!! yes, i like that! And I like both the tri-color glosses!!!
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Winners For The Kiehl’s Party! =-.

  5. Hafsa says:

    Gorgeous as usual, all these fall collections are making me drool yo 🙂

    Oh, and I wanted to thank you for your help Karen, I ended up getting “rude” blush from Illamasqua and dang that sucka stays on, you weren’t kidding!

    One thing i’m a bit bummed about is that the product, while it has a cute design, feels a little flimsy in my hands, and its only 4g while MAC creme blushes are 6! For the price of Illamasqua, I would think they would include more product!

    Other than that, the color is gorg, so thank you again!
    .-= Hafsa’s last blog post… Pair =-.

  6. Catherine says:

    Ooooh, definitely eyeing those shadow palettes and Cinnamon looks like one of my favorite shades! Wonder what the texture/formula is like…
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… NOTW, Zoya Twitter 5000 – Free Nail Polish Tweet Code =-.

  7. Maggie says:

    Wow, that quad looks amazing!
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… I am a Peacock, blinded by her own feathers (EOTD) =-.

  8. Kailey says:

    omgg i love those colors!
    that model stole my eyes though…very creepy xD

  9. Glosslizard says:

    Y’know, I’m not really an Estee Lauder fan (I’m always disappointed in the textures somehow), but this offering is really wooing me! I’m especially tempted by the Rose Gold nail lacquer! Yum!

  10. Stephie says:

    The design on those quads really is stunning. I am taking a liking to Rose Amethyst. And that np in Black Amethyst is HOT. Looks like such a rich creamy color.

  11. Marisol says:

    For some reason, these colors don’t appeal to me.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… I heart Shu Uemura =-.

  12. molly says:

    i love estee lauder, i am never disappointed with them. that black amethyst nail polish is smooookin! and the rose amethyst quad? lovely.

  13. Tavia says:

    I like Pure Color Sensuous Gold Multi Gloss in Rose Gold but I’m wonder how’s the texture. I don’t like lipglosses that feel sticky 🙂
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… “Hot” look for hot summer days =-.

  14. Kypris says:

    I’m not usually into wearing nail polish, but that Rose Gold shade looks beautiful…

  15. The movie was not as good as the books, have you read them?

    I am a new fan of Estee Lauder. I went to one of their master classes last week (I meant to blog about it but I’m behind) and discovered so many new great products, especially the double wear line! Talk about long lasting and great formulas!!
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Another Folica Sale! =-.

  16. Sonja says:

    I’ve never been a big fan of EL but these quads look amazing! And the colours would fit my olive skin…Aw, so many new beauty products to by, I’m gonna have to make a list (and rob a bank or something)!

  17. Gauss says:

    Hmmm… the nail polishes are pretty, but everything else just looks shiny and greasy to me. So 80s! I also must point out that the promotional picture is so photoshopped that it barely resembles a real person.

  18. Karen B says:

    I very much like the look of Cinnamon lipstick 🙂

  19. Madeleine says:

    Unlikely from this collection I bought almost every piece;Rose Amethyst l/s,Pure Color Sensuous Gold Multi Gloss in Amethyst,E/quad in Rose Gold,and Nail Polish in Black Amethyst which I’ve been wearing on my toes for the past 5 weeks.
    Actually the collection I think was officially released only 2 weeks ago.I got my at least at the beginning of June or even end of May.
    However I must say that I am a bit disappointed by the eye quads….the color pay off is simply not there 🙁

  20. Marina says:

    Sensuous Gold Pure Nail Lacquer in Black Amethyst looks great so do the lip glosses and eye shadows. But I have to try them myself first.
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Best of Lips and Essential Eyes Palettes by Nars =-.

  21. gio says:

    I’m not a huge fan of Estee Lauder but I’m in love with this collection! The nail polishes and the lipstick in Plum Amethyst look gorgeous! I like the quads too, the packaging is very classy.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Looks: Green Blue Sea =-.

  22. Cindyrella says:

    I agree, I’ve been impressed with EL lately, I have a few things from the summer collection and love them. It doesn’t seem so “old lady” anymore. Love the Rose Amethyst quad and the l/s but I hate the smell of the EL l/s! Anyone else notice this?

  23. Tami says:

    I love the Rose Gold polish <3 and the lipglosses are pretty but put me in the mindframe of MAC’s tricolor lipglasses from the Sugarsweet Collection. Based on your swatches, it looks like they may have the same color payoff which is disappointing. Maybe I will check them out this weekend…

  24. cloudburst says:

    I’m liking this launch and I love the promo picture. She looks gorgeous, way to bring it EL!

  25. Louise Gray says:

    The eye quads look prettier after they have been swatched rather than in the compacts. The lippies are just lippies. I liked the glosses in the tubes but they seem to be too sheer by themselves. The nail colors are gorgeous, too. But I am giving up makeup from now on and just plan on using concealer to cover my whole face. Today I am old and crabby in case you can’t tell. hahahaha Louise

  26. Kitty says:

    Those eyeshadows are very pretty. They look like duochromes.

  27. tea says:

    Seems I might have to forego those Lancome gift w/ purchase and go for some of these instead… like the warmer-toned lipsticks and the Amethyst lip gloss. I would almost have nail polish lust, except TBH, the Rose Gold looks like a dead ringer for OPI’s Chocolate Shake-speare, which is half the price in a bigger bottle. And the Black Amethyst looks like a Rimmel shade…

  28. lexi says:

    i’m kinda feeling this post summer sexy gold look…especially for us bay area folks that celebrate Indian Summer late Sept/early Oct! I may peep this one out…

  29. Capri says:


    I’m in LOVE with the Rose Amethyst lipstick – but as it is discontinued and an LE is there a dupe or can anyone send me in the right direction to find where all the tubes of this lipstick treasure goes when it is pulled from stores?

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