It’s just a little out of whack, like wearing a turtleneck to the beach in summer or a bikini in a snowstorm. Ever since I started following seasonal beauty launches, my internal beauty clock has been months ahead of the actual present season.
You know that one cousin who always wears fall-ish matte red lips to the Fourth of July family picnic or spring pastels in December? That’s me now. Guilty as charged.
I’ve gotten so used to wearing colors targeted to seasons other than the current one that when a spring collection that looks like a summer launch comes along in the middle of winter, it doesn’t seem that bat sh*t cray-cray at all!
See, technically, Estée Lauder’s new Pure Color Topaz collection is a spring 2012 release, but the color palette of bronze, teal, taupe, sand and citron seems more like summer in Saint-Tropez to me than Easter Sunday brunch.
I wore the teal eyeliner, gold gloss and bronze blush from the launch last weekend and very felt poolside polished (very “Calgon, take me away…”). Granted, the whole summer siren thing doesn’t really work when you’re just parked in front of the computer in knee-high socks, uncombed hair and sweats, but as soon as I win the lottery and take my first vacation to the South of France, I’ll be able to conduct a more proper field test.
Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée in Topaz Chameleon, $40
Estee Lauder calls this a “tribrid” compact with a liquid, powder and gel. Basically, it looks and behaves like a shimmery and pigmented rosy bronze powder blush. I think it might be too intense for many offices but would look right at home on a casual, ocean-view dinner date. Super pretty, but with its brief, two-hour wear time, it’ll probably fade by the time you’ve finished that last bite of mango sorbet.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
Pure Color Gloss in Citron Kiss, $22.50
Yellowish in its tube, Citron Kiss applies more like a sheer gold with micro flecks of silver sparkle. Great if you like your lip looks on the quiet side, or if you’re on the market for a golden gloss to layer.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon in Dramatic Teal, $22
I like this pencil’s smooth texture and intense color. I think it produces really pretty smudgy eyes, but the long tip terrifies me! I keep coming this close to poking out an eye (it comes with a sharpener).
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Estee Lauder Pure Color Topaz products from top to bottom: Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée in Topaz Chameleon, Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon in Dramatic Teal and Pure Color Gloss in Citron Kiss
Swatches from left to right: Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée in Topaz Chameleon, Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon in Dramatic Teal and Pure Color Gloss in Citron Kiss
The Estee Lauder Pure Color Topaz collection for spring 2012 includes…
- Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Topaz Mosaic, $45
- Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon in Dramatic Black, $22
- Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon in Dramatic Teal, $22
- Sumptuous Extreme Mascara, $23.50
- Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée in Topaz Chameleon, $40
- Pure Color Gloss in Citron Kiss, $22.50
- Pure Color Sensuous Rouge in Lip Color in Sultry Caramel, $28
- Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color in Sensuous Nude, $28
- Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color in Sublime Nectar, $28
- Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Teal Topaz, $19
Hell on Wheels
Okay, who else watched the Hell on Wheels New Year’s marathon on AMC yesterday?
Anyone? It’s this Western drama about a ragtag group (it’s always a ragtag group) of people working on the Union Pacific Railroad in the late-1860s. It took me all of two episodes to get hooked and come to the conclusion that I would not have liked working on the rails.
And yes, that is Common in the pic above…
I know, I know. I can’t help but roll my eyes a little when singers/rappers try to act, but he’s actually not half bad.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,