Tease Me, Please Me: The New $40 Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush in Tease, From the Pretty Naughty Collection for Spring 2013

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Estée Lauder's $40 Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée Blush in Tease

Wearing Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush in Tease ($40) from the new Pretty Naughty spring 2013 collection

Stress-free shimmer. That’s what I think of Estee Lauder’s $40 Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush in Tease (and why I’ve been loving it to pieces).

Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée Blush in Tease

A closeup of the pan

There are so many stressful things about our world right now, like practically every story on the nightly news, or that commercial for that new MTV show starring Snookie and J.Woww, but at least when it comes to makeup, that thing many of us turn to for fun and escape, there are still things as simple and beautiful as a great blush.


Every day we’re forced to make big, difficult decisions. At least blush doesn’t have to be one of them.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush in Tease, part of the new nine-piece Pretty Naughty collection, arrives with the rest of the release next month. In the collection, pastels feature prominently, but EL gave them a tough girl, street-chic vibe.

Picture the coolest city girl you know dressed in black from head to toe, plucked from her usual stomping grounds and plopped smack dab in the middle of the pastoral English countryside.

Basically, that’s this collection.

It includes products for eyes, lips, cheeks (Tease, what we’re looking at now, is the only cheek product) and a BEYOND gorgeous nail polish (review coming soon!).

estee lauder pretty naughty imagery

Pretty Naughty…

Tease, a semi-sheer, opalescent blush/highlighter/contour color shifts from a subtle rose to a pinkish peach, depending on the light.

Really pretty!

And I think it gives my cheeks a healthy, natural-looking glow that still has a cool girl kick to it.

With one layer, you get a soft wash of color (I like!), but you can also build it up for something brighter, KAPOW!

But before that, give this a try: run your finger across the pan…

Now that’s soft, right?

Estée Lauder's $40 Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée Blush in Tease

Tease with Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Insatiable (also from the Pretty Naughty collection)

The formula — something Estee Lauder has been using for the past few seasons — combines some of the best things about gels, liquids and powders. They say that unlike conventional powders, something about it allows the pigments and shimmer pearl to float on top of the skin, creating a soft, subtle shimmer with a reflective finish.

“Subtle shimmer” — two words that make my 30-something-year-old ears perk up. 😀

When you’re a woman of a certain age (*cough* 37), shimmer products can be a little tougher to wear (well, at least for me sometimes) because the reflective particles can highlight pores and wrinkles.

Not Tease though. It has this beautiful, subtle glow that doesn’t highlight all of the other stuff going on around it…which I really, really appreciate.

You can apply it with a blush brush, but I’ve actually been liking the sponge applicator it comes with. I press a little on the apples of my cheeks, and blend out the edges with my fingers.

That’s it. And it lasts all day long.


Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée Blush in Tease

Tease built up on the left and sheered out on the right

Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée Blush in Tease

Additional makeup worn in this look: Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Pretty Naughty, Pure Color Intense Kajal EyeLiner Duo in Black/Blue, Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara, Becca Radiant Skin Foundation and Chanel Loose Powder

Whatever your makeup style, I think Tease could be a fun way to play with your spring look. You could wear it with a full face of makeup for something runway and editorial (two-tone lips, anyone?), or swipe a little on bare cheeks before running some errands on a Sunday.

Either way, I think it looks fresh, young and joyful. All good things.

PRICE: $40
AVAILABILITY: Coming next month to Estee Lauder counters and esteelauder.com

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Paris B says:

    I’m really looking forward to this blush! It looks lovely on you and doesn’t look too shimmery! Can’t wait till its out here 🙂

  2. musical says:

    This looks so lovely on you! And seems to enhance the nude lip/smokey eye look!

  3. Mandy says:

    Stunning! Beautiful cheek color 🙂

  4. Marla says:

    I think it might be too light for my olive skin but I love it on you.

  5. Agata says:

    I absolutely love it! And the nail polish looks beautiful too!

  6. KPrice says:

    That is so pretty. I wish I could wear a lighter cool pink color like that.

  7. This is a bit too light & shimmery for my tastes, but I just love the geometric shape in the pan.
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  8. Chelsea says:

    Ooooh, this is gorgeous! The formula looks amazing.

  9. Jennifer says:

    I am so NOT a Lauder fan BUT WOW, that blush is phenomenal on you!
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  11. Jen B says:

    What a beautiful color! And it’s so pretty in the pan!

  12. Anitacska says:

    So glad to see there’s finally a pink one of these available. I have all the other ones and the Mac Extra Dimension highlighters, but none of them are pink. ♥ this one!
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  13. Kim says:

    I think it looks super pretty on you and I’m glad to know that it’s not highlighting any pores or wrinkles. You know I have to be careful about that. Oh, and true story, I actually forgot how old I was on Tuesday in conversation and made myself a year younger. I tend to do that, which I guess is better than overestimating my age. HAHA!

  14. Alison M says:

    Humminahummina! Can cheeks be romantic? Yours look romantic. So I’m saying yes. Lovely shade!
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  15. NeenaJ says:

    Really pretty color. EL is on a winning streak, lately. Also, I hadn’t realized that your bangs had grown out so much. WOW! Hair looks amazing in the last pic.

  16. Chris El says:

    You look beautiful as usual in your makeup looks. As soon as I can, I’m heading to the makeup counters and making a beeline for this blush. 🙂
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  17. Nina says:

    Hrmmm 40 bucks. But its so pretty. Must think more. 😛

  18. Katherine G says:

    I haven’t bought anything from Estee Lauder yet but this new collection looks amazing. That blush looks awesome on you! You positively glow 🙂

  19. MonicaP says:

    Hon, you don’t look a day over 27!

  20. Lorraine says:

    I am all over that nail lacquer! you look so chic in it- can’t wait for the review. Hoping you will review some of the other colors, in the Estee Lauder Spring nail collection, as well.

  21. Kristin says:

    This looks beautiful. How does it compare to Dior’s Rose Diamond?

  22. Jackie says:

    The nails are so nice!

  23. MissB says:

    You look like a hollywood star in those photos above. Seriously lush products. I must have !!

  24. Tara says:

    I got the blush for $25 CAD on the Canadian website. It’s gorgeous! Sadly it’s now sold out.

  25. Nadine says:

    I bought this one a few days ago and can’t wait to use it! By the way, it looks so good on you! You look so beautiful and like a strong woman who knows what she wants 🙂

  26. Heather says:

    Where can i find this beatiful blush?! Hope it comes back!

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