Stress-free shimmer. That’s what I think of Estée Lauder’s $40 Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée Blush in Tease (and why I’ve been loving it to pieces).
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.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée 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!).
Tease, a semi-sheer, opalescent blush/highlighter/contour color shifts from a subtle rose to a pinkish peach, depending on the light.
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?
The formula — something Estée 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.
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.
AVAILABILITY: Coming next month to Estée Lauder counters and esteelauder.com
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,