If I had to be a goddess, I would not say no to being a goddess of bronze, but what I’d really want to be is a goddess of cats.
No, scratch that. I’d be the goddess of plus-size tabby cats with low-hanging bellies, because it’s all about being specific.
Yes, I have no idea what I’m talking about. 🙂
Every year around this time, like clockwork, Estée Lauder reveals a new Bronze Goddess-themed collection, and this year it’s Shimmering Nudes.
The collection’s face and eye palette, stick highlighter and gloss, all of which will be available this April with the rest of the 14-piece collection at Estée Lauder counters and online, are telling me that 1) summer is right around the corner, and 2) I should probably book a vacation to someplace warm soon.
Is it just me, or does the Shimmering Nudes Face & Eye Palette ($55) radiate a MAC vibe?
Its eyeshadows could totally pass for Ricepaper, Amber Lights and Bronze, and even though I’ve seen the colors before, I still like this formula and the way they’re executed here.
The powders meld seamlessly into each other on my lids, and blending them is like three snaps in a Z formation. In other words, “haaay!” So good.
I actually did my foundation and concealer before this makeup look, and I didn’t have to do any additional cleanup under my eyes afterwords. No problems at all with fallout.
And I like the bronzer, too. It has a strong undercurrent of red that mimics a legit tan. There’s also golden flecks of glitter in it, which makes me think that this bronzer might even work better as an all-over warming product than one to contour (I prefer to use ashy cool-toned mattes to really carve out those cheekbones).
Interestingly, the face and eye palette is a Sephora exclusive, which is kind of cool and weird, and by that I mean this: have you actually seen Estée Lauder at your local Sephora store? Because mine doesn’t carry the line, and I don’t know if this is a one-shot deal or the start of a long-term trend. I really hope it’s the latter.
As for the All Over Illuminator/stick highlighter, I totally thought it was a blush (because of the golden peachy pink color), so I sloshed it all over my cheeks with a stippling brush.
Whoops! Come to find out it’s actually a highlighter, which yeah, makes sense now, because after I applied it on the apples of my cheeks, my skin looked dewy…like a wee fairy’s cheeks upon waking on a crisp, spring morning.
I like that the finish is more glossy than frosty shimmer. If you’re all about that glossy glow, girl, go there.
I’m also wearing the Pure Color Gloss Pen in Nude Coral ($22) in these pics. It’s a super sheer, super shiny, super yummy smelling (it’s got that peach gummy candy scent I like so much, but no gummy flavor).
It feels interesting, too — same thickness as a MAC Lipglass, but not sticky at all, and it lasts a surprisingly long time, considering. It hangs tough on my lips 4-5 hours, even lasting through snacks and lunch.
Keep your eyes peeled for the Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes makeup collection when it arrives on counters in April, and if you happen to stop by an EL counter before then, give a few sniffs to the Bronze Goddess Fragrances (which include a body oil, perfume, body cream and a rollerball), available now at Estée Lauder counters and online.
So, friends and bronze goddesses, are you into this, or totally over it? Estée Lauder has been riding this wave for a while.
I’m still into it. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,