Do you ever just stop and stare up at the sky as it changes colors at dusk? As the day slinks away? Doesn’t it look like someone’s cranking up the saturation on everything? Okay, yeah, so it might sound kinda boring, but you gotta do it every so often.
Estee Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux says that’s the kind of light — the colors that emerge at the moment day turns to night — that inspired the company’s new Blue Dahlia collection (have you seen the 1946 movie of the same name?).
The punchy purples, electric blues, pale pinks, elegant taupes and juicy raspberries in the 16-piece limited edition release tell a tale of cool-toned colors for eyes, lips and nails.
Today I explored five of Blue Dahlia’s delights…
Both the Blue Dahlia Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($42) and Sepia Sand Eyeshadow ($20) to my eye demonstrate how far Estee Lauder’s eyeshadows have come over the last few years, both in terms of color and quality. They strike me with a sharper edge than the EL of days gone by.
Despite how pigmented they are, these soft, smooth powder shadows could almost blend themselves. They’re everything I love most about what Estee Lauder has become — rich, classy and eminently wearable. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
The non-sticky $19 Pure Color Gloss Sticks in creamy Mauve Mirage and creamy pink Night Bloom lavish lips with smooth, rich color and shine. I also really the light strawberry flavor and scent, and I have a feeling that Night Bloom (my fave) will look stunning partnered with smokey eyes. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Pure Color Gloss in Twilight Petal ($20) adds a peachy pink opalescent glow to lips that reminds me of the shades that hide in seashells. With its non-sticky texture, medium thickness and moisturizing formula, it’s one of the most comfortable glosses I’ve come across in years (feels similar to Becca’s Sheer Lip Tints). LOVE THIS! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
Blue Dahlia Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($42)
Sepia Sand Eyeshadow ($20)
Pure Color Gloss Stick in Night Bloom (left, $19), Pure Color Gloss Stick in Mauve Mirage (right, $19)
Pure Color Gloss in Twilight Petal ($20)
Swatches of Blue Dahlia Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($42) on NC35 skin
Swatches from left on NC35 skin: Sepia Sand Eyeshadow ($20), Pure Color Gloss Stick in Mauve Mirage ($19), Pure Color Gloss Stick in Night Bloom ($19), Pure Color Gloss in Twilight Petal ($20)
Wearing the Blue Dahlia Five Color Eyeshadow Palette and Sepia Sand Eyeshadow
Wearing the Night Bloom Pure Color Gloss Stick
Wearing the Mauve Mirage Pure Color Gloss Stick
Wearing Twilight Petal Pure Color Gloss
Blue Dahlia might not rock the socks off gals who prefer warm colors and/or bright, bold looks, but it might be just the thing to tempt girls who love classy, cool-toned shades. It’s one of my favorite collections to arrive for fall. Tommy baby, ya done good!
Let me know what you think of Blue Dahlia in the comments. Does it move you or make you want to turn away?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,