Ever since that time I sent El Hub out to buy toilet paper and he returned with four rolls of crummy one-ply paper that felt like tree bark on my booty, I take care of replenishing the TP around here.
Stay with me. I’m going somewhere with this…
As I was on my way out the door the other day to pick up some Ultra Soft Charmin (the best!) from Target, I glanced at myself in the hallway mirror and said, “Dang, K-Dawg! You’re wearing hella bronzer, girl!”
I was shimmering, and bronzed, like I’d just gotten back from a week in the South of France.
Merci beaucoup, Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder GelÃ¨e in Shimmering Sands ($42).
Shimmering Sands on my cheeks, across my forehead and along my jaw line
I haven’t always been this inspired by the Estée Lauder brand. Matter of fact, up until a renaissance a few years ago in which I think they started cranking out some really innovative products at a rapid clip, I didn’t often think of EL as a super bold or cutting-edge line.
Sands is a warm and shimmering peachy golden bronze powder from the new limited edition Bronze Goddess Capri collection, and it’s designed to be worn as a bronzer, a highlighter and/or a blush.
And that’s not all. Texture really sets this multitasking powder apart. Part liquid, powder and gel, it feels lightweight, creamy and smooth on my skin.
Throw in some punchy pigments and an almost mirror-like shine, and Shimmering Sands reminds me of a marriage between a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, with its metallic finish, and a creamy NARS Multiple. Just really super cool.
From the left: Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee in Shimmering Sands, Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon Duo in White Sands/Molten Lava and Pure Color Gloss in Shimmering Mirage
If you decide to give it a try, learn from my mistakes. Take it easy on this bad boy, and apply it with a light touch, because the first time I swept this powder on my cheeks, I went a little overboard and consequently spent a solid five minutes buffing it down.
I think it’d be darn near perfect for $10 less, but I think it’s still pretty great.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Estée Lauder counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,