Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Collection

Estee Lauder recently released its Bronze Goddess Collection for 2013.  It’s a sizable collection featuring all new perfume, body oil, powder and liquid bronzer, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss, eye shadow and highlighter.  I picked up two items from this collection; the eye shadow palette and powder bronzer.

Batik Sun Pure Color Five Color Eye Shadow Palette 

      EL Batik Sun

In typical Estee Lauder fashion, these powdered shadows are soft to the touch and blends nicely.  All of the shades have a satin finish except the cream white shade, which is (barely) metallic.  I wish the dark cool-toned brown was matte and darker, but that is a personal preference.  Corals have been popping up in a lot of summer palettes.  This peachy-orange doesn’t disappoint.  It isn’t an “in your face” orange and doesn’t have a lot of overpowering gold shimmer.  There is a pale gold that makes a nice wash of color and is buildable and very dupable.  The green shade swatches like it would be an intense teal green, but it goes on slightly sheer.  Estee Lauder says the cream shade is metallic, but I don’t see it.  The pigmentation could be better.

If you’re a fan of Estee Lauder palettes, it’s worth checking out.  I like this palette.  The shades aren’t very unique and are dupable.  This wouldn’t be the best palette for cool toned beauties as the majority of these shades are very warm.  The palette offers a total of 7.6 grams of product and retails for $48 and is available at Estee Lauder counters and online.

Bronze Goddess Powder

 EL Bronze Goddess 1EL Bronze Goddess 2

This is my first foray into shimmer bronzers.  The Guerlain bronzer that I have and use is matte and perfect for contouring.  The shimmer in bronzers usually steers me away, but this bronzer offers a nice subtle sheen that warms the skin.  More importantly, it leans peach and not orange, so no Oompa Loompa face.  Bronze Goddess isn’t new to the Estee Lauder lineup, but this particular shade is new.  It is the Dark shade, which is funny because it isn’t that dark.  If your skin tone is much deeper than mine (NC45), this “Dark” will be laughable.  I’m hoping it will still work for me in the summer when I’m tanned from running outside.  The texture is similar to the shadows, but more compact.  You don’t pick up too much product, which is essential given the purpose.  It also comes with a brush that can fit inside the casing.  The brush isn’t horrible, but it is too stiff.  I prefer a longer, tapered brush when using this product.

The plastic casing is awkwardly large for storage purposes.  It’s larger than the palm of my hand.  You get a massive amount of product (21 grams) for $36.  Hopefully, they will come out with a broader shade range.

EL Batik Sun swatch

1-5 Batik Sun; 6 Bronzer in Deep (heavy swatch)

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