Red Room — Estee Lauder’s Ultimate Red Color Collection
The holidays are a festive time so, while I adore smoky eyes and moody makeup, this is a time of year when I try to let those darker shades hibernate for a bit, while I play up my merry side with red lips and gold makeup that glimmers and shines like lit-up Christmas trees. Estee Lauder’s Ultimate Red collection makes the holiday spirit haute with offerings like the Opulent Shimmer Powder (pictured second from top), which features a creamy white gold octagon along the center, surrounded by a slightly rosy golden hue. When you brush the powder on your face, your face will light up thanks to the tiny, shimmering gold particles, which manage to give you a dewy finish instead of a Studio 54-ready, over-the-top glittery look.
The Eyeshadow Quad in Gold Opulence, meanwhile, features four Midas-ready shades: a golden sand hue, a golden bronze color, a warm (and pretty intense) rose copper, and a smoky black. Interestingly enough, the rose copper shade looks like a mauve violet hue in the palette but, when you brush it on the skin, you’ll see it transform into a more metallic shade. The black shade, meanwhile, looks like more of a navy blue — but, again, once you apply it, the dusky black hue surfaces. Below, you’ll find photos of the colors in the Gold Opulence quad.
The collection also includes the Gel Eyeliner in Black. I must say, however, that this is the one product I’m not too thrilled about. Having tried Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place eye pencil liners, applying the gel eyeliner feels like a step backward, since it does bleed and smear a bit (a few hours after applying, I actually noticed the color had smudged onto my brow bone area, making me look a little scary).
Lastly, there’s two lipstick shades, Simply Red and Gold, as well as a Gold Shimmer Gloss and a Gold Nail Lacquer. I had the chance to try out the Signature Lipstick in Simply Red and the Opulent Shimmer Gloss in Gold, and I really enjoyed both. The Simply Red lipstick has a maraschino cherry red hue that’s rich and intense, while the Opulent Shimmer Gloss in Gold is an extremely pale, almost white gold, that works best when you’re going for either a minimal look or when you want to top off your lipstick with a bit of sheen.
The products pictured herein are the first half of Estee Lauder’s limited-edition holiday collection, which also includes the Lavish Plum eyeshadow quad and a series of accompanying lipsticks and glosses which I will cover in the next post. In the meantime, check out the photos below for a closer look at what the shades look like on the skin!
Products in Top Picture (as pictured from left to right): Estee Lauder Limited Edition Signature Lipstick in Gold, $19.50; Estee Lauder Limited Edition Signature Lipstick in Simply Red, $19.50; Estee Lauder Limited Edition Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Gold Opulence, $35; Estee Lauder Limited Edition Opulent Shimmer Gloss in Gold, $18; Estee Lauder Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Gold, $18; and Estee Lauder Limited Edition Gel Eyeliner in Black, $19.50. Visit EsteeLauder.com
Products in Second Picture: Estee Lauder Limited Edition Opulent Shimmer Powder, $32. Visit EsteeLauder.com
Swatches of EL Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Gold Opulence:
As you’ll notice from this photo, the quad features the aforementioned rosy copper hue (pictured at top, which can easily get as dark as a penny), a light sandy color with tons of sparkle (pictured second from top), a dusky black, and a golden bronze hue (pictured last).
Me wearing the four shades in the Gold Opulence quad, along with the Opulent Shimmer Powder along the cheeks, and the Opulent Shimmer Gloss on lips:
As you can see the look I went for is subtle, and it’s all about embracing light and optimizing the amount of glow in your face. On the eyes, I started with the lightest color as my base, applying it along the lids and brow bone (leaving a small space below the eyebrow). I then added the light bronze shade to the lid only and worked in that coppery shade along the crease. Finally, I went back to the light golden sand shade and utilized that to blend in the coppery shade and create a more natural look. The lips meanwhile only have on the Shimmer Gloss in Gold — which, as you can see, is barely detectable but does add a hint of shine.
**The products featured and discussed in this post are samples submitted for review by the Estee Lauder team.