What an exciting exciting season for Estee Lauder! Besides their fall collection Violet Underground, there are also two limited edition nail polish collections Beyond Black and Metal Mania. What’s more, they are introducing a permanent addition of Vivid Shine. I had the opportunity of checking everything out a couple of days ago, and today I’m showing you the Violet Underground look created by the Estee Lauder Benelux makeup artist Gigi Bowmer on me (some preliminary swatches and impressions are also included)!
Now you will have to excuse me, but I had real problems following exactly what Gigi was doing, and my memory is quite blurry. I know that she used the Pure Color Quick-Thick Eyeliner as base, a mixture of shades from the Violet Underground palette, and the Pure Color Cyber Teal Gelee Eyeshadow as well as the Pure Color Cyber Lilac Gelee Eyeshadow. The result is an amazingly complex colorful smokey eye!
Gigi used Rebellious Violet Pure Color Gloss on me. Bet you didn’t know I have a right side of the face. It’s OK, most of the time I forget about it as well!
And we’re done! That’s me and Gigi!
Is is obviously more makeup than what I would wear on a daily basis, but it’s always fun to see what professional makeup artists can do!
After that, it was time to do something to my fingertips!
Beyond Black (from left to right): Bête Noire, Blue Blood, Caviar, Viper, Black Plum.
Gossip time: do you know why Viper is called Viper? Apparently Tom Pecheux (Estee Lauder’s creative makeup director) is close friends with Kate Moss. Kate Moss used to frequent this club in LA called The Viper Room. Pecheux told people this story at the press conference in Paris, and now I want to know the stories behind the rest of them!
Metal Mania (from left to right): Explosif, Chaos, Nouveau Riche, Fiery Hot, Chaos.
My manicure is a layer of Caviar and another of Chaos:
Closer so you can see all the crazy sparkle (bet you didn’t know I have a right hand either! I can’t take pictures with my left hand, so my right one never gets to be in the swatch pictures):
These 10 shades are available in Belgium. While Bête Noire will be added to the permanent line-up, the rest are limited edition and can only be purchased at Inno Rue Neuve. Talk about new and exclusive!
You know I am a big eyeshadow person, so I was really happy to swatch all the new ones there.
From left to right: Pure Color Gelee Power Eyeshadow in Cyber Pink, Cyber Lilac, Cyber Silver, and Cyber Teal (these are the four shades available in Belgium).
Last but not least, here is the Violet Underground palette swatched dry, but I promise you’ll get better swatches (both dry and wet) here soon:
I am truly impressed by everything I managed to swatch or had the chance to wear. It is all very smooth and pigmented! My makeup went strong for 8 hours until I decided to remove it, including the blush (the new blushes are coming out in October, and I can already tell you the color payoff and lasting power are INSANE). I will test all the pieces out more thoroughly as soon as I can and let you know what I think about them!
Have you checked out any of the new Estee Lauder collections? Does anything catch your eye here? Would you wear fuchsia and royal blue on your eyes?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
(The pictures of me were taken by the wonderful D. THANK YOU!)