I try to keep an open mind as a beauty blogger, but let’s face it: some stuff scares me witless. I took on blue a while ago and realized I can actually wear some blue, but when Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty Five Color EyeShadow Palette (RRP in Belgium: 48,62 euros) landed in my hands, I panicked. Baby blue? Pastel baby blue? Me???
My first experience with Estee Lauder EyeShadow Palettes was Violet Underground from last autumn, but that one is composed of hybrid gelee eyeshadows while Pretty Naughty seems to be the regular version.
The packaging is rather sturdy, and it comes with two duo-ended applicators. Pretty Naughty contains a pastel baby blue that has faint shimmer and a satin finish (though it could really pass as a matte) on top. The texture is a bit drier, and it is a bit sheer with one swipe, but can be built up easily. The shade on the left is a satin icy pink with good texture and color payoff. The shade at the bottom is a cornflower blue with a stronger sheen. It has great texture and color payoff, and it leans lavender on my skin tone. On the right we have a medium tan with an almost metallic sheen. Again, it is smooth and buttery! It is one of those shades that could almost be a taupe but isn’t, but I like it a lot! In the center we have a dark charcoal gray with silver micro-glitter. This shade is a bit tricky to work with. It has good pigmentation, but it seems like whatever I do, it produces quite some fallout. The blendability is also on the lower side. I would suggest you hold a piece of tissue below your eyes, and get them done before moving on to the foundation.
I did two looks with the palette, but I can definitely think of more possibilities! The thing with Pretty Naughty Five Color EyeShadow Palette is that I can’t really envision a way of incorporating all 5 shades at the same time, at least not for myself. However, you can get some interesting combinations out of it!
You have seen the first look yesterday with Estee Lauder Rock Candy Sheer Matte Lipstick:
I used the tan all over my lids, blended the charcoal gray into my outer v. I highlighted my inner corners with the icy pink, and used the cornflower blue on my lower lash line.
For the second look. I wanted to do something I’ve seen several times on the runway this season. I used the tan all over my lids, patted some gel liner into my upper lash line and waterline, and also lined my lower waterline. I then proceeded to highlighting my inner corners with the icy pink lining my lower lash line with the pastel baby blue. Guess what? I got such a kick out of sporting the look! I kept looking at my lower lash line throughout the day (it was as if I couldn’t believe I was wearing a matte baby blue)!
Not bad, eh? For any color you are not too comfortable with, the lower lash line is the best place to start playing with it. I personally don’t think I am quite ready to wear the pastel baby blue anywhere else around my eyes soon, but there is something so fun and summery about this look. I’d love to wear it again!
Bottom line: Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty Five Color EyeShadow Palette packs three great shades, one that requires a little bit of building up (the baby blue), and one that unfortunately produces some fallout (the charcoal gray). It is a fun palette that you can create more than your regular everyday looks with, and the mileage you can get will depend on how comfortable you are sporting these shades. I have to say though, Estee Lauder has really surprised me with this unusual color combination!
What do you think? Are you running away or are you ready to get Pretty Naughty? I know this sounds really greedy, but I am already eyeing Batik Sun, the palette that’s coming out this summer. Now that is something I don’t have to think twice about!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx