Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trio

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc FOTD

A while ago when I did a blue look, a lot of you encouraged me to wear blue more often. Well, here is a new one with the Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trio!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trio packaging

Arctic Zinc is a limited edition trio (RRP in Belgium: 40,35 euros) from Estee Lauder’s The Metallics Autumn Collection.

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc trio

Estee Lauder Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trio comes in the brand’s signature golden compact with a sponge applicator and suggested color placement on the piece of plastic.

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trio

Arctic Zinc is a trio of light mint green, medium indigo blue, and a dark royal blue. Both lighter shades are highly shimmery, and the darkest one is mostly matte with specks of shimmer. The texture of these eyeshadows is interesting. I wouldn’t really call them hybrid, and they are not baked. However, it does somehow resemble both.

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc closeup

Now here is the thing: swatched dry, none of the shades has satisfactory color payoff or texture. The lightest shade is very sheer, and it does not look smooth on. The medium shade has better color payoff, but it still looks powdery. The darkest shade has decent color payoff, though the texture is drier.

Here you see them swatched dry:

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc swatch dry

When swatched/used damp, they perform much better. I do still get some fallout (it would be easier to do the eyes first), but the color payoff is great, and the two lighter shades have an amazing metallic finish!

The trio swatched damp:

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc swatch damp

Unfortunately, the trio doesn’t wear as well as I’d like it to. Not only do I spot post-application shimmer fallout, the colors also lose their vibrancy after 3-4 hours. I wouldn’t say they are faded, but the finish is duller and not as shimmery/metallic than when they were first applied. Estee Lauder promises 10-hour wear with this formula, but that is not what I experienced. I was very surprised, as I almost never have problems with eyeshadows losing vibrancy, especially not when I use them wet over a primer. They did not crease though.

For the look, I use the indigo blue all over my lid, the mint green in my inner corners, and the royal blue as an eyeliner as well as the outer edge. The royal blue is so intense that I didn’t feel the need to add any liner to the look!

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc EOTD

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc EOTD closed

For the rest of my face, I have Estee Lauder Peach Passion Pure Color Blush on the cheeks, and Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense on my lips.

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc, Peach Passion FOTD

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc blue smokey eye

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc trio FOTD

Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc, Clinique Curviest Caramel FOTD

Bottom line: Despite the fact that I really like how Estee Lauder Arctic Zinc Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trio looks in photos, and I am willing to handle the fallout during application, the post-application fallout and the fact that the shades lose vibrancy after several hours make it hard for me to recommend this trio. I almost never have any issues with this, especially not when I use eyeshadows damp over a primer, so it is surprising to say the least.

Have you checked out these new Instant Intense EyeShadow Trios? I wonder if the other shades work well both dry and damp. I like Estee Lauder‘s gelee formula, but this new one doesn’t perform that well on me!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Awwww, that’s too bad about the fallout as the shades are pretty on you! Blues look so amazing on you and you should wear them more often!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Tracy! I always try to tell people there are so many purples/greens out there, and there’s got to be some they can wear. I think I should keep telling myself the same thing about blue!

  • Siri Lovise Eliassen

    Looks great on you. I’ve only swatched them at work, and was a bit disappointed by the dry texture, almost chalky, so haven’t bothered applying ’em to lids. Seems to work ok for one of my colleagues, though, albeit the colours translate more grey than blue on her – which I put down to the texture and fallout rather than colour intensity.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, girl! They are really only good when they’re wet. Some swatches I have seen also look decidedly un-blue. I’m not sure if it’s a lighting/photo thing or a skin tone thing!

  • beauties

    blue makes you look mysterious :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Eva! That’s one thing I really am not LOL

  • Shari

    The fallout looks imminent just looking at the palette. However, on the lids, wow. Looks absolutely great on you. I swear, blue brings out the more beautiful in you, Sunny!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Shari! I’ll start looking for good blues that work for me now :)

  • Diana

    Oooh looks great on you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Diana! Now only if it would stay vibrant for longer!

  • Perilously Pale

    Sexy! Love that look on you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Christa <3

  • Larie

    BLUE!!!! Love. Wear more blue!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Message received 😉

  • Liz

    Loving the blue on you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Liz!

  • Icaria

    Stunning on you! Definitely wear blue more often. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Helene! I have to start giving blue eyeshadows some SERIOUS consideration!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    Very pretty ! It’s a shame that the colours fade because they look so nice.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I knowwwww!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I’m sorry that the quality of the palette was a bit of a letdown :-( I have this one as well, and on me the color intensity stays the same throughout the day. The fallout does bother me a bit though. If I’m not careful I end up with sparkly cheeks when I use this palette.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, aww so it might be just me! I’m not big on the post-application fallout in any case. I’m just happy the sparkle isn’t so big that it ends up getting stuck in my pores!

  • Nati

    It’s such a shame the shimmer falls out, because the colours look gorgeous. But of course you wouldn’t expect that fall out of high end brands anyway.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Nati, I can handle some fallout during application, especially when the eyeshadows are more sparkling to begin with. Can’t say I’m equally tolerant about post-application fallout though!

  • birtegovarts

    Lovely look, the blue looks stunning on you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much! <3

  • Replica

    Such a difference it makes using them wet in your swatches, I think the trio looks stunning on you :)

    I have to say I had a quick swatch of these in store and wasn’t wowed as they felt a bit dry and didn’t look very pigmented, I was thinking they would have some of the creaminess of their normal shadows.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, girl!

      Yeah that’s the thing. I would really not use these dry because as you can see, two of the shades just don’t look smooth at all that way! Estee Lauder seems to be exploring new formulas often nowadays. Some of those work well, and others a bit less.

  • Chris El

    Sunny you look beautiful with blue shadows. I’ve never tried Estée Lauder eyeshadow but the intensity looks great on you. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Chris! I love their gelee eyeshadows. Those are amazing wet AND dry. Not too sure about this particular texture though.

  • Natalie

    So pretty! You look lovely in blues.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Natalie! I really have to look for blues that I can wear more often!

  • Lily

    Too bad about the wear, but love how you wear it, Sunny. So fierce and sexy! Va va voom 😛

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Lily! The shades actually blend pretty easily, which is a bonus point!

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    I’m sad the shadows didn’t perform flawlessly but damn girl! You look smokin’! Blue is definitely your unexpected pizzazz shade! I mean, Sunny, you look like a makeup model! LOVE!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Kristen! I think more dramatic textures/colors tend to look better in photos than the more toned-down looks that I do more often!

      • Kristen / Glambunctious

        They really do! Most of my everyday makeup looks don’t translate AT ALL on film! Even when I do 4-step eyes, it looks like I’ve barely got anything on!

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          I know! It’s the same with blushes. I always have to pile them on for them to show just a little in photos.

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    ok lady, can we talk about whatever shirt/dress you have it. amazing! you must post a picture of the rest of it. looks so awesome!
    the colors when swatched were not what i expected. they came out much more colored than the silver tones i though they would be. damp is obv way better than the dry one. even though there might be a bit of fallout…that look you’ve got is so sultry! so good :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, it’s a dress from Lavand (a Spanish brand. I have SO MANY of their dresses) a couple of years ago, so sadly it might not be available anymore!

      I think it is also a skin tone thing. I haven’t seen a lot of swatches of this trio online, but sometimes the swatches look so amazingly un-blue!

  • MyLuciteDreams

    You certainly made this work! Wow! I also love your shirt, if it’s a shirt, gorgeous!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Taylor! It’s (yet another) a dress!

  • Sofia

    I love it, and it reminds me that the dark blue eyeshadow look is the one look I love, yet never had the guts to actually try and buy. Ok, guess what I bought the black Chanel stylo cream shadow the other day. so I wear black eyeshadow and not blue… I’ll really have try your blue look then!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, do give it a go! I hope a new door will be open to you 😉

  • Krystle Kouture

    These look so amazing wet! Wow! I’m not a blue shadow girl but I’ll be checking out their more neutral shadows soon!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Krystle, they do! I heard that they don’t lose their vibrancy on everyone, so you should try!

  • marciaf

    What a stunning trio – it’s really sad to read that it doesn’t translate as beautifully on though. You’ve done a fabulous job though.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Marcia! If only it’d stay vibrant with no post-application fallout, I’d say it’s my favorite blue trio!

  • Kate Driveller

    ONOES! I have Steel Lilacs and ADORE it. Super sparkly, great adherence 😀 The shades are kind of muted, but they apply/stay true to how they swatch on me so no surprises there.

    You look beautiful anyway, and I appreciate the honest review 😀

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Kate! Aww so basically they only lose vibrancy on me? That’s so not fair! Have you tried to use yours damp? There is nothing muted about this formula when it’s used damp!

      • Kate Driveller

        I’m too lazy to use things damp, lol. But I have patted them on over a black cream base for maximum bling 😀

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey, I should try that! Maybe it’ll adhere better to a cream shadow. Thanks, Kate!