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