Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow “Black Crystals” – Plus a Straightforward Smoky Eye

One of the first eyeshadow palettes I ever owned was by Estee Lauder.  I brought it everywhere with me when I wasn’t as product conscious then.  It was handed over to me by Mom who had an Estee Lauder box set.  What I primarily loved bout that palette was that it was a palm-size square compact that had a mirror, and it had about 5 or 6 Pure Color eye shade strips in them.  People always complimented me bout my eye  looks even though I was only using my ring, pinkie, and index finger to blend (I didn’t have eye brushes then).  Those eyeshadows delivered but weren’t overly soft, they were just pigmented enough and blended out beautifully even with fingers.  I wasn’t even a beauty blogger yet but I knew for sure that it was an excellent product because I hit pan on about 3 of the eyeshadows and cracked 1 or 2 more.  Two months ago I came away from an exclusive Estee Lauder event and received this beautiful single eyeshadow compact as one of my press samples.  Fall season in the western fashion world is just around the corner.  Even if you say we haven’t got fall or autumn locally I don’t think you’d deny that the recent weather has been looking a lot like this beautiful hue.  PAGASA would agree I think.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in 58 Black Crystals isn’t black.  It’s a gorgeous, stormy, gunmetal grey embedded with an elegant amount of silver shimmer.  It could be immediately classified as a cool shade because of it being grey but there’s a hint of neutral warmth when you blend it out.  In a nutshell, the eyeshadow texture is a satin shade with shimmer.  Black Crystals would look lovely as a crease color if paired with a lighter base shade but also makes a beautiful shade choice for all over the lid.  Read more to see a swatch and how I made this shade work for me.


The product itself is encased in a 1.5 inch square compact and has a NET WT. of 2.1 g/.07 oz.  Over an Estee Lauder counter costs about Php 1,250.00.

The only base product I have on my face is my new creamy soft Bare Escentuals matte mineral powder foundation (SPF 15 infused with RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex) which was passed on to me by my aunt at a party this week.  She bought it brand new from the U.S. and realized when she got back that it was not the sort of coverage that suited her.  We have identical complexions so she thought the shade W15  would suit me and it did.  I even used this as the concealer under my eyes, I just applied more product over that area.

The way I decided to wear it for this post is simple and straightforward.  To ensure longevity and depth for the eyes I heavily applied a soft black kohl pencil roughly along the lower half of my eyelid by the lashline.  I didn’t use an Estee Lauder eye pencil…I used an Ever Bilena Color Pencil, the one with a burgundy pencil shaft.  I then used a fluffy blending brush to diffuse and blend out that kohl base so it becomes a wash over the lid for the eyeshadow to cling to.  I patted Black Crystals eyeshadow all over the mobile lid and softly blended the edges.  I decided not to wing out my eyeshadow at the corners and keep it simple.  Black Crystals is a pretty color even if it is better worn dark I think.  I’ve observed that it isn’t the sort of grey that drains color from my face.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in Black Crystals is not limited edition I believe and costs Php1,250 via Estee Lauder counters.

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  • Issa

    it is very pretty Julia! I love the last photo! 🙂

  • Hope you come up with a video for this! 😀