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.
I spent 15 years of my life with my paternal grandmother at home and up to this day I miss her terribly. She had designer bags and shoes and she even slept on Yves Saint Laurent bedsheets (that we still use today, talk about durable) and her 9 white dogs drank a teaspoon of Enervon-C Syrup daily and wore Johnson’s Baby Powder and cologne. I’m not saying that’s the only way life should be lived, I am sharing that once upon a time she indeed lived it that way because she was well provided for. She had some time in Europe when my grandfather was Philippine ambassador to the Vatican in Rome. When it came to beauty she was simple. She did her eyebrows, and carried pressed powder and lipstick. More often than not, nothing more. Several months back my mom fished these “gems” out of one of our safe-boxes and told me that at some point in my life, Lola wanted me to have both, the other one especially because of its custom initials. These are pressed powders if I’m not mistaken.
This Estee Lauder one looks more like a blush but I’m not sure if the color shifted because of age. It opens stopwatch style and has a black tassel which adds a bit of vintage flair. She most likely acquired this while living in Europe.
My first name, Julia, was a spin-off from my paternal grandmother’s name Julieta. We shared the same initials, J.A., which delighted her and my being her youngest grandchild at the time led to some welcome spoiling in the best sense of the word. If I’m not mistaken, everything about the initials on this custom gilded Moon Drops compact are genuine. Moon Drops is I think was once a niche brand under Revlon…I’m not sure if it still exists today.
My grandmother, Julieta, was a very strong woman and to tell you the truth sometimes she could be scary (she’d rattle off in Spanish when she’d lose her temper), but she was also lovely, sweet, and affirming throughout most of my childhood. She also helped me to enjoy eating vegetables because she was an excellent cook and natural foodie. Uh, that’s me on the left, I think I was two, I never knew how to look at a camera with flash when I was that age. I was thinking maybe these heirloom compacts are my key to possibly meeting someone like Lisa Eldridge one day who collects vintage items like these. Aren’t these veritable beauty blasts from the past?
Because of bloggers, a widespread following of makeup enthusiasts, and professionals online, brands like Estee Lauder are no longer just for Tom Pecheux and your stunning grandmother. As Sam Chapman once rather said in one of the older Pixiwoo videos, “Estee Lauder’s products always deliver because of a customer who won’t put up with anything rubbish. They go back to Estee Lauder and use the same excellent products over and over again.”
It’s no secret that Estee Lauder’s luxury cosmetic range is still one of the most admired and trusted in the world, and now a younger bracket is partaking of the brand’s excellence and it’s not at all hard to see why.
I was invited last week with other beauty bloggers to Estee Lauder’s Double Wear get together. The Double Wear range has been around for quite awhile but they also wanted us in on some unconventional makeup tips the pros use to get the most out of different Estee Lauder products. The night before I was feeling quite sick at a friend’s place and had to be given paracetamol so you can imagine how glad I was when they asked me to be the makeover model for the product demonstration Read more to see all the photos.