Thursday, August 4, 2011
My mom tries really hard to understand my addictions. Somehow, the woman is all for indulging my penchant for gin, and usually completely against indulging my penchant for eyeshadows. Motherhood: my mom’s doing it hilariously backwards!
Anyway, my mom came for her bi-yearly jaunt to NYC a couple of weeks ago, and as always, we took a trip to Macy’s to pick me up some necessities (Bunny needed new flats!). Of course, I dragged the poor, tortured woman to the makeup and perfume counters. I can’t help myself, I can’t! You can’t tell me “Oh Josie, I’ll buy you whatever you want!” and expect me to not run straight to the cosmetics department.
It’s just not possible.
When in Macy’s, I always head straight to the Estée Lauder counter. Estée post-Tom Pecheux has seen such an amazing transformation. I’ve always been an Estée fan, and I’m even more of a fan now. I’m especially enamored with the DoubleWear Stay-In-Place ShadowCremes, and there were two colors in particular that I wanted to try out (Pink Pearl and Smoky Plum).
To make a long, already told (via Twitter) story short: I had a nightmare encounter with the Estée saleswoman who must have thought that I was an idiot teenager; she refused me testers and spoke to me as if I was mentally impaired. Infuriating to say the least! I ended up storming off, and my mother - bless her soul - somehow managed to purchase me Smoky Plum. I’m not sure how or why my mom put up with that woman, but I assume it has something to do with this whole “maternal love” thing.
Sometimes, my mom really surprises me with her generosity. And oh - don’t worry, the next time I was with her, I decided to be a good daughter and get her a margarita the size of her head.
Now, for the review: Estée Lauder ShadowCremes are quite possibly my favorite cream eyeshadows. They look and feel suspiciously similar to MAC Paintpots, but I find that the color range of the Estée shadows is much nicer/more expansive, and that the actual products have a better feel and wear than Paintpots. If I could sum up the difference: Estée ShadowCremes seem formulated to be worn on their own, while MAC Paintpots seem formulated to be worn as bases.
(Aw snap, look at how perfect that color is!)
Smoky Plum is a gorgeous color, and I can see why my mom chose it for me despite not being able to test it. It is a neutral-to-warm deep plum color, with a hint of a grey-brown undertone that allows it to straddle the line between plum and plum-taupe. So, of course you know I love this color! I love anything that even smacks of taupe. You could call radioactive sludge “Taupe” and I will rub it on my eyes.
(I am drooling over my own hand swatch, yum.)
Yes, I have issues, but we all knew this.
Despite the excellent pigmentation of Smoky Plum, it can be worn sheerly (and when worn sheerly, it’s more taupey!). On the opposite end, I could layer this to my heart’s content, blending out the edges to make a...well, a smoky plum eye. Seriously, it’s a one step look! Oh, and it does make an excellent liner. I’m clearly enamored.
Estée Lauder DoubleWear ShadowCremes retail for, oh, $17.50 and are available wherever Estée Lauder is sold (which is pretty much everywhere). The ShadowCreme line was recently revamped (some colors were discontinued, some were introduced - Smoky Plum is a new color - and some are limited edition), and is worth checking out.