Some of the nicest bits about summer are the gorgeous makeup hues and textures floating across every beauty aisle. The latest entrant is Estée Lauder’s Topaz – a line inspired by “…vacationing in Arizona, enjoying the warm sun, the amazing desert colors and the shadows that play on the sand and rocks,” according to Tom Pecheux, the brand’s Creative Makeup Director.
The result? Brilliant bolts of sand-kissed teals and sun-kissed coppers, which speak of enchanted lands and glowing summers while easily walking the thin line between strong shades and soft effects to create a palette that works through the day and well into the night.
Though it’s a well-edited collection (I hate makeup ranges that have far too many options – if you have chosen a theme, stick to it and help me figure out how to make it work in small, effortless doses!) it’s still not possible to buy every single item. So, this is what came home with me after much deliberation:
The Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée in limited edition Topaz Chameleon – sibling of Modern Mercury, which made it’s debut in Fall last year – is anchored around a unique “tribid” system of liquid, powder and gel with a suspension of golden pigments and pearls. It can be used as a highlighter, eye shadow or blush. It’s super-pigmented so use with a light hand and blend, blend, blend if you want just a luminous shimmer. Looking for something more dramatic? Apply with a wet brush for an intense shot of coppery colour. But buy it fast – it’s already sold out in most places.
I love how the Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Teal Topaz channels aquamarine waters that are the very essence of summer tranquility. It’s underlined with a hint of grey to save the colour from venturing into candy-sweet territory while remaining perfectly on-trend with the season’s pastel palette. Goes on darker than it appears while in the bottle and has a lovely, glossy effect.
The Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayons are inspired by the Indian kajal and are creamy, chubby pencils that give a sexy, smouldering effect. The Dramatic Teal is perfect for a smokey eye with a difference – you can just vary the pressure and create different tones of colour from one pencil itself. Plus I love how it gives a bohemian pop of colour to lift an otherwise nude face when just streaked across the lash line… perfect for getting ready in a hurry! And the velvety, long lasting formula will stick around for hours (there was still a light stain on my hands from the swatch after I had washed them with soap!).
Do you have anything in mind from this collection?
PS: Please pardon the smaller-than-usual swatches. My camera is playing hooky 🙁