December 15, 2011

Estée Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelée in Topaz Chameleon and Nail Lacquer in Teal Topaz - swatches!

Two of the most interesting items for me from the Estée Lauder Pure Color Topaz Spring 2012 collection is the Illuminating Powder Gelée in Topaz Chameleon and Nail Lacquer in Teal Topaz - of course interesting doesn't always mean good...
Described as a "tribrid" system of liquid, powder and gel in a multi-powder formula, the Illuminating Powder Gelée is meant to create a theatrical blur of shimmer on the skin when applied dry and a fierce flush of colour when applied wet.

The right hand side has nothing on it and I've applied one coat of the powder used dry on the left side. I'm pretty pleased with the results as it's hard to find a bronzer for my fair skin that doesn't look fake and orange and don't be scared of how shimmery it looks in the pan, as you can see it doesn't look shimmery at all on my face.
Left is still the dry side and I applied it to the right side using a wet sponge - that's the fake and orange look that I was talking about and try hard to avoid. Wet, I found the metallic aspects of it showed up a lot more but it was hard to blend and looked streaky. I don't know if a brush would have given it a better finish - I suspect my foundation brush would have been a better applicator choice.

So overall colour dry good, colour wet - bad - those with a darker complexion would probably have better luck with it.
On the other hand, I have nothing but love for Teal Topaz!

- Lisamarie -


  1. Bronzer with that much shine is for teenagers and the wrinkle/oil/pore free. On the other hand, that polish is to die for gorgeous. Is there any shimmer in it or is it a cream? Love.

  2. that bronzer,so pretty.

  3. The polish is cream - no shimmer at all - which would usually decrease my love, but in this case, the colour is too gorgeous not to love!

    Best, Lisamarie


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