July 28, 2011

Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Review, Photos, Swatches

You know that one makeup item that you tell (or maybe your friends and family are daring enough to tell you) yourself you shouldn’t be wearing? For me it’s highlighter…I’ve actually come to terms with telling myself, “No, you can’t wear shimmery highlighter.”

Yay me! I’m so happy when I give myself a good talking to and I listen.

I can’t really take advantage of highlighters because I have a round face and wearing them just makes things look even rounder. Not a good look.

However, I collect ’em like the crazy beauty junkie I am. I have zillions of pretty powders that I don’t really use because if you notice, most of ’em, almost always, have shimmer.

Of course, Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée pops up as part of their Fall 2011 Collection and my hands begin to sweat because I really need “da shimmery” powder.

Lucky enough I got one to show you today!

Check it!

Estee Lauder calls this a “tribrid” system of liquid, powder, and gel. It’s name and appearance could be slightly misleading as although it looks like a gel and although Estee Lauder calls it one for the most part it feels very much like a powder.

Many highlighting or special powders from brands such as Estee Lauder tend to have an overspray which is dusted off to reveal a less than shimmery powder beneath. In the case of Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée you’re getting straight shimmering powder right through. The formula is a soft touch powder with a reptile or snake-like appearance, design, and texture. It’s both soft and dense at the same time. The powder blends easily and can be used in any number of places such as face, eyes, cheeks, etc…It comes with a larger sponge for application. I find the sponge a joy to work with as it picks up just the right amount of product to distribute where and when you need it.

The powder itself looks like a shimmering champagne beige shade but it reflects various shades of gold…rose, peach, straight gold..it really depends on the lighting. The color has a strong gold color which reflects multiply shades.

Interesting enough…feel free to call me crazy…but the powder seems to renew itself. I swiped it this morning and applied on my lids. I noticed that where I swiped was noticeable however after opening it later in the day the placed I swatched seemed to have renewed itself and it seemed like I didn’t even stroke a brush across it. I tried this again and again after about 10 minutes the molecules of the powder seem to move back together and reform to the design…weird…but true.

As I mentioned above I do have to avoid application on my face so I wore this on my eyes today as you can see in my photos below.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée is $40 and probably should be hauled as soon as possible. The collection officially launches in August but many counters already have it out. I think this will probably sell out fairly fast.

If you’re a highlighter or fancy powder collection, you’ll want Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée for your own!

Very Muse Approved for purchase.

Simply a stunning piece of makeup that can be used in a multitude of ways.

The Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Collection will also be available online in August at www.esteelauder.com

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P.S. Off topic, it smells like potato sticks, anyone notice?

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Dana

    Ha Ha. When you said it seems to regenerate I pictured T-1000 from Terminator 2, but in a makeup form. It looks very shimmery to me. More like an eyeshadow than highlighter. I like my highlighters to be more reflective than shimmery if that makes sense.

  • Shivani

    OH MY GOD, its sooo pretty 🙂 Looks really nice on your eyes.

  • Eve

    Whoah, more pretty-patterned powders should come with Wolverine rejuvenating powers!

  • Sara

    Damnit, Muse! Quit showing me stuff I didn’t think I needed and then making it sound awesome!

  • Asuka

    That’ s a stunning look for the eyes!

    Muse, I even use my orange and pink-toned blushes on my lids, because I find them more flattering than wearing them on cheeks :/

    • the Muse

      aw shucks thanks asuka! hey! I’m going to do that with my orange blushes ;-D good idea chica!

  • Heather

    Hehehe potato sticks! That’s funny! One of the Physicians Formula organic mascaras smells like tacos!! LOL I really love how the Gelee looks on your eyelids; very pretty and great color for you! Hmmm the regenerating dealio sounds neat, makes it a must try! 🙂

    • the Muse

      tacos! nom! mexican night! haha Heather! aw shucks thanks chica ;D!

  • Sarah S.

    OMG you’re such an enabler! I think I must haul this ASAP! It looks so beautiful on your skin, even in the swatches, and great on your eyes, too! And its mysterious regeneration has me quite intrigued… but potato sticks? I’ve had face creams smell like potato sticks but never color cosmetics… maybe they should have made it smell like bacon to attract men 😛

    • the Muse

      yay sarah ;-D so glad to see you hyped about this ;-D haha regeneration inherited from the Doctor ;-D yup, seriously, potato sticks..if you get it, lmk what you think! ;-D LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL we’d all have multiply husbands and boyfriends if cosmetics smelled like bacon…!

  • kristina

    It smells like potato sticks? Great. Now I have to go to my Estee Lauder counter and ask them if I can smell their makeup. 🙂

  • Amelie de Vera

    Really? Shimmer doesn’t suit round faces? eek *blush* But this one looks pretty on you. I think I want one.

  • tee

    oh…this looks so pretty…even though I dont use much highlighter… the color looks so gorgeous!

  • Majick

    I want it just because it self heals – that’s really cool. It does look really pretty on your eyes.

  • Nora

    UGH I’m like you – I want this even though I probably would rarely use it. I’m such a sucker for new textures (like I’ve been wanting those Armani Eyes to Kill shadows!). But from the pictures, I think this would look like my Too Faced Pink Leopard – peachish-pinkish-shimmery-reflective. I can’t justify buying it. 🙁

  • Katrosado

    OMG OMG OMG I don’t think I’ve been so excited to get makeup since I bought my first eyeshadow haha. It is lovely on you! Mine gets here sometime next week, I had to order online. Did you try any of the ES Muse? Wonder what they are like with this collection? You look marv–a–lous with it on your eyes. 🙂

    • the Muse

      aw thanks katros ;-D I hope you love it! I haven’t yet….! I did get a liner which looks fab ;-D!

  • isabella

    thie surface of this looks like the Mally highlighter that was in the recent TSV doesnt it, is it similar?

    • the Muse

      I didn’t see that isabella…I’m not sure mally highlighter you mean eep! must have missed out on that one

  • katrosado

    I got this delivered yesterday. Pictures do not do it justice to say the least. I had applied my tester of sensous noir so that’s all I could smell at the time, no tater sticks here 😀

  • Ruthless

    I want this, I NEED THIS. I would cut a bitch for this it’s gorgeous