Sometimes as a beauty erm, connoisseur, you end up purchasing things and while they are beautiful and you enjoy them you never quite get around to giving it the spotlight it deserves. I need to get better about that, starting here.

I purchased a stunning summer palette called Bronze Sands from Estée Lauder’s annual bronze collection some time back in early March (and did give a peek of it in this post) but have never given it a proper review, until now.

It’s a stunning quint where all of the shades are smooth like buttah and pigmentation is superb. You may recall that I recently showcased the fall version of this palette called Violet Underground. It’s similar (if not identical) in formula but the colors and design are very different. It’s meant to look like waves in the sand and I think it does. The overall stunning presentation of these gelee eyeshadow palettes cannot be ignored or denied.

Dry swatches of the Bronze Sands palette

All of the shades work well together and I have enjoyed using it these past few months. The have such shine and dimension to them! I even featured this in one of my YT videos (yes, I plan to make more SOON). I hesitated to post this- it’s been languishing as a draft for months- because it’s long sold out to my knowledge but if you happen to own it or own similar colors I thought I would also share how I have been wearing it:

For a warmer look

For a cooler look

Estée Lauder continues to impress and amaze me with each new collection they come out with. It’s no longer the brand I once associated only with the over 50 crowd. They really are broadening their horizons and offering up releases that appeal to several age groups and all I can say is “thank you!”

You know how it is when you are like the last person on Earth to see a movie and everyone around you has hyped it up so much that you just have to go see it? They say things like, “Oh MY GAWD, the ENDING was AMAZING!” or “I totally did NOT see that coming!” Then you actually go to the movie and the whole time you are wondering when this big twist, this huge surprise is going to happen and then…. *crickets* Yeah, so I told you that to tell you this: I am kinda disappointed in Moth Brown. Please, don’t go grabbing your torches and pitchforks. Let me explain.

The Legend of Moth Brown began for me around the time I started blogging (Dec. 2010). My interest in it was piqued because, hello, it’s a taupe. And, oh, another hello, it was super limited edition and no longer available. Le sigh. So when I found out it was being repromoted in the By Request collection I knew she would finally be mine. The thing is, once I got her properly settled in she looked less and less amazing next to the other fabulous taupes already well-situated in their habitat that is my makeup room. The texture isn’t nearly as velvety as say Le Métier de Beauté’s Corinthian or Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Delicate Hummingbird and the dimension is lacking too. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely pretty. Just not *as* pretty as what else is already permanently available. Then again, it costs half as much as those other shades.

Clockwise from left: Le Métier de Beauté Corinthian, Chanel Taupe Gris, Chanel Fauve, MAC Moth Brown, Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird, Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing, MAC Satin Taupe

Swatches L-R: Chanel Taupe Gris, Chanel Fauve, MAC Satin Taupe, MAC Moth Brown, Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird, Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing, Le Métier de Beauté Corinthian

If I were to pick just one shade from above I would go with Delicate Hummingbird from Rouge Bunny Rouge. It may be personal preference but the shade and dimension is my favorite and it also has a fabulous buttery texture. Le Métier de Beauté Corinthian comes close though, but it more brown. I was surprised by how almost blue-toned Moth Brown looked when I applied it to my eyes.

Moth Brown is now sold out but don’t fret. I think any of the other above shades will do just fine if you are in search for your perfect taupe. :)

Happy Friday! I’m very grateful for the weekend. It’s been a rough week for me. I had several meeting this week including two that kept me at the office until late in the evening. I’m glad to have some time to rest and unplug. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. :)

Here are some shots I have snapped somewhat recently:

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You can view the previous Friday Film Strip posts here:

Eeek! Fall is just around the corner and I’m finally able to say I’m looking forward to it. I love the summer- the hot days and long nights, the sun, swimming and everything in between. However, the fall is such a special time of year. The brisk air, the falling leaves…everything is just so magical. Including, and this is important, the makeup. That’s why since I first learned of these new shadows being released by Burberry months ago I was already excited for autumn to get here.

The two new shades are #23 Dark Sable and #24 Mulberry and both are gorgeous- though I’ll admit Mulberry steals the show.

Dark Sable

Mulberry

I’ve only just received these, but as you can see from my previous collection post on Burberry eyeshadows, I’m no stranger to their formula and their excellence. They are by far my favorite high end powder eyeshadow. The packaging and etching are the icing on the cake.

Swatches L-R: Burberry Taupe Brown, Burberry Dark Sable, Burberry Mulberry, Burberry Midnight Brown

I was struck by how close Dark Sable was to Taupe Brown. It’s definitely a bit warmer, more brown but I did not expect them to be this similar. That makes Mulberry stand out even more. There isn’t anything like it in the current Burberry line up. It’s a beautiful slightly burgundy brown with loads of dimension, just like Midnight brown. It’s autumnal perfection in pan form. If I could only choose one of the two new shades, it’d hands down be Mulberry.

They are both available online at Nordstrom right now. The shadows retail for $29/each.

 

You may remember a few weeks ago that I posted about one of the 6 new shades to come out with Giorgio Armani’s mid-summer collection- the very gorgeous Eyes to Kill Intense #28. Well, fast forward a month and I have steadily added to the number that I hauled from this collection; 5 of the 6 shades in total. I know, but I simply cannot resist these. The final color that doesn’t particularly interest me is a light pink, #29. You can find these on the Nordstrom website here and they retail for $32/each. I believe I am at close to 20 of the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill shadows at this point- a true testament to how much I enjoy love am obsessed with them.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense #24 Smokey Copper

(P.S.- If you haven’t seen it, do check out the look Temptalia did with this shade. It’s stunning and what I am currently wearing today)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense #25- Rusted Gold

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense #26- Carat Gold

(a surprise hit with me- I *adore* this shade, one of my favorites in my collection)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense #27- Oxidised Silver

I initially wasn’t planning to get this because in some swatches it looked a little too pink/red. But it ends up looking more like a purple-y taupe on me as it did on the other bloggers who convinced me I needed this *shakes angry fist* ;)

Of course it wouldn’t be a good welcome back post if I didn’t do some swatch comparisons!

Clockwise from left (all are Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill): #27, #4, #6, #15, #25, #24, #26 and center is #14.

Swatches L-R (all are Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill): #4, #27, #14, #26, #15, #24, #6, #25

You can see that #4 is much more grey/silver than #27. #14 is a much cooler gold than #26 and #15. #15 is more copper/bronze than #26 and if worn sheerly, #26 makes a beautiful gold. #24 is darker and more dimensional than #6 and #25 is more green and cool toned than both of them.

In all I am extremely happy with the purchases I made from this collection. The shades live up to my expectations in terms of color payoff, wear time and that sparkle factor. If you have never purchased one of these before you are in for a real treat when you do. I haven’t tried a single one that’s made me regret purchasing it. I would start with a shade you feel you will get a lot of use out of (for me that’s been #9- a beautiful peach-champagne color perfect for throwing all over the lid), but of the new shades I don’t know if I could pick just one. I believe thus far my most used is #26, but I think that’s more seasonal related than it is anything else.

Have you tried these before? Is it insane that I wouldn’t mind owning every single shade? >.<  I think I might need to do an overall collection post/my favorites soon!