I know every time new seasonal collections launch it’s always so hard to believe we are already looking at products meant to be used 2 seasons away. Although, with the recent launch of Estée Lauder’s summer collection, it’s definitely a welcome change from the snowy weather we have had here in Chicago this week.
It’s no surprise that my stand-out pick from the collection is the new illuminating powder gelee in Heat Wave. A cruel irony is that the day Heat Wave arrived on my doorstep we were pummeled with 8 inches of snow…
Nevertheless I was super excited to see Heat Wave in person, and I was not disappointed.
Unlike last summer’s launch, Heat Wave is much lighter and much more wearable. It’s the gilded, less rosey sister of the original gelee, Modern Mercury. In summation: perfect for summer. Bronzed goddess looks will easily be nailed with this in your makeup rotation.
I love the design this time as well. The ray of light effect is perfect and geometrically fun to play with…
If you didn’t already know, would you take this for a picture of makeup? I don’t think I would….
I thought I’d bring out the other illuminating powder gelee’s that Estée Lauder has released for a quick round up:
Modern Mercury is the one that started it all, the quick to sell out and rare to find piece that is one of the most gorgeous highlighters I have ever touched. Topaz Chameleon was released last spring and is an incredibly pigmented bronze shade. Shimmering Sands followed in the summer last year, and turned out to be much darker than I had anticipated and is also the least shimmery of the gelees released thus far. Heat Wave is of course the latest release and fans of the original Modern Mercury should not hesitate to snatch this up. It will surely sell out and be difficult to find soon enough.
Swatches L-R (sunlight) Topaz Chameleon, Shimmering Sands, Heat Wave, Modern Mercury
You can see the clear difference in all 4 in terms of shade, but also worth noting is that Modern Mercury and Heat Wave are the closest in terms of texture and shimmer. If you found Modern Mercury a bit too intense or dark in color, Heat Wave will probably look better to you.
I also pulled out a few shades of highlighters from other brands that I thought might be similar:
Clockwise from bottom: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone, MAC Whisper of Gilt, Estée Lauder Heat Wave, Jemma Kidd Rose Gold, Benefit Watt’s Up
Swatches L-R (sunlight): Benefit Watt’s Up, Becca Moonstone, Estée Lauder Heat Wave, MAC Whisper of Gilt, Jemma Kidd Rose Gold
In terms of texture, only Heat Wave and Whisper of Gilt are actually powders (albeit hybrids) and they are also the closest in color. Whisper of Gilt is warmer on my skin than Heat Wave, if not peachier. You can see the difference in warmth in the swatches, but your skin tone may play up or play down that slight variation. The texture is somewhat smoother on Heat Wave, but the formula on both feels very similar. Moonstone is much lighter, less shimmer and more glow. Watt’s Up is a distant relative being a full cream product and much less shimmery, but similar in tone. Rose Gold is, well, rosier and is also more toned down in the shimmer department.
As I said above, if you were a fan of the original Modern Mercury or regret missing out on it, don’t wait around to buy Heat Wave. I see it being a quick sell out. Highlighters happen to be quite an addiction for me, so I might be biased here. But don’t say I didn’t warn you…
You can pick up Heat Wave on the Estée Lauder website, and it retails for $40. However, Macy’s is running a gift with purchase right now on any $35 Estée Lauder purchase, so I’d start with them here.