Every year Estee Lauder comes out with an iconic summer collection and it's easy to understand why I feel the need to purchase at least one item: bright colours, smart products, sweat resistant formulations and the always outstanding quality guaranteed by the brand.
This year I went for the Bronze Goddess eyeshadow palette.
First of all I would like to thank Estee Lauder for NOT doing a Brazil-Rio themed collection, it has been a bit boring to see the same subject all over the brands.
The palette it's just outstanding and please, do me a favour, don't call it a summer-only palette: I firmly believe we will spend autumn winter and spring together.
The packaging is quite simple but elegant with its tortoise motif, with a wide mirror inside, always very appreciated for touch ups on the go ( if you are a bit like me, the on the go touch ups are quite frequent and that means: in the tram, in the elevator, in a staircase, in a taxi..)
It has got a selection of five neutral shades plus three metallic hues highly pigmented.
The nude shades are easy to blend and all with a matte finish.
We've got a pale beige (ideal for highlighting the browbone), a soft brown, a caramel colour, a brown and a taupe shade, where the last two are perfect to define the crease
The gold, the bronze and the purple shades have got a buttery consistency, an intense finish and they are very long lasting, considering they have been tested in the hot Italian summer!
It works for a nude look with bright lips, it works for a dramatic metallic smoky eye, it works for an everyday use, it is just perfect to be incorporated in my basic make up kit.
The palette includes a double ended applicator, the little sponge one is quite useful when I apply the metallics wet whilst the brush one does a good job with the blending of the nudes.
You can still find the palette at the estee Lauder counters (spotted yesterday in Selfridges!) priced £40, so I can only say: buy it, you won't regret it.