Thursday, December 30, 2010

Estee Lauder Spring 2011 Collection Wild Violet


New Year's Day is not yet behind us and already the spring collections are on the counters! I picked up a few pieces today from Estee Lauder's spring collection "Wild Violet."

I was very happy with the Extravagant Gold palette from the holiday collection, and was hoping the latest offering, Wild Violet, would have the same great, smooth texture and intense pigmentation. It consists of a sparkly white-gold/champagne, a soft metallic medium-brown, a bright and shimmery brassy gold, a smoky mink-brown, and a dark matte violet infused with subtle pink sparkles. It is very similar in quality to the Extravagant Gold palette, but the two lightest shades have extra-fine glitter flecks that catch the light, making it a bit more sparkly overall.

I also picked up the Pure Color single Untamed Violet along with its complementing liner. I'm not a big fan of the blue-toned violet shades, being more partial to true purples, plums and burgundies, but I thought I would give this one a try! Swatches and photos are in a separate post here.

I only chose one lipstick, Wild Blossom, which is a creamy, very light pastel peachy-pink, with gold shimmer. It's a little too light for my taste but will try to make it work. I'm sorry I don't have any photos or swatches of the other lip products offered.

My nails are in such bad shape at the moment that I didn't polish them with the lovely Wild Storm nail lacquer, but you will see below a very poor-quality iPhone photo with this shade on my thumb. It's a very pretty, but not entirely unique, gunmetal. I like the formula though and this would be a nice shade to have if you don't already have a metallic grey in your collection. Visit Vampy Varnish for close-up photos and much better swatches of this shade, along with some of the other products in this collection.

(For reference, my skintone is fair-medium with slight warm tones. I can use Bobbi Brown 2.0 Sand or Estee Lauder Desert Beige)

Pure Color Lipstick
Wild Blossom




Pure Color Eye Palette
Wild Violet










Pure Color Nail Lacquer
Wild Storm


Below is a lame iPhone photo -- I was at the MAC counter, but this is the Estee Lauder Wild Storm polish on my nail. I know it's probably not that helpful, but thought I'd post it anyway! My nails are so short right now--it seems the more I polish them the worse shape they are in, sadly, so I had to cut them down and am giving them a break from polish for a while.



And some more of my "reconaissance" ;)  iPhone photos. These items were at the Macy's counter, and were being offered only as a pre-sale for pick up on January 20th, but I was later able to purchase them at Nordstrom.



Above: The first color from the top is Untamed Violet, followed by all of the shades from the Wild Violet palette and off to the side is a swatch of the Wild Blossom lipstick.

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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great pictures and review, the quad may be a bit too warm overall for me, probably a good thing as I think the Chanel spring release will eat up all my money ;)

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  2. The palette looks lovely! Thanks so much for posting swatches.

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  3. Hi Replica - it is a pretty palette, but there are so many other lovely offerings from the spring collections! Happy New Year :)

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  4. Julia, It's a nice palette, if you don't already have something similar in your collection. Happy New Year!

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