The fall collection from Estee Lauder is called Blue Dahlia, and from the moment the promo photos came out, the “pinwheel” eyeshadow palettes invited comparison with Guerlain’s. And Estee’s palettes are only $40 — less than half price.
Blue Dahlia contains a satin turquoise, a shimmery grey taupe, a matte black, a very sheer white with aqua sparkles (but these didn’t transfer to my arm very well), and a satin blue-black.
Surreal Violet offers a satin orchid, a matte factory-grey, a matte dark violet, a shimmery white, and a satin freesia.
I asked whether the center shade was intended as a liner, and the sales associate told me that all five pans are shadows, though the center does work well as a liner.
Apparently these shadows can also be used wet or dry because the formula (and all EL eyeshadows going forward) incorporates “True Vision” technology.
True Vision eyeshadows are said to be long-lasting, fade-resistant, crease-resistant, and pigmented. They come in four finishes: matte (which is described as suede-like), satin (low-lustre, sheen), luminous (lustrous sparkle), and metallic (intense).