With all the excitement over all the summer collections (and there are a lot of them), I don’t think Estee Lauder’s has gotten quite enough attention. Every year, Estee Lauder’s summer collection is a new incarnation of that summer ideal: “Bronze Goddess.” Connoisseurs look forward to new vintages of recurring items like the Bronze Goddess fragrances, and the limited edition blush-bronzers.
This year’s collection (Bronze Goddess Soleil) definitely has that Tom Pecheux flair. The eyes are bright and tropical; the lips are beautiful and wearable.
The Island Oasis eyeshadow palette ($42, limited edition) features six punchy colors: a dark, matte green-black with yellow-green sparkles, a lion-yellow gold shimmer, a lagoon-blue shimmer, a rose-gold duochrome shimmer, a foxy red-brown shimmer, and a sheerish, pinky-beige white.
The ShadowStick Duos are dual-ended chubby pencils ($20, limited edition). You can wear them as liner or smudge them into shadow. 01 Gold Bronze is a very tawny, very yellow gold plus a warm yellow brown. 02 Pink Teal is duochrome pink-gold paired with seafoam teal green.
Tiramisu Pure Color Lipstick ($24) is a soft raspberry pink, which I think will be “my lips but better” for a lot of ladies. I don’t believe this color is limited edition, so fall in love freely.
The three Pure Color Lipglosses ($20) have doe’s foot applicators. Plum Divine is sheer plum with gold and pink sparkles. Blazing Coral is sheer orange with gold and pink sparkles. Sunburst is warm pink with gold sparkles.
Shimmering Bronze nail polish ($19) is limited to this collection; it’s a red-brown frost.
And for ladies who prefer liquid bronzer to powder, Bronze Goddess Liquid is $28.50. It’s buildable; this is a heavy swatch.
Yes, I did save the best for last. Did you ladies know how incredible Estee Lauder bronzers are? Why didn’t you tell me?
The first three bronzers in this photo (01 Soft Matte, 02 Soft Shimmer, and 03 Soft Duo) are permanent to the collection — halleluia! Estee Lauder’s bronzers are amazing.
I swatched them first light/medium, intending to layer more on for a “heavy” swatch. But even as I piled on the product (with a sponge), they never got too deep in color, too powdery or cakey in appearance. This is actually the heavy swatch — I didn’t think my two photos were different enough to warrant posting both.
Soft Shimmer looks quite sparkly in the pan — and I expected it to deliver MAC- or Bobbi Brown-level sparkle, but the sparkle was actually incredibly subtle on the skin.
My first choice for myself would probably be the lightest, peachiest Soft Duo Bronzer (its full name is 03 Soft Duo Bronzer – Medium. I don’t know if there was ever a “duo – light” or a “duo – dark”). The bronzers are $30 each.
And finally! The flagship piece of this collection: the highly coveted Sea Star Bronzing Blush ($34). You’ll know this year’s blush on sight; the two tone powder has a starfish that goes all the way through to the pan. I blended the two shades together to achieve the pretty peach-pink you see in the swatch.