Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2013

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess display 2013Every year, I look forward to Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess collection. The very words evoke for me a magical island, where sun-worshipping is entirely divorced from sun damage. Where I lounge about at fabulous parties, dripping in gold jewelry. In this fantasy, I look exactly like Hilary Rhoda.

Let’s start by talking about the parts of the collection I didn’t swatch.

No Bronze Goddess collection is complete without the Bronze Goddess fragrance. This year’s (new and limited edition) offering is Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche SkinScent ($60). The fragrance lovers on Fragrantica have reported its similarity to the 2010 edition, as well as the Tom Ford Azuree Soleil. The Eau Fraiche comes in a semi-transparent gold bottle, 3.4 oz (100 mL).

This year, instead of a flanker fragrance, Estee Lauder is offering the same scent in a limited edition Body Oil Spray ($50, 3.4 oz).

Summer also means the return of Bronze Goddess Liquid Bronzer ($28.50), previously swatched here.

One lovely, random detail of this year’s collection is that several products (the powder bronzers, fragrance, body oil, and liquid bronzer) come in special packaging. I love these prints. If Estee Lauder had released scarves or handbags with the collection, I would have been all over them.
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2013 packaging
The collection itself contains a limited edition five-color eyeshadow palette, Batik Sun ($48). It contains an opulent, saturated, satin orange with a gold sheen; a shimmery beaten gold; a shimmery cool brown; a shimmery (almost glittery) beige silk; and a satin teal (which is slightly drier than the other shades).

There’s a limited edition, dual-ended, waterproof liquid eyeliner: Black Sands (in black and bronze) for $29.

There’s also a limited edition nail polish, coral creme Hot Spell ($20).
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For lips, you can go warm (with new, limited edition, “hot red”/pink-coral Solar Crush) or cool (with repromoted, limited edition Fuchsia Fever. The name says it all). The Pure Color lipsticks are $25 each.

Estee Lauder is also introducing a new product, Sheer Roller Gloss, a sheer gloss in a tube with a rollerball applicator. The metal ball does feel neat (and cooling) against your lips, and Squeeze has an old-school Bubbalicious watermelon bubblegum scent (I didn’t realize the two shades had different scents until I was home, browsing Estee Lauder’s website).

Succulent is nominally a sheer warm pink, and Squeeze a sheer cool pink, but the colors are so very sheer that if the one you want is out of stock, I think you could safely buy the other. The gloss feels a bit sticky on the lips, but rollerball doesn’t dispense a lot of product, so the stickiness could be the formula, or it could be not-quite-enough-gloss on my lips.
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What would a summer collection be without bronzers?  Estee Lauder overhauled their bronzer offering this year, and the shades they are debuting now will be the line’s permanent offering going forward.

Let me start by saying that I loved the last incarnation of Estee Lauder’s powder bronzers (swatched here), and I hate change.

The new bronzers, despite their intensity- or skintone-identifying names, all seem pretty similar. The chief difference between them seems to be undertone. Light is peachy; Medium is rosy; Medium Deep is quite yellow; Deep is red-bronze.

More heavily swatched, and in a different order:
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Because it was difficult to distinguish between the shades, I swatched them one more time, REALLY heavily (with eyeshadow applicators).
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Last, but certainly not least, the collection contains a limited edition Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee, Heat Wave ($40). The shimmery, wet/dry, “gel-powder” formula instantly became one of Lauder’s signature items when it was introduced in fall 2011.

I adore Heat Wave; it’s my favorite gelee so far. The original gelee (which had no name), Topaz Chameleon, and Shimmering Sands were nearly metallic and very shimmery. They were so intense I found them intimidating. Heat Wave is unusually subtle, a swoon-worthy, sparkly beige highlighter.

The Bronze Goddess collection is available everywhere Estee Lauder is sold, so let’s just focus on the retailers that offer free shipping at any price: Nordstromicon, Neiman Marcusicon (code MARCHFS), and

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8 Responses to “Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2013”

  • Katherine Smith says:

    Hey, girl! Good to have you back! I have really enjoyed the Dillards and Macy’s Estee Lauder GWPs this year. Do you know when Neiman’s or Nordie’s is scheduled?

  • stef b says:

    thanks for sharing!

    those bronzers look so natural!

  • Deanna says:

    Aw, I has decided not to buy anything from this collection based on other reviews and swatches. But you make them look so darn good Karla! The eyeshadows look amazing and I think I will cave and purchase the highlighter. Sigh.

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Katherine, I’ll ask in-store. says “GWP!”, but it’s just deluxe samples of Re-Nutriv face and eye, not the bag-and-all that they usually offer.

  • I want the bronzers! Summer is just around the corner and I am my usual pale pasty white.. They have a really good BB cream I really like to.

  • Meg says:

    Thank you for the product info and awesome swatches, Karla!! Question for you… Can you compare the new bronzers to the previous Matte Bronzer color-wise? Would you say that “Light” or “Medium” is the same or closest to the shade of the previous incarnation? Thanks!!!

  • vivian says:

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  • Jessica says:

    Hi Karla
    I am a huge fan of the Bronze Goddess soft matte bronzer from their previous collection. It has been a favourite for many years! I see that they are no longer making this bronzer, but there are four new colours. Can you please let me know which new bronzer you think is most similar to the old soft matte bronzer.
    Many thanks

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