Shopping the stash: Estee Lauder Pure Color All-Over Illuminator

Shopping the stash: Estee Lauder Pure Color All-Over Illuminator

Unrelated to this post, but I have just pulled the trigger on my first ever vault buy (you know, every color of a certain item in a box). Pterodactyl screech. But for today I decided to do some stash shopping, because believe it or not, I actually own things I haven’t even shown on this blog.

I am fairly sure this stick was part of a past Bronze Goddess Collection: Estee Lauder Pure Color All-over Illuminator. I don’t know how long ago that was though. This is a highlighting stick, which as the name implies you can use all over the face or body as desired.

Unblended swatch. It has a bronzed coral color with gold shimmer. The finish is glossy and it does not dry down. Obviously, while on other complexions this is a highlighter, on me it’s a blush.

Blended swatch. This gives a lovely hint of subtle color with shine.

I apply it directly from the stick and blend with fingers. This works best on a light base. The more coverage you got, the more likely the cream is going to lift your foundation. Also works perfectly on makeup-free skin. I prefer this for no makeup makeup looks in summer, when I’m going to sweat and get shiny anyway. With this stick I can at least pretend the shine is intentional. While the color fades a little throughout the day the shine and shimmer stay all day.

It can also be applied to lips and eyelids for a bit of shimmer (you’re not going to get opaque color) but as the product never sets, it’s going to end up in creases sooner or later. It does give a lovely freshness, though. For comparison: this on my lips is more visible than Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Beige Dore. And this stick isn’t actually meant to be a lipstick.

This is perfect for adding lightly glossy finishes without having to use the goopy stuff.

Like most Bronze Goddess items this was LE and is not available anymore, but they might bring it back one day? I’m glad I snagged it up, even though it’s really not compatible with heavy bases and powdered faces. I only ever use it in the summer (or sometimes in the winter when I’m longing for summer), so despite having it for years there is still a lot of product left.

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