Thursday, June 5, 2014

Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Collection | Nail Lacquer, Shimmer Lip Gloss and Illuminating Gelée Powder Blush


Estee Lauder has released a mini collection called Crystal Baby which I spotted at Nordstrom last week. I haven't been able to find any information about this on the web so I'm not sure if it's an exclusive to Nordstrom or will be released elsewhere. I picked up three items, but entire collection consists of:
I snapped a really quick photo with my iPhone at the counter:


The three items I purchased are the Nail Lacquer, Shimmer Lip Gloss and Illuminating Gelée Powder Blush. Swatches here and more details below:




The Crystal Baby Nail Lacquer is a soft shimmering nude pink that flashes a hint of blue, violet and pearl sparkles. On the nails it's very neutral on my skin. With my current skintone it's almost a nude because it matches my olive complexion. However I love how it gives a subtle polished look which I find office appropriate for conservative work places. I didn't have time to test this long since I took it off after two days to try other products. In my experience Estee Lauder polishes are average for lasting power 3-4 days max.




Some comparisons to Chanel Rose Cache, Chanel Frisson, Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle, Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir, OPI A Butterfly Moment (review here), Dior Incognito (gel) and Dior Frimas (review here, from holiday). I find OPI A Butterfly Moment to be pretty close in color. The difference is subtle but the Estee Lauder is a tad bit more pink.


Crystal Baby Lip Gloss is a warm frosted pink with lots of pearl. If you can tolerate the fig scent it's a really pretty color. It has enough color to wear alone although I like to wear this on top of other lipsticks for added shine. It's not sheer but not full coverage - I find it falls somewhere in between.



Crystal Baby Illuminating Gelée Powder Blush is a unique gel-powder. Similar in concept to prior limited-edition Gelées by Estee Lauder, this one has intense shimmer. On my skin it's not frosty but I do need to apply with a light and gentle hand. It applies well with a loose fluffy brush all over the cheeks as a highlight or on the eyes. You can use the sponge it comes with but it makes the shimmer more intense. I found it did not emphasize pores with a light swipe, although if you swipe one swipe too many it will emphasize imperfections. It's a lovely light opalescent pink. I recommend applying with a light hand.



Comparisons below to Armani Fluid Sheer #8 (reviewed here), MAC Fairly Precious (reviewed here), NARS Adelaide (review here, still available at NARS), Estee Lauder Tease (discontinued) and Bobbi Brown Pink Shimmer Brick (appears to have been discontinued).


I found this mini collection to be an unexpected surprise. I discovered it on route to the Chanel counter at my local Nordstrom. I'm glad the display caught my eye. All the items I picked out are lovely delicate feminine colors. Thumbs up on all items from me. According to the sales rep the entire collection is limited-edition. Available now at Nordstrom.



13 comments:

  1. Hey Sabrina, what a lovely collection! Crystal Baby was one of my first high-end lippies back in the days and I still have it for sentimental value ^^. So fun that they made a matching blush too! I found some more info on the collection here in case you were interested http://www.chicprofile.com/2014/06/estee-lauder-crystal-baby-pure-color-summer-2014-collection.html. Hope this helps! :)

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  2. I loooooove pink. How could I not want stuff from this collection lol? Definitely would be interested in seeing the lipsticks but the illuminator is just so pretty.

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  3. i hope it comes to canada!
    i am heading to san francisco in a couple weeks. hopefully it won't be sold out so i can pick one up.

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  4. Evo, I am from Calgary and I called The Bay, they didn't have it in stock and knew nothing about it! I had to order mine from Nordstrom over the phone.

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  5. Oh. My. Goodness. I need that Crystal Baby blush badly!! It's such a beautiful colour and could work so well as a blush and/or highlighter! I can't wait for this to be released in Australia :)
    x
    Phoebe | Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

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  6. I've only ever swatched the gelee blush formula but it kind of reminds me of the MAC In Extra Dimensions formula. Hope I see this soon here in NZ!

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  7. I have got Tease so I don´t need the Crstal Baby! but it looks so gorgeous <3

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  8. Oh wow, look at that blush! It is stunning! The whole collection is so pretty! :)

    http://www.youtube.com/user/porridgenpickles89

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  9. The powder blush is killing me. How gorgeous. <3

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  10. Amazing! I need that blush <3

    http://www.darlingdeedee.com

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  11. What a beautiful collection! Estee Lauder's nail lacquers are the best!!

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  12. I love it! My first thought on the nail color was OPI A Butterfly Moment. but this looks more glass flecked. It is pretty. why does it say Exclusively for Asia? If I can't get it here, I am going to send my husband on an errand on his upcoming business trip. "Excuse me, gentleman, I need to visit the Estee Lauder counter" LOL

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  13. Does anyone know when this is coming to the UK?

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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