A while ago I was sent a mixture of The Estee Edit products to play with so I thought I would do a group review of the items I tried. If you don’t know, The Estee Edit is a selection of ‘can’t go wrong’ essentials; the range is very much part of Estee Lauder but has a youthful fresh feel, from the products themselves to the packaging. Kendall Jenner is one of the big names representing the brand.
So let’s have a look at everything. Please excuse me of for the small swatches – I am really quite unwell at the moment.
So first up…
The Edgiest Kohl Shadow Stick.
I have The Edgiest Kohl Shadow Stick in 04 Twisted, 06 Royal Scandal, 10 Violet Taboo (£17 each).
The Kohl Shadow stick is a 3 in 1 product; an eyeshadow, a liner and a primer. It is supposed to last for 24 hours. (Note: Violet Taboo is not to be used on the waterline – which is exactly what I did below. Whoops).
Now, I love an eyeshadow stick I really do so I was very excited to try these. I love the vibrant fun colours – I think all of these shades work well to contrast my orange-brown eyes since they are on the opposite end of the colour wheel. There are more natural colours too if that is your thing.
My main thought when using these was the texture – pigment was medium and certainly buildable or can easily be blended to a natural finish (although whats the point with colours this vibrant?). I noticed they were quite oily…let’s say compared to Bobbi Brown or Charlotte Tilbury eye crayons, they are not as thick, they have more of a slick feel. In fact, I wondered if the wet look was part of this product’s charm…more importantly, would it therefore crease. I have a deep crease!
I am happy with the pigment, and the texture despite being oily when applied sets to leave a sheen. I had some creasing at the end of the day which is quite standard really with most eye crayons. What I really like it this pencil as a base because of the oily texture I felt at first, it means powder or indeed glitter sticks well.
I would recommend The Edgiest Kohl Shadow Stick for people looking for a vibrant eye crayon in an unusual colour who wants a pencil they can blend a bit before it sets (some fast dry crayons don’t suit everyone).
Ok I guess shade transformer lipsticks aren’t THAT weird but they aren’t something your average joe just decides to buy especially not at a high price point.
Lip Flip Shade Transformer (£15 each) comes in yellow (!) and black. Yellow exists to lighten your lipstick but since it is YELLOW it adds orange-ness to lipsticks. I will show you below. No I wouldn’t wear this alone but I am boring when it comes to super bright colours on the lips.
The black is to darken or add intensity. They are both ‘Matte Finish’
Can I just say the lipstick packaging is GORGEOUS. I love that they are heavy weight and the same design as the classic EL case but with a funky twist.
So here I used a bright matte red orange. The top is with the black and the bottom is with the yellow. The middle image is the lipstick alone.
Actually – it does work. It’s ok. Do I think I will use these regularly? Well no, I just don’t have time but if you are creative with make up and don’t want to buy a million shades, sure, why not?
The Estee Edit Hi Lo Stylo Contour Highlight Pencil in Medium/Dark (£22) I do not get. And I wanted to.
This product is a dual ended chunky pencil. It combines waxes and powder and blends away for a flawless finish.
Not for me though…
Here is the problem. The darker side is a very dark chestnut brown which IF you have the skills I am sure you can contour like a pro if you are not great at it like me, then you just look like you’ve had a fight with nutella on toast. It’s just SO pigmented. This could look great on darker skintones though.
The highlighter shade is a glittery chunky gold glitter which is slightly sheer. I ADORE GOLD GLITTER. GOLD GLITTER FOR LIFE. HOWEVER.
On my face? Let’s not go back to being 16 again. On my eyes YES YES YES. Down my nose? Top of my cheeks? Yes of course you can wear what you like and it would be great for parties but reviewing this as a busy mum of two, I would decline from using a very pigmented dark warmish brown to contour which I just know I could get wrong in a single stroke, and a glittery gold to highlight.
So look – it’s a mixed bag of stuff BUT I LOVE the packaging, I love that this range is different, creative, something new so yeah, keep doing what you’re doing, The Estee Edit!
The Estee Edit is exclusive to Estee Lauder and Selfridges online.