We're taking a tiny break from Holiday collections to look at a permanent item: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadow 5-Color Palette in Untamed Teal. The Pure Color envy palettes replace Lauder's Pure Color range, which was actually quite fabulous. Like the previous incarnation, these are multi-finish quints with a strong emphasis on neutrals. Several of the palettes also offer a little kick in the form of one or two bolder colors. Untamed Teal is one of them, and obviously I had to had it. Because teal.
All Pure Color Envy palettes include a nude base color in a matte finish and a soft, almost creamy texture. The exact shade varies slightly from one Lauder palette to the other, but they're all variations on beige/cream and should be applied all over the lid to even out the color and make the other eye shadows appear brighter. In Untamed Teal the base is a winter white (I swatched it much more heavily than I'd apply on skin just to show the color. Normal application is sheer and lets the natural skin tone show throw, only brighter and more even). The four other colors are matte chocolate brown, matte true teal, shimmer champagne, and shimmer medium taupe. Obviously the eye shadows can be used in many combinations and go from the most basic neutral day look with just a hint of shimmer where you need it, to high drama, dark smoky eye, bold colorful liner, a hint of bright teal... the possibilities are many. The new Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy formula also allows for wet/dry application. I've taken advantage of it using the teal as I would a liquid liner, with nothing but a wash of shimmery taupe on the lid. It looked much more complex than it really was.
I already mentioned the creaminess of these eye shadows. I absolutely love the texture and the way they blend together. Like the rest of the Pure Color Envy range, this is a very high-quality palette, a luxurious product that gives excellent results. If I didn't already have a somewhat overwhelming number of neutral palettes at my disposal I'd probably run out and buy at least two more of these. As it is, I'm curious to see how it goes as more colors added to the line.
Bottom Line: one of the most useful palettes you can buy.
Estee Lauder Untamed Teal Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadow 5-Color Palette ($50) is available just about everywhere, including esteelauder.com.