Sunday, March 30, 2014

Elizabeth Arden Summer Escape Limited Edition Color Collection

Elizabeth Arden's Spring/Summer '14 collection, Summer Escape features some limited edition pieces for eyes, face, lips and nails in brights, metallics and shimmery bronzes.The complete collection includes - Pure Finish Summer Escape Bronzing Powder, Pure Finish Cool Radianc Highllighter, Pure Finish Cream Eye Shadow, Beautiful Color Gloss Stick, Beautiful Color Define & Highlight Eyeliner Duo, Lenghtening Mascara and Beautiful Color High Gloss Nail Lacquer.  I have a few of the standout products from the collection with some quick thoughts and swatches. *Press Samples

Beautiful Color Gloss Stick ( $19.50; comes in four gorgeous shades ranging from a nude pink to a bright coral, three of which I tried and absolutely love. Sea Breeze is a creamy, slightly metallic nude pink, Pink Sky is a light, mauve pink and Sunrise is a slightly bright, glossy pink. These gloss sticks have more of a sheen than an ultra glossy finish. Sunrise is a tad more glossy than the other two, although all of them have a satin-like quality to them. They feel a lot like NARS' satin lip pencils to me, with a little more of a shine. My favorite is Sunrise, its a super wearable, yet bright pink that looks like it'd flatter a variety of skin tones. All of them are moderately pigmented and the color builds up nicely without feeling heavy. These do come with a sharpener included. As for how moisturizing they are, I think they are perfect for spring/summer when the weather isn't all that dry, otherwise, I would recommend a light layer of balm underneath. Slightly waxy on the first swipe, but it gets much better and glossier with use. Definitely worth checking out if you like quick & easy lip products.

Sea Breeze, Pink Sky, Sunrise

Pure Finish Cream Eye Shadow ($21; comes in three shades, goes on sheer, with a buildable intensity. Sand Dollar is a shimmery champagne and Anchors Away is a metallic grey taupe. Both colors go on a tad sheer on the first swipe and have a gorgeous satin like sheen to them. The texture is super soft, almost like a mousse, bouncy to the touch and very forgiving on dry lids. I did notice that both shades seem to have been dried out a bit around the sides of the jar, but I din't have any issues with blendability or staying power. Sand Dollar especially is a tad more shimmery compared to Anchors Away, which is much more flattering against my skintone. These are quite long wearing as well and work nicely as bases or when used alone.

Sand Dollar, Anchors Away

Wearing Pure Finish Eye Shadow in Anchors Away and Beautiful Color Gloss Stick in Sunrise

Have you checked out anything from Elizabeth Arden's Summer Escape Collection yet?

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