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Testing Elizabeth Arden












Ah, the infamous Elizabeth Arden Red Door.  Discreetly printed into these gorgeous gold compacts, I almost feel like I'm standing outside their 5th Avenue salon.  Almost.

I've been so looking forward to warmer weather that a summery day look was in order.  I love a lightly smoky eye in the summer!  Paired with bronzed skin and juicy lips, it's usually my go-to look for cocktails on a patio.  I kept the base light and simple, under-eye corrector with a little mineral powder on top just to give a nice, matte finish.  On the eyes I used the eye shadow duo in Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Duo in Heathered Plums 04* -- the buttery, lighter shade is perfect for an everyday wash of colour, and the darker shade makes for an amazing liner.

Can we talk about this Pure Finish Radiant Bronzer Powder in Warm* for a moment?  Have you seen anything so beautiful?  The powder is made of four different shades -- a rosy, dark brown, a golden brown, a light ballerina pink and an ivory shot through with gold shimmer.  This isn't one of those bronzers I'd necessarily use to contour; this is a traditional, shimmery, glowifying (that's a word) bronzer.  Use it to fool people into thinking you've had an extra week of holiday.  The Beautiful Colour Radiance Blush in Plum Perfection 03* has an insanely blendable texture (not unlike the eye shadow) and the most subtle, barely-there shimmer running through it.  If you regularly watch my videos, you'll know that I prefer to use the same brush for foundation, blush and bronzer to give it a more seamless finish.

Lips are finished off with a lipstick/lip gloss hybrid that is so pigmented, I can't even put it on full-strength.  Beautiful Colour Luminous Lip Gloss* is chock full of ultrafine pink and silver shimmer to give your lips dimension, and formulated with mango and shea butter to keep your pout hydrated.  The best part?  The built-in mirror.  No joke.

Deets:  These are available online on the Elizabeth Arden site, at most department stores and the occasional Shoppers Drug Mart.  That  beautifully embossed bronzer is limited edition and will run you $38/10g of product.  The blush is permanent and is $26/5.4g, and all eyeshadow duos are $28.50/3g.  That lip gloss goes for $18 --  the same as a MAC Lipglass but with a smidge more product at 5g.

Keep an eye out for a few more Elizabeth Arden -- maybe a few things from the Eight Hour line? We'll see!

*PR Sample


17 comments :

  1. Gorgeous look! Very spring appropriate :-)

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  2. Oh, goodness...so beautiful and perfect for Spring that never seems so slow to arrive (at least in Chicago!!). Who do I call to set up an appointment for you to do my makeup?!! :-)

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    1. My dear, if I am ever in Chicago (it really isn't that much of a stretch, I have no idea why I'm making it sound like Mozambique) or if you should swing by Toronto, it would be my absolute honour to do your makeup =) I'll keep you posted!

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  3. Such a pretty Spring look - the colours are gorgeous and all very soft and wearable. The packaging of the products is lovely too :)

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    1. Thank you! The product is incredibly soft!

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  4. Gorgeous! I am in love with that bronzing powder!

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  5. Ooh my...that powder is gorgeous! And I LOVE the color of the eyeshadow duo--I am very partial to mauvy shadows like that! :D

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    1. Me too, I think it's really flattering for any eye colour!

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  6. WOW! LOVE what you did and this looks like a really pretty collection! I keep thinking of Elizabeth Arden as "old lady" makeup but I need to take another look!

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! I had that impression as well, but I think a lot of these classic beauty houses are really upping their game. Just look how Clarins has developed over the last year or so!

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  7. I never think to look at Elizabeth Arden's make-up but this look you've created is so pretty! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  8. SUCH a pretty look!!! The duo reminds me a little of Hourglass Exhibitionist, and I love how it pairs with the gloss: not too nude, not too bold!

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  9. Oh my god that compact with the bronzer/highlighter is to die for! xx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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