Yes, I know, the post is a little late and the only colours in Toronto we see these days are brown and grey… but whatevs. Just humour me.
Elizabeth Arden was one of those brands that I associated with more mature women and never paid attention to. I don’t read a lot about Elizabeth Arden on the beauty blogosphere either. I was given the opportunity to test drive the products from their Fall 2012 collection and I must say, I’m pleasantly surprised!
Elizabeth Arden Fall 2012 Collection
My favourite product from the collection is the Ceramide Cream Blush in Nectar ($24). It’s a beautiful rosy peach shade that is flatters most skin tones and brightens the complexion. The blush is very pigmented, so a little bit is all you need. The texture is perfect, too; it blends easily and dries to a non-sticky, luminous finish.
Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Mulberry ($22.50) is a creamy berry-burgundy with gold shimmer. The shade to me is a bit old-fashioned, and not really my cup of tea. Nothing bad to say about the formula: it provides even colour and melts on to the lips without dragging and irritating chapped lips.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Nectar / Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Mulberry
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Nectar / Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Mulberry – swatches
High Shine Sparkling Lip Gloss in Sparkling Ruby ($15) is a spiced red lipgloss with gold micro-shimmer. I mentioned before that I’m a lipgloss snob, but this is actually really nice. It’s non-sticky, non-goopy, unscented, and a beautiful high shine gloss for that Victoria’s Secret pout.
Another product that I really fell in love with is the Smooth Line Lip Pencil in Crimson ($18). It is a creamy brick red lip liner that has a lip brush on the opposite end for feathering in the product on to the lips. Love the gorgeous texture of this one, and I’d even wear it sans lipstick and just a little bit of Crimson gloss on top.
Elizabeth Arden High Shine Sparkling Lip Gloss in Sparkling Ruby / Smooth Line Lip Pencil in Crimson
Elizabeth Arden High Shine Sparkling Lip Gloss in Sparkling Ruby / Smooth Line Lip Pencil in Crimson – swatches
For eyes, the collection has this Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Duo in Heathered Plums ($28.50), a duo of a shimmery purple taupe and a matte deep burgundy. It’s pretty, eh? The texture of the eyeshadows are smooth and sheer. Perfect for someone who wants an effortless and fool proof smokey eye. It’s so easy: pop the shimmery taupe all over the lid up to the crease, then smudge the burgundy along the lash line and blend into the taupe.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Duo in Heathered Plums
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Duo in Heathered Plums – swatches
Elizabeth Arden Fall Glam Look by Rebecca Restrepo
While some of the colours aren’t what I’d usually wear, there’s a lesson learned here: the textures of all the products are on point. I am really impressed by the creaminess of the products, and I’d be curious to look at the rest of the Elizabeth Arden line to find shades that I do like to wear. Don’t judge a book by its cover, kids.