The Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Magnetic Eye and Face Palettes Review & Swatches
This eye palette first caught my eye on a visit to Sephora, but I thought it was expensive at $70 CND, so I didn’t buy, but later I saw it on the website and realised that for that price you actually get two palettes which made it much more affordable. This went in and out of my online shopping basket over the next few weeks until I last went to Sephora and there was only one left on the shelf. I thought this must be fate, so now it is all mine!
As I mentioned, this is a two palette lot, one that is an eye palette and one for the face that can also be used on the eyes. The exterior of the palettes are very pretty, the eye palette (Gritty) is black and glittery and the face palette (Glow) is silver and glittery. They are magnetic, so you can attach them back-to-back which I found very handy for storage and ease of use. Did I mention they are very pretty?
Right off the bat, before discussing the actual shades themselves, I have to say the quality of these shadows is amazing. They are incredibly pigmented and unbelievably smooth and soft to the touch. They go on like butter and have great staying power. But onto the nitty gritty, or should I say glow and gritty?
Estee Edit Gritty Eye Palette
Let's start off with the eye palette as it is the most eye-catching - no pun intended! There are six large pans and you only have to look at them to see their shimmery qualities. The names of the shades are labelled on the back of the palette for reference, you know how I like to have the shade names on my palettes.
The top half of the swatches are over primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) and the bottom half are on bare skin so that you can get an idea of how they look on both. All swatches done with a brush.
Swerve: This is a deep coppery gold with warm undertones and lots of shimmer. The texture of this is so smooth and buttery, it goes onto the eyelid like a dream and the pigment is incredible. As you can see from the swatch, the shade is just the same over primer as it is on my bare skin. It blends beautifully and stayed on my eyelids for 10 hours with no signs of wear.
Riff: A very pretty light pink that had great pigmentation and was soft and buttery to apply. There was no difference in the shade on primed or unprimed skin and it lasted a good 8 hours before signs of fading.
Burn: This is a deep brown with deep red tones and of course, shimmer. This shades was a little deeper over primer but still had great pigmentation without. It is soft and buttery and glides on beautifully. This lasted around 8 hours on me before it started to fade.
Wavy: A beautiful teal shade with, you’ve guessed it, shimmer. Once again it was very pigmented and worked equally well over primer or bare skin. Very smooth and soft and applied well. This lasted a good 10 hours on me.
Mood: A deep black with a matte finish that has added sparkle in the form of glitter. This was the one shade in the palette that I saw a definite difference between using it on primer and not. When used without primer I found this has some fallout and was a little sheer, but over primer the shade was much deeper and had no fallout. This lasted around 7 hours as an eyeshadow, but longer when used as a liner.
Trip: How do I describe this shade, well it is brown, it is blue, it is purple. This is a duo chrome shade that really does shine different shades depending on the light and angle viewed it. This has to be my favourite shade of the palette, it is just so pretty. The pigment is amazing and works equally well on primer or bare skin. This is incredibly buttery and a dream to wear and lasted 9 hours with no fading. I have included a few images to try to show the shade variations.
Estee Edit Glow Face & Eye Palette
Snowlit: This is a shimmery white with warm golden tones. It is very soft and buttery and glides over the skin. It gives a lovely warm glow, so is great as a brow highlighter as well as great on the cheeks, or anywhere else you want to use it. I wore this for over 8 hours with no signs of fading. The colour payoff is better over primer than without.
14K Glow: This is a warm gold with orange tones and great shimmer. Great on both primed and unprimed skin and glides on smoothly. I have used this on both my eyes and cheeks and it wore for a good 8 hours on both.
1st Light: This is a pretty peach with golden shimmer. I used this on my cheeks both as a highlighter and over blush and it went on smoothly and evenly. Density can be built up, so you can go for the subtle highlight, or full on glow. This also lasted a good eight hours on me.
Gleam: This is a warm peach shade with shimmer that on my pale skin is almost too dark for a cheek highlighter, but worked well on my eyes. Of course, for people with more colour than me it will be a great highlighter. This was again very smooth to apply and worked well on both primed and unprimed skin. It gives a lovely glow, depending on how it catches the light.
Ray: This is a warm coppery shade with warm undertones. I imaging this would look beautiful on women of colour, but I could not use this simply as a highlight as is s too dark for my pasty skin. It is very smooth and applies well on either primed or bare skin. It lasted over nine hours on me.
Beachy: Similar to Ray, but deeper and very warm toned, again much too dark for a highlighter for pale ol' me. I used it on my eyes and it went on great with no difference in pigmentation on primed or bare skin. It lasted over 9 hours and did not fade.
I really am in love with these palettes. The pigmentation is amazing and they are all so soft and buttery to use they make applying makeup heavenly. I am so pleased I succumbed to temptation and got this palette. It might seem that $70 CND is a high price for a palette, but let's not forget, you get two here and the quality is just amazing.
I had never tried any Estee Lauder eyeshadows before, and suddenly within a week I owned this and the Estee lauder x Victoria Beckham Eye Palette. I have to say both palettes are amazing quality and both shot right to the top of my OMG meter. At first glance, the VB palette and the Gritty palette look to be very similar, but they really are not. I may do a comparison of the two in the future so you can see what I mean.
If you have been considering this palette, I would say go for it, you shouldn’t be disappointed. If you haven't been considering, then I urge you to give it a try. This is one of the best quality eyeshadow palettes I have used in a long while. I will definitely be seeking out other Estee Lauder eyeshadows based on these two palettes.
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