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When I first happened upon this Estee Lauder Fall 2011 Limited Edition Highlighter I wasn't even looking to buy new makeup. I was simply biding my time while Mr. Sith looked for a new keyboard in the mall. But somehow I was summoned by the highlighter from as far away as the Bobbi Brown display. I was in a trance whilst I floated over to the Estee Lauder Fall Collection 2011 display. It was there, shimmering in the halogen lights, that I saw my newest true love. Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée in Modern Mercury.
You see. I need a new highlighter like a need a third boob. I have so many highlighters that it might be possible to use them all for the rest of my life and still have not hit pan on all of them. But that is neither here nor there. Highlighters come in all sorts of colors like boobs come in all sorts of sizes. I decided I could deal with a third boob as much as I could deal with a new highlighter. I purchased the Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée in Modern Mercury and walked out of the store with my new precious and a third cup sewn into my bra.
This is not some ordinary highlighter tho. So maybe it's not third boob material! It is described by Estee Lauder as a "'tribrid' system of liquid, powder and gel.". According to Estee Lauder "...this 'multi-powder' formula creates a theatrical blur of shimmer on the skin when applied dry and a fierce flush of color when applied wet." Apply a highlighter wet!? Oh my, the possibilities!
Let's look at the key things that make this highlighter unique and not third boob-esque.
1. The Creator. Created by Estee Lauder's very own Tom Pecheux. He has turned around the image of Estee Lauder Old Lady makeup to Estee Lauder Wow they have awesome stuff makeup!
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2. The Color. It isn't bronze, it isn't white, it isn't pink it isn't gold. It's ALL of these colors depending on how it is applied and where the light hits it. It's a chameleon. When applied dry the result is moderate to subtle rosy gold metallic sheen. Applied wet (dampening the included sponge applicator) and the color is an opaque metallic pink copper. The surface is slightly marred by the damp sponge applicator but it seems to slightly settle back into place once it dries.
3. The Formula. A silky powder that doesn't feel or act like a powder. It glides on and then melts into your skin imparting a beautiful rose gold bronze sheen. It's gelee base is actually slightly squishy..no like a mousse but more like a super ball. It has some give when you press on it and when you press on it you don't lave fingerprints in the powder. While Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée in Modern Mercury certainly isn't subtle, it does have the potential to look subtle depending on application (like using a fluffy brush)...or if you want to really metallic it up then you can apply it with the damp sponge applicator without the product turning muddy or chalky on your skin.
So there you have it. a Nice justification for you to purchase this highlighter and NOT have to add a third cup to your bra.
Do you NEED this? YES. It has obsessive Gollum-like possibilities (Lord O The Rings Reference) of preciousness and won't make you grow a third boob! This Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée in Modern Mercury is Limited Edition. It retails for $40 USD and can be purchased from EsteeLauder.com and at your local Estee Lauder counter/retailer.
Oh and P.S. If it looks like there is a wave in the product...there is. It's not a flat surface. It's pretty neat!