June 03, 2013

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer 2013 - Batik Sun Palette

With the seasons seemingly being a hit-and-miss affair this year, I'm pulling out every summer-themed makeup item in an attempt to invoke some kind of sympathetic magic. Luckily, there is an array to choose from, so though it may not feel like summer, it will darn well LOOK like summer.

The Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess collection offers up the usual suspects this year, with bronzers and burnished tones galore. And as usual, I gravitated to the golds and teals of the gorgeous limited edition Batik Sun palette.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer 2013 - Batik Sun Palette

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer 2013 - Batik Sun Palette

In many ways this doesn't come across as a particularly unique palette. If you have the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess palette from a couple of years ago, Bronze Sands from last year, or the Stila Sun palette from waaaayyy back when, you're probably in the ballpark of the kind of look that can be achieved with this. That said, there are some real standout shades here as well.

The pale wheat in the bottom left corner is a fairly common shade - medium pigmentation, soft and blendable. Not unique, but almost mandatory it seems.

The light, pumpkin orange is delightfully unexpected, and would looks absolutely killer with blue eyes. It has great pigmentation, a smooth texture and a satin/shimmer finish.

The gold shade is, again, standard, but boasts an incredibly buttery texture and fabulous pigmentation. It applies like a dream.

The Mediterranean teal shade is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. It has a slightly drier texture, albeit not powdery. It takes more patting and layering to build to full intensity, and doesn't blend as smoothly, but for THAT COLOUR, I will make the extra effort.

The purple-tinged taupe (turple? paupe?) in the middle has the same dense, creamy, faultless texture as the gold, with similarly intense payoff. Stunning in the crease and as a liner.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer 2013 - Batik Sun Palette

Though this is not one of the gélée-texture palettes that I am so inordinately fond of, it's still a very strong outing from Estée Lauder on the eyeshadow front.

Availability: Still at some counters, and from The Bay online. Also at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. Price is 50$ CAD and 48$ USD.

Pros: Textures range from good to excellent, with lovely payoff across the board. The orange and teal shades in particular are more unique. Range for creating a more subtle versus very vibrant eye look.

Cons: The teal shade requires a bit more care in applying and blending. The neutral shades are more easily duped, so depending on your collection this palette may not be cost-effective.

(I purchased this from the EL counter at The Bay.)


  1. Anonymous4.6.13

    I'm still on the fence about getting this palette; I bought last year's limited edition version, and think I may have used it once - but dang! if your swatches don't make me want to race out to my nearest EL counter, lol! I also passed on this year's LE bronzer, as I found it to be way to shimmery. Might just cave on that too .... oh my weak-willed beauty self .....

    1. Lol! I'm with you on the weak will. I passed on the bronzer this year as well, but really didn't waffle when it came to this palette. It's not an uncommon arrangement of shades, certainly dupable for someone with your vast collection, so don't feel like you have to rush out and snag it. That said, the teal shade is ridiculously gorgeous. :P

    2. I always love the look of these palettes, but they often carry too many similar shades to ones I own, so I tend to pass. But dammit if teals and golds don't scream summer!! I hope your efforts don't go unnoticed and we start seeing some sunshine on the regular already!!

    3. Oh boy, I think Mother Nature heard you! *melts*


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