When Estee Lauder released their new Estee Edit collection this year, I think you could probably hear the intake of breath. Estee Lauder are one of those brands I love for the classics, so an entire makeup collection all aimed at a younger, far more instagram-friendly demographic was seriously exciting stuff.
The Gritty & Glow Palette was the first product I got my hands on, and, it’s nothing like any other palette I own. For starters, it’s split into two parts – the Gritty (in the sparkly black) and the Glow (the silver), which magnetically snap together to form a rather wonderful full-face palette.
The Gritty palette is focused on the eyes, and contains six seriously generously sized eyeshadows. I’m more than a little obsessed with the black glitter outer casing. It’s seriously sparkly, and is sleek enough to tuck into a bag.
At first glance, the colour choice looks far more daring than my regular choice of neutrals, but seriously, the shadows in the palette are absolutely stunning. Ranging from a deep black (Mood) to a beautifully wearable nude (Riff), there is shade to suit every occasion.
When I say the shadows are buttery, I mean they almost feel like cream shadows. Trip is a galaxy-like blue with a duo-chrome shadow which flashes indigo in certain lights, is a real favourite of mine. The colour payoff is incredible, and, when used in a black smoky eye, it really elevates the look. Mood is a rather special shade too. A deep black, it flashes with blue micro shimmer, making eyes look wide-awake. The deepest shades in the palette are real showstoppers, and they elevate even the most simple makeup looks.
Even though there isn’t a matte shade included in the palette, I love a wash of Riff over the entire lid for subtle definition, with a little of Swerve buffed into the crease. I then sweep Burn along the lash line for definition. The whole look is beautifully glowy, and the shadows last all day without creasing or fading.
The ‘Glow’ portion of the palette is covered in silver glitter, and it has to be the glitziest makeup in my collection! Snapping easily onto the ‘Gritty’ palette thanks to magnets on the underside of each of the palettes. They’re perfect for travelling as they just snap together, and they feel super secure, so you shouldn’t open your case up to find shadows everywhere.
The Glow part of the palette is seriously highlighter based, and includes six of the most glorious colours you can imagine. What I’ve found seriously impressive is the range of shades in the palette – from the whisper-pale Snowlit to the rich Beachy, a serious range of skin tones are going to be able to enjoy this palette.
For me, the palest shade, Snowlit is the perfect subtle highlight. Swept across the tops of my cheekbones, down my nose and on my brow bones, it gives skin a subtle radiance. It’s wonderfully natural looking – it’s not frosty or glittery, instead you just look radiant. I also am obsessed with using 1st Light as a beautifully flattering blusher. It’s a light rose, which adds the perfect amount of colour to my winter-weary skin.
The deeper tones, although too dark for me to use as a highlight or blush, are perfect as warm-toned shadows. Much like it’s Gritty counterpart, the Glow palette’s shades are buttery smooth, and have serious payoff. They’re a great duo of palettes which I’ll be reaching for into the new year!