Estee Lauder Desert Dunes Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Quad Review & Swatches

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Desert Dunes

Estee Lauder Desert Dunes Pure Color Envy Luxe Eyeshadow Quad (Refill) ($44.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes two very light-toned matte shades, a mid-tone shimmery brown, and a fussy lil’ darker matte brown. It was difficult to work with as the formula was one of the worst eyeshadow formulas I’ve had the displeasure of testing in the last few years–like unbelievably bad for modern eyeshadow times!

Ingredients

Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Silica, Nylon-12, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Zinc Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, WaterAquaEau, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)] Rds Product Name: Power Surge Eye Shadow Satin Division: El (Estée Lauder)Ingredients: Talc, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Nylon-12, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Alumina, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Tin Oxide, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510)] Rds Product Name: Power Surge Eye Shadow Sparkle Division: El (Estée Lauder)Ingredients: Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Talc, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Hydroxystearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Unsaponifiables, Soybean Glycerides, Caprylyl Glycol, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium Edta, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090)]

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Desert Dunes #1

Desert Dunes #1 is a light-medium beige with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish.

  • Semi-opaque coverage
  • Finely-milled but moderately powdery
  • Prone to sheering out
  • Best applied over tacky primer
  • Prone to fading (6 hours of wear)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with “stay-true color” that won’t smudge, crease, or settle into fine lines and doesn’t “flake or dust onto face.” The quality of the more matte shades was typically higher than the shimmer shades, but all of the finishes seeme to be particularly short-wearing and made it seem like my lids “ate” the eyeshadows quite quickly.

Some of the shimmers were drier and thinner, which resulted in uneven application and some fallout, particularly with the more sparkly shades. The matte eyeshadows were more pigmented and smoother on average but still were on the thinner side with slight to moderate powderiness, which resulted in light fallout and/or the color sheering out too readily on bare skin.

Browse all of our Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Luxe Eyeshadow swatches.

Desert Dunes #2

Desert Dunes #2 is a medium, golden brown base with lighter flecks of silver sparkle throughout.

  • Opaque coverage
  • Drier, more textured/chunky in feel
  • Applied somewhat unevenly, prone to fallout
  • Shorter-wearing (6 hours before fading and having fallout)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with “stay-true color” that won’t smudge, crease, or settle into fine lines and doesn’t “flake or dust onto face.” The quality of the more matte shades was typically higher than the shimmer shades, but all of the finishes seeme to be particularly short-wearing and made it seem like my lids “ate” the eyeshadows quite quickly.

Some of the shimmers were drier and thinner, which resulted in uneven application and some fallout, particularly with the more sparkly shades. The matte eyeshadows were more pigmented and smoother on average but still were on the thinner side with slight to moderate powderiness, which resulted in light fallout and/or the color sheering out too readily on bare skin.

Browse all of our Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Luxe Eyeshadow swatches.

Desert Dunes #3

Desert Dunes #3 is a blackened brown with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish.

Medium coverage
Dry, thin, powdery
Applied unevenly, had fallout
Prone to fading (6 hours of wear)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with “stay-true color” that won’t smudge, crease, or settle into fine lines and doesn’t “flake or dust onto face.” The quality of the more matte shades was typically higher than the shimmer shades, but all of the finishes seeme to be particularly short-wearing and made it seem like my lids “ate” the eyeshadows quite quickly.

Some of the shimmers were drier and thinner, which resulted in uneven application and some fallout, particularly with the more sparkly shades. The matte eyeshadows were more pigmented and smoother on average but still were on the thinner side with slight to moderate powderiness, which resulted in light fallout and/or the color sheering out too readily on bare skin.

Browse all of our Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Luxe Eyeshadow swatches.

Desert Dunes #4

Desert Dunes #4 is a darker peach with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish.

  • Semi-opaque coverage
  • Finely-milled but moderately powdery
  • Prone to sheering out
  • Best applied over tacky primer
  • Prone to fading (6 hours of wear)

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented” with “stay-true color” that won’t smudge, crease, or settle into fine lines and doesn’t “flake or dust onto face.” The quality of the more matte shades was typically higher than the shimmer shades, but all of the finishes seeme to be particularly short-wearing and made it seem like my lids “ate” the eyeshadows quite quickly.

Some of the shimmers were drier and thinner, which resulted in uneven application and some fallout, particularly with the more sparkly shades. The matte eyeshadows were more pigmented and smoother on average but still were on the thinner side with slight to moderate powderiness, which resulted in light fallout and/or the color sheering out too readily on bare skin.

Browse all of our Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Luxe Eyeshadow swatches.

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