As I have no specific plans to leave the house today I decided to experiment with brighter colours and what better way to do it than with my brand new Estee Lauder Colour Portfolio Palette which I picked up in the sale for just £33! Considering that the palette has 30 eyeshadows, 16 lipsticks, 4 blusher/bronzer powders, 2 lip glosses, 1 eyeliner and a selection of mini brushes I think this was a steal! It is pretty much the only thing I treated myself to in the post-Christmas sales this year (and it was a very sudden impulse buy on my lunch break!)
The thing I love most about this palette is the huge variety of eyeshadow shades. With a great selection of neutrals, muted colours and bright jewel shades, in shimmer, satin and matte textures, it has everything I could ever need and is unlike any of the other palettes I own (which are neutral shades only).
I like playing around with colour but as I don't wear it very often it seemed silly to invest in a high-end high-quality bright colour palette but as this palette has colours and neutrals it is the perfect choice. I have had a great time experimenting with this palette, whether I want a brown neutral eye, or a forest green smokey look, the combinations are endless.
For the above look I decided to experiment with the jewel toned purple shades. I started by using my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pure Nude as a base all over the lid which is a shimmery champagne cream eyeshadow. This acts to keep eyeshadows in place longer but also works to make eyeshadow colours layered over the top brighter and more intense.
I then used the purple shade third from the left on the bottom row (09 Amethyst Spark Shimmer) on the outer two thirds of the lid and used a fluffy blending brush to lightly blend it with the colour tatoo for a slight ombre effect. I then used the fifth shade from the left on the bottom row (62 Intense Violet Matte) on the outer corner and in the crease to again exaggerate that ombre effect from light to dark from inner corner to outer corner of the eye lid.
I then used a fluffy blending brush to blend the edges around the crease and a little of the second shade from the left on the top row (50 Sandbar Beige Matte) as a transition shade to soften the look. I then repeated this whole process until I was happy with the intensity of colour.
To finish off the look I used the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner along the top lashes and to create a wing and make the look more dramatic, the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Pencil in black to tight-line the eyes and the Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara to add volume, length and curl to the lashes. I also used what was left on my eyeshadow brush to add a little purple under the lower lashes.
I am really happy with the finished look and would consider re-creating it for an evening out. I think it would look nice with a simple black dress. This would look particularly good on anyone with green eyes as the purple eyeshadow would really make your eyes stand out.
I absolutely love this palette and know that I am going to get a lot of use out of it. I can't believe what a bargain it was in the sale for the amount of high-quality product you get. It was cheaper than a Naked Palette which only has 12 eyeshadows.
I may post a few more looks from this palette at some point and will definitely spend more time at the Estee Lauder counter in future!