I'm one of those people who never wins anything. At least, I was until about six weeks ago, when a package arrived out of the blue from the lovely people at ProductTesting.uk.com. Apparently, I had been selected at random from their list of beauty bloggers to win a free gift - and what a free gift it is! This Estee Lauder Dream Pink Collection consists of a Pure Color Lasting Shimmer lipstick, two Pure Color Nail Lacquers and a fold-over makeup bag, and is the result of a collaboration between Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
The lipstick is full-sized; the nail polishes miniature (5 ml). All are beautifully packaged, and all, of course, are pink.
This nail polish is called Berry Hot. It's a beautiful shade of what I would call "Indian pink", deep and vibrant, with a delicate sprinkling of gold glitter running through it. It is beautiful - far more so than I've been able to capture in the photo below. Damn the UK Winter and its near-total absence of light!
The second polish is called Blushing Lilac and it's probably my favourite item from the set. It's a gorgeous, glossy, pinky nude that just looks so flattering on. Like Berry Hot, there's the tiniest amount of fine gold glitter in this that adds the subtlest of sheens. Both polishes are nice and smooth to apply and take two coats to become opaque.
Finally, this is the limited edition lipstick in Dream Pink. My apologies if this photo looks more like I'm trying to show you my eye makeup - lighting issues aside, it was "one of those days" and this is the only shot of the 40,000 I took in which I don't look like something from a horror movie. But you can still see how beautiful the lipstick is. It feels creamy and moisturising to apply and it lasts all day. The colour is nearly identical to the Berry Hot nail polish and I will definitely be rocking them together for maximum impact on a night out soon. I reckon the vibrant pink would really stand out at a Christmas party amid all the usual reds, berries and glitters. I also think it would look equally amazing in the Summer.
If you like the look of this gift set, it retails at £28 - a bargain if you consider that you can pay up to £24 for an Estee Lauder lipstick alone. Add to that the fact that £10 of that goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and I reckon this would make a fantastic Christmas present for any makeup lover.
What do you guys think?