Estee Lauder – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

23 Jul

Product: Nordstrom Gift with Purchase, Estee Lauder
Price: Free with any $29.50 purchase from Estee Lauder

I received the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalogue in my mail one day, and was so excited to figure out what I wanted to get. I’m running low on my facial sunscreen (Lancome), and thought these “gifts with purchase” were a great way to score some bonuses with an everyday necessity. I’m not too picky when it comes to facial sunscreen so I was looking forward to trying some other brands.

Out of all the offers (you can browse them on the Nordstrom website, just click the image below), I was most interested in the Estee Lauder promotion, mainly for the lipstick color. It looked like a fun pink and I wanted to give it a try. (I bought Estee Lauder’s DayWear Plus in SPF 15, but haven’t used it to yet since I’m not finished with my other sunscreen)

Gift consists of:

  • Re-Nutriv Intensive Hydrating Creme Cleanser (0.5 oz.)
  • Re-Nutriv Intensive Lifting Creme (0.24 oz.)
  • More Than Mascara in Black (0.1 oz.)
  • Pure Color Gloss Stick in Frivolous Pink (0.16 oz.)
  • Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Candy
  • Trio compact of Signature Shimmer Powder in Rose Pearl, Signature Silky Powder Blush in Pink Kiss, and Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer

Overall, I think this is a pretty decent gift with purchase set. I would recommend it for people who are looking to just add some variety to their makeup collection. I haven’t tried any of the skincare samples, but will do a review once I do. The purple crocodile bag is pretty flimsy, and I’m not sure what exactly to do with mine.The mascara is very good at not clumping, but as a result applies more thinly. The lipgloss is very fun and sparkly, I would describe it as a baby pink color with lots of gold sparkles.

I was a little disappointed with the blush trio. The shimmer powder is pretty normal, but I’m not sure how frequently I’ll use it. The blush color is a nice flushed out pink, but not very pigmented. I had to dip my Sephora blush brush into it several times. I think the bronzer is my favorite out of the trio. It adds a nice subtle color and since it’s matte, the bronzer is pretty easy to contour with.

(Left to Right) Shimmer Powder in Rose Pearl, Silky Powder Blush in Pink Kiss, Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer

I was NOT disappointed, however, by the lipstick! It’s such a pretty color and is flattering on anyone of any age! My mom tried it on as well, and it made her look about 10 years younger. For me, I think it’s the perfect summer shade and adds a pop of pink to your lips. The color is not extremely neon, and smells like watermelons. As you can tell, the advertisement makes the lipstick color look a little milkier than it really is. I actually look too tan when I wear pastel lipstick colors, so I actually prefer a more pigmented lipstick like this. The formula is fairly moisturizing, and there’s I don’t find a need to wear chapstick underneath. The color is also definitely long lasting, and I don’t have to reapply until after meals.

Long lasting lipstick in Candy

Hope this helps with your beauty purchases! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends August 1st, so keep that in mind! I love gifts with purchase and they can be found at department stores everywhere. To help make sure you don’t get suckered into stores’ marketing ploys to make you spend more than you need to, only consider these promos when you’re running low on a necessity product like sunscreen, toner, etc. Sometimes it’s tempting to buy something just to get the free gift! Feel free to share any opinions on other brands that you picked up!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: