May 052012
 

Elizabeth Arden Rose Aurora Spring/Summer 2012 Collection is a blend of bronzes and rose tones that looks beautifully gift-able (as Mother’s Day approaches, this may solve your shopping dilemma). This color story is a modern twist on the original 1950′s collection designed by Elizabeth Arden herself, with soft rose gold packaging. I loved the originality and beauty of this summer-lovely packaging–it evokes art nouveau in my mind. The colors are a built around accentuated eyes, a soft shimmery lip and glowing skin.

The Pure Finish Bronze Powder comes in three colors ($38 each/0.30 oz.))–Soft Radiance, Warm Radiance, and Deep Radiance. These have a soft, shimmering finish. All three tend to run warm, consistent with the Rose Gold theme of the collection. These bronzers include Zin’cite, an ingredient said to energize and protect skin cells, together with green tea, white tea and minerals that provide antioxidant protection.

For applying these, I found that a large soft brush (including Elizabeth Arden’s own ($22, pictured below) worked perfectly. These bronzers are well pigmented, so put that kabuki away! You do want to chose the right color for your skin tone–going too light or too dark won’t be as flattering as it might be.

Soft Radiance was the right choice for my warm-toned fair skin (NC15/Chanel Cameo/Ivoire). By my estimate, I would suggest those with NC30-40 to go with Warm Radiance, and deeper tones with Deep Radiance. These have a fairly large amount of product for the price point (the pans are fairly large), and with the good pigmentation one should last quite a while.

Here are swatches, including the Honey Ceramide Cream blush ($24), a very natural deep warm rose tone:

Here’s Honey blush:

The collection includes a rose gold shimmering highlighting powder, the Pure FInish Highlighter in Rose Illumination ($34), which delivers very high shine. This pictures shows the new Elizabeth Arden All Over Face Powder Brush ($22):

A close of the shimmering powder–those who wear this will want a very reflective glow, keeping the application to the upper cheeks, and perhaps a touch to the brow bone. Like the bronzers, the highlighter includes Zin’cite, green tea, white tea and minerals.

My favorite piece of the collection was the Rose Aurora Ceramide Ultra Lipstick ($22.50). I loved the light, wearable rose with the rose gold shimmer.

The collection includes two liquid liners with felt tip applicators–these Elizabeth Arden Liquid Eyeliners come in both Black and Brown ($18 each).

You can see the tips of these liners are nicely defined:

Here are swatches of these items:

Elizabeth Arden sent a sample of a new fragrance, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Cherry Blossom ($29/1.7 fl. oz. and $39/3.3 fl. oz., Honey Drops Cream is $29.50 for 8.4 oz.).

This scent is an extremely pleasant floral mix, well-named as it does have a lovely cherry blossom scent. Really, it evoked the beauty cherry trees that I remember from my East Coast childhood. This is tempered with a light green tea undertone..

Because the packaging is so lovely, I could easily see these appreciated as gifts for several women that I know in my life. This time of year seems to be a particularly heavy gift-shopping time for me–teachers, principals, coaches, Mother’s Day (which seems to include my many “mother-like” mentors), and birthdays. Depending on your recipient, I can imagine many would appreciate the beauty and usefulness of any one (or more) of these items in this collection.

The Elizabeth Arden Rose Gold Collection was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge or consideration for review.

 

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Sep 092010
 

Every time I’ve walked down 5th Avenue in New York City, I’ve been tempted by Elizabeth Arden’s studio located there.  I love the fact that her name is chiseled into the architecture of the front, and her iconic red door has long been a symbol of her brand.  Nevertheless, neither Liz or I have investigated the line.  Recently, Elizabeth Arden contacted me to try some items. With all of that history, I accepted to satisfy my curiosity about the brand.

Liz and I first tried out the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara ($20).  According to the brand’s website, this mascara includes an exclusive Ceramide Triple Complex plus Vitamins A, C and E to help reinforce and restore the natural protective barrier of the lashes.

When she first saw the mascara, Liz noted that the packaging looked “so thin!”  I spared her the history lesson of mascara packaging, which would have included a chapter that, years ago during the Dark Ages, all mascaras were packaged in slim tubes.  It is only recently that mascara packaging trends have created the rounded, curved and colorfully bulbous shapes we see today.  In the end, Elizabeth Arden’s includes roughly the same amount of product (.25 oz) as Lancome’s Defencils (.21 oz) or Maybelline Falsies (.25 oz).

We were very pleased with Ceramide’s lengthening and curling ability.  This picture of Liz tells the whole story (with four passes with the brush over the lashes):

We also found that Ceramide does not flake, and application was remarkably clump-free.  The brush is the traditional spiral, which Liz used without following through with a comb in the pictures here.  We did see that the mascara tended to gather the lashes into small groups.  From far away, this gives an appearance of volume without coating the lashes with a thick coat of mascara.  You can see this effect on the top lashes here:

Overall, we found that Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide was a good compromise for those who prefer a high-end mascara, but want to stay away from the $30 price category of the high-end brands.

This mascara was provided by Elizabeth Arden to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration and review.

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