Estee Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes: Swatches & FOTD

Posted by Lipglossiping On December - 29 - 2011

Following on from the Summer success that was Estee Lauder’s Illuminating Powder Gelee with it’s “tribrid” Prisma Shine™ technology, the brand have created a collection of six new eye-shadows that make use of this all-in-one liquid, powder and gel texture.

“A lot of drama on the eyes creates sensuality, a sexiness. Smokey eyes are sexy and playful and I wanted to give women different ways to wear the look, anytime.”  Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

The unusual formula strives to create an eyeshadow that applies as smoothly as a cream, gives a molten metal-esque gel shine whilst wearing like a powder.  Having played with the collection over Christmas, I don’t feel the creaminess in the formula quite as I did in the Illuminating Powder Gelee but the bounce and soft texture are equal to the brand’s previous creation.

The six shades available in the limited edition Pure Color Gelée Powder EyeShadow (£19) range are:

Cyber Copper; Cyber Pink; Cyber Lilac; Cyber Silver; Cyber Green; and Cyber Teal (not shown).

Designed to be applied with both a dry and a wet brush, I’ve swatched them all on bare skin to show the difference between the two types of application.  With some shades, the difference is extremely noticeable as the metallic shine amps up to extraordinary proportions!

A few points to note about the shades…

Cyber Copper is the “brown” in the set, a great crease colour that is unlikely to let you down.  Should work particularly well with blue/green eyes thanks to the underlying warm, copper tones.

Cyber Pink is best used as a highlight shade, on my pale skin it blends out a crease colour nicely without adding too much glitz when used dry.  Also works beautifully tapped beside the tear ducts with a wet brush for some super sparkle.

Cyber Lilac is one of the most versatile shades in the collection.  Used dry, it is beautiful swiped over a standard taupey-brown crease colour, adding a real 3rd dimension to the proceedings.  Wet, well… it’s simply a stunning metallic purple.

Cyber Green is, in my opinion, the must-have in the collection, though hardly ‘green’ — this is a black with antique-gold sparkles that positively shine when applied with a damp brush.

Cyber Silver is a more wearable alternative to standard silver being less glitzy or obviously metallic than other silver eyeshadows in my collection.  I like to wear this dry, layered over another shade to give greater dimension.

All shades blend smoothly, particularly when applied dry.  My favourite method of application is to apply the shadow dry with a brush before wetting the foam applicator and reapplying in areas I’d like to build greater intensity.  Despite the all-singing, all-dancing formula, I’m not sure that colour-wise they really offer anything hugely new BUT (and this is a big but), I haven’t achieved such longevity from an eyeshadow ever.  These babies wear like nothing else, all day long with no fading or creasing.  For reals.

Cyber Lilac and Cyber Green are my top picks.

Also included in the collection are six new Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Liners (£16) in shades:

Blackened Black (01); Blackened Cocoa (02); Blackened Plum (03); Blackened Sapphire (04); Blackened Olive (05); and Electric Teal (not shown).

Described as containing 70% pure pigments that can be used on the inner or outer rim, I’ve found them to share the same long-lasting qualities as the eye shadows.  Wear is particularly impressive on the inner rim where the colour fades but doesn’t run or disappear completely.

From the shades shown above, only 05 (Blackened Olive) is a limited edition shade, the rest will make their way to the permanent line.  I found 04 (Blackened Sapphire) to be much harder in texture than the rest and was the only one to need warming-up prior to application.  You can see from the swatch that there is a bit of skipping in the application and from the set, it would be the one I wouldn’t recommend.

05 (Blackened Olive) and 02 (Blackened Cocoa) are my top picks.

For a ‘mini’ collection, it’s not particularly compact and as a huge fan of Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Colour mascaras, I am delighted to see the inclusion of three new Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascaras (£22) in shades:

Extreme Teal; Extreme Violet; and Extreme Copper (not shown).

All of the coloured mascaras in the Cyber Eyes Collection are sadly limited edition and if you’ve never tried a coloured mascara before, I recommend that this is the place you start.  Estee Lauder’s coloured mascaras never make sacrifices on quality of product for the sake of injecting some fancy colour into the formula and the new shades that I have infront of me are both beautiful.

You walk a fine line with coloured mascaras, it’s easy to over-egg the effect with high street options and look like you’ve stepped off the set of Dynasty.  These are understated but have enough welly behind them to make people take a second glance!  Such a fun way to complete a look.

I put together a FOTD with some of the products.  The light was fading quickly so you’ll have to excuse the graininess in some of the pictures.

I’ll list the products used at the end.

Cyber Lilac on the lids (used dry, then reapplied wet on the lid (with sponge) once the crease colour was in place)
Cyber Green in the crease (dry)
Cyber Lilac under the eyes (wet, with a precision brush)
Cyber Pink in the inner corner to highlight (wet, with a precision brush)

Blackened Olive to line the inner rims (both top and bottom).

For the purposes of a useful FOTD, I applied a single coat of both shades of mascara, you can see in the closeup photo which eye shows which mascara!

The NEW Pure Color Cyber Eyes Collection* is available at Estée Lauder counters nationwide and online at

Are you lemming anything from this collection?  Already made your purchases?!

* press sample

29 Responses to “Estee Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes: Swatches & FOTD”

  1. Lucy says:

    Oooh this all looks SO pretty :-)

  2. Ruqaiya Khan says:

    They look perfect!! Gorgeous shades!

  3. Robyn says:

    Cyber Lilac looks lovely!

  4. Wow the violet looks great on you especially with your dark hair

  5. kelly says:

    oooh loving Cyber Silver, Green and Lilac and the mascara looks amazing, my few times of playing with coloured mascara have either proved too 80’s disco or show naff all colour!

  6. This look is gorgeous on you! I think I’m gonna have to try some of these shadows!

  7. Charlotte you are freakin’ STUNNING in that FOTD <3

    And is it weird that I just want to mush my fingers in the shadows and not even care about it getting under my fingernails? 😐

  8. Bagels says:

    You look beauts in those photos! Glad to have you back, love. xx

  9. Shifa says:

    The eyeshadows are very similar to Barbara Daly’s Satin Swirls! The collection looks gorgeous though :)

  10. Leah says:

    Cyber pink, green and lilac are be-yoo-tiful. I wonder if I can sneak one of them in as a wedding make up purchase? 😀

  11. gio says:

    You look gorgeous! Love this look! I’m really tempted to try the eyeshadows now…

  12. FragrantWitch says:

    The Cyber Green is Awesome! That is a must have along with the Copper and the Blackened Olive eyeliner. I have green-grey eyes and those colours will look fab. Of course, the Lilac may fall *cough, cough* in my bag as well!
    You look gorgeous btw!

  13. redtiger21 says:

    This entire collection looks stunning. I am a HUUUUGE lover of Estee LAuder products. Want!

  14. Linda says:

    I really like your eye makeup in these photos!!!

    I’m usually too lazy to comment on peoples blogs, but I REALLY like your makeup here.

    I love reading your blog daily!


  15. Geek Faerie says:

    I picked up Cyber Copper, Cyber Silver, Blackened Sapphire, and Extreme Teal from the collection. I’m super pleased with all of my picks.

  16. Rae says:

    Guh. LOVE! Those shadows look amazing, and I’m head over heels for your FOTD. What a vixen! 😉

  17. Jules says:

    Love what you did with the makeup (and who knew violet mascara could be so flattering?), but your skin is stealing the show! I think whatever foundation you have on (please be wearing one!) is what I covet the most.

  18. I love cyber green and lilac. What a stunning collection and stunning FOTD!

  19. Jamilla says:

    GORGEOUS! I have Cyber Silver and am waiting to get my hands on the green and lilac and copper!

  20. Bursting to try these and they look stunning on you – I want!!!
    Nic x

  21. Jade says:

    Cyber Lilac looks lovely!

  22. Saara says:

    Cyber green looks AMAZING!

  23. Gorgeous! Should have got the purple sang it. I have the cyber green, but it’s so dark that I use it as a liner only.
    What are you wearing on your cheek! I love it!

  24. Viv says:

    Oh my – these are so gorgeous – in Crawley yesterday, and I just HAD to pick up something!! They were seriously running out of everything, but I picked up the Sapphire kajal (forgetting which one you didn’t recommend!), and a pink shadow – well I LOVE them both, and have now got the whole lot on order from Debenhams!! Is that the sound of crashing resolutions I can hear……

  25. TJ says:

    The wet swatches of these Estee Lauder eyeshadow are gorgeous especially of the pink, copper, and green shadows. Was your brush wet with a special liquid or was it just water?

  26. Erin S. says:

    These are beautiful! Lovely FOTD :)

  27. shivani says:

    Lovely FOTD. what are you wearing on lips its nice n girly. I am looking for a eyeliner for waterline and lower lash which do you think is better for waterline Estee Lauder Intense Kajal Eye Crayon or Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Liners.

    • I’d say the pure color intense are a little drier which should ensure they last a little longer unless your eyes are *very* watery. Afraid I can’t remember what I’m wearing on my lips here but it looks like it might be MAC Angel or Creme Cup.

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