When two of my favorite passions—Kendall Jenner and Estée Lauder—came together to create something new, I couldn’t help but feel giddy. I spent some time chatting with Jenner about the line (yes, I know, #goals), but it wasn’t until I tried it for myself that I really got a chance to see the genius at work. I’m an honest person, so much so that it’s gotten me into trouble at times, so I didn’t want to write about this launch unless it truly was the magic I expected it to be. But guess what? It was.
Aimed at millennials, the new iteration of Estée is acutely aware of how to appeal to the Internet-crazed, super-knowledgeable crowd. The Edit did a really great job of producing products that are cool and different. The packaging is minimal but gorgeous, the formulas feel good, and the results stand up to their claims. Plus, it’s no small feat to get one of the most followed celebrities on board. All these factors mixed with a dash of cobalt splatter paint and black light technology (Jenner’s palette glows) mean you’ve got a winning collection.
Here, I’ve included my top three favorites and broken them each down for your reading and researching pleasure.
To be honest, I haven’t always been into the nude lip liner trend. It’s not that I don’t like how it looks on other people, but I’ve long fancied myself a go big or go home type of gal when it comes to lip color. I love to slick on a deep purple, bright red, or really pigmented oxblood.
But naturally, when this in-the-nude lip pencil came my way (recommended by Kendall Jenner, no less), I gave it go. I walked over to the office bathroom and drew the pretty mocha color on my lips. Much to my surprise—and the surprise of my co-worker watching as she washed her hands—the color was wildly flattering. The Estée Edit’s Barest Contour Lip Liner ($20) in In the Buff quickly and easily supplied definition and plump to my pout without looking overly dramatic for a day spent at the computer. It felt cool and hip yet understated and pretty. So if you’re wary of the ’90s brown lipstick resurgence, this is the best way to ease yourself into it—without feeling like a fraud.
I love a multitasker, and this two-in-one hydrating cream takes it to a whole other level. The Estée Edit’s Beam Team Hydrate + Glow ($50) instantly makes you look and feel better, courtesy of its creamy formula packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid and coconut scents that smell like vacation. I tried applying it under my makeup, then later I patted it right on top. The next day I got really fancy and mixed it right into my foundation for a truly celeb-worthy glow.
This product allows for foolproof highlighting of your best features—just massage it in all over your face, and swipe the beam cream from the cap (handy, right?) over your nose, cheekbones, and brow bones. It's makeup and skincare and good to the very last drop.
I’ve always felt palettes were inefficient—I mean, there are always a few lone shades you never use, right? But the second I opened up this mix of matte and shimmery hues in brown, black, and purple, I knew it was different.
There wasn’t a single color in the pack I didn’t like. So far, I’ve used them all at one point or another: I painted on a classic black smoky eye for a night out, blended the browns into my crease for a more natural look, and used the nudes to brighten my eyes (and my disposition) on Monday mornings. I’ve even tried the purple on for size! It’s pigmented but subtle, and really, really pretty. Not to mention The Estée Edit’s The Edit Eyeshadow Palette ($48) has a glow-in-the-dark effect built right in. So, it looks pretty in the light and completely innovative in the dark.
Can’t get enough of the model? Read our exclusive interview with Kendall Jenner, where we learn her best beauty secrets (and everything she eats).