Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush review and comparisons.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush.

While at the Estee Lauder counter minding my own business (by business I mean, scouting out other Pure Color Envy lipsticks) I discovered Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush ($40 USD/ 6g) part of the Summer 2014 Crystal Baby Collection, an Asia Exclusive.  This collection centered around the theme of fresh clean makeup, it consists of:

  • Four lipsticks ($26 USD):  Crystal Baby (permanent color), Crystal Blush, Crystal Doll and Crystal Innocence.
  • One lipgloss ($24 USD):  Crystal Baby.
  • One Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush ($40 USD):  Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush.
  • One Nail Polish ($21 USD):  You guessed it….Crystal Baby.
L-R:  Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush dry, wet and blended swatch with Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

L-R:
Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush dry, wet and blended swatch with Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

The Pros to 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush:

  1. Absolutely beautiful opalescent pink illuminator.
  2. Sheer base color keeps Crystal Baby from looking dull on the skin.
  3. Texture is incredible smooth and lightweight.
  4. Can be used dry or wet.
  5. When used with a dense dampened brush, the powder transforms into a cream/gel-like consistency that easily glides on the skin, leaving behind a radiant finish.
  6. Lasts well throughout the day with slight fading by the eighth hour when used dry.
  7. Can be mixed lightly with your blush to create the “glow-from-within” look.
  8. Sturdy packaging comes with a large mirror and sponge applicator, which works quite well with this product.
  9. Makes an amazing inner corner highlighter.
  10. Does not settle into pores and fine lines if used in moderation.
  11. Can be used as an eyeshadow mixed with other cream/gel eyeshadows.
  12. Product does not harden in the pan when wet.
  13. Smoother texture and more wearable than my Modern Mercury Gelee and comes with more product.
  14. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.

The Cons to 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush:

  1. Nordstrom is the only in-store and online retailer.
  2. This collection was hidden behind the counter, not easily visible to the public.
  3. Asia exclusive?  WTH (what the heck) This has to be one of the best collections Estee Lauder has created for the summer…heck 04 Crystal Baby Gelee should be made permanent.
  4. Can look too shimmery if applied with a heavy hand or used solely as a blush.
  5. No other cons…I love the formula of Estee Lauder Powder Gelees  🙂
Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush used as an inner corner highlight.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush used as an inner corner highlight.

For the above photo, a synthetic brush was dampened, swirled into Crystal Baby Gelee and applied to the inner corners of the eye.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush used as an inner corner highlight and along the cheek bones.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush used as an inner corner highlight and along the cheek bones.  Estee Lauder 210 Impulsive worn on the lips.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color IIluminationg Powder Gelee Blush is an amazing highlighter.  I used my dampened Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (reviewed here) to apply 04 Crystal Baby above the cheekbones.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in 210 Impulsive (reviewed here) makes for the perfect lip color to wear with 04 Crystal Baby Gelee.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush paired with Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush paired with Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

As the name would suggest, 04 Crystal Baby Gelee Blush can be used as a blush when mixed with regular blushes.  For the above photo, I dipped my Tom Ford Cheek Brush twice in Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige and once in Crystal Baby.  This pairing is ideal, because Crystal Baby was able to boost the luminosity that was inherent in GA 10 Beige.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush over YSL 07 Gold Star Effet Faux Cils Creme D'Eyeliner.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush over YSL 07 Gold Star Effet Faux Cils Creme D’Eyeliner.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush over YSL 07 Gold Star Effet Faux Cils Creme D'Eyeliner.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush over YSL 07 Gold Star Effet Faux Cils Creme D’Eyeliner.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush over YSL 07 Gold Star Effet Faux Cils Creme D'Eyeliner.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush over YSL 07 Gold Star Effet Faux Cils Creme D’Eyeliner.

Another wonderful use for this limited-edition Gelee, is to use it as an eyeshadow.  Personally, I loved the effect when paired with a warm golden base, such as, YSL 07 Gold Star Creme Liner.  I simply applied 07 Gold Star all over the mobile lid and added Crystal Baby on top.  This combo did not budge for 10 hours, even my arm swatch seemed to be “glued” onto my skin.

Comparisons: MAC Play-It-Proper Beauty Powder, Thebalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Estee Lauder 01 Modern Mercury Gelee Powder, Laura Mercier Highlight-01, Laura Mercier Spellbound, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee Blush, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

Comparisons:
MAC Play-It-Proper Beauty Powder, Thebalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Estee Lauder 01 Modern Mercury Gelee Powder, Laura Mercier Highlight-01, Laura Mercier Spellbound, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Gelee Blush, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

Comparison Swatches: MAC Play-It-Proper Beauty Powder, Thebalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Estee Lauder 01 Modern Mercury Gelee Powder, Laura Mercier Highlight-01, Laura Mercier Spellbound, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Gelee Blush, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

Comparison Swatches:
MAC Play-It-Proper Beauty Powder, Thebalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Estee Lauder 01 Modern Mercury Gelee Powder, Laura Mercier Highlight-01, Laura Mercier Spellbound, Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Gelee Blush, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

  • MAC Play-It-Proper and Thebalm Mary-lou Manizer are formulated with a white base color that can turn a bit ashy on certain skin tones.
  • Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Gelee was one of those products I had to have, because it was the first of its kind.  I barely wore the darn thing, because it was too shimmery, too dark and just too much.
  • Laura Mercier Highlight 01 is a wonderful peachy/pink highlighter (reviewed here).
  • Laura Mercier Spellbound is similar in consistency to Crystal Baby.  Although, I feel Crystal Baby has a smoother texture and the sheer iridescent pink tone is beyond flattering on variety of skin tones (review here).
  • RMS Beauty Living Luminizer is wonderful highlighter for the cooler seasons (reviewed here).
Estee Lauder 04 Pure Color Crystal Baby Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush ingredient list.

Estee Lauder 04 Pure Color Crystal Baby Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush ingredient list.

Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color IIluminationg Powder Gelee Blush can be found at Nordstrom.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush is one of the most beautiful color and formulation of highlighters to date.  The overall effect is radiant and sophisticated.  The burning question…Do you need this beauty in your life?  Do BBQ and Fourth of July go-hand-in-hand?  Do birds fly?  Are children and sugar synonymous?   Yes, yes, yes and yes.  Run don’t walk to get this beauty…before it’s gone.  Up next, Vincent Longo Blush review…I blame that wonderful purchase on Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Comments

  1. Michelle Elihu says:

    This Estee Lauder 04 Crystal Baby Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush must be this crystal creamy wash of pure beauty that has totally captured me; It’s so beautiful on your eyes!!! Do you think it’s still available 1 year later? I sure hope so! I definitely want/need this in my life! Thank You, Michelle E.

  2. michelle says:

    OMG! First, I have to agree with others about your fabulous review–it helped seal the deal and I went and bought it. But YOUR SKIN–it is freaking flawless and fabulous! I’m awestruck (if you couldn’t tell) You’re just beautiful! I know this is mostly a genetic gift but I am definitely anxious to read more of your blog to get the details on your skincare routine:) Gorgeous!

    • Hello Michelle,
      You have no idea how your kind words have made my day. I hope you enjoy the Gelee, I love it. I did a post on 5 Steps to Beautiful Skin. I also cook with coconut oil quite a bit and use it as a moisturizer. Nars pressed setting powder is wonderful when applied with a dry sponge, using the press and roll method to conceal pores. I’m just so flattered and humbled by your lovely comment. Thank you.
      -Maria

      • michelle says:

        So glad to make your day but it is the truth–your skin looks like airbrushed perfection!
        Thanks for pointing me to the info on your skincare. I also eat coconut oil and I am cleansing with it (first cleanse) so I enjoy those benefits as well:) I have heard things about the NARS powder, I need to check that out! Take care.

  3. One of the best reviews on this product I have seen. I’m getting this for sure today!!

  4. This is a stunning color, and I like how you provide other uses for this product besides it only being a “blush”! Thank you so much!

    • Hello Tara,
      This color is quite unique indeed; I love it! I’m glad you found my suggested uses for Crystal Baby useful 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
      -Maria

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