Elizabeth Arden Makeup -- An Overview

I was so happy and grateful to receive the Elizabeth Arden Beauty On the Wild Side Color Box for Christmas. Before receiving this set, I did not own any Elizabeth Arden items or know anything about the brand. This was a limited edition item, and I cannot find it anywhere online. Even though, you can't go out and purchase this set, many of these items are sold individually. I will do my best to provide links to where you can purchase. I thought I would show you anyway and tell you my thoughts on what I have used so far because I have been playing with these products since the moment I got this set. Elizabeth Arden constantly does sets like this that are offered at a reduced cost when purchased with other products from the brand. There current one can be found here.

This is the front of the cover that was around the box.
Back of the cover with a list of the ingredients
This set comes with a sturdy cardboard and felt box that has a lid with a magnetic closure on the top and a drawer at the bottom. Products in this set include: a deluxe compact with 10 Beautiful Color Eyeshadows nad 2 Beautiful Color Radiance Blushes, a Crystal Clear Lip Gloss, 3 Ceramide Ultra Lipsticks, a mini Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara, an Eye Pencil, a Lip Pencil, 2 Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Glosses, and a 3 Piece Brush Set.

I am pleasantly surprised with the box itself. It is super cute and will be quite useful to have on my vanity. I love the leopard print and the red interior. It doesn't seem cheap at all and feels quite sturdy, and it's large enough to hold far more than the products that come with it.

The deluxe compact is black plastic with the top in the same leopard print. The compact has a lid that opens straight up with a large mirror inside revealing the ten eyeshadows and has a bottom layer that slides out containing the two blushes and small applicators. This compact is indeed compact and travel friendly.
L-R and top row of ES: Blue Violet, Sand Dune, Chocolate, Periwinkle, Misty Teal-Highlighter
2nd row: Innocence, Graphite, Mauve Pink, Shimmering Copper, Deep Plum
I really like these shadows, but a couple of the names are a bit confusing. Misty Teal-Highlighter is dark teal that goes almost black with applied and swatched. I have no idea why Mist Teal has Highlighter in the name. My guess would be that it is because I found this in a duo and not a single eyeshadow. I've worn most of these colors, and they are very pigmented and blendable. I really like how Innocence, Deep Plum, and Chocolate are matte colors. Innocence would be a great matte highlight color, and Chocolate or Deep Plum would work well as matte transition or crease colors. There's also a good mix of colors and neutrals and matte, satin, and shimmery, sparkly finishes. I was able to find the following colors in single eyeshadow form on the Elizabeth Arden website: Chocolate, Shimmering Copper, Innocence, Periwinkle, and Graphite. Aside from Misty Teal, I cannot tell if the other colors are in duos.

Top-Bottom (on arm and in compact): Romantic Rose, Plum Perfection
I have used both of the blushes and really liked them. Both Romantic Rose and Plum Perfection are very blendable and buildable. I knew that Romantic Rose would look nice with my complexion, but I was concerned about Plum Perfection at first. Plum blushes have a tendency to apply patchy on me, but I am happy to say that this is not the case. Plum Perfection applied smoothly and blended easily. This is a great color to build up on darker skin tones. Both of these blushes are in the permanent line.

gloss in Sweet Pink, lipsticks in Cameo, Peony, and Ruby Rose, gloss in Rosegold
Top to Bottom: Ruby Rose, Peony, Cameo

All three of these Ceramide Ultra Lipsticks are creme finishes. I cannot detect any smell, and there's no taste when you wear them. These lipsticks apply smoothly and are comfortable to wear. They feel very moisturizing on the lips and are as long-lasting as a non long-wear lipstick can be. When they do fade, they do so evenly and are not patchy. I am very impressed with the pigmentation of the Ceramide Ultra Lipsticks. I was not expecting Cameo to be as pigmented as it is! All three of these colors can be found in the permanent line from Elizabeth Arden.

Top-Bottom: Rosegold, Sweet Pink

The Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Glosses have the standard doe foot applicator to apply. They do have a vanilla frosting smell, but you can't smell it once you apply it to your lips. Also, there's no strange taste. The glosses have a thick texture with a bit of staying power for a gloss. Rosegold is a beautiful nude with a very fine gold shimmer in it. Rosegold looks great on it's own or layered over a lipstick or liner and has a nice amount of pigmentation. It's sheer but will show up on your lips. Sweet Pink is a milky pink with a hint of shimmer. This takes a few layers to build up the color. When I wore Sweet Pink on its own, it started to gather and get patchy after just a few minutes. I think this color is better for layering over a lipstick or liner.

Eye Pencil in Black Brown, Lip Pencil in Cocoa Rose

The Eye Pencil in Black Brown is a very pigmented dark brown color. This pencil is soft without being overly creamy and smudgy which I like in eyeliners. It is very easy to apply, and I have been wearing this frequently. It stays in place throughout the day and won't smudge. I could not find this eyeliner or this color on the Elizabeth Arden website.

The Lip Pencil in Cocoa Rose is a very versatile neutral shade. I have worn this with several different lip colors including the ones in this set. Cocoa Rose wears nicely with all three of them. The lip pencil applies smoothly without being overly creamy. I don't prefer overly creamy lip liners because they tend to lack staying power. Even though it isn't extremely soft, the pencil is not hard. It will apply without having to apply a lot of pressure. 

I have used two of the three short handle brushes included in the set. My only complaint about this set is that it did not have any names for any of the brushes or their uses. I know that it does not really matter if you use a makeup brush for its designed purpose or not as long as it works for you, but it does cause some trouble when trying to tell you about them. The large one is obviously a blush brush and it applies blush nicely and blends out the product. The blush brush is very soft. I have used the brush in the middle to apply powder eyeshadow. It is a stiff brush, so it is best for building up color or for applying cream eyeshadow. I would not recommend trying to blend out color with this brush. I have not used the smallest brush. I think it's a lip brush. I'll have to get back to you on that one!

The last two products included in the set are the Crystal Clear Lip Gloss and the Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara. The Crystal Clear Lip Gloss is meant to be applied alone or over a lipstick for added shine. It has a hint of spearmint flavor and smell, but it is barely detectable and not at all bothersome. The gloss has a thick texture and will stay where you put it. This is perfect for making the lips look fuller and applying to the center of the bottom lip. I like using clear gloss with a red lip.

Because I have several tubes of mascara open right now, I have not opened or used the Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara.

If you are still with me, thank you for reading this long post! Please let me know if you would like a more in depth review of any of these products. I am still working and playing with them, but I love everything so far!

-xoxo Lauren

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  1. OH wow, this set looks awesome! I love these kind of sets as the value is always so much better then if you buy the items separate. I also love your blog name! XOXO, Sissi http://www.beauty4free2u.com

    1. It is a great set, and I am having so much fun with it! Thank you for your sweet words, Sissi. xoxo Lauren

  2. What a fabulous treasure trove! I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun working with all those products :)

    1. Loving it! Elizabeth Arden is really good quality stuff!

  3. I love the leopard print! Elizabeth Arden is a great line. It was one of the first higher end brands I have ever purchased.

    1. Thank you so much, Tanya. I've been keeping the box out on my vanity because I like it so much. Elizabeth Arden is great stuff!