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Estée Lauder – Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush

by Sonia G.

You know what it is, the new and already well known Gelee from Estée Lauder Spring 2013 collection, surprisingly it has already been released here.

Saw it, swatched it and loved it. So I bought it.


I love :

  • The color : more unique than the previous Estée Lauder gelées, a glorious pink with a soft frosty/metallic iridescent (?)  purple(ish) hint. I really can’t describe the color well so I thought I would swatch it together with other complex and maybe slightly similar shades I found in my collection, just to see if they could compare at all.
  • The pigmentation : enough but not overly pigmented, you can easily control how much you apply. I like it sheer and precisely placed so that it looks sexy and flattering on the top of my cheekbones, this way it’s still wearable and suitable for a day at the office.

What I don’t like :

If I apply it sheerly for an office day, it’s not going to last long enough, I haven’t checked very often but after 4 hours there is absolutely nothing left, not even a speck, no matter how I apply it, with a brush or the sponge applicator.  Of course I could also reapply makeup during my lunch break but my number one rule is : ‘no touch ups at work’. Maybe with a heavier application it would last longer, in that case it would only be a suitable application for a more casual day, but that’s just my personal preference.

The lasting power of a blush is not something you can easily measure when you swatch it, I’ll see if I can manage a different way to set it or to apply it so that I can still wear the whole day but then, it might imply more time spent in the morning and that would break my number two rule : ‘no time consuming routines in the morning’ and also my third one : ‘no experiments with sparkly products for a day at the office’ !

Compared to the other two EL gelées I own, Shimmering Sands and Modern Mercury :


Sorry the pics look a bit washed out I think, a bit like me today… Need some sleep 😉

The texture of the 3 gelees feels different, the Modern Mercury is more volatile (when you apply it, sparkle particles may fly all over the place) and the Shimmering Sands is much more pigmented and heavy.
Tease for me is the best of the three, I love the finish which is very easy to work with and I love the shade but I am concerned about the lasting power.

I don’t really know why it made me think about the Becca Gypsy and the Tom Ford Wicked, maybe because they are also complex shades with some kind of iridescence or shimmer/gold effects  :


The TF Wicked is a pigmented raspberry blush with pink/gold micro shimmer, you will see it in the flash picture. I use it sometimes to add some life on top of other flat matte blushes or on its own, wearable for any occasion.

The Becca is a cool toned  pink with golden shimmer, the finish of this Becca feels more powdery than the TF and the gold tone is really visible on the cheeks, therefore it also looks more “fake” than the EL Tease. Gorgeous but expect your cheeks to  have a very noticeable iridescent golden shine.

These are more heavy swatches :



Swatched more sheerly :



I like to apply these textures with a small and densely packed brush, preferably white, like the Shu 18, Chikuhodo G-10, Tom Ford 02, Koyudo BP014 or also any stippling brush would also do the trick but would deliver a lighter application with less precision and control.  

Bottom line : I will wear it for more casual occasions where I don’t need to have a long lasting application,  I wish it had same long lasting power as the Chantecaille Aquablush range, these do not fade and last all day long !

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Lilian 23 January, 2013 - 9:43 am

Thank you for sharing and now the next thing is pop to the counter and check it out!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 23 January, 2013 - 1:56 pm

I heard it was difficult to find in the USA, weird…
don’t know what happened for us to get it already in Switzerland, the world is upside-down 🙂

Nikoleta 23 January, 2013 - 1:10 pm

thank you, sonia, I was curious about this one but think it will be too shimmery for my oily cheeks and I’m not sure here we will have this collection, limited EL are so badly distributed in France 🙁 don’t even have the cream double wear shadows or all the new pure color ones, I was hunting them on ebay.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 23 January, 2013 - 2:00 pm

I did not know that, we have the same problem with Givenchy here, I could get the new bronzer Croisiere in Limoges but here they told me maybe this summer if we even get it at all… I will need a second of the #4 !

Sweet Make Up Temptations 23 January, 2013 - 2:30 pm

If you want anything let me know by the way, prices are not that interesting here but I can see what I can get!

Nikoleta 23 January, 2013 - 4:12 pm

oh, don’t worry, BTH if you want another croisère, it is sold here (on nocibe.fr for app. 40 euros), I can take it for you but as in Switzerland, shipping to other countries can be quite prohibitive I think.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 24 January, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Thank you so much Nikoleta, no rush, I’ll see if it’s released here and if not then I’ll find another way 🙂

Bellyhead 23 January, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Hi Sonia,
I have my eyes on Tease, but also wonder if the shimmer would make my pores look crater sized. That color is so pretty though!!! I guess there is nothing like actually trying it on in person, but the pan is gorgeous. I’ve not seen it in stores yet though. D:

Sweet Make Up Temptations 24 January, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Ï did not see them emphasized at all, I will try it this weekend with a more heavy coverage/makeup routine since I will not have to come to the office and I will let you know.
I wonder how this is going to be released worldwide, seems it depends on the country.
It’s a nice to have but for me not a must-have because of the lasting power 🙁

Tori 23 January, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Every time I hear “Gelee”, I’m looking around for something like Fujifilm’s Jelly concentrate, albeit more solid. It’s a good thing that this blush is nothing like that, otherwise I’d bring it home just to dip my fingers in it. Used like that, I’d probably hit pan in 3 days, which is an achievement when I’ve never even come close to hitting pan on any makeup product, except for eyeliner, ever before. LOL. 🙂

Sweet Make Up Temptations 24 January, 2013 - 12:11 pm

When I start to see a deep dip (:D) forming in my favorite products I panic 😀

Tori 24 January, 2013 - 3:26 pm

I totally know what you mean. Then I start scheming and plotting how I can get my sticky little hands on a backup… 🙂 I also panic when my favourite products get discontinued and I haven’t got any in my stockpile. I’m still very sad about Chanel’s Kaska Beige quad. I like Raffinement, which is supposed to be its replacement, but I LOVE Kaska Beige. 🙁

Sweet Make Up Temptations 24 January, 2013 - 3:30 pm

I also love Kaska beige, Mystic eyes and Prelude (US), so sophisticated and easy !
But I have just found a new favorite on Tuesday that I know for sure I will hit pan on -who said sexy could not be sophisticated? Because I’ll prove you wrong! I will post on it either today or tomorrow… 🙂

Tori 24 January, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Can’t wait for your review. 🙂 I’m going to take a look at Mystic Eyes and Prelude when I’m in the US. I’ve stopped buying the European and Asian version of Chanel cosmetics because the US version is so much easier to work with for me.

I’ve just placed an order for the eye shadow, highlighter and blush from the Chanel Versailles release and the SA is helping me check out the only Nordies that has Kaska Beige left in its system. I really, really hope that it’s not a missing/damaged item… Speaking of the Versailles collection, this is definitely a brush that goes well with the colour scheme and overall theme: http://www.lm-laduree.com/products/accessories/#cheek_brush

Mimi 24 January, 2013 - 9:35 pm

The only place I can find Kaska is on American Ebay. There is one and it’s located in Seattle, Washington (west coast). They are asking $109.99 American dollars, then you’d have to pay shipping on top of that. I checked at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman. No one has it. On our American Chanel makeup site, they have a column called Deja Vu and sometimes they bring back colors that have been discontinued. I checked and Kaska is not there now but perhaps in the future if you keep checking? Hope this has helped.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 25 January, 2013 - 1:26 pm

oooh gorgeous !!!

Tori 26 January, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Thanks Mimi! Nordstrom has charged me for Kaska Beige so it’ll be one of two cases:
1) It’s a perfect quad that was overlooked (which is pretty unlikely) and
2) It’s deformed or a return and they’re trying to pass it off to me.

But it doesn’t really matter since it’s Nordies and they have the best return policy ever! I don’t abuse it but I really like that I have the option of returning makeup that doesn’t work for me. And also, if I’m completely honest, I might keep the quad even if it’s damaged in some way because I like the colour so much. Time to go buy some Beauty So Clean, I guess… LOL. Another crazy person here!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 26 January, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Hi Tori,
I am preparing a post on my Chanel haul that includes Raffinement and I have taken a pic of swatches side by side with the Kaska beige (US version)
I usually don’t buy european Chanel quads but this Raffinement had enough pigmentation for me to use it (and of course I love the shades). The thing is… I was in the shop and I swatched the new Lancome single shadows (the taupe shade) close to the Chanel Raffinement (the medium purple taupe) and the Chanel was much better in pigment and when I rubbed my arm the Lancome disappeared and the Chanel was still visible, which is good. I will buy the Raffinement US version too and I will compare them side by side.
I have bought too many Chanel things this time but it was worth it ! I am delighted !
I probably will upload the post tomorrow if you want to have a look at Raffinement with Kaska Beige 🙂 Kaska beige is GORGEOUS !!! so is Raffinement (and if the EU quad is nice, I cannot imagine how the US will be 🙂 )
Welcome to the club 😛

Mimi 26 January, 2013 - 7:22 pm

You are quite welcome Tori!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 25 January, 2013 - 1:14 pm

I will get Raffinement but the US version ! except for Prelude (I have both US and EU version) all the others are only worth as US pans.. 🙁

Mimi 23 January, 2013 - 7:22 pm

I live in the US and we were told that you could only get Tease at the Estee Lauder website. They will not have it in department stores. So I ordered mine online and it should arrive tomorrow. To me, it looks more like a highlighter than a blush, something perhaps on par with Guerlain’s Cruel Gardenia maybe???? (which I don’t own.) The new Chanel highlighter called Mouche de Chanel from the Versaille collection is a gorgeous rose gold. Only certain Chanel boutiques will have it. I phoned one of the Chanel boutiques in Las Vegas (they have 3) and she said that you must already be their customer or she won’t sell you one! Can you imagine! I got a tip where I can get one in New York so I’ll try that. Also, I called our Nordstrom in downtown Seattle as they consider their makeup counter a boutique and she said she’d take my name for a waiting list. Anyway, we’ll see and compare when the time comes.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 24 January, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Hi Mimi,
I have the Cruel Gardenia but I haven’t thought of comparing them together 🙁
In my opinion the Guerlain is more subtle glow that can be worn all over the face. The EL to me is not a blush but has to be used as a blush (not all over the face…) just my opinion… 🙂
Oh you have just created a lemming with the Mouche de Chanel but honestly, what a horrible name for a product… not very inspiring or attractive.. 😀

Mimi 24 January, 2013 - 6:32 pm

What does “Mouche ” mean anyway? It reminds me of mouth or moustache!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 24 January, 2013 - 6:42 pm

It means “fly” not like “with a plane”, but the insect. Makes me think more of dirt than anything else 😛

Mimi 24 January, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Wow, that’s weird. Why would they put a fly into the mix here? Maybe because the pattern on the powder is one of a ceiling tile at Versailles and they were thinking, “Ah, to be a fly on the ceiling of the Versailles Palace!”

Buggsiebee 24 January, 2013 - 8:08 pm

😀 Mimi, I like your creative thinking….. “Ah, to be a fly on the ceiling of the Versailles Palace!”
I had to order mine off ebay because the chance of me getting hold of one here in Germany is pretty dismal 🙁

Mimi 24 January, 2013 - 8:22 pm

So sorry Buggsiebee, I just got word that Seattle Nordstrom got theirs in yesterday so I hope to receive mine tomorrow or Saturday. If you have any trouble receiving yours, let me know and I’ll see if I can snag you one before they sell out. Here, they are $80 American dollars plus another $7.60 sales tax and I don’t know what it would cost to ship to Germany so you may be looking at around $100 American dollars.

Buggsiebee 24 January, 2013 - 7:23 pm

As the entire Cruise collection is along the theme of Marie AntoinetteI / 18th century fashion & the powder is called ‘Mouche de Beauté’, I think that Mouche here is a referal to:-
”False beauty marks are sometimes applied to the face as a form of make-up. Beauty marks were particularly highly regarded during the eighteenth century and creating false ones became common, often in fanciful shapes such as hearts or stars. They could be purchased as silk or velvet patches known as “mouches” (flies).”
I took this info from Wikipedia.
The models also wore the CC applied to the face as a beauty mark.

However, I also remember ploughing through ‘Les Mouches’ by Jean Paul Satre in French while at school & don’t have fond memories of ‘Mouches’ either !
I DO like the look of this Illuminating Powder though !!

Mimi 24 January, 2013 - 7:51 pm

Ah this makes sense now! I just called the Seattle Nordstrom and they got the powder in yesteday so I should be receiving mine soon! Someone said online that the Soho Boutique in New York wouldn’t sell one to her as she is not yet a customer. How rude they are!

Nikoleta 24 January, 2013 - 9:56 pm

I wonder if there is significant difference between mouche de beauté and this one http://www.sephora.fr/Maquillage/Teint/Enlumineur/Poudre-signee-de-CHANEL-Poudre-illuminatrice/P1234012

Mimi 25 January, 2013 - 12:36 am

I have the one on Sephora. It’s lovely and a cross between a light gold/ivory/nude color that I believe would look good on all shades of skin. I have ordered the Mouche from the Seattle Nordstrom and it should arrived tomorrow or Saturday. I believe the Mouche is a rose gold. I’ll let you know when I get it. Joey Chong’s blog has real good pictures of the one that is at Sephora.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 25 January, 2013 - 1:21 pm

oh thank you so much ! that helps understanding the theme 🙂
got it on Ebay too 😉

karima 23 January, 2013 - 9:57 pm

It has a very pretty translucence, I think!

Buggsiebee 24 January, 2013 - 8:41 pm

Thanks Mimi, that’s really kind of you to offer !
I actually paid another $20,- on top of the $100,- but in this case it’s worth it to me. It could get stuck at customs when it arrives in Germany which will mean another 19% tax charge but you gotta do what you gotta do 🙂
I love the embossed design on the powder, I’m really interested in the new texture AND I have been super good about not buying highlighters lately, no matter how pretty they were. That’s enough good reasons for me!!

Mimi 24 January, 2013 - 9:16 pm

Glad to help!

Nikoleta 24 January, 2013 - 10:01 pm

I’ve read on a french blog that the Lancome Midnight Roses higlighter was similar in texture to the chanel one but both seem to be exclusive to their boutiques 🙁

Bonnie 24 January, 2013 - 11:23 pm

I know that the Lancome Midnight Roses was actually on sale here in Australia a few weeks ago… they had about three left. And we’re probably one of the few places left that still stock Notorious, as of a month ago anyway! I think there was probably around 10 or so left in stock across Sydney and a couple in Melbourne. I’m going to have a look out for the Mouche here as well 🙂

Sweet Make Up Temptations 25 January, 2013 - 1:30 pm

No Notorious at all in Switzerland ! glad Stacy could grab on for me otherwise I would have missed it. Originally I wanted to compare both US and EU formulas but we didn’t get one here at all.

Mimi 25 January, 2013 - 5:04 pm

I have the US “Notorious” by Chanel. It is wonderful. It is typical of the blushes here, not the baked kind but the powdery kind. Hope that helps.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 25 January, 2013 - 1:29 pm

I have the Lancome, and since last night I have the Chanel poudre illuminatrice.. I will post about the Chanel either tonight or tomorrow and I will compare it to the Lancome. Oh and of course I had to order the other Mouche on ebay 🙁 😛

Bonnie 25 January, 2013 - 1:41 pm

I love how everyone here is so helpful 🙂

I didn’t manage to swatch the Illuminatrice, but I didn’t manage to compare the Signee and Mouche today. I really love the rose gold of the Mouche… but it’s so shimmery! Compared to the Signee, which just imparts a subtle sheen, I feel as if the Mouche is positively like glitter… okay, not that bad, but the particles are definitely bigger. I like the Mouche’s shade more though… I should have swatched the Lancome as well, just to see 🙂

I was a good girl today and didn’t buy anything. But I did get a msg from CDJ saying that my Red Squirrel had shipped, yay! And I picked up my Shu 10 and 5R from the friend who picked it up for me in HK 🙂 I am loooving the feeling of the 5R and can’t wait to use it!

Mimi 25 January, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Yes, my Red Squirrel is on it’s way as of today! I hope to receive it by next Wednesday (or sooner). Can’t wait to see how soft it is! Next month, more Chikuhodo’s from Malin when she gets them back in stock.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 25 January, 2013 - 8:19 pm

you’ll be surprised 😉

Nikoleta 25 January, 2013 - 2:46 pm

I use shiseido stick in champagne as highlighter, it is a very subtle colour, good staying power but I’ve tried the rouge bunny sea of tranquility and it is a really gorgeous higlighter. I’m lemming chanel poudre signée too, I’ll wait for your review to decide between RBR or Chanel. I wish zuneta made more often promotions and gave codes.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 25 January, 2013 - 2:51 pm

I am not very proud but I have both the RBR and the Shiseido, so I can swatch them all side by side with the Chanel 🙂
I wish they would offer more codes, sometimes I even ask by email just in case…
by the way, I have ordered the two new RBR shadows today !

Nikoleta 25 January, 2013 - 7:20 pm

obviously, you’re a highlight lover 🙂 It will be nice to swatch them side by side. as for the RBR shadows eclipse eagle seems so pretty. zuneta used to give more often promotions three-four years ago and offer free international shipping for about 85 pounds, I think. Now, it is quite rare or on some brands. They should reconsider this as there are some internet sites that sell more and more of their exclusive brands like beautybay that offers métier de beauté with free shipping. I’m sure RBR would want to expand as well as Edward Bess. Here, in France, these two brands are almost unknown:(

Sweet Make Up Temptations 25 January, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Obviously I am 😀
So if you are looking for a swatch of a highlighter there are BIG chances I have it… 😀
I hope they expand one day !

Mimi 26 January, 2013 - 12:39 am

Just received the Estee Lauder “Tease”. Oh my, it’s gorgeous!!! If you like cool pinks, you must get this. I’d say it’s more of a shimmering pink highlighter than a blush, it’s too sheer for blush but I’ve only tried it on my hand so far. I love it, it’s even prettier in real life than the pictures show. Thinking about getting another (I’m insecure and need to stash my favorites!) I figure if I end up not needing it I can always give it as a gift. This is going to be fabulous for summer! Beautiful to wear on the beach with some sheer pink lipgloss.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 26 January, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Mimi, if you don’t mind… could you please let us know about the lasting power on your skin ? I would really like to know how long it last on others.. thanks 🙂

Mimi 26 January, 2013 - 7:21 pm

OK, I’ll give a report on that probably tomorrow as I just received it last night and haven’t even washed my face yet this morning so I’ll apply it today and tell you either this evenng or tomorrow morning how it lasts. Right now it is 11:20am Saturday morning here on the West Coast of the US.

Mimi 27 January, 2013 - 3:59 am

OK, it’s now almost 8pm and the Tease looks like I just put it on. I haven’t noticed any fading. I have extremely dry skin with no oil at all so makeup always lasts on me, except lip products of course. I am surprised though by the amount of gold that shows up on my cheek. I don’t see any gold when I look at it, also I don’t know why they call it “gelee”. It’s a powder IMO. It’s not as bright a pink as I was hoping but that probably makes it more wearable for day or office as it isn’t going to be too bright or garish. It’s really a pink toned down with a nude gold, not yellowy or bronzy gold. Very pretty for a soft medium look, not pale or whitish or powdery. I think this will work on many skin tones, although the pink may not show up as much on very dark skin. It has a lovely shimmer but I wouldn’t say it’s over the top by any means. I am 56 and can wear it without looking like a disco queen. I do notice that it shows up a couple little bumps on my skin that I got from playing around with a makeup primer that seems to have caused me to break out a little. It’s probably best on someone with very smooth skin. Someone in their teens or 20’s, maybe older if your skin is in good condition.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 January, 2013 - 10:51 am

Thank you for letting us know Mimi, really appreciate the details you are sharing, very helpful.
I am glad it has more lasting power than on me !
If I keep it precisely on top of the cheekbones the result is more smooth and flattering than on a bigger cheek zone 🙂 but I am with you, it should be worn on top of very good skin.
thanks again <3

Iris 27 January, 2013 - 5:54 pm

I swatched this at Manor in Balexert and it looked so pale on me, mostly shimmer rather than any color so I passed on it as I already have a ton of highlighters. It’s a lovely design but I wish the shade was more coral-toned.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 January, 2013 - 6:59 pm

that’s why I would not use it as a blush (on its own), it doesn’t deliver enough opaque color behind the sparkles. A coral-toned shade would be fantastic, where do I sign ??? 😛
so funny to know you are so close 🙂 yeah !!!


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