Quick Peek - Estee Lauder Gold Opulence
This LE quad was released as part of Estee Lauder's Holiday 2009 Ultimate Red collection. I didn't pick this up when it was first released, but instead got this from the CCO when I was in the US.
Like many high-end brands such as Guerlain, EL seems to be quite fond of the full-mirror-surface case which alternates between looking shiny and gorgeous, and being a fingerprint-attracting pain.. However I did find that unlike Guerlain, Estee Lauder's case doesn't have the same solid heavyweight feel. It's probably made of a cheaper plastic material, but still it looks pretty just sitting there..
What attracted me to the quad was actually the top 2 shades. My favorite neutrals of course.
I can see how this was a popular choice for the holiday season as it does evoke a sense of glamour and decadence, while keeping it to shades wearable for the everyday woman.
Pigmentation is pretty good and texture is smooth, blending a breeze. The third shade has a bit more red in it then I would like, but the other shades more than make up for it. Overall, this quad is a solid performer in my stash that I still pick up from time to time despite having newer toys to play with.