Aerin Lauder Garden Color Collection for Spring Swatches & Review

Aerin Lauder Spring 2013

Aerin Lauder now has her own makeup line out, did you know? Aerin Lauder Garden Color Collection is new for spring 2013 (limited edition) and it features a bevy of perfectly spring-like shades.

The collection was inspired by the colors of early spring flowers and some of the items are infused with her signature floral scent. Which I have to say I am a fan of because it smells like roses and I love a good rose scent!

Think of pinks, lavenders and blues and get ready for spring!

Aerin Lauder A Garden At Dusk and A Garden In Bloom

The shadow/blush palettes come in these super cute flower patterned zip-around case. The one issue I have with them though is the zipper doesn’t exactly unzip easily. Both of these were a bit stiff as you went around the corners. But the good thing is the more you unzip and zip it, the looser it gets.

Aerin Lauder A Garden In Bloom
A Garden In Bloom

Aerin Lauder A Garden In Bloom 2
A Garden In Bloom

Aerin Lauder A Garden In Bloom Swatches
Nectar, Iris, Lily, Dahlia (over primer)

A Garden in Bloom features a medium pink blush (Nectar), a pale shimmery pink (Iris), a matte pink/beige (Lily) and a slightly shimmery greyed out purple (Dahlia).

Nectar is nicely pigmented, bright and cheery. The eyeshadows are decently pigmented (not VERY pigmented though) and on the soft side. Pretty shades, maybe nothing groundbreaking though.

Interestingly the shadows do have that rose scent in them, but you can’t smell it on your eye (because that would be weird). :)

Aerin Lauder A Garden At Dusk
A Garden At Dusk

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A Garden At Dusk

Aerin Lauder A Garden At Dusk Swatches
Blossom, Peony, Hyacinth, Dusk (over primer)

A Garden At Dusk features a medium tan/pink blush (Blossom), a suuuuuper pale matte pink (Peony – which barely shows up in this swatch), a metallic lilac (Hyacinth) and a deep shimmery purple (Dusk).

Blossom had good pigmentation as did the Hyacinth and Dusk. Peony… not so much.

Aerin Lauder Spring 2013 2
Pink Rose Lip Gloss, Sweet Pea Multi-Color for Lips and Cheeks

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Pink Rose Lip Gloss, Sweet Pea Multi-Color for Lips and Cheeks

Aerin Lauder Sweet Pea Multi Color for Lips and Cheeks
Sweet Pea Multi-Color for Lips and Cheeks

Aerin Lauder Pink Rose Lip Gloss
Pink Rose Lip Gloss

Aerin Lauder Sweet Pea and Pink Rose Swatches
Sweet Pea Multi-Color for Lips and Cheeks, Pink Rose Lip Gloss

Sweet Pea comes in a nice gold compact with a mirror inside. The shade is a medium peachy/pink and as the name implies you can use it as a blush or lip color. I didn’t detect any of the floral scent with this one. Looks nice as a creme blush, but it’s on the soft side.

Pink Rose is a very sheer beige/pink gloss with a hint of shimmer. This one is VERY infused with the rose scent, which I love. But some people will be sensitive to that.

Aerin Lauder Spring 2013 Look

Aerin Lauder Spring 2013 Look-2

Eyes: On lids I am wearing the Hyacinth from A Garden At Dusk on the inner half and Dahlia from A Garden In Bloom on the outer half. Blended into that is Lily from the same palette, and then under the brows is Peony. I used the Dusk (wet) from A Garden At Dusk as an eyeliner on upper lids.

Face: Wearing Sweet Pea on cheeks.

Lips: Wearing Pink Rose Lip Gloss.


See how elegant Aerin Lauder is?

Aerin Lauder Spring 2013 Collage

See how inelegant I am?

Overall: Well there are things to like and dislike here from my perspective. The packaging is nice, it looks high-end and elegant. The zippered cases were a little hard to open, but they do loosen up. However for this price, I would expect a better zipper!

I felt like most everything here is “nice”, but maybe not unique. It’s all very soft and I think aimed more towards the refined makeup connoisseur. Whatever that means. Most everything here is very cool-toned also, so keep that in mind. Oh and the price…it’s not inexpensive!

Availability: For a limited time starting February 2013 at and

Pricing: Eye/Blush Palettes ($70), Multi-Color ($42), Lip Gloss ($30). Like I said, it’s not cheap!

What do you think about this Aerin Lauder collection? Too rich for your blood or no?


Note: Aerin Lauder is not cruelty free.

Disclosure: The product(s) in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer or their PR company for consideration. For more information please visit my legal page.

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  • February 1, 2013

    Packaging of the palettes is beautiful, but like you said they are not inexpensive :)
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    • February 1, 2013

      Yeah $70 is pretty pricey!!

  • February 1, 2013

    KELLY you are looking ravishing!! I seriously love this look on you, flawless!!

    • February 1, 2013

      Aww thank you! 😀

  • February 1, 2013

    Love the packaging! The products are nice (though, as you said, not ground-breaking). Unfortunately, the price is a bit high for me.
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    • February 1, 2013

      Yeah I hear ya, it’s pricey…

  • February 1, 2013

    I think this palette really works beautifully for you! It’s so soft, feminine, and elegant.

    • February 1, 2013

      Thanks, I always love these kinds of shades.

  • February 1, 2013

    I’m not sure this is a collection for me, but can I just say the elegant/inelegant comparison was really the star of this review! Too funny! :)

    • February 1, 2013

      Haha thanks!

  • February 1, 2013

    Loving these photos, you should do this more often!! Made me giggle and you still look so pretty in these. I’m intrigued by the rose scent, especially in the lip gloss but $30??? I don’t know about that.
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    • February 1, 2013

      Aww thanks! I am trying to do more full face pics now, glad you like them!

  • February 1, 2013

    It is very expensive but I LOVE it on you! You look amazing! It’s like this make up has been made for you!

    I got the Aerin Lauder Handcream/Bodycream as a Christmas present from a friend and have to say I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be. It’s great though if you love rose scent!

    What’s on your nails if I may ask?

    • February 1, 2013

      Essie Ballet Slippers. :)

      • February 1, 2013

        That’s what I thought :). I just rediscovered it myself too!

        • February 1, 2013

          I had a job interview so I figured it was a “safe” shade to wear. 😉

  • February 1, 2013

    While that look is beyond GORGEOUS on you, I can’t fork out that kind of money!!

    • February 1, 2013

      Thank you!

  • February 1, 2013

    Seems very boring, and overly priced :( wont be checking this one out.

    • February 1, 2013

      Yeah definitely not for everyone!

  • February 1, 2013

    For $70, those palettes better have pigment bleeding out of my ears. Yeesh.

    • February 1, 2013

      Haha :)

  • February 1, 2013

    OMG, those faces are so adorable!

  • February 1, 2013

    Too expensive for something that isn’t entirely unique. I do love the packaging though.

  • February 1, 2013

    I love your swatches of all the products you do! Thanks for doing all that work for me so I can spend my money wisely.

    I also love the face pictures in this post! You are beauteous and fun, which is an awesome combination 😀

  • February 1, 2013

    That quality is NOT cool for the price. The packaging is pretty. I’ll give it that.

  • February 1, 2013

    I have an Aerin lipstick from her debut line, and I am neither impressed with the quality if the product – somehow lower quality than its maker, Lauder’s regular products nor with the packaging. Cheap, rattling plastic. Makeup is a racket, I think we all get that, but there are overpriced lines that make you feel like you’re getting something (Tom Ford, Guerlain) and lines like this that just insult us.

    I like “refined” colors (i.e., you are unlikely to find me sporting a bold green-blue-lilac eye), but I don’t find anything thrilling about the colors they’ve selected. The line had so much promise.

  • February 1, 2013

    The packaging is absolutely beautiful. But I agree with you and pretty much everyone else, for that price, the pigmentation should be better than what it is. The colors are nice for spring though I’ll admit but wish the quality was a bit better. She’s a beautiful girl too. Haha and your pictures just show how much fun you have, which makes your blog even better.

  • February 1, 2013

    Well my lemming is killed. Why scent eyeshadows and blush? I can’t take it so I won’t be buying it.

  • February 1, 2013

    Hahahaha the last image made me laugh xD so funny !

  • February 2, 2013

    Are the powder blushes in the palettes matte?!

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  • February 2, 2013

    I love when bloggers make silly faces! Keep doing what you’re doing.

  • February 4, 2013

    Love your “inelegance” and great review! Don’t get why there are so many zippered cases nowadays- I have bought 2 palettes that I love but wish they didn’t zip! Very ineffective and a time waster to struggle with zippers- but if I love the colors enough I will put up with it. Unfortunately the price point and the zipper are a deal breaker for me. Don’t understand why Aerin has to be such a high price point, when the regular Estee line looks and feels better….

  • February 4, 2013

    I do love the packaging of the multi-color product… pretty gold. I think the zippered cases are a nice idea but I know the pretty pattern would get messy very quickly in my makeup bag
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