Estee Lauder Heatwave | Dupes, Swatches & Review

Estee Lauder, Product Reviews, Swatches


Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée | $45

“Turn up the heat.”

“Give yourself a heavenly glow with this super-luxurious bronzer.”

“This seductive all-over bronzer is endless summer.”

“Smooths on as a soft sheen.”

“Builds to a luminous pearl highlight.”

I was lucky enough to purchase the original Heatwave highlighter and did comparison swatches.

When I heard Estee Lauder was relaunching their Heatwave highlighter I didn’t get super excited because I already had the original from the first launch and if I’m being completely honest, I never reach for it. I’ve had it for yearssss and I think I’ve only used it a handful of times.

I still don’t know why I went out and purchased the new one but I think it was the packaging that won me over. The first time I used the new Heatwave highlighter I was super disappointed. I dipped my brush in and had to run because I was hit with a ton of glitter chunks that I definitely didn’t want on my face. And when I applied it on my face (with a fan brush) I had the same intense, chunky glitter I was running away from.

Then I read some reviews that it was the overspray and the chunks were only on the top layer for a pretty effect. So I really dug my brush in there and got rid of the top layer and much to my surprise the heavy chunks of glitter were gone. So I decided to keep this even though I have the original and prefer that formula to the new formula. Mostly because I’m a sucker for packaging and I because I already used it a few times.

The original Heatwave isn’t as warm but the two are definitely similar. Also, the original formula is a lot softer and buttery in my opinion. Both are equally pigmented and if you love highlighters then grab yourself one of these before it’s gone. If you do miss out however, there are plenty of dupes.



Some other dupes which I have in my collection are: Laura Geller Gilded Honey, Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood, Kiko Milano 208 Water Eyeshadow, Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 2 Golden, MAC Whisper of Gilt (limited edition) and although MAC Oh Darling is “limited edition” it’s coming back this spring.

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    March 27, 2017 at 6:37 AM

    That is packaging is gorgeous!! 😍 I don’t use my original heat wave much either. Lol.

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