Estee Lauder’s fall collection is pretty fierce (and I think we have creative director Tom Pecheux to thank for it). His vision — as captured on the model for the promo — is cool silver eyes, matte-velvet lips, and an angelic glow. Not only is Estee trending in the fall direction, but I think this could easily be your holiday look as well.
Modern Mercury starts with three Pure Color Eyeshadow Duos (each $30). These are the new formula powders (first introduced with Blue Dahlia. This also means Estee’s singles, duos, and quints are now all the same formula) — more vibrant and blendable, and they can be used wet or dry.
Platinums is actually a permanent addition to the line. It features a matte white and a frosty silver-purple. Modern Mercury and Black Chrome are both limited edition. Modern Mercury offers a sheer, almost silvery satin white and a softly shimmery cool grey. Black Chrome includes a matte black and a sheerer black with sparkles.
It also seems that Chanel isn’t the only brand thinking matte lips for fall. Estee is introducing the new Pure Color Matte formula (in just three shades for now, but I’m sure more are on the horizon). Each new matte shade is paired with its non-matte Pure Color “twin,” but I think Fuchsia Fever is new. All six lipsticks are $24.
Nude Velvet is matte, warm, peach-pink beige. Beige is a deeper, mauvier pink. Red Velvet is fire-engine, cherry red. Scarlet Siren is a little bit cooler and pinker. Fuchsia Velvet is schiap, fuchsia pink. Fuchsia Fever is cooler, bluer.
The shadows and lips are pretty, but I got most excited about the unexpected pieces in this collection. First, everybody’s been talking about the Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée, which Estee describes as powder-liquid-gel.
It’s intended as face highlight, but I think you could also use it on the eyes. It’s a very sparkly beige-pink with a multicolored rainbow of sparkles. It’s $40 and limited edition.
Nail polish connoisseurs (who change colors every other day, who are bored with “normal” reds and pinks, who are always on the hunt for that new, different, edgy, unusual shade) are going to love limited edition Metallic Sage ($19). It’s dirty, muddy olive with copper shimmers/tiny sparkles.
And finally, don’t you love the (permanent!) liquid liners? Black Quartz (which I think is actually shade 02) is black with silver sparkles. Graphite (which I think is shade 01) is gunmetal dark, steely grey silver with silver sparkles. Silver Zinc (rowr!) is a pewtery, cool, metallic golden brown. Each liner is $21, with a narrow conical sponge applicator.
What do you think, readers? Which pieces are your must-haves?