Estee Lauder Fall 2011: Modern Mercury

Estee Lauder, Modern Mercury, displayEstee 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.
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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.
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Estee Lauder, Modern Mercury, Illuminating Powder GeleeThe 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?

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7 Responses to “Estee Lauder Fall 2011: Modern Mercury”

  • Anitacska says:

    The Illuminating Powder Gelee is lovely, but it seems to have been sold out everywhere in the UK. I was lucky enough to pick one up in my local Debenhams, but it was sold out at every counter I visited in London on Monday!

  • Jen says:

    Nude Velvet

    It looks more wearable for fair skintones than its non-matte “twin”.

  • judith says:

    Must haves : illuminating powder gelee and the silver zinc liner.
    LOVE your swatches! I don’t live near a department store,closest one is an hour drive on the interstate. You and your blog have been a real help.
    Thank you Karla!

  • Gail says:

    I thought the liners were L.E, at least in UK they are (sadly). I reviewed this colelction after a preview event, that’s what they told us… please check it out if you like, or my vid (ahem, end of plug.)

  • Leila says:

    Great swatches, as always. Estee Lauder have really been stepping up their game lately. Everything looks more modern and sleek.

    Those eyeliners are especially stunning! I’m not sure I’ve seen anything like then, they’re quite unique. Unfortunately I’ve heard they’re limited edition in the UK.

    I wanted to ask, can you do swatches of their eye shadow singles and duos please? I don’t think I’ve seen them here and swatches online are pretty difficult to find. It would be much appreciated.

    Thanks for the swatches.

  • Line says:

    Amazing swatches Karla! I want everything. Thanks so much for all your hard work!

  • Natasha says:

    My favorite of EL’s new line is definitely the Metallic Sage nail polish. I’m really interested In trying the illuminating powder glee, but haven’t been able to get my hands on it yet.

    Does anyone here happen to know what ring the model is wearing in the advertisement? I’ve been looking everywhere, but it’s not listed anywhere that I can find. Thnx!

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