At this time last year (just before the start of Mad Men’s fifth season), Estee Lauder unveiled a capsule collection of retro cosmetics: a limited edition cream blush and lipstick, which would have been right at home on the show’s always-historically-accurate set.
Now, in honor of season 6 (which starts April 7th) comes Estee Lauder’s second Mad Men collection.
The collection contains a blush compact ($50), but this year’s formula (“See-Thru”) is a powder, so it’s less dewy than last year’s “Creme Rouge.” The shade, Light Show, is a sheer, warm pink with silver shimmer. The compact is lovely, heavy and luxurious, featuring the collection’s paisley print in enamel.
The lipstick, Pinkadelic ($30), is a warm, medium pink. It’s wearable, “inspired by” the 60s, rather than a literal interpretation. The formula, Rich, Rich Lipstick, borrows its name (but not the precise formulation) from one of Lauder’s products from that period. Pinkadelic has a satin finish, and Lauder’s traditional fig scent.
The nail polish, Pink Paisley ($24), is a frosty baby pink. It’s so sweet I want to tough it up with a black accent nail, or a black-tipped funky french manicure. This polish is a little uneven in two coats; you may need three.
Now, last year’s lipstick, Cherry, attracted a fair amount of attention for its diminutive size (.07 oz, half the size of a regular Estee Lauder lipstick). Though Pinkadelic comes in a slightly smaller-than-usual case, it contains a full .13 oz of lipstick.