Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Collection for Fall 2011 Review, Swatches, and Pics

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Every time I see new makeup from Estee Lauder I have to tip my hat to Tom Pecheux, the brand’s creative director. The brand (in my mind at least) has been revamped to also include a younger audience while at the same time not alienating its core more mature fans. When I first saw this collection at a Macy’s counter, barely unwrapped for the public to see, I instantly grabbed the Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée which I feel is the Beyoncé of this limited edition collection. I did a review on it with swatches already here.

Estee Lauder sent over most of the collection for review consideration.

Overall this is a pretty collection that is universal enough to work for all skin tones. There aren’t any standout colors or anything that can’t be duped. My favorites include the Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée (of course) and Fuchsia Velvet Lupstick. I liked Pure Color Liquid Eye Liner in Graphite, but the color wasn’t for me—I’d prefer a black liner with shimmer like Black Quartz. Though it’s not listed as being waterproof, it lasted on me about the same amount of time as my waterproof liners do (just don’t cry or get caught in the rain…lol).

The lipsticks are very creamy and pigmented with no shine. Like a cross between matte and cream. Nude Velvet could work as a good nude for a number of skin tones–olive, tan, caramel, and darker skins. It was a good nude for my skin tone (I’m NW47), but I wear reds and berries so often that nudes wash me out…lol. The lipsticks last well through meals and normal activity.

The eyeshadow duos were so pretty and Black Chrome and Platinums were both definitely my kind of colors. Black Chrome makes the perfect smoky eye—you don’t even need a brush—you can use your fingers to apply the shimmery side and voila smoky eye. Platinums gives that perfect champagne colored wash of color and looks great paired with Fuchsia Velvet lipstick. I always test eyeshadows on their own without a base (even though I always wear eyeshadows with a base) in order to get a good feel of the pigmentation. Both shadows creased and began to disappear within the hour without a base. With a base though there wasn’t a single sign of creasing after eight hours.

Black Chrome

Platinums

Graphite

What do you think? Anything catch your eye?

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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12 Responses to Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Collection for Fall 2011 Review, Swatches, and Pics

  1. Nesh says:

    Ooooh I want that eyeshadow! Both lippies looks gorgeous but the fuchsia one looks like something I already own. The nude one on the other end has my name all over it! My great grandma use to have so much Estee lauder stuff, I have a single eyeshadow (which is well pass its due date) that I hid in my dollhouse from her stash but I refuse to throw away, brings back great memories!

    • Danielle says:

      Awww—the part about your great grandma’s EL shadow hiding in your dollhouse just made my day!

      Yes, the fuchsia one isn’t extremely unique—it’s gorgeous but if one already has something similar in their stash, no need to buy again. I like the eyeshadows but they definitely need a base underneath (as most shadows do) :)

  2. Andrea says:

    Estee Lauder is my mom’s go to brand too. She got me my first compacts and loose powder from Estee Lauder, and even spoiled us with their deodorant (don’t know if they still make it but what a splurge). I had some nice reds from them back in the day (what I call “En Vogue” red lips-I miss the 90’s!)
    I love the eyeshadow and that powder. I do like the finish on special occasions.

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