Squee! Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection

By Voxy  

These just arrived so I haven’t had time to give them a wear test yet, but I couldn’t wait to post for you all!

Estee Lauder has released a [very small] limited edition collection in conjunction with the long-awaited start of the new season of Mad Men. And by “collection” I mean two pieces. I don’t think you could have a “collection” of one piece, so this is pretty much the smallest “collection” imaginable. If we go by this definition, then I have a “collection” of cats. And a “collection” of bathrooms in my apartment.

Anyway, I hear there are future installments of this “collection” in the works, but the first two items to be released are a lipstick and a cream blush (and we all know what a sucker I am for a cream blush).

The packaging is very vintage — I’m very much reminded of the cream blush my mother used to keep in the medicine cabinet when I was a little girl.  Estee Lauder actually calls it a creme rouge, and I do remember my mother referring to hers as “rouge.” The packaging is metal, and not light. They definitely have a vintage heft. However, as every blogger from here to Ossining has commented on, the lipstick is teeny tiny. In my order from esteelauder.com, I also got a BB cream sample, and the box for the BB cream sample and the box for the lipstick are the same size. It’s tiny. However, since I never finish a lipstick anyway, I decided I didn’t care. The cardboard boxes are also vintage-style, and within the boxes the items come packaged in little gold leatherette bags, which frankly I could have done without.

In the promo photo, the lipstick looks like a deep red, but in real life it’s actually a pink. They call it “cherry,” which it isn’t, at all, but OK. The blush is Evening Rose, and it’s a lovely medium pink: not too light, not too dark, not too cool, not too warm.

Bigger photo and swatches!

Left: lipstick in Cherry. Right: cream blush in Evening Rose.

These are not cheap. But they are Mad Men. And I will take any opportunity I can get to channel my inner Christina Hendricks. The lipstick is $25, and the creme rouge is $40. Available only at esteelauder.com (online only as far as I know) and Bloomingdale’s (online and selected stores).

Will you indulge?

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  1. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I want these so much.

    I hope that they are not limited edition so much that they will not be available next month, because I CAN NOT BUY anything else this month. (I thought that maybe if I capitalized those words, the ‘makeup is more essential than food’ part of my brain might listen.)


  2. avatar ab_grp
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    My mother also had a rouge that I liked to try on when I was a little girl. Given her love of all things Estee, I assume that it might have been an EL, but who knows. I like the vintage look, and the smaller lipstick seems about right (I don’t ever finish mine, either). Not sure I could pull off the Mad Men look, but I’d be willing to give it a try!


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