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?