Thursday, April 4, 2013

Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection

Hi everyone! 
My fellow Mad Men fans, the wait is almost over! 
The season 6 premiere of the hit AMC show is this Sunday at 9/8 central. Not only do I love the show, but I love the old school glamour associated with it. When I realized Estee Lauder had a Mad Men makeup collection, I felt the need to check it out!

Photo courtesy: amctv.com 

First... in case you're not familiar with the show, it's set in the 1960's and is centered around a New York City advertising agency. The acting is phenomenal, the story lines will draw you in, and the outfits and settings take you back in time. Click here for a little sneak peek of season 6.

The Estee Lauder Mad Men collection actually consists of three items- a blush, a lipstick, and a nail polish. I love the description of this collection and 60's time period on the Estee Lauder website. It says... 
"Flower Power, Mini Skirts. Pop Art. With sheer, shimmery pastels for lips and nails - seductive yet innocent. Cheek colors so sheer they looked shockingly nude. Luxuriant lashes (real and fake). Starry kaleidoscope eyes." 
I opted to buy just the blush ($50) and the lipstick ($30). It was absolutely one of my biggest makeup splurges. But I must say, I didn't buy this for practical reasons. I scoped out the products online, and I really didn't think the lipstick or the blush looked amazingly unique. But honestly, I didn't care what the colors were.  I got this because I'm obsessed with Mad Men, and these special retro-themed products tugged at my makeup collector heart strings. I also know that Estee Lauder makeup is top notch quality. (Check out my Estee Lauder 1 Brand Tutorial).

The boxes the makeup comes in and the products themselves are stunning. It was a special experience just opening up these products! The blush even comes inside a golden pouch. This makeup will never live in a drawer. I will always keep it on display! The blush is obviously the most eye-catching item in the collection. The weight of the compact is just so impressive and I love the bright, beautiful design. 

The Rich, Rich Lipstick is in Pinkadelic, and the See-Thru Blush is in Light Show (these are the only color options). The lipstick feels very smooth and creamy, and the classic pink shade has a little bit of shimmer. As you can see in the pictures, it doesn't look overly frosty on my lips, but there is definitely is a hint of sparkle. The blush also has a bit of sheen to it, and while it looks like a deep pink, or practically a berry color  in the compact, it comes off with a very classic rosy flush on the cheeks.  

Here are the swatches of the lipstick and the blush. Obviously the colors are designed to work in harmony, and I think they're beautiful. How much more feminine can someone feel when they're touching up their lipstick from a golden tube while looking into a stunning compact that looks like a work of art? Talk about luxurious. 

 I paired that lip and cheek color with a very simple eye. For this look, I used the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, and popped on some Salon Perfect Demi Wispies false eyelashes. Cue the Mad Men theme song! I'm ready for the premiere! 

Final thoughts... This is an absolutely gorgeous makeup collection. From the look and feel of the products to their appearance on the face- it's all about a luxurious experience. Even the practical, drugstore makeup lover in me can enjoy that. Could I find dupes for this lipstick and blush? Probably. But for me, that's not what this collection is about. These are truly makeup collector's items, and I realize, that's not everyone's cup of tea. But when I look at the products I own, there aren't a lot of things that I see and think-- I'll have that forever. These are the kinds of items  that I want to pass down to future kids and grandkids. Once the lipstick and blush are gone- they'll still have special value. Looking at the quality alone, I can definitely recommend these products. When you take the cost into account, I'd recommend them if you're a makeup obsessed Mad Men fan. As with everything, it's your own decision to make! Here's to another season of Mad Men! And thanks for taking time to stop by my blog! :)

Daily Nuggets...
  • Getting all packed up for IMATS! New York City, here I come!
  • I have a checklist of everything I need to take- I'm all about lists when it comes to packing.
  • Had a great time on Beauty Broadcast Live today! So many shenanigans. You can check it out on my vlog channel if you missed it. 
  • Carrie Underwood will be on Idol tonight! yayy!
  • This will be my last blog for a few days- but I will have a new video on my beauty channel coming either tonight or early tomorrow morning :) 


27 comments:

  1. Wow! I love Mad Men too. I think that the packaging is beautiful. I would love to try them out.

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    Emily

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  2. Ah wow the packaging of these products is beautiful!
    Great post!

    XO
    scribblesofvalerie.blogspot.com

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  4. Emily, these colors are SO you!
    Of course the packaging is a big plus and hey, it's Estee Lauder right? So you would expect something gorgeous!
    XoXo, Luchessa from Luchessa.wordpress.com

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  5. wonderful! I just liked it on Insta :)
    xoxo

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  6. The packaging is to die for! Absolutely cannot wait for the new season of Mad Men!
    xoxo

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  7. You look GORGEOUS! I cannot get over how cute the packaging is.
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  8. Believe it or not - I've never watched the show, but I do love the EL collection.

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  9. You look awesome! I wish the blush was Talc free for my sensitive skin. I love Mad Men and this compact. :-( If you/anyone has a dupe for the lipstick please post!!

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  10. Am I the only one who does not get this show? I've tried to watch it and I just cannot follow it. I don't understand why it's so popular. I've found it to be a snooze.

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  11. Love the look on you! And the packaging is really pretty. Retro, yet classy. Not sure if I'd spend the bucks on it just for the packaging, but it's nice that the colors are pretty. You and I have similar skin tone, so I think they'd look nice on me. I'll check them out at the counter when I get the chance.

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  12. Emily, I love your eye makeup! I just recently got the Naked2 palette and would love to see how you created this look. It looks absolutely stunning on you!

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  13. Emily, I love your eye makeup! I just recently got the Naked2 palette and would love to see how you created this look. It looks absolutely stunning on you!

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  14. The makeup looks so gorgeous! And the packaging! It's all so lovely!

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  15. Love the lipstick!! Could you please find a more affordable option?? Thanks!

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  16. I would have loved to afford the collection or even just one piece of it! Love the design of the packaging and the colors look good on you (we're similar skintone). Ahh, I will have to live vicariously through you on this one!

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  17. i wish make up was packaged like this regularly, with a real love and flair for design!

    max.
    http://petticoatsandpantalones.blogspot.com/

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  18. You're gorgeous Emily! Love your blog! xo

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  19. Gorgeous pieces, I love the design on the packaging

    Lauren
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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  20. Emily! Is the new too faced primed and poreless pressed anything like that clear mattifying product you like from Mally! Cant wait to hear about IMATS!

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  21. I don't think that I can get hold of this collection in CANDA! WAH! Canadian problems! :(
    So jealous Emily! But I love you anyways! haha

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  22. I have heard that estee lauder lipsticks contain lead do you think this can cause health problems?

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  24. I just ran out of my beloved EL Pinkadelic lipstick and cannot find it anywhere! Do you have any suggestions for a similar shade? :)

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