Sunday, March 4, 2012

Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection


After an extended hiatus, the much anticipated new season of the AMC tv series Mad Men is scheduled to premiere with a 2-hour episode on March 25th. I'm looking forward to seeing what this season has in store for Don and Betty Draper, Peggy, Joan, and the rest! To mark the occasion Estee Lauder has launched a two-piece, limited edition, collection that includes a compact creme rouge, Evening Rose ($40), and lipstick in Cherry ($25), in packaging inspired by that of the 1960s. 

If you're not familiar with the show, here are just a few glimpses of some of the main characters. Visit AMCTV.com for more. 

Don (Jon Hamm) and Betty Draper (January Jones). Photo by Carin Baer. Source: AMCTV.com

         Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks). Photo by Carin Baer. Source: AMCTV.com 

          Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss). Photo by Carin Baer. Source: AMCTV.com


I like the thought that went into the box design. It really does have a vintage feel. 
  
    


Creme rouge in Evening Rose is a well-pigmented neutral rosy pink, with just a touch of shimmer (the shimmer is not really noticeable on the cheeks). It provides a lot of color with very little product. I think this shade would make a lovely lipstick as well (although I'm not sure whether it's suitable for use on the lips, I'm going to give it a try!) The texture is creamy, but doesn't have a lot of slip so takes a bit of blending for even coverage, similar to Bobbi's Brown's cream blush. I used fingertips but a brush might give better results.



Cherry lipstick is a vibrant blue-based (fuchsia) cherry shade. It reminds me of Revlon's classic nail and lip shade Cherries in the Snow. The vintage-inspired tube is smaller than what we're used to--it's on the verge of being miniature-sized. Personally, I like the size and think there is plenty enough product, but at $25, you may be a bit disappointed if you were expecting a full-size lipstick. Happily, it does not have any strong perfume scent. It has a bit of sheerness to it, which allows the color to be built up to your preference. The finish is not matte and does have a slight bit of shine. You can either go high drama by layering it to opaqueness or dab it on and blot for a more casual pink stain. I wore it full strength in the photos below to give you an idea of the color, but I can see getting more use out of this by applying it lightly and topping it with a light gold or champagne to tone it down for daytime wear.  




Above compared to Estee Lauder's larger, standard tube size. 



Above compared to a standard, full-sized MAC lipstick. 

I also  purchased a nail lacquer in Pure Red ($19). It's not part of the Mad Men collection, but I was attracted to it, as it looked like a very simple and classic primary red. I don't think you can go wrong with shades like this!
     




Swatch on the left is Cherry lipstick; in the center is Evening Rose rouge blended out and on the right is Evening Rose applied heavily, straight from the compact. 
  


    


My quickie attempt at a 60's outfit and hair. Yeah... I think we can all agree I'm no January Jones, but it was fun trying to recreate the 60's-style maquillage. I used Evening Rose rouge on cheeks and Cherry lipstick on lips (no lip liner). Blouse is from Banana Republic, 2010 or 2011. 



I thought this post would be a good opportunity to share a few photos of my parents, who actually came of age in the 1960's "Mad Men" era. 


Here's my mom, circa 1961, getting ready for the prom, my proud grandma smiling in the background.


Here's my mom again, a couple of years later, now a single working woman in her early twenties, circa 1963. Note high-maintenance hair was the norm! Hmm...that's an interesting sofa there... 


Fast forward a few more years, to 1966. Here is my dad in the forefront (it looks like he's just tossed something up in the air) and in the background, in the pink suit, is mom. Note the narrow ties on the men.  


Above is my dad, far right. Loving the aviator sunglasses on these young gents!


And here's my father again (center), the victim of some mischievous comrades!


Ah, young love... mom and dad here, before us kids came along... guess that's why they look so carefree! 


My dad in Don Draper-esque beige fedora and skinny tie.  



~ Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! ~

43 comments:

  1. I just loved the old pictures of your parents! You are adorable also, and thank you for the pictures of the product on your face as well as swatches. I am seriously debating getting these items since seeing the lipstick is more pink than red. Great post as always!!

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    1. Thank you Martha! I was also happy to see the lipstick is more pink because I can never pull off reds, even though I like the look of red on others :) The lipstick is smallish and the items are a bit pricey, but I think the rouge will last a very long time! :)

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  2. I love the pictures of your parents! So cute :-)

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    1. Thank you Amy! It looks like they were having a great time back in the day! :)

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  3. What a wonderful post; I especially loved the pictures of your parents in 'Mad Men' attire, especially the fedora and the puppy photos :) I love the look you did with the slightly winged liner and Mad Men collection colors. I especially love the evening rose blush. How classic and beautiful!

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    1. Hi Dovey, Thank you! Isn't the dachshund puppy cute in his little box? I think the best piece from this collection is the blush because it might be more universally flattering than the lipstick. :)

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  4. You are looking fabulous as always, my dear. Love the old photos and the product photos. I don't watch Mad Men (gave it a shot but it's not really my thing), but I do love that they put so much energy into making these pieces truly reflective of the era. The cheek rouge is lovely, as is the lipstick!

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    1. Hi Larie, Thank you! I watched Mad Men twice and did not at all see what the hype was about - it was only after someone at the office loaned me all of the DVD's and I got to know the characters, I was hooked :)

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    2. I agree -- I've liked the show from the first episode, and I think it's because I typically watched a few episodes at a time.

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  5. Soooo lovely! You always manage to make every post so very unique and interesting!! <3
    I think your quickie attempt at 60s glamor was great, you look beautiful, did you add corner lashes for your look? I am very tempted to get the cream blush because I'm a sucker for blush in general, do you have Edward Bess's Island Rose compact rouge? I suspect that Island Rose is more watermelon colored... I wonder how the EL compares to MAC Posey Cremeblend blush though.. any thoughts?
    It was a great touch adding photos of your parents, loved it.

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    1. Thank you Lakshmi! :) I did add corner lashes - I'm not the best at applying lashes because I don't have the patience to do it properly but they sure add a lot of drama and can make a look! I don't have Island Rose but I do think it is a little bit more watermelon as you mentioned and I think Bess's texture is a bit more blendable. I don't have Posey Cremeblend, but from swatches I've seen, Posey looks like it might be lighter and more vibrant and also looks like it might be a warmer toned. These two colors would probably give you the same general effect, but I think Evening Rose is different enough to justify purchase, particularly if you like the compact design. It is pricey though!

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  6. It's so nice seeing photos of those days. They look beautiful together.

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    1. Hi Tracy, Thanks! My parents will be happy to see the sweet comment :)

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  7. Wow, thanks so much for sharing your photos!
    You and your parents look beautiful :) And I also love the collection. Can't wait for season 5!

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    1. Hi Marina, Thanks very much for the kind words! March 25th is on my calendar! :)

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  8. What lovely pictures! They are such a handsome couple...
    I can't wait for this release, the packaging is so retro chic and the colours look vivid and wearable. Thank you for yet another brilliant post :)
    Nina

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    1. Thank you Nina! :) I am passing along everyone's nice comments to my parents. They will get a kick out of it :) I'm glad Estee Lauder decided to do a retro collection - I think they are one of the perfect brands to do so, being around for so long in the business :)

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  9. Um, you ARE January Jones. Or Grace Kelly. That winged eyeliner looks fabulous on you!

    I've been lemming this collection ever since the pre-orders went up, and this post just increased the covet level 100-fold.

    Thank you for sharing the pictures of your family. =) Some days I wish we could go back to that kind of attention to detail and formality, but then I remember how comfy my yoga pants are. Ah well, at least we can evoke the style whenever we like, right?

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  10. Hi Maggie, Aw, thank you! I feel the same way about the past styles - they always look beautiful and so well put-together in photos, but I think in the end I prefer my comfy clothes! I like that winged eyeliner has made a comeback in recent years :)

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  11. Such a fun! post! I loved the pictures of your parents, and you looked great.

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  12. Thanks so much Jessika! It was fun to put together :)

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  13. Best post ever!!! Love the pictures of your family. How fun!!! These colors work so well on you that I think I might give them a try. I feel compelled to buy everything you show us because it's always so pretty. Just loved this post.

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  14. Thank you Polarbelle, you are so sweet! I think the rouge would work for any skin tone and would look great on you :) I'm wondering if they'll have these products in store so people can test them out before buying...the lipstick is way brighter than anything I normally use, but fun for a change! :)

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  15. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures of your family! I love old family photos and these were great. The lipstick looks good on you, love reading your blog. Katheryn R. from McRae, GA

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    1. Thank you Katheryn! :) I always love seeing other people's old photos too, so nostalgic. I guess I kind of idealize the past sometimes. Thanks for commenting :)

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  16. EXCELLENT post. Great information and OMG the pics of your parents? Absolutely to die for! You are a lucky woman :)

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    1. Thank you Karen! We're all getting older now, but I'm so grateful to still have them in my life! :)

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  17. OMG - the vintage pictures are so rad! I love looking at old pics of my parents and other parents as well. Such a different time and I loved how so much time and care was put into appearance. As for the Mad Men themed cosmetics - of course I want it but it would have been cool to have a peachy/coral themed compact rouge. I don't see Peggy rocking the cherry red. This also looks amazing on you. Did you get your blouse from Banana Republic? I have the same one in teal!

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  18. Hi Lexi, Thank you! :) I love vintage pictures too - love to see how people lived in the past and how much things have changed! Yep, I did get the blouse at Banana Republic. Teal sounds pretty :) You're right, it would have been great if they had included a peachy compact and lipstick too! :)

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  19. I love the pictures of your mum and dad, its quite apparent where you get your good looks from! I also love that lipstick on you, its beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much ihavemostlybeen! :) I think it is perhaps the most vibrant lipstick I own now, but still wearable :)

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  20. The packaging is beautiful!

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  21. The composition of your posts is always such a great, and I just loved those photos from the 60s--especially the one with your dad with all fours in the air! My parents came of age in the 60s, too. I bought them seasons 1-4 of Mad Men for Christmas, but they haven't started watching yet. The nerve! I had to laugh at the puppy in the box on that sofa, lol.

    I have never been much interested in EL makeup (partly because I dislike gold packaging), but I might have to make an exception now. Those products, colors, and textures look gorgeous, and I adore the look you created on yourself.

    Thanks for another great post.

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    1. Hi ZP, Thank you!! I don't think my parents have every watched a single episode of Mad Men - although I have mentioned it to my mom but I don't think she's all that interested...oh well! I really like the series though and love the actor John Hamm. I think the gold packaging works nicely here because it makes these pieces look more retro :) I read that this collection is also available at Bloomingdales, so perhaps if you have one near you it might be worth stopping by for a look. I think the blush especially would be universally flattering. :)

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  22. I love these makeup collections you have shared here and I would love to add these into my collections too. :) Thanks!

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  23. You look fabulous! This is a great blog post, made all the more special with photos of your parents.

    I wish the blush packaging were reusable. I would feel so elegant pulling the compact out of my purse.
    err...Do you think it would be possible to remove the pan afterward and use it for other face products? If so, do you think it might be compatible with a MAC beauty powder sized pan? (I think it's 58mm)

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    1. Hi BooBooNina, Thank you for the kind comment! :) I agree it would great if the compact were refillable. It looks like you could pry the pan out once the product is used up. The pan is a bit smaller than a MAC Beauty Powder but a bit larger than a MAC blush pan. I had hoped at least one of them would be the same size!

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  24. Hello, I found your blog through Makeup Never Sleeps. I love the pictures of your parents, what a good-looking couple! I wish they would have made more products for this collection.

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    1. Hi Amy, Thank you! And thanks for stopping my blog. I love Makeup Never Sleeps - she's so great! I agree, it is a very small collection - some eye products would have been nice! :)

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  25. Love that post so much, so emotionnal! Thanks for sharing. Mimy from France

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    1. Thank you, Mimy! It was fun putting this post together - a trip into the past :)

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