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! ~