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Mad Men + Estée Lauder = Where have you been all my life?!
As some of you already know, Estée Lauder has recently released a much buzzed about Mad Men collection. I will give you a moment to collectively take a deep breath and calm yourselves.
Better now? Good. I have to say that along with this latest season of Don Draper in all his man whorish glory, Estée Lauder’s latest mini-collection has also taken too long to arrive to the masses. I mean, seriously – we’ve got four seasons under our garter belts, ladies. That’s four, whole seasons we could have been enjoying these 60s themed cosmetics.
The collection is very small, but still epitomizes a basic vintage face, and contains both a limited edition cream rouge and a limited edition lipstick. As a girl who loves cream blush and favors lip and cheek colors in rosy shades, these HAD to be mine. I pre-ordered them, such was my paranoia that I would somehow miss out on their greatness.The Mad Men collection is now available exclusively at Bloomingdales and Estée Lauder, so I wouldn’t wait too long to nab these beauties!
When my package from Estée Lauder arrived, I squealed with demented glee at the retro 60s Estée Lauder packaging. My fingers were practically itching to slap my nonexistent daughter that always tries my patience, or maybe a judgmental neighbor lady. I also weirdly felt like playing my trusty accordion…
(Confession: I don’t even have a trusty accordion.)
The packaging is delightfully decadent: both the lipstick and rouge are housed in gilded cases that practically beg to be applied in front of a one-way mirror! I especially love the turquoise button on the rouge compact. Even more fancy? Each item comes with its own golden leatherette pouch! *swoon*
The colors are pretty true to the shade you see in the pan/tube. The LE Creme Rouge ($40) in Evening Rose is a medium rose shade, with what I think I’m detecting is the teensiest bit of shimmer. It’s like micro-shimmer; just enough to give you a dewy look, but not look like a disco ball or a Twilight vampire in the sun.
The texture of this blush is very light and once applied, you can’t even feel that you are wearing it. The staying power on this is nothing short of fantastic. I still had rosy cheeks a few hours after applying.
The Mad Men inspired LE Lipstick in Cherry ($25) has a light, almost sheer texture that is surprisingly long lasting. It applies as a deep pink with a hint of red. This would be great for daytime if applied lightly, or you could layer this on for serious drama.
Overall, if you love anything vintage or want to lure your own Don Draper into a passionate, if brief and emotionally unfulfilling interlude – you kind of need these. I know I’ll be wearing these when the long-awaited Season 5 of Mad Men premieres on March 25th!
Mad Men Fans – are you easing the pain of the long wait until the premiere with the purchase of either Estée Lauder piece? And please share your vintage makeup inspirations in the comments!
Bonus Tip: For those of you purchasing from the Estée Lauder website: Be sure to look under their “Special Offers” header for current promotional codes. They frequently offer deluxe samples!
Krista currently lives in a semi-haunted house in New England with her hubby/best friend and obscenely big-eared dog. She thinks the world would be a better place if people smiled more and ate more dark chocolate. She is a firm believer that humor can be found in everything and that Tom Selleck’s moustache has healing properties…