I confess to having had a real soft spot for Estée Lauder’s gold packaging – it had such connotations of luxury and old-school glamour for me – and I enjoyed the products, too; I wore a combination of Estée Lauder and Chanel on my wedding day.
But there’s no denying that the new navy and gold combination is very aesthetically pleasing – it’s more sleek and modern, and that probably better reflects where the brand is positioned these days. Of course, the really exciting stuff is what’s inside all that lovely new packaging: some very special makeup indeed.
I’ve rhapsodised over the Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipsticks, €29, before. Yes, the price is steep but the product is worth it – these are some of the nicest, most luxurious lipsticks I’ve worn. Even nicer than Tom Ford. I know.
We’re talking rich, saturated colour combined with a uniquely hydrating gel-formula and a gorgeous shade range, with seven new, limited edition colours being introduced this season - swatched left to right above are Carnal, Brazen and Jealous. This is one quick swipe, but just look at that payoff.
They're joined by an intriguing range of matte nail colours and ten new Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5 Colour Palettes, which are €52 a pop. When I saw these laid out together at the press launch I was almost weak at the knees; these really are objects of beauty in both senses of the phrase.
I went on a mini swatch spree and was really impressed with the colour payoff, formula and pigmentation - again, drawing favourable comparisons with Tom Ford - but the palette I have, Currant Desire, seems slightly more sheer than some of the other palettes I played with; think somewhere between Bobbi Brown and MAC.
This is no bad thing: the shadows layer and blend together beautifully and give an effortless but wearable look. The deep purple, especially, is a winner: purples can be tricky to get a smooth application but the medium finish here means this is really easy to work with.
Combined with the other shades, it gives a soft, office appropriate and suitably seasonal smoked out berry eye. I'm wearing it here with the Sculpting Lipstick in Infamous, a pretty warm-toned pink.
|Can you spot me snapping away in the background?!|
Next month, Estée Lauder will also launch Modern Muse Chic, a bolder version of last year’s fragrance launch, Modern Muse. Priced from €58 for 30ml, this is a more sensual take on the original, woody floral scent: it’s deeper, muskier and more woodsy, while still being eminently suitable for day or night.
With notes including jasmine, tuberose, cashmere woods, patchouli, suede musks and vanilla, this is very pleasing indeed – give it a sniff next time you pass a counter!
Finally, 22 shades of Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25, €46, and a Sculpting Foundation Brush (which is the same price) are also new this season; I’ve yet to try the base but Cherry Sue informs me it’s divine.
Apart from the fragrance, this is all on counter now - is anything calling your name?