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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Autumn 2011: Swatches and review!

Following on from my last post, I now present the other products making up Modern Mercury. Tom Pecheux has breathed new life into the brand and now there are more colours than ever to be had... But first, the Limited Edition collection itself.

Currently available online and on counters, Modern Mercury is a limited edition collection, it consists of 3 eyeshadow duos (£22.50) in Modern Mercury, Black Chrome and Platinums. Modern Mercury is a sage and pale highlighter duo, Black Chrome is a mix of different black finishes for a truly dramatic smoky eye, and Platinums is a sophisticated pinked frosty taupe partnered with a great buildable white - which when studied has a multitude of miscroscopic green and pink glitter. The duos work perfectly in harmony.

Platinums
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There are 3 new liquid eyeliners (£19.) Black Quartz, Graphite and the -gasp- already sold out Silver Zinc. Black Quartz and Graphite have a lot of glamour about them, lots of suspended glitter but still a deep dark base. Silver Zinc however is the standout and is well worth tracking down at your local counter! A changeable silverish goldish greenish, well yes zinc is pretty accurate. It is a very beautiful liner and I love to wear it with nude eyes and mascara. I have usually worn the liner thick so that it really is the main attraction. It would look especially great on blondes!


Silver Zinc eyeliner:







Next there are 3 new lipsticks (£18.50) - and each one is a classic! I love these the best of all. Each has a matte velvet texture so gives a really modern effect. Saturated colour yet not drying at all. I am fast becoming convinced that Estee Lauder make the best lipsticks out there... Simply named Nude Velvet, Fuschia Velvet and Red Velvet. Nude velvet is a real nude, but rather a rosewood nude so I reckon it would suit most people. Red Velvet is a gorgeous somewhat pinky rich red, I adored it. And Fuschia Velvet is a hot bright slightly berry pink for the bravest of lipstick wearers.



Fuschia Velvet (applied):



Then of course there is Metallic Sage nail polish (£14) (reviewed last post) and,
the intriguing new highlighter (£28), Modern Mercury -aargh sold out too- Hunt this one down!!! It is a very odd texture, one blogger (the wonderful Charlotte lipglossiping) told me it felt like wet powder, and that is indeed what it's like! It is so richly smooth and pigmented, and can be used wet for a high frost finish. It's an amber gold which would look best on pale to medium skin.

Now onto the thankfully permanent new 5 pan palettes (£35) and duos (£22.50). There are 40 new colours! Each compact mixes finishes and they are cleverly assembled, with just the right mix of frost, satin and matte. You also get a lot of product so these are great value and will last. The duos are 4.5g and the larger palettes have nearly 8g. My favourites are Island Sands and Desert Heat. They are just so easy to wear, and give a polished look instantly. Island Sands is almost matte, it's a very modern mix of shades which would suit anyone, especially if you are pale.

Island Sands:

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Desert Heat (swatched):





I have trouble with warm shades but the pale matte amber reminds me of MAC Soba but a lot more flattering. The olive shade is a lot like MAC Sumptuous Olive but has a silver glean.

Surreal Skies is very similar, a few more frosts but again a very classic and reliable selection of browns and golds:





Enchanted Berries is the warm counterpart to my beloved Violet Orchids palette. I prefer blue toned purples but for those who like their purples rich and warm, this palette is perfect:

Both palettes compared here:



Enchanted Berries:





The rosey taupe looks like MAC Rose Gold pigment but in a great formulation. The two deep wine purples are similar but one is matte (like MAC Shadowy Lady) and one is somewhat more pink toned and frosty.

Moving on to the duos, this is Moons:



It comprises a deep charcoal and an opal which in some lights takes on a pink hue. These work excellently together! Deceptively simple.

Here is Raisins duo. It is similar to Enchanted Berries, i.e a warm reddish plum base with a corresponding highlighter shade.



My favourite duo is certainly Vanilla Pops. I adore it. Perfect smooth satin finish, rich pigment and wearable for everyday. This reminds me of suede. The taupe here is very similar to Platinums, if a little less frosty and slightly lighter. Swatched below, and with Platinums (left):





There is more! A whole new lipstick range with 12 shades called Sensuous Rouge (£20) which have a "soft centre"!

- and there's a new addition to the Sensuous perfume range, Sensuous Nude. I'll be posting a video review of Sensuous Nude (from £34) so check that here. It's an EDP and it really does last all day, at least 6 hours with no trouble at all. Very much a skinscent, it will no doubt have a legion of fans.



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