Estee Lauder Black Chrome Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition offering from the Modern Mercury collection. The combination is classic, though for many of us, superfluous; it’s a set of dark, smoky hues that would work well to smoke out any look. I liked how there are two textures presented.
On the left, there is a dark black with a semi-matte finish–just a hint of sheen–that has soft but dry texture. The color payoff is good, without being too chalky, and it doesn’t skip and drag. It’s similar to several other blacks like MAC Carbon and Inglot #391. It does, however, perform better during application than swatched directly on an arm; the fluffiness of brush bristles seems to enhance some of the drier eyeshadow formulas.
Next to the black eyeshadow, there is a dark gray with multi-colored shimmer–I detected teal, silver, and green mostly. The pigmentation could use some improvement; it’s decent to good, but it’s a little sheer. The texture is soft, so it does apply smoothly overall. It reminded me of Bobbi Brown Black Sparkle. Urban Decay Gunmetal appears similar, too!
The Pure Color Eyeshadow formula is actually designed to be long-wearing without creasing or fading. When I wore this color combination alone on the eye (without primer!), it performed well overall, but I did see very slight fading at eight hours but no creasing. It certainly didn’t disappear, though, and I’d say to the average onlooker, they wouldn’t say, “Wow, use a primer!” I have normal-to-dry eyelids, so for those with oilier lids, you may still want to use a primer underneath these.
Quality-wise, this duo is good--if the colors really grab you, or you love how they're housed together, it might be worth picking up. Both shades could be a little more pigmented to provide truer-to-pan color.
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To celebrate the holiday season, Estée Lauder invites you to experience the unique and collectible Good Fortune Metal Compact and Solid Perfume Compact Collection. Each year, Estée Lauder unveils a stunning, limited-edition collection full of extravagant pieces that enhance the holiday gift-giving season with refreshing charm and brings an incomparable joy to existing and future collectors alike.
This season’s collection is an ode to the desires of good fortunes: Love, Prosperity, Luck, Success, Happiness and Peace. Each powder compact is ornamented with semi-precious stones representing their fortune, while the solid perfumes are transformed through use of symbolism and color. From the sophisticated detailing on the Beautiful Luck Elephant solid perfume compact to the eye-catching purple agate on the Success Compact, the exceptional details continue to draw attention and have become synonymous with the luxury of the Estée Lauder compacts. In addition to our in-house creations, we joined forces yet again with celebrated American designer, Jay Strongwater, to create elegant and whimsical designs that everyone can enjoy. Each compact is then handcrafted by a specialized team of artisans schooled in the fine art of costume-jewelry making.
Solid perfume compacts feature Estée Lauder’s Beautiful, Youth-Dew, Sensuous, pleasures and White Linen fragrances. Powder compacts include the universally wearable Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder. All holiday compacts are limited edition.
All Fortunes ($125.00)
Combining all good fortunes on one compact with complimentary semi-precious stones of Green Malachite, Lapis, Tiger Eye and Rose Quartz.
The hearts signify love and passion with accents of Red Agate on the Love powder compact and the classic Beautiful fragrance in the sleek solid fragrance compact.
Beautiful Love Heart ($95.00)
Carry around your neck a heart that represents romantic love and passion. This striking pendant opens to reveal Beautiful fragrance in long-lasting solid perfume. A tender bouquet of lilies and roses, marigold and orange blossoms…all warmed with a rich, woody base and brightened with a touch of citrus.
Catching the light like a prospector’s treasure, a golden compact reflects a future full of prosperity. The multi-faceted cover is intricately textured. The clasp gleams green, set in malachite. Filled and refillable with Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder (small-size refill).
Youth Dew Gold Coin ($89.00)
A shiny golden coin perfumed compact including the Youth Dew fragrance and a touch of Green Malachite on the powder compact clasp reflect a future of abundant wealth.
Luck ($65.00) (Neiman Marcus Exclusive)
This golden compact featuring shades of citrine crystal represents a lifetime of luck and optimism.
Beautiful Luck Elephant by Jay Strongwater ($295.00) (Neiman Marcus Exclusive)
A limited-edition collectible, this lucky elephant with shimmering stones has its trunk up for a life of good fortune.
Success ($75.00) (Neiman Marcus Exclusive)
Protecting an imminent future of great success is represented by the Purple Agate powder compact.
Sensuous Success ($225.00) (Neiman Marcus Exclusive)
Protecting an imminent future of great success is represented by the lock and key solid perfume that holds a solid formula of the Sensuous fragrance.
Happiness ($65.00) (Saks Exclusive)
The happiness compact is daintily accessorized with a Rose Quartz clasp.
Happiness pleasures by Jay Strongwater ($275.00) (Saks Exclusive)
The Swarovski crystals in the blooming solid perfume by Jay Strongwater, with softly floral pleasures fragrance, exude joviality and bliss.
Peace ($65.00) (Saks Exclusive)
The enchanting blue lapis clasp epitomizes signs of peace and tranquility.
White Linen Peace Branch ($195.00) (Saks Exclusive)
Ssigns of peace and tranquility embodied by the Swarovski encrusted White Linen solid perfume peace branch.
availability: Now @ Nordstrom, Estee Lauder, Saks, Neiman Marcus
Face: NEW limited edition Gelée Bronzer tested backstage (launching January 2012), Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, DayWear Plus Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15, NEW foundation tested backstage (launching March 2012), Lucidity Loose Powder
Eye: NEW dual-ended mascara in black/brown tested backstage (launching March 2012), used with an eyeliner brush for liner in between lashes, used with the mascara wand for lashes, Blondes: Top and bottom lashes- brown; liner- brown, Brunettes: Top lashes- black; bottom lashes and liner- brown, Sumptuous Extreme Bold Volume Mascara in Black and Brown
Launch Date: August 2011 at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide, esteelauder.com
Exploring a new sensation in lip color, Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux introduce the new Pure Color Sensuous Rouge LipColor, changing the modern definition of what a lipstick should be. Two intoxicating formulas are combined to create a luscious, one-of-a-kind elixir that is introduced in 12 delicious shades.
Taking cues from couture fashion, Sensuous Rouge LipColor fuses a creamy, luscious shell with a liquefied core for a lipstick that is truly uniquely decadent while marrying style and performance. Lips will love this succulent, voluptuous formula that drenches in shine and moisture for a euphoric sensorial experience.
Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Collection for Fall 2011
Launch Date: August 2011 at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide, esteelauder.com
Estée Lauder introduces a new and visionary color trend collection for Fall 2011. The Pure Color Modern Mercury Collection is a limited edition, texturally graphic collection inspired by modern, avant-garde architecture. Molten metallic eyes become the focus on a soft shimmering canvas and are complemented by edgy matte lips and a twisted shade of green on the nails. Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux debuted pieces from the collection at the Derek Lam Fall 2011 show, creating a look reminiscent of rogue femininity combined with modern minimalism that was truly passionate and chic.
In this architectural inspired collection, skin is softly blurred with just a hint of shimmer, eyes are boldly graphic and flaunt the metallic trend of the season while lips are dusted with a matte finish in contagious shades of beige, pink and red.
Nails are finished in a manic shade of green for an unexpected accent.
Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee ($40.00) (Limited Edition)
A new “tribrid” system of liquid, powder and gel revolutionizes makeup application and wear with the new Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée. This first-of-a-kind, “multi-powder” formula creates a theatrical blur of shimmer on the skin when applied dry and a fierce flush of color when applied wet. The unique suspension of golden pigments and pearls float on top of the skin, resulting in a truly unique sensorial experience for skin. The futuristic powder is flexible and uses a luminosity boosting complex that makes the complexion appear perfectly smooth, sexy and glowing with a polished finish.