Thursday, November 3rd, 2011


Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Fall 2011: Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition duo from fall’s Modern Mercury collection (but it’s still available!). Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Eyeshadow formula is purported to be long-wearing, crease-resistant, and fade-proof (without a primer). In my experience, they manage to get to eight hours with minor fading but no creasing.

The lightest shade is a white-silver with a soft shimmer-sheen; it’s not too metallic, which is nice to see as many silvers tend to be full-on metallics. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is cooler-toned. MAC Forgery is brighter. I wish the color payoff was better–it’s a bit sheer and doesn’t apply as smoothly as I’d like. The darker shade is a silvery gray with a shimmer-sheen finish. Inglot #339 is a bit darker but similar in tone. It has a slightly powdery texture, so it does not apply smoothly. It has decent pigmentation but could use more intensity to yield true-to-pan color.

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Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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The colors coordinate well with each other for a softer smoky eye, but the quality is so-so. It's not too impressive for such a basic combo; you're better off investing in really excellent basic shades like these.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo


Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo


Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo


Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo


Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $30.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews! :)

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7 thoughts on “Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I agree, there are better quality grays and whites out there.

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ashley Ashley Sarah

    I like the shade of the darker shadow; though I personally wont be investing in this.

  3. Violet

    Boring, and way overpriced imo.

  4. Avril

    Somehow, it would never cross my mind to put mercury on my eyes.

  5. lm

    one of the nicer things about EL is that they do well with lighter skintones than most companies. it’s a very pretty combo to pair with the lipcolors and to match the lightest skintones to the modern mercury look

  6. Glenda

    OMG!!! I need these like now!!! I used to love Clinique Angel eyes eyeshadow duo and they discontined it :/ I have to have this duo because it looks like a great dupe.

    • mojomarie

      I’ve been looking for something comparative to angel eyes, TOO!!!:( Can’t find anything!! DAMN YOU CLINIQUE! (shakes fist) ;)