Estee Lauder Modern Mercury for Fall 2011- review swatches and FOTD

 

From the Estee Lauder press release-

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 with daring eye shadow duos to define and illuminate the eyes on a soft shimmering canvas and are complemented by edgy matte lips of rich crimson reds, brazen beiges and fierce fuchsias. A twisted shade of green on the nails completes the seductive look.


price: $30(US)/$58(AUS)   Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo, $21 (US) $42 (AUS) for the Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner

availability: Estee  Lauder counters world wide,  www.esteelauder.com.au,  released in Australia on August 7, 2011

Estee Lauder Graphite Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner (left) and Modern Mercury Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo (right)

Estee Lauder Graphite Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner (left) and Modern Mercury Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo (right)

 

I am a long time lover of metallics in eye makeup, so when I saw the press release images of the gorgeous Constance Jablonski wearing this sultry iridescent silver eye created by Tom Pecheux I was very excited indeed. I think that Tom Pecheux has done amazing things at Estee Lauder since joining the brand as Creative Makeup Director- he’s injected a new freshness and edginess to the brand.

I was sent two products in the Modern Mercury collection to review- the Pure Colour Eye shadow Duo in Modern Mercury and the Pure Colour Liquid Eyeliner in Graphite.

 

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo

Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo

 

Pure Colour Eyeshadow Duo ‘Modern Mercury’

Colour

The right side of the duo is a beautiful metallic mid-tone grey with soft silver shimmer, and my favourite out of the two. You can’t really tell from the swatch, but on the lids it has gorgeous depth and sophistication. First layer is sheer, two layers is perfection.

Layered on top of a black base (I’ve swatched it on top of MAC Blackground Paint Pot under the Graphite Eye liner section of the review), it becomes an intense metallic gunmetal.

The left side of the duo is a shimmery iridescent white with cool undertones. It goes on very sheer and I’ve used about 3 layers in the swatch below.

swatches Estee Lauder Graphite Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner (left) and Modern Mercury Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo (right)

Swatches: Estee Lauder Graphite Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner (left) and Modern Mercury Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo (right)

 

Texture

The metallic grey on the right side has a lovely buttery smooth texture. The shimmer in it is very fine and not at all gritty. Although you can use this wet, I prefer to use this dry.

The shimmery white I found to be a little chalky. After experimenting with it a little I think the best way to use this is wet- it applies so much smoother and has more pigmentation that way.

Performance

The metallic grey shadow performs very well on my oily lids (on top of an eye shadow primer, I use UDPP) with no creasing and exceptionally good wear time. I’m wearing it today, and after an intense cardio session at the gym today I noticed that it hardly faded!

The shimmery white, however, doesn’t last very long and I did notice a bit of glitter migration at the end of the day.

Packaging:

Housed in embossed gold casing, it looks and feels very luxe. It wins extra points for having a mirror too.

Pure Colour Liquid Eyeliner ‘Graphite’

 

Estee Lauder Graphite Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner from Modern Mercury Collection

Estee Lauder Graphite Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner from Modern Mercury Collection

 

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Posted by on Aug 3rd, 2011 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Shimmery teal eye for grownups feat. Inglot (and kittehs!)

 

Face of the day makeup breakdown:

Eyes:

–  UDPP

– Inglot Pearl 414 (shimmery teal) on the mobile lid. reviewed and swatched here.

– ‘Buck’ eye shadow from Urban Decay Naked Palette blended in crease and slightly above.

– ‘Creep’ eye shadow’ from Naked Palette to darken outer 1/3rd.

– Bobbi Brown gel liner

Cheeks:

MAC Bronzer ‘Golden’ to contour

MAC Gingerly blush on apples

Lips:

-Hourglass ‘Eden’ lip gloss

 

 

In other news, my family came to visit last weekend. Dizzy was so excited to see his cuz Mango (the ginger tabby on the left) and the boys spent the weekend rumbling, tearing the place apart, and chilling out in high places.

Like on top of the fridge.

 

Posted by on Jul 11th, 2011 in Dizzy, FOTD, Inglot | 1 comment

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In from the cold: FOTD featuring Chanel Extrait de Gloss ‘Impertinence’

Winter is the time for flushed, just-pinched cheeks, and plummy lips.

It’s also a kickass time for making mulled wine. I went over to Jamie and Anastasia’s the other night while they were making a large pot of this heavenly concoction, and their entire house was filled with the heady aroma of cinnamon, citrus, vanilla beans  and RUM. Rum is an essential part of getting through the winter around these parts.

That has nothing to do with the FOTD at all.

FOTD featuring Chanel Extrait de Gloss #59 'Impertinence' and Posie blushcreme

FOTD featuring Chanel Extrait de Gloss #59 'Impertinence'

Face of the Day makeup breakdown-

Eyes:

– Urban Decay Primer Potion

– MAC Cork e/s all over lid

– MAC Texture e/s on top of cork near lashline

– Bobbi Brown Gel eye liner ‘Ink’

Cheeks:

– MAC Posie Blushcreme

– MAC Blushbaby powder layered on top of Posie

Lips:

– Chanel Extrait De Gloss #59 ‘Impertinence’

 

FOTD featuring Chanel Extrait de Gloss #59 'Impertinence' and Posie blushcreme

FOTD featuring Chanel Extrait de Gloss #59 'Impertinence'

Oh how I love the Chanel Extrait de Gloss number 59. I’ve been wearing the past few days-  it’s the perfect fall/winter lip. To see swatches and my review, go here.

Posted by on Jul 7th, 2011 in Blush, Chanel, FOTD | 0 comments.

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Urban Decay Naked Palette FOTD #3- Gold EOTD and peachy cheeks

 

Hey beautiful people!

My third FOTD using the Urban Decay Naked palette is another soft smokey autumn (autumnal?) look. Cos wearable is my middle name.

 

Face of the day makeup breakdown-

Base:

-NARS Sheer Glow foundation ‘Fiji’

– Urban Decay Primer Potion on lids and brows.

Eyes:

– ‘Smog’ eye shadow from Urban Decay Naked palette all over lid

– ‘Half Baked eye shadow from Urban Decay Naked palette all patted on top of smog on the inner third of top lid.

– ‘Creep’ eye shadow from Urban Decay Naked palette to darken outer third of top lid.

– ‘Buck’ eye shadow from Urban Decay Naked palette blended at crease.

– Bobbi Brown Gel Liner ‘Ink’ to line

Cheeks:

-MAC ‘Peaches’ Blush

Lips:

– OCC Lip Tar ‘Melange’

– NARS Lipgloss ‘Supervixen’ on top.

 

 

 

To see my review and swatches of the Urban Decay Naked palette see post here.

Previous Naked Palette FOTDS-

#1 Wearable Coppery Pink

#2 Smokey Gunmetal

Posted by on Jun 30th, 2011 in FOTD | 1 comment

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May FOTD Challenge- Purple Haze

For today’s FOTD Challenge, I really did think about coming up with a crazy look involving psychedelic face paint and a Jimmi Hendricks ‘fro, for about 5 minutes 🙂

Instead I decided to do a wearable purple smokey eye that is more office than woodstock.

Purple Haze Face of the Day (wearable purple smokey eye)

Purple Haze Face of the Day (wearable purple smokey eye)

 

Face of the Day Makeup Breakdown:

Eyes:

– Urban Decay Primer Potion

– Inglot eye shadow in Pearl 434, a shimmery cool purple grey (from the palette that I reviewed and swatched yesterday)

– Smashbox single eye shadow ‘Cabernet’ (satin finish deep eggplant colour) in outer V and under bottom lashline.

– UD 24/7 liner in Zero top lashline and waterline.

– MAC Omega eye shadow to blend harsh lines in crease and below lashline.

– Illamasqua Liquid Metal ‘Surge’ bottom lashline near inner corner.

Cheeks:

MAC Fleur Power blush

Lips:

-Chanel Rouge Coco Shine ‘Boy’

Purple smokey eye makeup with Inglot, Illamasqua, MAC, Smashbox, Chanel Boy

Purple Haze Face of the Day (wearable purple smokey eye)

Purple smokey eye makeup with Inglot, Illamasqua, MAC, Smashbox, Chanel Boy

Purple Haze Face of the Day (wearable purple smokey eye)

My goodness I love Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy!! I promise I will review this very soon.

To find out more about the May FOTD Challenge, and about the other players, go to my first Challenge post here.

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