I can’t wait for tomorrow to welcome back Mad Men into my life (the new season debuts on March 25) and immerse myself right back in the ultra-sensuous, feminine-edged-with-hints-of-darkness world of womanly shifts, full skirts and sweater sets – seriously, has there been any show in recent history that’s had so much of a cultural impact on the real world? And now, makeup maestro Estée Lauder adds to the glam quotient with its two new products — a sexy cherry red lipstick (Estée Lauder Mad Men Collection Lipstick in Cherry) and a rose cream blush (Creme Rouge in Evening Rose) — inspired by the bold lips, rouge cheeks, and general 1950s feminine put-together-ness of the show’s leading ladies.
The lipstick, which also happens to be one of the season’s hottest colours, is less gloss and more matte, without being too dry. It also has a bit of sheerness, so you can build up the colour to your preference, going from a casual pink stain to high drama with the addition of a few layers.
The creme rouge is a highly pigmented rosy pink, with just a touch of shimmer. It’s a tad bit drier than most creme blushes so it blends well and stays in place for hours.
Both the offerings come in metallic gold and matte blue floral printed boxes, gold fabric pouches and gilded cases that evoke nip-waisted dresses and demure kitten heels. The lipstick is smaller than normal (perfect for those tiny clutches) and the blush has a jeweled clasp that adds to the coolly retro look. It’s time to up our cocktail game – so, who will you be today? Betty, Peggy or Joan?