Estee Lauder’s Autumn 2011 collection goes by the name Modern Mercury and features three limited edition matte lipsticks that are perfect for bold-textured lips as the longer nights begin to draw in.
I have one of the three shades: Fuchsia Velvet (£18.50), a hot, hawt pink with violet/blue leanings. It’s as matte as they come and with a depth of pigmentation that will beat most lipsticks into the ground. Have a look:
The texture is creamy but not too heavy on slip, I recommend a lip brush to apply (my favourite is by Lancome) such bold shades. If you don’t like such a harsh line you can always soften it a little once it’s on there but I think this formula really benefits from being ‘worked’ into the lip a little with a good brush.
As a matte, it is a touch drying… it doesn’t suck my lips of moisture like some but it does feel a little uncomfortable after a couple of hours. The flip-side to this is that it stays put. Like, seriously. I applied, blotted, applied and it saw me through an entire morning and a good amount of the afternoon. This would make an excellent choice for evenings out or special occasions (I’m considering wearing it to Saturday’s wedding).
I thought I’d compare it to some of my other hot pinks (I like hot pinks).
If you’re on a budget, you’ll be pleased to hear that the BarryM is the closest alternative available to Estee Lauder’s Fuchsia Velvet but on my lips, the BarryM leans a little more cherry.
Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Collection is available to buy on counter and online now.
* press sample