Estee Lauder Autumn 2011 Modern Mercury – Graphite Liquid Eyeliner

Posted by Lipglossiping On August - 11 - 2011

Estee Lauder’s Autumn 2011 collection goes by the name Modern Mercury and includes three limited edition Pure Color Liquid Eyeliners in a trio of metallic shades.

I’ve got one of the three shades here to show you: Graphite.  A sparkling charcoal with multi-coloured shimmer that makes such a lovely change from black.  I’m already a big fan of charcoal eyeliner, it provides a softer look that still carries a bit of impact.  Infact, I’m wearing my Lord & Berry in this post on another item from the Modern Mercury collection!

Long-handled, slender and well-designed with a flexible, soft nib for drawing precision lines, the Graphite liquid liner ticks most of the boxes.  I prefer this design to spindly brushes or chunky nibs as I find they offer the greatest compromise between control and precision.

The inky formula is well pigmented and opaque within two strokes.  It dries very quickly to a smudge-proof, water-proof finish providing a metallic gleam that manages to avoid the ‘wet-look’.

It’s all great so far huh?  Except, there is one problem… it flakes.  You’ll get to around 90% satisfaction before this bothers you but really?  It shouldn’t flake at all and it’s a bugbear for me.  It won’t stop me wearing it but it will stop me wearing it with complete confidence.  The above photo was taken about 5 hours into my day and you can see that it’s holding up pretty well but there is evidence of some flaking going on… a few specks around my eyes and a little caught in my eyelashes.

You can’t see in the above photo but the top edge of the line is no longer perfect, this is the first area to show signs of wear.  I’m being pernickity (as always) but when I’m reviewing an eyeliner that costs £19.00 – it’s only right that I am.

How about some comparisons?  I dug around in my eyeliner drawer (it’s only a little drawer, I’m not completely mad) and pulled out a few that seemed fairly close (ok, the last one is MILES off!):

1.  Barry M Metallic Liquid Eyeliner #1
2.  Chantecaille Luminous Eye Liner in Pianissimo
3.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner in Graphite
4.  Lord & Berry Liquid Eyeliner in Slate
5.  Chantecaille Luminous Eye Liner in Allegro
6.  NARS Liquid Eyeliner in Bullitt

Most of these are now discontinued but luckily, the one that bears the closest resemblance isn’t!  Again, it’s Barry M that’s coming up to be the nearest in terms of shade duping so if you’re on a budget, check it out!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner in Graphite (£19.00) is available on counter now and online at Estee Lauder.

Do you wear grey eyeliner?  What’s your favourite?


18 Responses to “Estee Lauder Autumn 2011 Modern Mercury – Graphite Liquid Eyeliner”

  1. I JUST got the Graphite eyeliner! It looks fab on you!

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  2. Sinead says:

    Ohh i love!! Must check this out!
    x

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  3. Lily says:

    The Barry M shade looks more pigmented and ‘drama’ to me – so even if I could afford the £19 for EL, I’d probably skip it for the Barry M anyway haha :) I don’t wear grey ‘liners often, but sometimes mix Illamasqua sealing gel with dark, glittery shades for a metallic look.

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    • Hi Lily, The BarryM is slightly more pigmented but the sparkle isn’t as prominent which is possibly *why* it looks more pigmented (if that makes sense!)

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  4. Summer says:

    It’s so pretty, I have blue eyes and grey eyeliner makes the colour stand out but this shade is so pretty I really want it! I also love the look of the Lord and Berry swatch! x

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  5. Jo says:

    I have pale skin and blue grey eyes so have always used grey eyeliners in preference to any other colour. A ggod one for me in terms of colour is Rimmel hurricane but lately have fallen head over heels for Bobbi Brown longwear gel eyeliners. My day and evening one is granite ink – just a touch softer than black although still lots of depth of colour. I also love graphite shimmer ink which is lighter in colour and just a hint of shimmer – good for day or night.

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  6. gio says:

    The color is so beautiful and a great alternative to black for everyday looks. Too bad it flakes though.

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  7. Larie says:

    The color is beautiful! It’s a shame it flakes off :( I think I might still check it out, though, just for that color.

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  8. sahar awan says:

    pretty colors…i have graphite in black color…

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  9. Rocaille says:

    I really like the shimmery wet effect, too bad it flakes! x

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  10. Rachel.D says:

    Check out the Stila waterproof eyeliners, they are beautiful, don’t budge and they have a colour similar to this I think :) love this colour too, subtle but you are still standing out from the crowd a little.

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  13. I love the look of this – I have grey blue eyes and almost always wear grey eyeliner. My favourite is probably by Chanel Stylo Yeux in Platine. Also love this in Marine, a dark shimmery midnight blue. http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10001_10001_MAEMU29V_-1?breadcrumb=Home~txtchanel+stylo+yeux

    Beautiful photos in this post and I love the new look of your blog.

    Nic x
    beauty blogger

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  14. Tamara says:

    I can’t handle flaking in a liner, which is a shame because this colour is gorgeous. You’d think that a company like Estee Lauder would manage to iron out that type of flaw.

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