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!

  2. Sinead says:

    Ohh i love!! Must check this out!
    x

  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.

  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

  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.

  6. gio says:

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

  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.

  8. sahar awan says:

    pretty colors…i have graphite in black color…

  9. Rocaille says:

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

  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.

  11. […] – ditches her beloved black eyeliners for softer greys when she takes a closer look at Estee Lauder’s latest […]

  12. […] – ditches her beloved black eyeliners for softer greys when she takes a closer look at Estee Lauder’s latest […]

  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

  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.

  15. […] – ditches her beloved black eyeliners for softer greys when she takes a closer look at Estee Lauder’s latest […]

  16. […] ditches her beloved black eyeliners for softer greys when she takes a closer look at Estee Lauder’s latest […]

Leave a Reply to Tamara

RANDOM

Home Shopping Uncovered... Inside QVC...

Hmmm… that makes this post sound far more dramatic and exciting than it actually is. Perhaps if myself and VexintheCity hadn’t been gently chaperoned to …

Deal Alert - Nails Inc. Lucky Dip - 5 Polishes for £15

Available until midnight tonight, Nails Inc. are offering a lucky dip.  5 polishes for £15, that works out at £3 a polish! I’m very tempted, …

Inexpensive Beauty Find: Want a daily solution for blackheads? Neutrogena promises to ELIMINATE them!

What do The Grand Canyon, The Aswan Dam, my blackheads and the Great Pyramids all have in common?  All totally visible from space. I’ve been …

The night that changed my life

It was 1999, and I’d not long turned 18, yet despite this halcyon age, I was partying like it was 1949.  It was my 5th …

Liz Earle Signature Foundation Review

When it comes to makeup, things can get pretty personal. One person’s dream product is another person’s nightmare and nowhere is this more keenly felt …

MyFace Cosmetics Lil' Bling - The unkindest of nail polishes

When these polishes were first released, I saw so many positive reviews online and the thing that spoke to me more strongly than the words …

M.I.A

Hello! No posts yesterday, none today!  What’s going on? Well… we currently have some house guests who are camping out in my makeup spare room, …

It's a no brainer...

I hope this isn’t too deep for a Sunday evening/Monday morning, but it’s something that’s been playing on my mind for a few days. I’ve …

The Highlighter Series #7 – Cashmere Stockings

It’s subtle… can you see it? It’s one of my favourites! I think I’d probably prefer to call this a luminizer than a highlighter, because …

Inexpensive Beauty Find: E45 Silky Radiance Body Lotion

Small portions at restaurants, a child that can’t complete a sentence without repeating the word “Mummy” over and over before getting to her point, and …

POPULAR

CLOSED: Competition Time: Givenchy Very Irresistible L'eau en Rose Perfume!

Want to really spoil Mum this Mother’s Day?  Or perhaps you just want to spoil yourself?  It’s ok… I won’t judge… there are plenty of …

CLOSED - Win it! The Body Shop Expert Brush Collection

I don’t know about you, but I woke up this morning with a distinct “Hello Monday morning, I’ve been expecting you…” kinda feeling.  Maybe it’s …

Win a gorgeous "glow" trio with prizes from Urban Decay, New CID, & Arbonne!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED! WINNER IS: “IZABELLA” (COMMENT #96045) – WINNER HAS BEEN EMAILED!   It’s still January, the MET office have just issued yet another …

Hello? Is this thing on?

Phew, that was a little unexpected. For those of you who haven’t had the misfortune of reading my hand-wringing tweets and woe-ridden facebook updates, let …

Avoid the brush off with Oral-B Pro-Expert

There’s a new toothpaste in town. It’s lean, mean and err not very minty as it happens.  Featuring the revolutionary bacteria-busting ingredient Stabilised Stannous Flouride, …

Big savings on French Pharmacy brands, win my Escentual.com top picks!

I’m of the firm opinion that for the money, French pharmacy brands offer some of the best solutions for diffcult skin-types. Escentual.com have long been …

Win it! 3 EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brushes to win!

I’ve written about these before, you know I love them, I want you to love them too! So why not have a go at winning …

FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!

You may recall my bitter moans last week about how when presented with a rare opportunity to spend an indecent amount of time playing with …

Dear Obesity...

We have been together for over 20 years, our lives so entwined that I’ve never been sure how to live without you.  I would like …

Urban Decay The Black Palette - Photos & Swatches

The soon-to-be-released Black Palette from US eyeshadow maestro’s Urban Decay is an altogether darker affair than the recent Naked set… The Black Palette includes 6, …

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Admin

  • Ads