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Estée Lauder Embraces Heavy Metals


Metallics were one of Spring’s surprise makeup trends (check out our full backstage beauty report in our debut magazine, which hits newsstands next week!). The high-shine, shimmering pigments are typically a Fall mainstay, but they turned up with frequency this season on lids at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alexandre Herchcovitch; on hair and brows at Topshop and Fendi, respectively; and even on lips at Mary Katrantzou and Yves Saint Laurent, where loose, flecked pigments were pressed on top of pencil-coated mouths. But Estée Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pecheux’s performance with the foillike shadows backstage at Derek Lam was particularly noteworthy, as he managed to use golden and bronzed olive tones to seamlessly blend brow bones into arches. That’s where we got our first glimpse of Lauder’s new limited-edition Pure Color Cyber Eyes Gelée Powder Eyeshadows. Available in six different shades, including a glimmering pink, a shiny silver, a sparkly teal, and a lush lilac, Pecheux utilized a combination of Cyber Copper and Cyber Green to create full-framed arches that channeled Richard Neutra and “that time in architecture when they let the outdoors come in.” The shadows have a unique formula that is part liquid, part powder and part gel, which allows them to glide on easily when applied dry. But for a flash of full-on glitz, we’ve become accustomed to dampening the sponge applicator before sweeping it across our lids.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Cyber Eyes Gelée Powder Eyeshadow, $24, available November 2011 at

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