The Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection, and a Letter to Don Draper

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Dear Mr. Draper,


Thank you so much for your kind note! It’s always so nice to hear from you.

As you know, I’ve served as head of West Coast operations here at Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC, for five years now, and while I currently love what I do, I feel it soon may be time for a change. Your recruiter couldn’t have picked a better time to contact me.

I’m so flattered that you and your team believe that I should be the person to take the new International Pet Modeling/Gravy Division at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce to the next level.

I had my lawyer skim through the contract you sent over, and I have a couple of quick questions.

First of all, how flexible are you on the requirement that all employees drink during the day? I understand if it’s part of the corporate culture, but I’m something of a teetotaler and have a difficult time functioning even after a small glass of wine. If possible, I’d like to remove that clause.

Also, I must insist on having my own office and assistant. I was informed that Ms. Olson’s desk is located near the employee break room. I do not know how Peggy feels about that, but such an arrangement would not work for me.

If I do accept the position, I would also like to be able to invite friends of mine to the office from time to time, like Cherry and Evening Rose. Both are part of the new Estee Lauder Mad Men collection. Not only are they very familiar with your work, but I would go so far as to call them admirers of yours…

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estee lauder collection cherry lipstick creme rouge pouches

estee lauder mad men collection creme rouge in evening rose and lipstick in cherry
Lipstick in Cherry on the left and Creme Rouge in Evening Rose on the right

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Creme Rouge in Evening Rose

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Lipstick in Cherry on the left and Creme Rouge in Evening Rose on the right

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Lipstick in Cherry with a tube of MAC Lipstick for scale

estee lauder mad men collection box detail
Love that scripty font!

estee lauder mad men collection swatches
Swatches of Creme Rouge in Evening Rose on the left and Lipstick in Cherry on the right

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Wearing Lipstick in Cherry on my lips and Creme Rouge in Evening Rose on my cheeks; Additional makeup worn in this look: LORAC Front of the liner Pro on my upper lash lines, MAC Eyeshadow in Soft Brown Matte on my lids and Diorshow New Look Mascara in Noir New Look Black on my lashes


estee lauder mad men collection

On a more personal note, I hope we can overlook that time in your office when I rebuffed your advances. I truly forgive you, Don. And yes, in case you were wondering, I’m still happily married to the same guy, and things are going great.

Send the kids and your new wife my regards.

The Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection

  • The two-piece limited edition collection features a Lipstick in Cherry ($25) and Creme Rouge in Evening Rose ($40).
  • Both pieces strut on to Estee Lauder counters exclusively at Bloomingdales stores and next month.
  • The pieces are inspired by the women of Mad Men, which is set in New York City in the 1960s.
  • My typographically-obsessed self totally loves the boxes! Designers took vintage Estee Lauder packaging from the 1960s, and gave it a modern twist. 
  • How adorable is the tiny tube of Lipstick in Cherry!? Too cute!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. OMG, how come I haven’t heard of this collection! Karen, I looove your styling here<3<3
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  2. Ashley Marie says:

    i am loving that creme rouge!

  3. Love the packaging and Evening Rose is absolutely beautiful! <3
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  4. Isabel says:

    You look so lovely in these pictures Karen!
    I love the packaging of these products- if I go to the mall and see them, I’ll definitely buy them!

  5. Appu says:

    Love your eyeliner! And that lipstick is such a gorgeous shade on you 🙂
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  6. Heather says:

    Very pretty! Love the colors and the packaging, and I love how you put it all together so well! Do they last a long time on the cheeks and lips? Would you say that these are worth their price in terms of qualify and wear time?

    On a side note, I hear that Sterling Cooper isn’t too flexible on that day-time drinky policy – hope they give you a break though! : P

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heather,

      I got great wear times and pigment with both, but the cream blush might be tricky if you have very oily skin. It’s very slick, so it can slip off. I have dry cheeks and didn’t have any problems.

      For this collection, I think most of the price has to do with the vintage-inspired packaging. Yes, you’re paying for looks, but the products also deliver.

  7. Katie says:

    Oooh! You look so lovely with the bright yellow, the BEEHIVE, the eyeliner, and the amazing lip color. I need to channel my ’60s look one day!

    This makes me ecstatic for the show to return again.

  8. Wendy says:

    I love how you styled your hair! So pretty!!!

  9. Nina says:

    i LOVELOVELOVE the boxes too. i imagine the font to be on an invitation to a really fancy soiree where ladies sip afternoon tea and nibble on scones and crumpets!

    so … i like the color of the blush, but i wish they didnt make it a cream formula … while i do like some cream blushes, EL cream blushes are untested territory for me.

    i might pick up the lipstick. but so tiny! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Oh, totally! Now I want scones, lemon curd and a huge pot of darjeeling tea.

      I quite like this formula. It’s a little slick, though, so if you’re very oily you might need to set it.

      • Nina says:

        ive always liked my tea with a bit of cream and sugar …. my current fave is english breakfast.

        can we wear hats? 😀

        ahhh nice to know. im not oily on my cheeks (t-zone is another story altogether) … but in the summer this formula will totally disappear after a few hours in the humidity. :-/

  10. Karen you look GORGEOUS with your hair up and the winged liner on your eyes! You should do your look like this more often!

    The packaging of these products is really pretty and luxe….I’m just not a fan of the price tag. I do like cream blushes though so I might have to give in!

  11. Rads says:

    Love the packaging…and your photos 🙂

  12. Paris B says:

    Oh Karen, I love how you look! Very elegant and chic and the collection looks good too 😉 I’m going to ask if we get this one 🙂

  13. ashley says:

    you look amazing! take ya breath away!

  14. Danielle says:

    I totally pre-ordered this the other day. It looks SO gorgeous on you Karen! I love the whole stying from the pearls, the up-do and the glorious new Mad Men items. I’m so excited for these to arrive! 🙂

  15. Larie says:

    Love your liner here! Actually love everything about the look!
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  16. Yelena says:

    omg! you were already my favorite beauty blogger but now WOW! you topped urself off! i LOVE MAD MEN, love this look, love everything! i’m dying to try that lipstick!

  17. Stephanie says:

    Ok, I’m NOT normally a sucker for packaging, but seriously, these are gorgeous! This reminds me of cosmetics I would find in my mom and grandma’s purses…oh, memories! Also, I’m so loving your hair and necklace in these photos, such a great look and a look I find myself falling back on when I’m wanting to look elegant AND sexy. 🙂

  18. anna says:

    Karen, you totally look like your beauty queen ancestors!

  19. Rita says:

    Lovely set! I hope the next one will be for redheads!

  20. J.Q. says:

    I love the packaging of the Mad Men collection and I totally agree that the typography on the boxes are absolutely stunning, but the names of the colors could have been a bit more creative. I’m a total Mad Men fan and think that instead of calling the red lipstick “cherry”, Estee Lauder should have named it “Belle Jolie”. Anyway, I think you look amazing in this post Karen! Also, I can totally imagine you rocking this retro look with some cat-eye glasses, in a tea party setting and munching on savannah smiles with Tabs sitting on your lap. LOL 😉

  21. batul fazal says:

    Awwww Karen you look lovely <3 i am loving the collection, so retro 😀

  22. Marina says:

    You look stunning and I really want this collection. Can’t believe there are only several weeks until season 5. But I am more excited about the Game Of Thrones 2!!!
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  23. Advah says:

    That packaging is gorgeous! The colours look fab on you, too. 🙂

    Would you say the lipstick is on the warm or cool end of things? I’m pathetically unable to spot undertones when I look at colours..

  24. artemis says:

    omg, cherry looks delicios 😀

  25. NeenaJ says:

    You look gorgeous! This look really suits you. The blush definitely warrants my attention.

  26. Oh my God Karen, this is such a fantastic mini collection!!! I love the retro glam packaging, and you look awesome with both products on!!!
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  27. Amanda says:

    Everything is so pretty and so feminine. Love the lipstick color, it looks amazing on you!
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  28. shyniz says:

    first excuse for my english i hope you understand me that why i’m not writing very much!
    it’s been a while since I was not back on your blog (my notebook was broken) and I was really missed, especially your cat! your articles are always interesting as unfortunately every time you make me want to crack, most products you shows look great especially the last giorgio armani khol and this collection mad men ester lauder are very beautiful the color is amazing, if i listen you in one day i am ruined just for make up!! and not forgetting beautiful boots you wear on one of your pictures, you had already shown us to somewhere else, I love them!!
    Thank you very much

  29. Ingrid says:

    oh i so badly want these – they look amazing!!

  30. corallista says:

    This has to be my favorite post ever! Your look here is so charming! I’ve always loved the pairing of yellow and deep pink and you look lovely here in this combination! I think these will be my first Estee Lauder products whenever they hit India!
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  31. Maria says:

    Karen, I’m not one to throw compliments around – just ask my husband who hates me for it LOL! But WOW, these pix are beautiful, I don’t know if it’s the makeup, up-do, the photographer or all of it, but you look fab. Love it!

  32. Lisa says:

    Very clever Karen! Nice touch to the Lauder review for our favorite show. Can’t wait till it starts again! Clever merchandising for the show too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Glad you enjoyed this post. I’m so excited for the show to start up again! It’s been way too long. I hope Don stays out of trouble this season. (Yeah, right!).

  33. KayeQ says:

    you look gorgeous Karen!i like the lipstick,the pearls,the dress and winged eyeliner. it really suits you.

    any tutorials on it(winged liner)?

    You’re one of the best blogger i know and i always tell my husband your a pinay,so proud of it.

  34. Melody says:

    You’re glowing! That lipstick is lovely. I feel like it’s similar to a lot of other reds, but it’s sucking me in.

  35. Vonvon says:

    Love your retro look, Karen!

    And the 2 products are gorgeous!
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  36. an says:

    you look amazing. especially your eyes. can you do a tutorial of how you did your eyes?

  37. Amanda says:

    Karen, you look STUNNING! the classic winged liner/ red lip/ updo! 😀

  38. Tasha says:

    So pretty!!!!!!!!!! Love!

  39. Ellie says:

    Karen you look seriously beautiful and elegant in these photos! Love the pearls and hair do 😀


  40. Kim says:

    Love it! I’m afraid of the lipstick, but your letter was awesome. 🙂

    Btw, I thought of you the other day when I felt I looked very pale and needed some lip color. I have a sparkly Avon gloss in Apple Cinnamon that I wear pretty often. I realized that, though it’s not a bold red or anything, it’s kind of a darker shade and you might be proud. You can check it out here:

    Which isn’t where I got it. I won it from my fave blog a couple of years ago. 🙂

  41. Sherry B. says:

    Late to the party, as usual (fashionably so, of course)! Just want to say that you look so gorgeous in this entire look. Wish I could afford this set!

  42. Sarah S. says:

    These colors look amazing on you! Lucky girl 😉

  43. Oh you look so elegant in that ensemble, Karen! Wait, what? No more bangs?

  44. Zovesta says:

    Hilarious! =D And you look so stunning in that style, omg. If only we got a full view of your dress!

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