The Zodiac Collection is already available on the Estee Lauder web site, and these refillable compacts contain the Translucent Pressed Powder. Retail: $70.00 each.
I'm a Gemini, so of course that's my personal favorite! Each compact has a coordinating birthstone clasp.
Mrs. Estée Lauder, fragrance innovator and artist, introduced her first solid perfume compact collection in 1967.
Since then, each new year has brought a new collection of magnificent hand-crafted compacts filled with Estée Lauder solid perfumes and pressed powder.
Estée Lauder collectible compacts are hand-crafted by a team of master craftsmen schooled in the fine art of jewelry making.
Each compact design begins as a solid block of pewter, which is sculpted into a master-an exact likeness of the approved pattern.
From the master, a mold is created, and molten metal is poured into the mold to create a casting.
Castings are hand-cleaned and polished with three different buffing wheels, refining the surface to a high luster.
Then they are plated, a three-step process of dipping into various metals. This ensures that each tiny work of art will retain its durability and glossy finish throughout its lifetime.
The final compacts are hand-assembled, enameled and many are hand-set with Austrian crystal stones-sometimes as many as four hundred. Each compact is carefully inspected before being filled with solid perfume or pressed powder.
It is no wonder these rare, exquisite pieces enjoy a worldwide following among collectors.
Do you have any favorites? I have three favorites, and I'm going to have to narrow that down to just one! Starry Night, Mandarin Sun, and Antique Sun are my picks. These collectible compacts are sentimental to me because my Mom had quite a few of them. She's no longer with us, but I remember going with my Dad around the Holidays to help him pick out which one she would like, many times in my younger years. Since she passed away, I now find myself starting to collect them. Like mother, like daughter I guess, and the older I get, the more I realize that's not a bad thing to be at all.
*Photos and history courtesy of Estée Lauder.