Friday, August 17, 2012

Estee Lauder Holiday 2012 Compact Collection

Estée Lauder has been releasing limited edition collectible holiday powder and perfume compacts since 1967, and every year I look forward to seeing the new designs. They're always so beautiful, and this year they continue the tradition with a lovely assortment of artistic and creative little works of art. They are also offering a Zodiac Collection for the Holiday season, which follows the Holiday Collection below. I don't have pricing for all of the Holiday Collection as yet, but those I did find are noted. I've also included the history of the Holiday Compact Collection at the end, if you're interested in reading about that.
Holiday 2012 Compact - Celestial Charms - retail price: $295.00
Holiday 2012 Compact - Starry Night
Holiday 2012 Compact - Shooting Star
Holiday 2012 Compact - Mandarin Sun - retail price: $89.00
Holiday 2012 Compact - Antique Sun - retail price: $89.00
Holiday Compact 2012 - Evening Star
Holiday Compact 2012 - Radiant Sun - retail price: $195.00
Holiday 2012 Compact - Twinkling Sky - retail price: $195.00
Holiday 2012 Contact - Year of the Snake
Holiday 2012 Compact - Golden Wave

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.


  1. Wow, they're beautiful. If I had the room/money to collect something it would definitely be something like these. I used to hate when people told me I reminded them of my mom. But now I love it because even after she's gone it means I will always have her with me. :)

  2. so pretty,i love all collection

  3. I love all d collection, hv one small compact present from my hubby n still keep it til now. Love to have d aries but here in Malaysia it is too expensive