Estée Lauder established her cosmetics company in 1948 in New York and later, she manufactured perfumes as well, introducing them in solid perfume compacts which have since become very collectable. For well over 30 years, Estée Lauder has manufactured contemporary powder compacts, some encrusted with crystals, others as complete sets of animals and zodiac symbols and many new designs are produced each year.
In Roselyn Gerson's 2nd edition of 'Vintage & Vogue Ladies Compacts', she devotes a large section of her book to these desirable compacts.
|Lovely matt gold-tone elephant in high relief from the animal series of 1996-7. I've waited a long time to get this compact which measures almost 2.5"x2". It is in mint condition complete with powder, puff, pouch, slip, box and outer sleeve. This compact can also be viewed on the 'Elephants' page.|
|This is the lovely Golden Dragon compact, complete with red tassel and encrusted with crystals. It measures 3" by 2.25" and is complete with powder, puff, pouch, box and sleeve. This compact celebrates The Year of the Dragon, which happened to be 2000, though another Millennium Compact was also produced. I bought this from Valerie Spencer at our 2006 Convention.|
|This is the Gemini compact, one of the Zodiac set from 1996. These were all made in a matt, brushed goldtone finish and I love the Art Deco styling of the faces. It measures approx. 2.5" in diameter and the case is empty. I bought this from Annette Dale at our 2006 Convention.|
|An Estée Lauder embossed fob-watch design, bought at a Barnardo's charity shop in Cardigan. First made in 1963 and again in 1971, it measures just under 2" in diameter. This compact is featured in Miller's Collectables Guide 1997/98 and in Roselyn Gerson's book.|