Exclusive: Q&A with Estée Lauder Creative Make Up Director Tom Pecheux on Their New Pure Color Topaz Collection

| 6 February , 2012 | Reply

Estée Lauder have released their latest limited edition make up collection for Summer 2012, the Pure Color Topaz Collection, fronted by Constance Jablonski.  Inspired by the warm, sun-bleached tones of the desert the Pure Color Topaz, features a mosaic of sublime bronze, taupe and sand dune shades punctuated by an irreverent twist of citron yellow and an intense pop of teal, evoking the naturally smokey look and romantic glow of a desert sunset.

Conceived by Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux, pieces of the Topaz collection debuted at the Derek Lam Spring 2012 show where Pecheux complimented the clean minimalist fashion with a dreamy, warm look of shimmering eyes highlighted in yellow, lightly bronzed contoured cheeks and a sheer golden lip.

And excitingly we have this exclusive Q&A with The Creative Make Up Maestro himself, Tom Pecheux, to share with you talking about the new Pure Color Topaz colour story:

What is the inspiration behind the Summer 2012 collection?
TOM: My inspiration behind the collection would be vacation in Arizona with healthy, warm sun. I was thinking of an amazing and gorgeously healthy woman that had an element of fantasy in her personality. Bold, yet subtle colors that are strong and soft at the same time.

Where is the best place to use the Illuminating Powder Gelée?
TOM: The focus will be on the upper cheekbones to get that warm glow that you get when you have been outside. Apply first to the cheekbones and then dust the leftover over the rest of the face, neck, shoulder, décolletage, wherever. I love this product because it is very versatile, it lives many lives. You can also wear it as eyeshadow, wet or dry.

There seems to be a return to Kajal pencils. Why are they special and what is the best way to use them?
TOM: My personal approach to these liners is to create a simple and gorgeous eye that is sexy and smudgy in a few seconds. They are perfect for drawing on a powerful eye that reminds me of images of ancient India. Centuries ago, women were drawing on pigments to help protect their eyes from the sun and I think that look is very impactful and to update and bring it back in this collection is just beautiful.

What can you tell us about this blue-green Pure Color Nail Lacquer?
TOM: The trend in nails has been very bold, very bright that past few seasons and this is still a unique color but done in a gentler, softer way that is never boring. The fall season is about glowing femininity and freshness and this shade reflects my mood of the season.

How do you suggest using the yellow lip gloss?
TOM: Yellow gloss immediately warms up the color of the lips because it erases their natural pinkiness. It will do the same for cool-colored lipsticks – put it over a red shade and it becomes an orangey-red.

How do you recommend wearing the yellow shade in the center of the Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette?
TOM: To wear this yellow, it all depends on what you want to achieve. This is amazing on its own but can also be used to wake up a neutral color. Try layering with one of the taupe or brown shades to add warmth and depth. Yellow doesn\’t need to be scary, try using it just as a highlighter on the brow bone until you get used to playing with such a different shade.

What were the makeup trends you saw on the catwalk during the Spring/ Summer shows?
TOM: There is definitely a focus on the brows. It\’s all about strong, dark brows. And yellow, of course! I used a yellow eyeshadow and lip gloss for the Derek Lam Show, and yellow was dominant at other shows as well.

Can you tell us a little about the look you created for Derek Lam\’s Spring 2012 show?
TOM: Derek\’s collection was inspired by the clean minimalism and open desert landscape of the Kaufmann house by Richard Neutra in Palm Springs. I wanted the makeup to compliment the fashion with a very dreamy, warm look of fresh skin, shimmering eyes with muted yellow shadow highlighted by copper, lightly bronzed contoured cheeks and a sheer golden lip.

Which products did you use from the new Pure Color Topaz collection?
TOM: I used the yellow shade from the Eyeshadow palette on the lids over the copper shadow; the Citron Kiss gloss for the lips and the Illuminating Gelée to create the bronzed cheeks. The color collection was perfect actually, to compliment the desert colors of Derek\’s clothes.

What is your beauty must-have for this season?
TOM: This is hard to say. If you are a makeup artist, you don\’t stick to just one thing. But the focus for the S/S 2012 is definitely on the eyebrows. You should concentrate on getting them beautifully shaped and defined.

In your opinion, should a woman always wear makeup when she leaves the house?
TOM: If you feel good, you can leave the house without. I don\’t like the rules, I like to break them. Try different things, like an unusual color. You may like it or you may not but the most important thing is to not get stuck. Enjoy exploring new things and you will feel beautiful and confident.

The Limited Edition Collection includes:


  • Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Limited Edition Topaz Mosaic RRP$90.00
  • Limited Edition Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon in Dramatic Black RRP$40.00
  • Limited Edition Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon in Dramatic Teal RRP$40.00
  • Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Black* RRP$52.00


  • Limited Edition Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée in Topaz Chameleon RRP$75.00


  • Pure Color Gloss in Limited Edition Citron Kiss RRP$42.00
  • Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color in Limited Edition Sultry Caramel RRP$49.00
  • Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color in Sensuous Nude* RRP$49.00
  • Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color in Sublime Nectar* RRP$49.00


  • Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Limited Edition Teal Topaz RRP$38.00

* permanent products in the Estée Lauder line

In case you missed it, I posted some behind the scenes photos from the photoshoot with Constance and Tom, you can check it out here.

The Pure Color Topaz Summer 2012 collection will be available for a limited time only at Myer and David Jones stores, selected pharmacies and online at www.esteelauder.com.au now, for your nearest stockist call 1800 061 326.

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