So at last we get to try the Aerin cosmetic range from Aerin Lauder, which launched in the UK last Monday. This product launch has been a total masterclass in how to use online media such as Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook as a way of building excitement for a new range.
The Tumblr was launched in November last year, linked up to Twitter. I’ve been watching it grow with beautiful images of Aerin (she is Estee Lauder’s grand daughter) and her stylish New York-based-but-with-houses-everywhere life, it’s the same on the Pinterest page. Tiny hints of how the product was shaping up, inspiration pictures Aerin (or whoever) was using and general all round brand-chatter was drip fed to us in a stream of good-taste imagery.
It’s tempting to be nauseated by these super gorgeous pictures of what is basically a pretty rich kid’s way of making us all feel just that little bit sad that we are not her, but it does fascinate me, I just can’t help it, I really want her life (not really but you get my drift) which is the plan, as we are promised ‘lifestyle’ products soon. And she has got a good eye.
As well as being totally seduced by the social media campaign (so clever to start it nearly a year earlier than it was launched, I was practically at fever pitch on the first day of sale) I was willing to part with good money (no free testers here!) to actually buy into Aerin-world. I am a sucker for this sort of thing.
First thing to note is that it is fantastically simple to buy on line as there are only a few carefully edited products and the colour palate is pretty neutrals. I even bought the correct shade of compact foundation, for anyone not close to a big store, this is good news. The product I have bought and tried is lovely, the rose hand cream smells beautifully rosy and is a nice shade of pale pink, the foundation is lovely to apply and stays put, the style palate (I have Weekend) is pretty, efficient and wont scare the horses at all.
It’s a wee bit expensive, the hand cream is £36 (I bet you could come up with a cheaper, just as good alternative, everyone has their favourites) and the brush set is a laughable £120 (what’s wrong with Muiji?). And the packaging is a cheap blingy gold plastic. Admittedly there are pretty pink suede-ette pouches, but unless you have staff to launder these (I’m guessing Aerin might) they go grubby pretty darn quick.
I do love the shade of pink the boxes come in, it goes great with the gold colour and simplicity of the graphics is fabulous. Shame about the plastic boxes really…