Good news! We uncovered a reason to smile and indulge in some birthday cake: the Metropolitan Museum of Art turned 150 years old! In celebration of the world-famous museum’s rich history, they’ve teamed up with Estée Lauder to launch a makeup collection — because what’s better than the marriage of makeup and art? Seriously, we’re waiting…
The Met opened its doors to the public on April 13, 1870. But it wasn’t until 1870 that the museum landed at its current location on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street. The art destination is frequently depicted on the big screen, but not-so-frequently represented in our makeup-filled medicine cabinet. That is, until now.
The 150th-anniversary collection comprises three beauty products that both seasoned art lovers and enthusiasts will go crazy for. There’s an eyeshadow palette, a lipstick trio, and a face powder compact that may or may not be too pretty to actually use.
We can’t talk about the Metropolitan Museum of Art x Estée Lauder anniversary collection without touching on its packaging. The products — which are works of art in their own right — are housed in colorful casing adapted from French painter Fernand Léger’s 1914 painting The Village. This piece is currently on display on Fifth Avenue.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy EyeShadow Palette, $52 VIA THE MET STORE. SHOP NOW
“We are so proud to have collaborated with Estée Lauder on a collection of cosmetics inspired by our Cubist art collection and signature Met red in celebration of the museum’s 150th Anniversary,” said Stephen Mannello, Head of Retail at The Met.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick Collection, $90 VIA THE MET STORE. SHOP NOW
“At the Museum, we seek to inspire creativity and bring art into the everyday lives of consumers in an unexpected way,” he continues. “We are so proud of how this collaboration delivers on that mission. We are incredibly grateful for Estée Lauder’s generosity to donate 100% of the purchase price of these items to The Met so we may continue seeking new ways to inspire and engage the public with 5,000 years of art.”
Estée Lauder Collectible Powder Compact, $300 VIA THE MET STORE. SHOP NOW
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time the Met’s teamed up with a makeup brand. In 2018, the museum epically joined forces with Pat McGrath for a limited-edition collection in line with the 70th annual Met Gala. The influential British makeup artist even matched her cosmetics launches to that year’s theme: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Clearly, we’re still not over this.
Keep in mind that the Met Gala 150 Collection is limited-edition, which means you should act fast to experience these beauty products. Trust us.