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Bourjois 3 Lipgloss Effet 3D set

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bourjois_lipgloss_trio01French brand Bourjois has a number of duty-free kits, most popular on board airlines but also available at airport stores. This one, the Bourjois 3 Lipgloss Effet 3D set, is a trio of full-size lip glosses that, as the name suggests, create an effect of fuller lips when applied.

The set features three shades: Transparent Oniric (18), an invisible top coat; Rose Symphonie (20), a frosty pale pink with silver sparkles; and Rose Lyric (36), a deeper rosy shade also with fewer visible sparkles than the previous colour.

All feature a brush-style applicator and the sparkles aren’t gritty, which is a bonus.

I’m afraid I don’t know how much this set retails for as I got mine as a gift. These usually carry a saving of at least 15% compared with high-street prices though, so it should be a good deal if you like all colours.

The first set of swatches was photographed in indirect sunlight and the second, in direct sunlight. Click on any of the images for a larger version.

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May 7th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Agnès b. Harmony Makeup Pouch

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agnesb_setLike other beauty collections including Sonia Rikyel and Ladurée, French brand Agnès b. only offers its makeup ranges in Asia, and this particular set was exclusive to Singapore Airlines (although I believe it might be discontinued now – sorry!).

The Agnès b. Harmony Makeup Pouch contains a series of products selected by the designer herself, according to the airline, to achieve “an intense and luminous look”. These include  theAgnès B.B. Cream SPF 20 PA++ in 01 Light, B. Glossy Stick Shimmering Lipstick in 2132 Framboise Glossy, the Palette Sublim’ Regard Eye-Enhancing Kit for Eyebrows and Eyelids, a Contour Haute Def Eyeliner Pencil in Black  and a free Agnès B. Beauté Makeup Pouch. The eyeliner is made in Germany, the palette is made in Italy,  the lipstick is made in China and the BB cream is made in France, making for a truly international set!

This is one of the nicest and best put-together makeup sets I have seen in a while – every product is something I would be happy to have bought individually. The palette shades are pigmented, the lipstick is very comfortable and the eyeliner doesn’t budge, and the BB cream is a match (which is rare as I am very light and most Asian BB creams lean towards yellow). Priced at a very reasonable S$87 (about $70), I consider this set a success.

Click on the pictures for larger versions. Apologies for the lack of any other makeup on the lip swatch shot.

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February 16th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Ellis Faas Make-Up Set

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I am excited about this post as this is the first time I have ever seen an Ellis Faas product in duty-free, and it is an exclusive set commissioned by Dutch airline KLM.

The Ellis Faas Make-Up Set, available inflight and for online pre-order on the Shop@KLM website, has been created by the make-up artist herself with a selection of three essential products from her range: Milky Lips L201, also known as Ellis Red and her signature colour; a grey-brown shade which I believe to be Creamy Eyes E104; and her Mascara E401 (black).

If each product was to be individually purchased the set would cost €74 (about $99 according to today’s rates), but KLM sells it for a bargainous €59 (about $79). And with the swan-decorated packaging, the kit looks so pretty I want to fly with KLM just to get it!

Ellis Faas Make-Up Set

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January 29th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Benefit Perk Up and Away! set

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Benefit Perk Up and Away! setBenefit is a brand that has not been present in force in the duty-free channel for a long time, but it has certainly been investing in travel locations recently with nice counters and special products. This set is one such initiative.

The Benefit Perk Up and Away! set is a nifty collection of best-selling products packaged in a suitcase-style box, not unlike the ones the brand has been using for holiday gifts and other promotions in domestic markets. This one, however, is exclusive to DFS Galleria stores – specifically the ones in Hong Kong.

The set includes a full-size Watt’s Up! highlighter for the face, a full-size box of Dandelion blush, a full-size bottle of Posietint (a multi-purpose product for cheeks and lips), a deluxe sample size tube of the POREfessional primer (7.5ml) and a deluxe sample of the Laugh with LeeLee fragrance (1.5ml).

In Hong Kong, this set retails for HK$680 (about $88), which seems like decent value for three full-size products and a couple of good samples in a cute packaging. Would you buy it?

Click on the image to see it big! I believe this set will be available from next month.

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November 29th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Burberry Lip Cover Signature Collection

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Burberry Lip Cover Signature CollectionThe Burberry Beauty range is one of those that achieved immediate cult status after being launched, but I resisted getting into for a long time (mostly for fear of bankruptcy, I must confess).

Because of that, it was only in July that I bought my first Burberry makeup products, and this was one of them: the Burberry Lip Cover Signature Collection (purchased in Hawaii but also available at London Heathrow airport and other duty-free locations).

This set features three lipsticks from the Burberry Lip Cover range: Nude Beige (01), a pale nude colour; Blush (09), a lovely reddish rose; and Antique Rose (11), a vintage pink shade. The formula is moisturising, pigmented and lasts a decent time, requiring touch-ups after meals. There are plenty of much better reviews than I would be able to write of these on the blogosphere, so I won’t go into too much detail – I do love these though.

I have no idea how much I paid for this set, unfortunately, but will check when I go through the airport again (soon!) for the UK price of the box. For now, I offer you pictures and swatches, and I beg your forgiveness.

As usual, you can click on the images for larger versions.

Burberry Lip Cover Signature Collection  Burberry Lip Cover Signature Collection
Burberry Lip Cover Signature Collection swatches  Burberry Lip Cover Signature Collection swatches

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October 21st, 2012 at 12:00 pm

New launch: Osiao skincare range

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Osiao skincare rangeThe Estée Lauder Companies own many of the beauty brands we know and love (including but not limited to MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown and Origins), but they are not averse to bringing up new ones, having even an internal organisation within the company called BeautyBank dedicated to new brand development.

IdeaBank, a division of BeautyBank, has partnered with other Estée Lauder personnel in Asia and globally to create a new skincare brand targeting what the company describes as “the unique needs of Asian skin”. That new brand, Osiao, will be launched this month in Hong Kong (exclusively in Lane Crawford stores).

The reason I am posting about this (as it’s not technically a duty-free exclusive) is that a selection of Osiao products will also be available on board Cathay Pacific Airways’ Hong Kong flights from mid-October.

According to Estée Lauder, the brand was developed by experts in traditional Chinese medicine, dermatology and product formulation science, who together formed the Osiao Asia Skin Institute to focus on “the science of skin light”. In order to do that they conducted in-depth analyses of the skin of thousands of Asian women in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, which resulted in “a unique understanding of the mechanisms of skin and how to restore skin’s natural radiance”.

They also added the following:

The scientists and dermatologists of The Osiao Asia Skin Institute created a complete protocol for optimum skin analysis: The Osiao Diagnostic Method. This proprietary diagnostic approach accounts for influencing factors both inside the skin and on its surface. The Osiao Diagnostic Method measures an unprecedented range of parameters related to a woman’s life, health and beauty, including age, lifestyle, environment, stress, fatigue, body condition, skin condition, exercise and diet. Now, for the first time, a specific recommendation of care can be assigned according to an individual’s unique Skin Constitution, along with a customised treatment plan, to reveal skin’s true radiance.

The full range includes 19 products designed for topical application and complementary oral use, including the Inner Radiance Concentrate, a serum; Inner Radiance Essence Lotion, a watery lotion; and the Inner Radiance Beauty Tablets. Additional products include a collection of moisturisers, cleansers and a mask, with suggested retail prices ranging from HK$350–1480 (about $45–190).

I don’t have any plans to visit Asia in the near future, unfortunately, so won’t be checking these out in person. If you do, though, get in touch and let us know what you think. Also, click on the image above for a larger version.

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October 4th, 2012 at 10:08 am

L’Occitane Smiling Lips set

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L'Occitane Smiling Lips setFrench brand L’Occitane has a well-loved range of skincare products, and it is from its portfolio of best-sellers that it draws the items to include in its travel-retail range. The L’Occitane Smiling Lips set is one such example, featuring four moisturising lip balms from the brand’s collection in one place.

The set comes with four 15ml/0.5oz tubes of lip balm in the following varieties: Moisturizing Lip Balm (the traditional one, with 10% shea butter and no flavour); Desert Rose Lip Balm; Hibiscus Flower Lip Balm; and Cocoa Flower Lip Balm. The three scented varieties are limited editions and come in colourful packaging, as you can see in the pictures.

The four come in a transparent zip-top bag that can double up as a travel case for your liquids or a makeup pouch for your handbag. Pricing varies according to location, but in Asian airlines you can find it for about $48. As usual, you can click on the photos for larger versions – I didn’t do swatches as they are all transparent. :)

L'Occitane Smiling Lips set  L'Occitane Smiling Lips set

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June 23rd, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Kiehl’s Travel-Tested Solutions

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Skincare brands started to realise last year that frequent travel can wreak havoc on skin. The first one to act on these findings and launch a product specifically for regular travellers was Biotherm, and now sister company Kiehl’s (also owned by L’Oréal) has entered the fray as well.

Kiehl’s Travel-Tested Solutions is a full range of four products designed for skin affected by travel. All products come in travel sizes (so you can fit them in your onboard bag for liquids and gels) and have been tested on pilots and inflight crew of four Chinese airlines – Air China, Air Hainan, China Eastern, and China Southern – to ensure they work under extreme conditions, and that they continue working on your skin after you return from your trips.

According to the supplier, travelling by air causes skin to be affected by dehydration, jetlag and extra sensitivity. To combat these effects, Kiehl’s Travel-Tested formulas use “calming, soothing and anti-microbial properties to help skin defend immediately against these adverse environmental conditions”.

The products are available individually or as a set (pictured below), which includes a limited-edition luggage tag.  All four are formulated with cactus flower, known to keep skin hydrated under unusually dry conditions; Tibetan ginseng, a mountain plant known to increase skin-cell respiration at high altitudes; and a blend of lavender, geranium and rosemary rejuvenate skin in the air and in the recovery period days after travel. Here’s a full description of each product in the range:

In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist: Helps purify skin irritated by severe inflight cabin conditions.

24/7 Activated Moisturizer: Shields skin from extreme inflight dryness and dullness as onboard humidity levels can drop below 10%, which is equal to or drier than a desert.

First Class Purifying Hand Treatment: This cream-gel is supposed to leave hands feeling soft, smooth, and clean.

Eucalyptus Lip Relief Class: A no-shine lip treatment to soothe parched lips.

The Travel-Tested Solutions  range will be available at airport shops, downtown duty-free shops and on board selected airlines from May.

Kiehl's Travel-Tested Solutions

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March 21st, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Dr Sebagh Travel Kit

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Dr Sebagh Travel KitNot only of traditional mainstream brands live airport duty-free stores. Niche skincare brand Dr Sebagh, which has a cult following due to some of its most popular products (the ones for oily/acne-prone skin are particularly famous), now has its own travel-exclusive set.

The Dr Sebagh Travel Kit comprises a transparent bag containing travel sizes of six products: Suprême Maintenance Youth Serum 5ml, Serum Repair 5ml, Eye Primer Lift 15ml, Foaming Cleanser 50ml, Deep Exfoliating Mask 15ml and Crème Extrême Maintenance 15ml.

I know this set is available in World Duty Free stores in the UK, but am not sure how widely distributed it is – chances are it will be sold at other European locations though. With World Duty Free, the kit retails for £108.30 (roughly $171).

Do you like Dr Sebagh skincare? Is this good value? I don’t really know but would appreciate your comments. :)

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March 19th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio

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Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star TrioJapanese brand Shiseido has been getting better and better since Dick Page joined the company as artistic director in 2007, and one of the winners in their revamped makeup range is the Perfect Rouge lipstick collection.

In duty-free, these are available as a special travel set. The Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio includes three individually-packaged shades from the Perfect Rouge selection: RD305 (Salon), RS306 (Titian) and PK303 (Pink Mesa). All three are flattering colours that should suit different skintones, and the formula is moisturising and long-lasting on me.

The set retails for £44.80 (roughly $70) in World Duty Free stores in the UK – I purchased mine at the Heathrow terminal 5 shop. It’s a great deal considering each of them costs £21.50 in the local UK market, and I love every single one of them. In the US they are cheaper ($25 each) and a bit of internet sleuthing will reveal you can purchase the set cheaper at other travel-retail locations around the world.

As usual, click on the pictures for larger versions. All photos were taken in indirect natural light on a cloudy day in Hamburg.

Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio  Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio
Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio  Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio

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February 28th, 2012 at 5:18 pm