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On location: Artdeco Cosmetics at Hamburg airport

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Artdeco Cosmetics display at Hamburg airportI went to Germany for work last week and on my way out of Hamburg could not resist the chance to look for some Artdeco Cosmetics in the duty-free shop, and my search was rewarded as I found a fully-stocked display of the brand’s excellent makeup products.

I was personally interested in the eyeshadows as I already have quite a few and the quality is great. Artdeco eyeshadows are sold as single magnetic pans and are designed to be used with the brand’s palette system (they are too thick to fit regular freeform palettes – I’ve tried). The German company is also known for its eyeshadow base, an affordable alternative for those unwilling to spend too much on primers.

The display also included some value sets, which could be travel exclusive but I’m not sure as I’m not familiar with the brand’s offering in local markets. These included a waterproof mascara and pencil eyeliner duo (priced at €11.90), a Perfect Definition set including mascara and felt-tip eyeliner (€16.90)  a kit with blush and palette (€13.90) and some mineral cosmetics sets (the most expensive costimg €15.50). I have included pictures of a few of them at the bottom of this post.

Click on the images for larger versions, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Artdeco eyeshadows  Artdeco palettes
Artdeco Perfect Waterproof set  Artdeco blush set  Artdeco Perfect Definition set

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February 26th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Selection Voyage

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High-end French brand Sisley also makes travel-exclusive products, and on my way out of Heathrow last week I spotted this lipstick set at a great price. The Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Selection Voyage comes with a trio of the brand’s Phyto Lip Shine lipsticks in Sheer Rosewood (04), Sheer Raspberry (05) and Sheer Coral (08). As each of these lipsticks usually retail for £27 in the UK and about $50 in the US, the set’s price of £57 is a true duty-free bargain!

I’ve never tried this formula so can’t comment on the quality, although Sisley products are usually excellent – I am more familiar with their skincare range though. The package was also sealed so I couldn’t swatch the lipsticks, but I scrounged some colour swatches so you could have an idea of what they look like.

I spotted this set in the World Duty Free store at London Heathrow airport terminal 5, but I’m sure you could find it at other European travel-retail locations. Click on the two pictures of the set for larger versions.

Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Selection Voyage   Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Selection Voyage
Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Selection Voyage

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February 18th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Agnès b. B. Trendy makeup pouch

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After opening its first duty-free counter at Hong Kong International airport, beauty brand Agnès b. has launched a travel-retail set for airlines, which is available exclusively on board Korean Airlines flights.

The Agnès b. B. Trendy makeup pouch is priced at $68 and comes with the brand’s beauty blemish (BB) cream, which carries a SPF20 and PA++ protection; a glossy lipstick (but I don’t know the shade, sorry!); a pink mini-gloss; MonoBlush powder in a peachy shade; a heart-shaped mirror; and a branded makeup pouch.

I haven’t tried Agnès b. makeup products yet – if you have, please share your thoughts!

Agnès b. B. Trendy makeup pouch

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February 16th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

House of DKNY Coffret

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Miniature perfume sets are a common fixture in duty-free shops around the world, and new ones come out every now and again to refreh the range. The latest addition is the House of DKNY Coffret, a travel-exclusive set containing four miniature fragrances: Be Delicious edp 7ml, Be Delicious Fresh Blossom edp 7ml, PureDKNY Verbena 7ml and the original DKNY Woman edt 4ml.

DKNY Woman comes in a skyscraper-inspired bottle while the two Be Delicious fragrances feature the iconic apple-shaped flacon. Finally, PureDKNY Verbena features a hybrid verbena-basil note and is one of the brand’s latest launches, created in partnership with charity organisation CARE.

This cute set comes in a cityscape packaging and will be available from February at duty-free locations worldwide.

House of DKNY Coffret

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January 31st, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Lunasol Full Glamour Gloss Set

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Lunasol Full Glamour Gloss SetI’m sure I am not the only one who finds it annoying that excellent brands such as Kanebo’s Lunasol aren’t more widely available outside of Asia. Unfortunately, the same tends to happen in duty-free, and this set is not an exception.

I spotted the Lunasol Full Glamour Gloss Set at one of Tokyo Narita airport’s many stores (specifically the ANA Duty Free shop). Exclusive to travel-retail, the kit comes with three lip glosses in the Full Glamour formula – which contain multi-colour shimmer to give depth of shade and feature a slanted applicator to apply the gloss evenly to lips.

I tried to get swatches of the three shades, but unfortunately the sales assistant was hovering over me like a hawk and made me self-conscious (I know, not the best trait for a blogger – I promise to do better next time!). Instead, I’ll leave you with pictures of the products as the shades are pretty true to life (the tubes are transparent, after all).

The set was on sale at Narita for 4,500 yen (about $58). Click on the image above for a larger version.

Lunasol Full Glamour Gloss Set

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January 19th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

DKNY Golden Delicious Holiday Set

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The DKNY Golden Delicious Holiday Set is another of the many Christmas offerings in duty-free. This travel set contains a 50ml bottle of the Golden Delicious edp and a 100ml tube of the matching body lotion, and it comes in a cute box decorated with golden apples.

I am a fan of the scent since first trying it – it’s a warmer, spicier version of the original DKNY Be Delicious perfume, without the fruitiness of the original and with top notes of orange flower water, sparkling mirabelle and a signature Golden Delicious apple, as well as white rose, vanilla orchid, musk and teakwood. And the bottle is a more elegant and “grown-up” version of the original’s apple-shaped flacon, with a golden lid to match the juice.

The set is available worldwide at selected travel-retail locations. For example, at Iceland’s Keflavik airport you can find the set for around $60.

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December 20th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

L’Oréal Paris Color Harmony Glamour Chic palette

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L’Oréal Paris has two fairly recent travel-exclusive palettes out at the moment, each represented by one of the brand’s actress spokesmodels. The one I bought  – Color Harmony Glamour Chic palette – is the one featuring Freida Pinto (the other has Eva Longoria) as is the slightly warmer version (or so it seemed to me). It contains five eyeshadow shades (Color Appeal formula), four Color Riche lipsticks and a duo True Match blush. It also comes with three applicators, one for each type of product.

None of the shades have names, so I’ll try to describe them as best as I can. The eyeshadows are a matte moss green, a light chocolate brown with discreet shimmer, a metallic gold shade, a light pink with a hint of lavender and a pale yellow (both with a bit of shimmer). None of them are very finely milled or superpigmented, but they all swatched evenly and offer a good range of combinations. They come in 1.3g pans.

The duo blush has a peachy side and a neutral beige side. I didn’t swatch them together as I only thought of doing that after the light had gone – doh! Finally, the lipsticks include a brownish-coppery shade, a berry colour with rosy undertones, a fairly neutral pink and a beige shade. The blush pan weighs 5.5g and the lipsticks have 1g of product each.

I wasn’t too impressed by the quality of this palette, to be perfectly honest – it’s ok but certainly doesn’t have that ‘wow’ factor. And while it is not badly priced (at Heathrow, it retails for about £25, while in Europe you can find it for about €30) it is not cheap for a drugstore palette either. I do like the build and sturdiness of the palette, and the large mirror is always a bonus. Overall, a decent but not amazing product in my opinion.

The shades were swatched in the order they appear in the palette (which is also the order in which I described them). Click on the images for larger versions.

 
 
 

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December 20th, 2011 at 12:19 am

On location: Artisan & Artist brushes at Singapore Changi airport

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Artisan & Artist brushesGood news for lovers of high-end makeup brushes: Japanese brand Artisan & Artist is now available at Singapore Changi airport terminal 2′s duty-free beauty stores . The brand was founded in the early 1980s by Seiichiro Hangui, who was disappointed by the lack of useful bags and pouches for professional makeup artists at the time and decided to create his own range, and since 1996 tools including brushes were added to the brand’s product selection.

Artisan & Artist hit the big time in the late 1990s, when cosmetics and fashion labels including Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent commissioned customised designs for their brands. While the bags are available at Changi,  I am personally interested in the brushes for a simple reason: they are made by Chikuhodo, arguably the best makeup brush manufacturer in Japan – and in the world.

Prices at the Singapore airport stores range from S$39 ($30) for an eyebrow brush to S$103 (around $78) for a 100% goat hair cheek brush. I’m not going that way any time soon, unfortunately, but I would stock up otherwise! You can find more information about their brushes on their website, but it’s only available in Japanese.

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December 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am

Tommy Girl Essentials set

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With Christmas just around the corner, most beauty brands start releasing special gift sets, and some of them produce travel-exclusive varieties of those. The Tommy Girl Essentials set is one of them.

Containing a 100ml Tommy Girl eau de cologne, a 50ml body lotion and a 50ml body wash in a branded gift box, this kit is available at airport shops around the world from this month. As these sets are usually good value even from the high street, if you know someone who likes the scent (or are yourself a fan) why not stock up when you next go travelling?

I don’t know the price for this set yet, but as I’ll be travelling again in a little over a week I’ll update this post when I can.

Tommy Girl Essentials set

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November 2nd, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Bourjois Sun Glow Essential set

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Bourjois isn’t a brand that’s widely available outside of Europe, and in duty-free it is most common on board airlines around the world – as such, its travel-exclusive products tend to be handy sets that offer savings against European domestic markets and are easy to pack on the inflight cart.

The Bourjois Sun Glow Essential set is one of those: it comes with the brand’shighly-rated Délices de Poudre bronzing powder, a kabuki brush, what looks like a cool pink Little Round Pot blush (I don’t know the shade, sorry!) and a tube of Effet 3D lip gloss in shade 01 (which I *think* is Rose Pacific). The box also comes with a mini Black & Gold reflections eyeliner.

I found this set listed in Air Arabia’s inflight duty-free catalogue for $39, but on board UK carriers I would imagine it would be cheaper as each of the three products you are officially paying for costs £6.99 (about $11.50) on the high street.

Bourjois Sun Glow Essential set

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October 28th, 2011 at 1:09 pm