Archive for the ‘duty free’ tag
French 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.
The Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O Seoul Edition is a duty-free exclusive product that combines the famous cleanser formula and cute packaging representing the South Korean capital.
As you can see in the picture, both the bottle and the outer carton are thoroughly decorated with drawings depicting “the breathtaking sights of Seoul”, according to the brand.
The 450ml product retail on board Korean Air flights for $69, and at Shinsegae Duty Free for $73 – in theory it shouldn’t be available outside Korea but a quick Google search tells me otherwise!
Click on the image to see the bottle and packaging in full.
Every once in a while Clinique updates its travel-exclusive products. The Clinique Eyes To Go palette is not a new concept, but for 2013 it is being revamped with different shades.
The palette is compact and comes with eight Colour Surge Eye Shadows in complementary shades, with a formula described by the supplier as “creamy” and “intense”. They come with a dual-ended eyeshadow applicator and the palette also has a mirror for touch-ups on the go.
Eyes To Go is available now for a limited time in travel-retail locations worldwide. I don’t have a list of shades at the moment but will update this post as soon as I can. Click on the image for a larger version.
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!
Most makeup brands that make it in the cutthroat world of beauty products include at least one item that achieves cult status among its fans. For Bobbi Brown, shimmer bricks are one of those – and they have an interesting backstory, according to the brand:
One season, with just minutes to go before the runway lights went up, a fashion designer asked Bobbi to give all the models a lit-from-within look. So she took a shimmery eye shadow and dusted it on everyone’s cheeks—and that’s how the idea for Shimmer Brick was born.
Obvious, perhaps, but it worked for her! Shimmer bricks are handmade in Italy by pressing five different shades of “ultra-luxe pure pearl pigments” into one pan and double-baking them, the brand explains, and a variety of highlighter shades have been available through the years, some permanent and some limited.
The latest addition to the family is Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick, and this one is exclusive to duty-free and travel-retail locations. As the name implies, it has a duskier, darker rose colour pattern and, if the product shot is anything to go by, could probably be used as a blush if you’re light-skinned (and use a heavier hand).
The Wild Rose Shimmer Brick is available from this month at worldwide travel-retail locations, and I’ll update this post with the price as soon as I see one in loco. Click on the picture for a larger version.
Last month Giorgio Armani renovated its counter at London Heathrow terminal 5, making it even more luxurious and incorporating some of its more recent concepts, such as an Armani/Privé wall for its top-of-the-range fragrances, a makeup bar with a double consultation area, a new perfume bar and renovated staging towers.
As if to celebrate the refit, the brand brings to Heathrow T5 an exclusive limited edition: Armani Crystal Edition, a reinterpretation of the bottle created by Giorgio Armani in 1982 for his first scent as part of the 30th anniversary of the fragrance.
Like the original, Armani Crystal Edition is inspired by Art Deco geometric patterns but, instead of the original glass bottle, is made of a block of crystal hand-sculpted in Saint Louis. Only 100 numbered pieces have been created, and two of them – bottles nº3 and nº8 – will be on sale at T5 from today. According to the brand, Armani Crystal Edition is exclusive to World Duty Free in travel-retail and also in UK in 2012.
I don’t know how much they cost but can assure you they won’t be cheap! In the meantime, here are a couple of lovely pictures of the new Armani counter at Heathrow T5 – click on them for larger versions.
The Dior Addict Lip Experts Duo comes with two products (as the name indicates): Lip Maximizer, described by the company as a lip care gloss containing collagen activ that can be used on its own or over lipstick; and Lip Glow balm, which is supposed to “instantly revive your natural lip colour”.
Dior claims this expert duo will result in “smoothed, replumped and naturally more luminous lips” – sounds good in theory!
As usual, prices vary according to the market of origin of each airline, but here are a couple of examples: on board Dutch carrier KLM the set costs €48 (about $62), while Cathay Pacific Airways charges $56 for it (remember that Hong Kong is essentially a duty-free territory). Click on the picture for a larger version.
Benefit 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.
Estée Lauder has launched this month a travel-exclusive Portable Makeup Brush Collection, featuring what it describes as four “essential travel-sized brushes inspired by global makeup artist-quality brushes”.
These include a foundation brush, a powder brush one for blush and another for eyeshadow, all presented in a blue mock-croc case with golden details, same as the brushes themselves.
Prices vary according to location and I haven’t been travelling recently so can’t update you on that yet, but will edit this post as and when I’m able to. For the same reason I can’t judge the quality of these brushes but imagine they’ll be similar to the ones in EL’s holiday blockbuster sets, which are OK.
As usual, click on the image for a larger version.
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.