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Dior Eye Designer Eye Makeup Palette

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Dior Eye Designer Eye Makeup PaletteThis little beauty has been in my sights for a while but I haven’t had the chance to purchase it yet, so unfortunately we’ll have to make do with a product shot and no swatches for now.

The Dior Eye Designer Eye Makeup Palette is a travel exclusive that contains three eyeshadows, eyebrow powder, eyeliner and tweezers for a complete eye makeup set, presented in the company’s traditional velveteen pouch. The box also includes a miniature version of Diorshow Extase mascara.

As the shades are neutral this sounds like the perfect work trip palette if your out for a couple of days. It retails on board Singapore Airlines flights for S$74 (about $60), which is pricey but not out of this world for Dior. I’ll report back when I get my hands on it!

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October 20th, 2012 at 9:41 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

Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick Trio

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Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick TrioChristian Dior has been keeping quiet about its duty-free exclusives recently, but a bit of research has revealed one of its latest offerings to the travel-retail market: the Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick Trio.

This one is tricky though, as it offers different colours based on the region the product is being sold in. Example: in  Germany’s airport shops, the set contains Dior’s moisturising lipstick formula in 536 (Lucky), 356 (Cherie Bow) and 667 (Avenue). However, on board Korean Air flights the shades change and only Lucky is in both sets – the other two shades are 336 (Saint Tropez) and 366 (Pink Icon). These variations obviously reflect local and regional best-sellers as these sets tend to go with colours that are popular where they are sold.

Prices are also slightly different, once again based on local retail prices. While the German duty-free stores sell the set for €74 (roughly $95), Korean Air prices the trio at a slightly cheaper €69 ($89). Considering these retail in the US for $30 each, the sets don’t represent much of a saving (and in the German case are actually more expensive) compared with buying the individual lipsticks. However, in the UK they are sold for £24 each (around $38 in today’s exchange rates), so you’d be pocketing quite a significant amount by getting the set.

Click on the picture to see a bigger version – this one represents the Asian version of the set (in theory).

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October 3rd, 2012 at 11:49 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

Chanel Préférence eyeshadow palette

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Chanel Preference eyeshadow paletteChanel is a beauty brand with a clear focus on the Asian market, and in duty-free it is no different, with several products launched exclusively in that region. The Chanel Préférence eyeshadow palette is one such item, and as far as I know is available only on board selected airlines serving the Asia/Pacific region (I purchased mine on a Singapore Airlines flight but know Cathay Pacific and Korean Air also stock this product).

The palette follows the brand’s recent format of five colours displayed vertically and in parallel, and is officially part of the Ombres Perlées de Chanel series. The five shades are a pearlescent light pink, a pearlescent silvery taupe, a metallic gold, a complex olive-y green and an almost black with finely-milled blue/purple sparkles.

Unfortunately, while the shades look very pretty on the pan, only the last two are any good – the first three are gritty, patchy and do not apply evenly either with fingers or with a brush. I had trouble getting enough pigment on my arm for the colours to appear on the swatch pictures, which is a terrible shame as the two darkest shades (the green and the black) are gorgeous, pigmented and satiny.

You can judge by yourself from the swatches, but in my humble opinion this feels like the Jekyll and Hyde of palettes! Considering it cost S$80 (roughly $63 by today’s exchange rates), it is certainly a disappointment and not something I would recommend for purchase.

Chanel Preference eyeshadow palette  Chanel Preference eyeshadow palette
Chanel Preference eyeshadow palette  Chanel Preference eyeshadow palette

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June 17th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Givenchy Les Mini Prismes

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Givenchy Les Mini Prismes The latest Givenchy travel-exclusive offering is an unusual one: a towering palette! Givenchy Les Mini Prismes looks more like a tiny jewellery box than a cosmetics product, but that adds to its appeal, I think.

It features a top-opening compartment with a mirror that houses an eyeshadow quad (Le Prisme Yeux in Purple Show 71) and three like drawers: the top with a face powder (Le Prisme Visage in Beige Mousselline 84), the middle including a blush (Le Prisme Blush in Vintage Pink 22) and the last housing the applicators for each of the three products in the other compartments.

I’m afraid I did not purchase this so I didn’t get the chance to swatch it while going through the airport (I spotted this one at London Heathrow), but I took pictures of each of the sections open to give you a better idea of what the palette (if I can call it that!) is like – apologies for the shadows but the lighting in-store was pretty harsh! When I have the cash to spare I’ll definitely get it as it looks like a unique and interesting product! :)

As usual, click on the images for larger versions. Givenchy Les Mini Prismes was priced at £36.50 ($58), which I think is pretty reasonable when you consider all it comes with. Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

Givenchy Les Mini Prismes   Givenchy Les Mini Prismes   Givenchy Les Mini Prismes

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March 31st, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Clinique Lashes Top to Bottom

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Clinique Lashes Top to BottomClinique has launched this month a travel-retail set dedicated to making (all) your lashes look great. The Lashes Top to Bottom kit (not to the confused with the Rethink Lashes Top to Bottom set available at Sephora, which comes with a mascara for top and one for bottom lashes) includes two tubes of High Impact Mascara (tubing, hence waterproof) and a free promotional-sized tube of Bottom Lash Mascara.

According to the supplier, High Impact Mascara adds colume and length to each lash while Bottom Lash Mascara has a brush specially designed for small lashes and a formula that resists smears. The goal, of course, is to pair the mascaras for the desired effect.

This set is exclusive to duty-free locations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas from this month and will only be available for a limited time, Clinique said. It retails in German airport stores for €29.50 (about $39) but prices will vary according to the location.

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March 28th, 2012 at 10:48 am

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