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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

Preview: GOSH Travel Kits

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Gosh Eye Shadow Palette 22 coloursDanish company GOSH Cosmetics is fairly popular in Europe for offering good quality at affordable prices, and so far the brand’s presence in duty-free has been limited. However, in the winter the supplier plans to change that by launching a range of travel-exclusive products. The Travel Kits will be offered at what the company calls “a reasonable price” and are recommended as ideal for travelling or as a gift purchase.

“The kits have already been very positively received and we have great expectations,” GOSH said in a statement. “The Travel Kits only represent a part of what GOSH intends to launch [in terms of] new products for travel-retail in the near future.”

The full range of travel products will be unveiled in the near future, but today we will preview the one pictured on the left: the GOSH Large Eyeshadow Palette. This matte black case has a sparkling logo on the front and contains 22 round eyeshadows in a range of colours the company describes as “beautiful, wearable and fasionable”. The set also comes with four double-ended sponge applicators.

GOSH hasn’t revealed how much this palette will retail for, but I will update this information as soon as it becomes available. As usual, you can click on the image to see a bigger version.

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August 21st, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Dior Cannage Color Collection Eye – pics and swatches

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Dior Cannage Color Collection EyeRemember the gorgeous Dior Cannage Color Collection Eye palette, which I originally mentioned here? I finally caved and purchased it on one of my last trips (at London Heathrow airport terminal 3, in case anyone’s wondering). I am a big fan of Dior’s eyeshadows and have a few of the brand’s quints, so how could a product with eight shades of buttery goodness go wrong?

I am happy to say I was not disappointed. While the lighter colours are nice but a bit similar and nothing special, the true heroes of this palette are the darker shades. The black on the top left has finely-milled silver glitter, making it quite unique. The metallic burgundy under the black has gold flecks and is truly gorgeous. And the peacock blue on the bottom of the left column is sheer unadulterated goodness. Last but not least, you get a lovely chocolate brown shade on the bottom right.

Click on the pictures below to see larger versions. The swatches were photographed in natural light and you can definitely see the sparkles in the black and burgungy shades!

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September 18th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

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As a lover of neutrals, I am a big fan of Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadow palettes. Anyone can create foolproof looks for day and night with them, a very important trait for someone like me, who loves makeup but isn’t particularly skillful with her brushes.

The Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette is a travel-retail exclusive launched a while ago, but it is still available on board several airlines including British Airways (where it retails for £33,50, or around $50 in today’s exchange rates). It is described as a day-to-night selection of shades ranging from soft pastels to shimmering metalics, and it includes one liner shade. The colours included are Ivory, Baby Pink, Champagne Quartz, Platinum, Iced Blue, Rockstar and Mahogany. The palette also comes with a dual-ended brush for shading and lining, making it a good travelling companion for ladies who prefer subtler looks to bold makeup.

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

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September 15th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Duty-free bargain: Guerlain Fall palettes

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First of all, let me apologise for disappearing – I’ve been jetting around the world for work and am currently in Estonia’s capital Tallinn, which seems to be a lovely place from the little I’ve seen of it!

Today’s post is a heads-up to all you Guerlain fans out there. As you probably know already, the French brand has the most gorgeous eye palettes out at the moment as part of its Fall collection (the lovely Karla has swatched them all here, in case you’ve missed them). Each includes five coordinated eyeshadow colours and one liner shade, and the packaging – as usual – is to die for.

The only downside of these palettes is that they cost a whopping $84 each in the US and a not-too-shabby £51 in the UK (Guerlain is always cheaper in England for some bizarre reason). However, I have spotted the coveted Fall palettes at London Heathrow airport for a little over £44 each (about $66), a true bargain! Also, for those in the UK, Debenhams seems to be selling them at a discounted price online (£45.90 each), almost as good as the Heathrow prices – a good option if you’re not travelling soon.

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September 7th, 2010 at 10:26 pm