Archive for the ‘lipstick’ tag
Japanese 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.
In duty-free, Guerlain has launched a set with three popular colours, the Guerlain Rouge Automatique Trio. This collection of lipsticks includes Chamade (164), Champs-Elysées (165) and Coque D’Or (120), packaged in a cutely-designed box. Other brands like Estée Lauder feature individually-packaged products within its travel-retail outer box, but as I didn’t buy this set (I only took pictures while at the airport), I can’t say if this holds true for this latest Guerlain set.
I didn’t include swatches of the three lipsticks in this trio either as those are widely available on other websites and the lighting within the shop wasn’t great – sorry about that!
The price of this set at World Duty Free stores is £57 ($88), a considerable saving as the recommended retail price for each Rouge Automatique lipstick on the high street is £24.50 ($38). If you like all three colours, the trio is a bargain.
As usual, click on the images for a closer look.
The full name of this palette, if the box is to be believed, is a proper mouthful: Dior Rose Collection Eyes & Lips Palette Healthy Glow Harmony. This little beauty is part of Dior’s Collection Voyage, the brand’s range of travel-exclusive products, and I purchased this palette at Singapore Changi airport en route to Thailand.
Like many of you out there, I’m not the biggest fan of mixed palettes, particularly those with powder/cream products in the same place. However, as someone who travels a lot I do recognise the practical reasons behind having everything in one set as that reduces the space and weight requirements of your beauty kit.
Thankfully, the quality of the eyeshadows in this palette follows the usual high Dior standard of the house’s popular quints. The first shade is a glittery white and the least smooth of the four in terms of texture, but it’s far from chalky. The other three shades (a shimmery pink and two gorgeous taupes of different intensities) have all the buttery goodness of the brand’s iridescent eyeshadows.
The lip shades include a clear lip balm (shade 069), two Dior Addict glosses with silvery glitter that isn’t gritty (183 and 559) and a Dior Addict lipstick (674). The palette also comes with two double-ended applicators, one for the eyes and one for the lips.
The case features Dior’s cannage pattern, like many other travel-retail products. This palette’s price varies according to the duty-free location (airports and airlines both carry it), but I paid around £35 (roughly $56) for it. Click on the pictures for larger versions – the swatches were photographed in natural light.
The latest travel-exclusive palette from Lancôme is dedicated to lip products. The Lancôme L’Absolu Lips palette is packaged in the brand’s ultra-thin black lacquered case for travel products and comes with five lipstick shades from the L’Absolu Rouge collection ranging from deep red to beige and an ultra-shiny gloss.
Here is the full list of colours available in the palette, in order from left to right:
- From New York with love – Rouge Caprice (#132)
- From Paris with love – Rouge Rayonnant (#47)
- From São Paulo with love – Rose Rhapsodie (#354)
- From Bali with love – Beige mirage (#250)
- From Melbourne with love – Rose Nature (#11)
- From the French Riviera with love – Lipgloss
Again, the supplier did not say how much this would cost in duty-free shops, but I estimate the price to be around $50 or €38. I’ll update this post if I have a confirmed amount.
While travelling in the US I spotted some Chanel travel-retail sets that I hadn’t seen before – certainly not in Europe, at least. The display included several products, but I’ll start with the most topical, the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Trio.
This nifty set comes with one each of the new Chanel lipstick formula in Liberté (46), Boy (54 and one of the most popular shades) and Adventure (57).
According to the supplier, this hydrating lip formula creates “amazing natural shine” on your lips, although I have read reviews complaining about their staying power. I haven’t tried them myself, so can’t comment on that.
At San Francisco International airport, where I saw these, the sets retail for $87 – possibly not such a good deal for Americans but certainly a decent saving for British and other European travellers. Rouge Coco Shines sell for £22.50 (roughly $36) each in the UK, so you could save around $20 by purchasing the set instead of three individual shades!
This is an “oldie but goodie” travel-exclusive product, meaning it’s been around for a while. Dior Lipstick La Collection is a cute set designed especially for the duty-free market and containing five lipstick shades. Which ones, you might ask? Well, that’s a tough one to answer: I have found several versions of the contents on this pack, each listing a completely different set of colours, so I won’t post them here. What I will post is the supplier’s description of the product
Enter the Avenue Montaigne mythical universe with Dior Lipstick La Collection. This unique set of five lipstick best-selling shades, especially designed in trendy logomania packaging, is enclosed in a delicate small shopping bag-like box. Makes the perfect gift for Dior fashionistas!
Another thing I didn’t find out which lipstick formula the set’s products use… I would guess Addict, but don’t take my word for it! I will have to check the next time I travel, so bear with me.
Click on the picture for a gloriously large version.
If you go back to my earliest posts on this blog you might notice the beauty that is the Dior Cannage Color Collection Eye palette. What I failed to mention then was that Dior also launched another palette dedicated to the lips around the same time.
The Dior Cannage Color Collection Lip features eight shades for lips that, according to the company, “combine to form a lip colour palette intended to fulfill your every desire”. It comes in a red vinyl case decorated with the brand’s emblematic canework pattern that defines the company’s Cannage handbags, and you can only find this little beauty in duty-free shops or inflight catalogues around the world.
The palette retails for $49 in travel-retail and is widely available – I saw it last week at a couple of different locations in Europe, for example. Click on the image to see it in all its glory.
Another day, another Guerlain duty-free exclusive, and this one is a particular favourite of mine. Guerlain La Selection Couleurs Makeup Palette Eye-Lips features a typical jewellery box-style case with five eyeshadow sahes, four lipsticks, two applicators and a “suedette” – which I assume is the pouch that protects the palette.
I won’t say much else about this one, allowing the picture below do the talking.