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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

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

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

Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves

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Givenchy Le Makeup Must-HavesDespite not being as widely-known as other brands, Givenchy also does travel-retail exclusives, and this is one of them. Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves is a travel palette containing the basic things you might need on the go – blush, lipstick, eyeshadow, eye liner and powder/highlighter.

The eyeshadows belong to the Le Prisme Yeux range and come in four shades: Showy Black (01), New Look Mauve (02), Smart Nude (10) and Designer White (16). The blush quad – Le Prisme Blush – comes with four complimentary shades (peach, baby pink, rosy pink and raspberry) that can be used individually or swirled together for an overall glow. The lip shades belong to the Rouge Interdit formula of sheer, satiny lipsticks, in this case Enchanting Beige (02) and Rose Desire (11). Finally, the powder – Le Prisme Visage (Mat) in Pink Velvet (87) also brings coordinating shades designed to work as one.

This palette comes in a sturdy, luxurious compact and is certainly an interesting addition to a frequent traveller’s repertoire. My only gripe are the lip colours, which are a bit too sheer for my taste. However, if you are a fan of more discreet shades you will certainly find these lipsticks a welcome feature of the palette.

I purchased the Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves compact at London Heathrow airport for £35.25 (roughly $55 in today’s rates), which I think is a pretty decent price. What do you reckon? Click on the pictures for larger versions – all shots were taken in natural light.

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Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves  Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves swatches
Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves swatches  Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves swatches
Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves swatches

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February 21st, 2012 at 11:39 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

Extremely YSL for Eyes palette

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Extremely YSL for EyesIn the last couple of years Yves Saint Laurent launched its first travel-exclusive palettes, and in 2012 it is adding to the range with its first duty-free palette exclusively with eye products.

Extremely YSL for Eyes comes in a purple patent-look case with a large mirror and a gold YSL logo on the front. Inside, eight eyeshadow shades described by the supplier as “Extremely Couture” were selected especially by YSL makeup creative director Lloyd Simmons to create complementary looks.

The palette also includes two long applicators (brush and foam) and a travel-sized tube of the brand’s best-selling Mascara Shocking Volume Effet Faux Cils. The insert that carries the products is also removable, so you can use the palette as a fashion accessory if you prefer.

Simmons added:

These exceptional qualities mean you are free to create any number of different looks and style: from casual makeup to a smoky metal look for the evening. Everything goes.

Extremely YSL for Eyes will be available in March at selected airport shops and airlines. I’ll update this post with pricing information once that’s available. Click on the image to see it in all its glory!

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February 17th, 2012 at 5:34 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

On location: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains at Heathrow T5

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Yves Saint Laurent and World Duty Free have partnered to launch the YSL Ruge Pur Couture Glossy Stain range exclusively at London Heathrow airport terminal 5 this month. Until February 11, the new lipstick collection will not be available at any other European airport, and a promotional display has been installed within the retailer’s Heathrow T5 store.

The display includes interactive screens where travellers can create works of art and upload them to Facebook, sharing their artistic endeavours with their friends. YSL makeup artists are also on hand to offer makeovers and advice to passengers.

I will be travelling through the airport soon and shall report back after visiting the display in person!

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain promotional display at Heathrow T5

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February 1st, 2012 at 10:23 am

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