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Clinique Eyes To Go palette

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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.


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March 21st, 2013 at 11:22 am

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

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

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.

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

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

L’Oréal Paris Color Harmony Glamour Chic palette

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L’Oréal Paris has two fairly recent travel-exclusive palettes out at the moment, each represented by one of the brand’s actress spokesmodels. The one I bought  – Color Harmony Glamour Chic palette – is the one featuring Freida Pinto (the other has Eva Longoria) as is the slightly warmer version (or so it seemed to me). It contains five eyeshadow shades (Color Appeal formula), four Color Riche lipsticks and a duo True Match blush. It also comes with three applicators, one for each type of product.

None of the shades have names, so I’ll try to describe them as best as I can. The eyeshadows are a matte moss green, a light chocolate brown with discreet shimmer, a metallic gold shade, a light pink with a hint of lavender and a pale yellow (both with a bit of shimmer). None of them are very finely milled or superpigmented, but they all swatched evenly and offer a good range of combinations. They come in 1.3g pans.

The duo blush has a peachy side and a neutral beige side. I didn’t swatch them together as I only thought of doing that after the light had gone – doh! Finally, the lipsticks include a brownish-coppery shade, a berry colour with rosy undertones, a fairly neutral pink and a beige shade. The blush pan weighs 5.5g and the lipsticks have 1g of product each.

I wasn’t too impressed by the quality of this palette, to be perfectly honest – it’s ok but certainly doesn’t have that ‘wow’ factor. And while it is not badly priced (at Heathrow, it retails for about £25, while in Europe you can find it for about €30) it is not cheap for a drugstore palette either. I do like the build and sturdiness of the palette, and the large mirror is always a bonus. Overall, a decent but not amazing product in my opinion.

The shades were swatched in the order they appear in the palette (which is also the order in which I described them). Click on the images for larger versions.


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December 20th, 2011 at 12:19 am

Estée Lauder Modern Chic face palette

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Estée Lauder has launched this month a new palette that can only be found at duty-free locations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas, and if this and other travel-retail exclusives are anything to go by, purples and violets are definitely the “in” shades this autumn/winter.

The Estée Lauder Modern Chic face palette features a blue patent leather-effect bag adorned with a branded charm, and it contains an all-over face brush, two eye applicators, four complimentary shades of Pure Color Eyeshadows (Ivory Slipper, Tranquil Moon, Iridescent Violet and Amethyst Spark), a Signature Blush in Pink Kiss and a face powder (Aeromatte Ultralucent Pressed Powder in Translucent).

The set also comes with a Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Natural Rose, a Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Black and a Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lenghtening Mascara in Black, the latter two in mini versions for ease of travel.

I don’t have the price for this set yet, but as I’ll soon be jetting off again I’ll update this post when I see it in-store!

Estée Lauder Modern Chic Face Palette

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November 9th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette

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Lancôme Sweet Butterfly paletteIf you, like me, are a sucker for anything pretty, you will also fall in love with this beauty. The Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette is a travel-retail exclusive and boy is it cute! Cool-toned in general, it comes with three eyeshadows: one in the Color Focus formula, 501 (a sparkly steel shade), and two in the Ombre Absolue formula, A40 Electric Dream (a satiny purple) and F20 Delice de Creme (a shimmery creamy champagne shade).

More importantly, the palette also comes with a gorgeous blush called La Rose Butterfly, described in the packaging as an instant radiance mineral compact powder – it’s a pink base with slight peachy undertones and a silver sparkle overspray, while the bow is a darker shade of pink, the rose is a lilac colour and the small butterflies are purple. The overspray comes off quite easily, so after a couple of uses the whole thing will reverse to the base colour.

The palette also comes with three applicators (two sponge-type ones for the eyeshadows and a brush for the powder) in two compartments, and the ultra-compact case is decorated with golden butterflies. As usual with Lancôme products, the palette comes in a velvet pouch featuring the brand’s signature rose.

The first swatch piture features the eyeshadows, and the second, the powder. I swatched the blush colours separately for reference – the first represents the base shade with overspray, the second is one of the butterflies, the third is the bow and the last, the rose. Click on the images for larger versions.

Lancôme Sweet Butterfly retails at Heathrow airport for £31.20 (about $50) – it may be cheaper at other locations.

Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette
Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette  Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette
Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette  Lancôme Sweet Butterfly palette

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November 7th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Clinique Day to Night Colour palette

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Clinique Day to Night Colour paletteWhile Clinique is perhaps better known for its skincare than makeup, I for one am a fan of the brand’s colour cosmetics (beyond cult favourites such as the Black Honey range, that is!). They were also one of the first lines to launch a range of duty-free exclusives, and this is one of the latest additions.

The Clinique Day to Night Colour palette is a compact selection of products for travel in the brand’s signature silver casing. It comes with one larger pan of Blushing Powder Blush in Cupid (08), three Color Surge eyeshadow shades – Buttermilk (18) in the Stay Matte formula, a Super Shimmer beige shade from the Sunburst Duo (01) and a Soft Shimmer brown shade from the Like Mink duo (02) – and three lip products – two Butter Shine Lipsticks (in Strawberry Ice/56 and Berry Blush/15) and the Long Last Lipstick in Party red (97). It also includes one applicator for each type of product.

All shades are quite pigmented, and the eyeshadows’ texture is soft and buttery. The blush should suit most skintones as it’s a very neutral pink, while the lip colours offer good variety (from MLBB to va-va-voom). The eyeshadows aren’t that varied, and you’d be hard-pressed to do a very dramatic evening look. If you don’t mind powder and cream products in the same palette, this one is certainly a good option for carrying in your bag on a day-to-day basis.

This palette retails for €38.50 (roughly $50)  in German airport shops, but price will vary depending on location. As usual, click on the pictures for larger versions.

Clinique Day to Night Colour palette  Clinique Day to Night Colour palette
Clinique Day to Night Colour palette  Clinique Day to Night Colour palette

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October 26th, 2011 at 3:20 pm