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Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Lip Palette

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Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Lip PaletteMakeup artist Bobbi Brown is known for her love of all things neutral and universally flattering, and her products usually reflect that. The Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Lip Palette is no exception: this travel-exclusive product  features a selection of lipsticks and lip glosses that, according to the company, flatter all skin tones, and that can be worn alone of mixed and layered for a custom look.

This palette features three lipsticks and three glosses: Pink Beige Lip Gloss, Berry Glitter Lip Gloss, Frosted Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss, Brown Lip Color, Raisin Lip Color and Pale Pink Lip Color, each of them in a 0.028oz/0.8g pan. The set also includes a good quality lip brush.

I found that thw Brown and Raisin lipsticks were nicely pigmented and swatches easily; Pale Pink, however, hardly showed (and I am fairly pale). The lip glosses are faily inocuous and do what you expect them to: Pink Beige is a glossy gloss, Berry adds a glittery sheen and Frosted Pink is a shimmery, frosty overcoat.

This palette retails for €36 ($50) at some European duty-free locations such as Germany, but despite the “exclusivity” factor I have also found it on QVC.com (for you US ladies) priced at $45. What do you think? Click on the pictures for larger versions.

Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Lip Palette  Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Lip Palette
Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Lip Palette  Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Lip Palette

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October 23rd, 2011 at 10:48 am

Revlon Colors in Bloom palette

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Revlon Colors in Bloom paletteRevlon has been doing duty-free exclusives for a while now, and this particular set was introduced in 2008. The Revlon Colors in Bloom palette is a classic travel palette in the sense that it contains all the products someone would need while out and about: five lip colours (in the Super Lustrous Lipstick formula), five eyeshadows (ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow shades) and two powder blushes, as well as three applicators, one for each type of product.

The five lip shades are, from top to bottom: Rosedew (23), Wine With Everything (43), Icy Violet (38), Coffee Bean (66) and Scarlet Velvet (09). I found when swatching that the darker the colour, the more pigmented it was (as obvious as that sounds) and the better it swatched. All of them were nice, though.

I was incredibly happy with the five eyeshadow colours, which are (from top to bottom): Light Pink (more of a shimmery cream despite the name), Water Cooler Blue, Charcoal (a blue-based grey), Toast (a shimmery browned pink) and Bronze. All swatched beautifully and were buttery-soft. They actually made me want to look for the single eyeshadows for more colours!

The only slight disappointment in this palette were the blushes, Pink Blush (16) and Smoky Rose (09). While the pigment was really picked up by my finger, when transferring to my arm hardly any of the colour showed up. I haven’t tested it with a brush so can’t say how pigmented they really area, but I wasn’t too impressed.

The black lacquered case is a good size for travelling and feels sturdy, although those of you obsessed with keeping your products free of fingerprints might have trouble with this one. The Colors in Bloom palette retails for about $35, although the price may vary from country to country.

Click on the pictures for larger versions. They were all taken in natural light, and the swatches were taken in order. The first picture features lip and cheek products and the second has the eyeshadows. Enjoy! :)

Revlon Colors in Bloom palette  Revlon Colors in Bloom palette  Revlon Colors in Bloom palette
Revlon Colors in Bloom palette   Revlon Colors in Bloom palette

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September 27th, 2011 at 10:46 am

Lancôme Glamour to Go palette

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Lancôme Glamour to Go paletteLancôme Glamour to Go palette This is an old favourite of mine and I am not 100% sure you can still find it at airports and other travel locations, but if you trawl the web you can probably find online sellers. The Lancôme Glamour to Go palette was launched a couple of years ago and, different from most of the brand’s palettes, comes in a white leather-look case with an embossed Lancôme rose instead of the usual lacquered black outers (as you can see from the picture, mine is a bit battered from travelling with me).

It also features a removable cherub charm (which I quite like so it remains attached to my palette).

The Glamour to Go palette comes with the following products:

  • Blush Subtil 20 (Pêche Fever), a gorgeous peachy shade with subtle gold sparkles.
  • Color Fever Shine 208 (Tasty Beige), a great neutral lip colour (it’s a sheer lipstick formula, almost like a gloss).
  • Color Fever Shine 300 (Pink Drip), a nice bright pink shade with cold shimmer (and a great complement for the blush).
  • Four Color Design eyeshadows: 416 (L.A. Berry), a plummy rose; 603 (Pink Strass), a dusty pink with very fine silver shimmer; 605 (Strass Amethyst), a gorgeous purple with silver sparkle; and 607 (Brilliant Parma), a shimmery lilac shade.

The palette also comes with three applicators in separate compartments: a lip brush, a double-ended eyeshadow applicator and a blush brush.

Click on the swatches below for larger images. The first features the eyeshadows (from left to right: 605, 607, 416 and 603) and the second has the lip colours and blush (300, 208 and 20), as described above.

Back in the day, this palette was priced at around £40 ($62), but I’m sure you can find it for less than that nowadays. :)

Lancôme Glamour to Go palette Lancôme Glamour to Go palette

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September 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am

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

Revlon ColorStay 12-Hour Eyeshadow Palette

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Launched earlier this year by Revlon as a travel exclusive, the Revlon ColorStay 12-Hour Eyeshadow Palette features eight fairly neutral shades (White, Natural, Pink Frost, Bright Rose, Dark Blue, Taupe, Dark Grey and Bronze) of the brand’s ColorStay eyeshadows, which according to the company have micro-pigments to make the product silky and saturated.

I have never personally tried Revlon’s eyeshadows so can’t tell if these live up to their claims of lasting up to 12 hours and being “crease-proof, fade-proof and smudge-proof”, but for a recommended price of $19 it doesn’t sounds like too bad a deal. This palette is available worldwide but not all duty-free stores stock Revlon – I’ve seen it in Asia, North America and South America, to name a few examples.Revlon ColorStay 12-Hour Eyeshadow Palette

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July 22nd, 2011 at 12:00 pm

MAC Packed to Go 6 Warm Smoky Eye Shadows

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MAC Packed to Go 6 Warm Smoky Eye ShadowsI know it’s a bit late as this palette is nearly sold out, but it took me a long time to get my hands on the MAC Packed to Go 6 Warm Smoky Eye Shadows. In fact, I had to have it replaced three times (the boxes had the wrong palettes inside), and even then only managed to get one through the lovely ladies at Estée Lauder’s PR team.

The six colours in this lovely palette are Shroom (Satin), Naked Lunch (Frost), Tempting (Lustre), Greensmoke (Lustre), Stormy Love (Frost) and Showstopper (Matte). I am officially in love with Stormy Love and my pictures do not do it justice. As usual, this palette comes with a mini-brush (217SE).

All the pictures where taken with natural light, although the day was cloudy – click on any for a larger version. The picture on the left has swatches from the top row (Shroom, Naked Lunch, Tempting) and the last shot is of the bottom row (Greensmoke, Stormy Love, Showstopper). This palette retails for £25.50 (about $40 in today’s exchange rate) at UK airports.

MAC Packed to Go 6 Warm Smoky Eye Shadows     MAC Packed to Go 6 Warm Smoky Eye Shadows

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July 20th, 2011 at 10:32 am

Dior Rose Collection Eyes & Lips Palette

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Dior Rose Collection Eyes & Lips PaletteThe 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.

Dior Rose Collection Eyes & Lips Palette    Dior Rose Collection Eyes & Lips Palette

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July 17th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

The Essence of Travel – Very YSL palette

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Very YSL paletteYves Saint Laurent has unveiled its first travel-exclusive palette, The Essence of Travel – Very YSL, which is due to reach European duty-free shops and travel boutiques (as well as some airlines) from June, rolling out to Asia and the Americas the following month.

The fuchsia ultra-flat case has gold trimmings and is adorned with the YSL logo, also in gold. Inside, a wide mirror reflects four eyeshadow colours (a deep purple with gold flecks, a cashmere brown and two pinks, described by the company as “Parma” and “taffeta” respectively), two lip shades (fuchsia, like the case, and a sparkling pink “for a healthy glow effect”), a pastel pink blush than can be also used as a highlighter and suits every skin colour, and three applicators, one for each type of product.

According to YSL international make-up artist Lloyd Simmonds,

Yves Saint Laurent is travel taken to new limits, a quest for the exotic… The colors of the tropics, of Africa, the Bazaars… Winter Palaces… For a contemporary journey, whether real or imaginary. I wanted to offer the dream of these journeys in a rich colour palette of purple violets and fuchsias, like bougainvilleas in the winter or summer sunshine.

No price information is available as of yet, but I’ll update this entry once the product has been launched. Reader Sarah has told me the palette costs £38 in the UK (roughly $60). Click on the image to see this palette in all its glory.

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April 15th, 2011 at 11:17 am

Estée Lauder Limited Edition Colors Palette

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Estee Lauder Limited Edition Colors PaletteEstée Lauder has launched exclusively in duty-free a new makeup palette featuring shades for the eyes and lips. The Estée Lauder Limited Edition Colors Palette has five lipsticks in the travel-exclusive Kissable Lipshine formula (02 Maui Kiss, 03, Catalina Kiss, 11 Casablanca Kiss, 15 Acapulco Kiss and 20 Monaco Kiss) and five Pure Color EyeShadows in the following shades: 09 Amethyst Spark, 26 Iridescent Violet, 30 Sugar Cube, 63 Tempting Mocha and 66 Candy Crave.

In addition the product has what the supplier describes as “a luxurious new pouch to hold two high-end lip and eye applicators”, which I assume are included.

As the name implies, this palette will only be available for a limited time period and can be found exclusively at Estée Lauder counters at selected airport locations from this month. I haven’t seen this in-store yet but as soon as I do I will update this post with regards to price.

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February 16th, 2011 at 11:11 am

MAC Packed to Go 6 Cool Smoky Eye Shadows

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MAC Packed to Go 6 Cool Smoky Eye ShadowsIn addition to the three sets I mentioned earlier, the MAC Packed to Go collection also has two eyeshadow palettes that will only be available at duty-free shops. This is one of them, the MAC Packed to Go 6 Cool Smoky Eye Shadows.

Despite the name, I wouldn’t consider most of the shades in this palette cool. The six colours are Seedy Pearl, Satin Taupe, Tendersmoke, A Brown Suit, Beauty Marked and Carbon – the first four are frosts, Beauty Marked is a veluxe shade and Carbon is matte.

All the pictures where taken at night so the light is artificial – click on any for a larger version. The picture on the left has swatches from the top row (Seedy Pearl, Satin Taupe, Tendersmoke) and the last shot is of the bottom row (A Brown Suit, Beauty Marked, Carbon). I don’t know how much this palette costs but will try to find out as soon as possible.

Seedy Pearl, Satin Taupe, TendersmokeA Brown Suit, Beauty Marked and Carbon

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February 12th, 2011 at 9:50 pm