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As a fan of Clarins skincare, I was very happy when I received this set as a gift. The Clarins Take-Off Essentials set includes six of the brand’s cult and best-selling products in handy travel sizes, all neatly packed in a zipped-up bag that can double-up as your liquids bag for when you’re flying around the world.
The products in the kit are: a 15ml tube of Beauty Flash Balm; a 30ml bottle of Moisture Rich Body Lotion; a 30ml bottle of Hydra Quench Cream; a 50ml tube of Hand & Nail Treatment Cream, fantastic for during flights (when your hand feels extra-dry because of the cabin air); a 100ml bottle of One-Step Facial Cleanser; and a 3ml tube of Eye Contour Gel.
This set retails for £35 (roughly $55) at World Duty Free stores in the UK and €39.90 (about $52.50) in Germany – other locations may have different price points for this as it usually depends on how much the products cost in the local market. As usual, click on the images for larger versions.
The DKNY Golden Delicious Holiday Set is another of the many Christmas offerings in duty-free. This travel set contains a 50ml bottle of the Golden Delicious edp and a 100ml tube of the matching body lotion, and it comes in a cute box decorated with golden apples.
I am a fan of the scent since first trying it – it’s a warmer, spicier version of the original DKNY Be Delicious perfume, without the fruitiness of the original and with top notes of orange flower water, sparkling mirabelle and a signature Golden Delicious apple, as well as white rose, vanilla orchid, musk and teakwood. And the bottle is a more elegant and “grown-up” version of the original’s apple-shaped flacon, with a golden lid to match the juice.
The set is available worldwide at selected travel-retail locations. For example, at Iceland’s Keflavik airport you can find the set for around $60.
Bourjois isn’t a brand that’s widely available outside of Europe, and in duty-free it is most common on board airlines around the world – as such, its travel-exclusive products tend to be handy sets that offer savings against European domestic markets and are easy to pack on the inflight cart.
The Bourjois Sun Glow Essential set is one of those: it comes with the brand’shighly-rated Délices de Poudre bronzing powder, a kabuki brush, what looks like a cool pink Little Round Pot blush (I don’t know the shade, sorry!) and a tube of Effet 3D lip gloss in shade 01 (which I *think* is Rose Pacific). The box also comes with a mini Black & Gold reflections eyeliner.
I found this set listed in Air Arabia’s inflight duty-free catalogue for $39, but on board UK carriers I would imagine it would be cheaper as each of the three products you are officially paying for costs £6.99 (about $11.50) on the high street.
Although you will be unlikely to find this and the other Look in a Box sets at airport stores as they are mostly sold out, as these seem to be available on MAC’s websites in the US and the UK I decided pictures and swatches may yet be helpful to someone.
Today’s set is MAC Look in a Box: Girl Next Door. Like A Very Stylish Girl, It comes with two eyeshadows (the incredibly popular Smoke & Shadows and Grand Entrance, first seen in the Starflash collection), a Cremesheen Glass (Deelight), a tube of Zoom Lash mascara (Zoomblack) and an Iridescent Pressed Powder in Belightful. It originally retailed in UK duty-free for £25.75, cheaper than the other two sets and amazing value.
The curious thing is that even those the eyeshadows in this set were originally available in the starflash formula, the ones in the box are described as frost shades. It doesn’t seem to affect their performance, though – like the original starflash colours, these swatched beautifully.
Click on the pictures for larger versions. I didn’t swatch the mascara as it’s part of MAC’s permanent range. From left to right, the swatches are for Grand Entrance, Smoke & Diamonds, Belightful and Deelight.
Cult German skincare brand Nivea has had travel-retail exclusives for some time now, but at the end of last year they revamped their duty-free range to include several sets for men and women that are available only at airport shops, on board ferries and other similar locations.
The collection is quite extensive but it includes perennial favourites such as the Nivea cream in the blue tin and products from the brand’s anti-ageing lines. Here are some examples:
- Nivea Cream Set (pictured right): this box comes with no less than six 250ml blue tins of Nivea Cream (five plus one free) – that’s enough to slather yourself for a long time or to make several friends and family members happy! This one costs €18.50 ($26.50) in Germany.
- Lift & Contour System: this value pack contains three products from the Expert Lift range (a 50ml tub of Expert Lift Day Cream, a 50ml jar of Expert Lift Night Cream and a 15ml tube of the Expert Lift Eye Cream). This box will set you back €48.50 ($69.50) in Germany.
- Anti-Wrinkle System (pictured left): Targeted at first signs of ageing, this box comes with three products from the Nivea Q10 range (Q10 Day Cream 50ml jar, a 50ml tub of Q10 Night Cream and a 15ml tube of Q10 Eye Cream) and costs €29.50 ($42.30) in German travel-retail.
The company’s roots in Germany mean that the country’s airports are the best location for you to find any of the travel sets, but I believe their are also available in the Middle East and at other major European airports. Prices of course may vary depending on local currency rates, and the conversions to dollar above uses today’s values.
I haven’t had the chance to check yet, but Nivea used to produce special travel-retail sets for their makeup products too and they might still be available. I am investigating the matter though and will let you know as soon as I manage to find out what happened to them!
If you see any of these or other Nivea sets around the world in your travels, let me know in the comments section and I’ll update this post accordingly.
As it has been doing every year for a while now, MAC Cosmetics has announced the details of this year’s duty-free collection. The MAC Packed to Go collection will be launched in two phases, wtih the first comprising three Look in a Box sets and five product trios (lipsticks, mascaras, etc). Today’s post will focus on the Look in a Box kits, which this year are particularly exciting for me as they bring back some of my favourite Starflash eyeshadows.
Eye Shadow: Grand Entrance – Soft peachy nude (starflash)
Eye Shadow: Smoke & Diamonds – Silver taupe (starflash)
Iridescent Powder: Belightful - Gilded peach bronze
Cremesheen Glass: Deelight - Mid-tone neutral
Zoom Lash Mascara: Zoomblack - Black
Eye Shadow: Dreammaker - Light gold (starflash)
Eye Shadow: Glamour Check – Deep copper (starflash)
Bronzing Powder: Golden - Finely spun golden with soft pearl
Cremesheen Glass: Looks Like Sin – Sheer deep beige
Zoom Lash Mascara: Zoomblack - Black
Eye Shadow: Electra - Silver with icy shimmer (frost)
Eye Shadow: Black Tied – Black with silver sparkle (velvet)
Lipstick: Hue - Soft pale pink (glaze)
Lipglass: Oyster Girl - Freshwater pink
Eye Kohl: Smolder - Black
Dazzle Lash: Black Dazzle – Black
The three sets are already available at duty-free and travel-retail locations worldwide. Prices at London Heathrow airport are as follows: £25.75 for Girl Next Door, £27.75 for A Very Stylish Girl and £30.50 for Rocker Chick.
Japanese cosmetics brand Shu Uemura is known for the quality of its makeup brushes, so if you are looking for a suitcase-friendly collection of tools this might be what you are looking for. The Shu Uemura Travel Brush Set contains four essential brushes – two for face/cheeks prosucts, one for eyeshadow and a liner brush that can be used both for lips and eyes – packed in a black carrying case (even though it looks blue in the picture!).
Although I haven’t tested this particular set, previous Shu travel sets have mirrored the quality of the brand’s full-sized brushes. At around $70 for the kit, this is not exactly a bargain, but good makeup applicators are usually worth the price tag.
As far as I know this set is only available in Asian travel-retail and airlines including Singapore Airlines, so please give me a shout if you see it elsewhere!
Guerlain has done it again, launching an Asia-exclusive trio of its cult highlighting product in to-die-for packaging. Guerlain Météorites Miniatures Collection Asian Seasons is a limited edition and, as the name implies, is only available at duty-free outlets in Asia or on board Asian airlines. It retails for about $70, but the price will vary according to local exchange rates – it’s not bad value if you’re a fan of the product or a sucker for pretty packaging like me.
The official description of the product says:
Guerlain’s Météorites pearls have been the mythic finishing powder since 1987, illuminating the complexion with an incomparable radiance, thanks to its fine and transparent texture. These three Météorites Miniatures Collection limited editions come in a new, collectible design and are individually packed in a set.
It’s a shame I don’t have any trips to Asia planned in the near future, or else this baby would certainly be on my shopping list.
Most Estée Lauder companies launch several products and sets that are only available in travel-retail throughout the year, and Clinique is no exception.
Clinique Youth Surge Day and Night is one of those – it contains a 50ml jar of Youth Surge Day SPF 15 Age Decelerating Moisturizer to protect the skin during the day, a 50ml pot of Youth Surge Night Age Decelerating Moisturizer to help repair the skin at night and a deluxe sample (7ml) of All About Eyes Rich, a thick eye cream that addresses under-eye circles and puffs, according to the company.
I haven’t tried any of the Youth Surge products so can’t give my opinion on those, but the original All About Eyes cream is pretty good. I found it rich already though, so the new version should be more appropriate for extra-dry or problematic skin.
The Youth Surge set is available from April at travel-retail locations.