Archive for the ‘swatches’ tag
Like other beauty collections including Sonia Rikyel and Ladurée, French brand Agnès b. only offers its makeup ranges in Asia, and this particular set was exclusive to Singapore Airlines (although I believe it might be discontinued now – sorry!).
The Agnès b. Harmony Makeup Pouch contains a series of products selected by the designer herself, according to the airline, to achieve “an intense and luminous look”. These include theAgnès B.B. Cream SPF 20 PA++ in 01 Light, B. Glossy Stick Shimmering Lipstick in 2132 Framboise Glossy, the Palette Sublim’ Regard Eye-Enhancing Kit for Eyebrows and Eyelids, a Contour Haute Def Eyeliner Pencil in Black and a free Agnès B. Beauté Makeup Pouch. The eyeliner is made in Germany, the palette is made in Italy, the lipstick is made in China and the BB cream is made in France, making for a truly international set!
This is one of the nicest and best put-together makeup sets I have seen in a while – every product is something I would be happy to have bought individually. The palette shades are pigmented, the lipstick is very comfortable and the eyeliner doesn’t budge, and the BB cream is a match (which is rare as I am very light and most Asian BB creams lean towards yellow). Priced at a very reasonable S$87 (about $70), I consider this set a success.
Click on the pictures for larger versions. Apologies for the lack of any other makeup on the lip swatch shot.
Because of that, it was only in July that I bought my first Burberry makeup products, and this was one of them: the Burberry Lip Cover Signature Collection (purchased in Hawaii but also available at London Heathrow airport and other duty-free locations).
This set features three lipsticks from the Burberry Lip Cover range: Nude Beige (01), a pale nude colour; Blush (09), a lovely reddish rose; and Antique Rose (11), a vintage pink shade. The formula is moisturising, pigmented and lasts a decent time, requiring touch-ups after meals. There are plenty of much better reviews than I would be able to write of these on the blogosphere, so I won’t go into too much detail – I do love these though.
I have no idea how much I paid for this set, unfortunately, but will check when I go through the airport again (soon!) for the UK price of the box. For now, I offer you pictures and swatches, and I beg your forgiveness.
As usual, you can click on the images for larger versions.
Despite 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.
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.
If 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.
I 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.
In 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.