Anselm Reyle for Dior Collection for Spring 2012


Anselm Reyle for Dior Collection for Spring 2012

Christian Dior once worked as a gallerist and kept art close to his heart throughout his career as a visionary couturier. In tribute to this history, Dior has collaborated with German artist Anselm Reyle to create the limited edition Anselm Reyle for Dior Eyeshadow Palette ($110.00). This striking palette features a camouflage pattern in shades of silver, grey, charcoal and violet. In addition, there will be five limited edition Reyle-inspired shades of Dior Vernis ($23.00 each) available: Ultra Violet, Pink Graffiti, Electric Blue, Metallic Silver and Untitled Black.

Anselm Reyle was born in Tübingen, Germany in 1970 and currently lives and works in Berlin. Reyle’s stripe paintings are instantly recognizable as responses to the formalist vocabulary of Clement Greenberg that defined the art of the 1950s and 1960s. Reyle references iconic abstractionists ranging from Kenneth Noland to Otto Freundlich. Reyle’s “objets trouvés,” a reference to his multi-media installations that include sculpture and found neon lights, are in constant dialogue about the role of modernism today. He is one of few contemporary German painters examining the lessons of abstraction and their place in contemporary painting at a moment when figurative painting has gained critical momentum.

The palette and Vernis shades are part of a larger Anselm Reyle accessories collection—featuring bags, shoes, and jewelry—which will launch worldwide as well in January. Reyle immersed himself in the heart of Dior and was given cart blanche in the design process. He played with colors, shaking up the codes of the mythical Avenue Montaigne Couture House, which offered all its savoir-faire to serve its imagination.

“Most of my work builds on object that already exist, which I then transform. I applied the same philosophy.” — Anselm Reyle

availability: January 2012 at Saks Fifth Avenue and Dior.com. It will also be available at Dior Boutique Art Basel.

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Giorgio Armani #18 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #18 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale yellowy gold with a metallic sheen. This would work well to brighten the lower lash line and on the inner tear duct to open up eyes. It is similar to Bobbi Brown Gold, which is a bit yellower; Bare Escentuals Standing O and MAC Buried Treasure are more opaque and a touch darker. theBalm Wild Child is similar in hue but has a frosted finish instead of a metallic one. MAC Nylon is lighter.

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Giorgio Armani #18 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow #18
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
87%

Guerlain Spring 2012: The Pinks and the Blacks Collection


Guerlain Spring 2012: The Pinks and the Blacks Collection

Guerlain tells the story of spring by pairing bursts of pink along side the intensity of black. Sophisticated and elegant, this color collection defines femininity while also revealing one’s inner seductress.

Meteorites Cruel Gardenia ($67.00) (Limited Edi8tion)

Packaged within the legendary rosette of the Météorites Perles, a stunning pink flower is found. Named after one of the Exclusive Fragrances from the House of Guerlain, Météorites Cruel Gardenia will light up the skin with a subtly iridescent veil. Create a radiant complexion by applying all over the face or in a specific area such as the cheekbones to structure the face.

Rouge G ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

As an ode to the color pink, four new glamorous shades have been created this spring in its honor. With a dash of ruby powder, hyaluronic acid to smooth and plump, a hint of filling Gugul resin, plumping Tiger Grass, and wild mango butter for perfect hydration, your lips will be left radiant and as soft as a flower petal.

  • 72 Rose Innocent
  • 73 Rose Ensoleillé
  • 74 Rose Piquant
  • 75 Rose Barbare

Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00)

  • 66 Boulevard du Montparnasse Within one case lays 6 eyeshadow colors. The central luminous pink shade is surrounded by pearl mauve, tea rose, soft violet and soft pink, while a liner traces the eyes in an intense plum. Whether you create a tone-on-tone, couture or smoky eye look, the result is captivating. Moonstone, the key ingredient, adorns the eyes with its silvery reflection and lamellar structure to keep the eyeshadow in place longer for a fresher look. (Permanent)

Ecrin 4 Couleurs Long-Lasting Eyeshadows ($59.00)

  • 12 Les Aquas For a sophisticated and stunning gaze, this palette mixes an iridescent blue, a matte navy, a velvety turquoise and a glacier metallic blue (Permanent)
  • 11 Les Roses Consisting of an iridescent pink with pearl particles, a matte pink, a metallic violet, and a raspberry shade with a velvety finish, this palette allows you to create a fresh yet seductive look (Permanent)

Kiss Kiss Gloss ($32.00) (Permanent)

  • 869 Rose in Bloom Pure pink.
  • 870 Cherry Pink Gourmand pastel.
  • 871 Frosted Rose Off-white with delicate, subtle pink mother-of-pearl particles.
  • 872 Flush Pink Intense fuchsia.

availability: Guerlain’s Spring Color collection is available beginning January 2012 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman.

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Guerlain Habit Rouge (123) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Habit Rouge (123) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant orange-toned red with a subtle sheen. It delivers full color coverage in one pass, and because of the intensity of the red, it wears for eight hours and still looks good. The orange undertones in this shade are subtle, though, but they are distinctly there.  Clarins Red Prodige is more orange, less deep. Make Up For Ever #44 is just a touch more neutral. CoverGirl Hot is similar but more vibrant. Chanel Excessive is also more orange and vibrant. Chanel Gabrielle is brighter and more orange.

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Guerlain Habit Rouge (123) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Habit Rouge
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%

Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a silvered gray with darker gray sparkle. I was worried that it would resemble #12 too much, and while they’re similar (and unless you wear a lot of silver, you don’t need both), they’re not dupes. #12 is bluer, lighter, and much more metallic (go figure), while #17 is more neutral and gray with a subtler silver sheen and shimmer. It almost looks pink-tinted in comparison. MAC Misty was the closest shade I could think of, but it’s pinker and lighter.

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Giorgio Armani #17 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow #17
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
84%

Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer

On one hand, I think this looks pretty spectacular, if only because it’s 3D and unlike other polishes I own, but on the other hand, it wears terribly (the glitter flakes off, even if you layer two top coats on top), because the hexagonal glitter particles are curved right around the edges. They just don’t stay put. Application requires significant patience and effort; this is not a quickie polish at all. You have to apply a blob of polish (the consistency is quite thick) and then use the brush to pull out the polish and push and pull the glitters into place. I showed three coats, just so you could see how “opaque” it could get.

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Color Club Backstage Pass Nail Lacquer
Color Club Nail Lacquer Backstage Pass
D-
Product
6
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
6
Application
1
Total
60%
Limited Edition