Friday, August 12th, 2011


Chanel Les Aquarelles de Chanel Collection

In the 1920s, Marie Laurencin painted a watercolor portrait of Gabrielle Chanel. Today, Karl Lagerfeld employs that image as a point of departure for the 2011 Spring-Summer Haute Couture Collection, suffused with light and restraint. The atmosphere is pastel-toned, with clean silhouettes of catwalk models styled as ballerinas, evanescent and nonchalant. Soft pinks merge into tones of ivory and dove grey. Every aspect of the cherished rue Cambon style is washed over with the candor of youth. The enigmatic grace of a black satin ribbon tied high around the neck accentuates the mysterious spirit hidden behind the models’angelic faces.

Innocence always conceals its more daring side. Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, sees the spirit of rebellion behind delicate poses. His pastels are infused with character, coloring candidly pure faces with a flourishing form of urban poetry.

Created in the image of the 2011 Spring-Summer Haute Couture Collection, the shade range focuses on a palette of pinks and delicate grey on the eyes, framed by black and bathed in light. An exclusive creation, OMBRES TISSÉES Beiges takes on a fine-knit texture of silvery, golden and pinkish tones of beige. Arranged in three bands within their square case, these satiny eyeshadows smooth transparently over eyelids, while illuminating facial contours with touches of light. A little cloud of OMBRE ESSENTIELLE in Gris Exquis is shaded just beneath the brow line. A bold, geometric line of STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF 10 Ébène is drawn the precise width of the eyelid, stopping abruptly at its border for a more muted revisiting of the doe eye, modernising the youthful inspiration behind the look.

Blush extends from cheekbones to just below the eye. JOUES CONTRASTE 99 Rose Pétale adorns an opalescent complexion with soft light, lifted by the fresh hue of 66 Pink Cloud. Lips and nails are dressed in a hint of transparent pink, conveying an impression of romance par excellence. Irresistible, and as gentle as a hydrating balm, ROUGE COCO SHINE softens your natural smile with 58 Royallieu, while LE VERNIS 507 Tendresse perfects the color harmony in the most delicate way imaginable.

Ombres Tissees ($75.00)

This unique illuminating powder from LES AQUARELLES DE CHANEL Makeup Collection adds captivating shimmer and iridescence to eyes and cheeks with pale pink and ivory tones. The harmony is embellished with a luminous layer of shimmer and embossed with an iconic woven tweed effect. Limited Edition.

  • Beiges (Limited Edition)

Joues Contraste ($43.00)

  • Pink Cloud (Limited Edition)
  • Rose Petale

Ombre Essentielle ($28.50)

  • Gris Exquis (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis ($25.00)

  • Tendresse (Limited Edition)

Stylo Yeux Waterproof ($29.00)

  • Ebene

availability: chanel.com

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011


Billionaire, Brickhouse

Deborah Lippmann Fall 2011 Collection

I have worked directly with some of the world’s top fashion designers on everything from ad campaigns to fashion shows. When I set out to select nail looks for the fall 2011 collections, I noticed a common theme among all of my collaborators: warmth. The clothes featured vivid, lush earth tones—think lush greens, rich reds and intense golds.

I wanted to capture a similar heat and earthiness in the accompanying polishes, but with an added punch. BILLIONAIRE, a moody hunter green, BRICK HOUSE, a shimmering rust, and SINGLE LADIES, a flirtatious red, all have warm undertones, which give them a beautiful intensity, but also have a jewel-like quality so they really make nails pop.

Usually Narciso requests a nude nail to complement his minimalist designs, but for fall 2011 around he wanted something bolder—a color with strength and edge to offset both his collection and the softness of the hair and makeup. For the perfect custom finish, I mixed (and mixed) a new shade by hand in just 24 hours. The final product: an edgy granite that emanated power and intensity. The models who walked the show (and who rarely, if ever, comment on the nail color) gushed over the shade. And so STORMY WEATHER was born an edgy granite (crème) for a strong fall statement. — Deborah Lippmann

  • Billionaire Moody hunter green (Creme)
  • Brick House Shimmering rust (Shimmer)
  • Single Ladies Flirtatious red (Creme)
  • Stormy Weather Edgy granite (Creme)

availability: August/September 2011, Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and online at www.deborahlippmann.com; $16 each

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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011


Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss

Launch Date: July 2011 at all Bobbi Brown counters, bobbibrown.com

Fun is what Bobbi had in mind when she created High Shimmer Lip Gloss. This new formula features a special mix of pearls in a clear base for the ultimate in shimmer, shine and color. Plus, it’s good for lips too thanks to moisturizing emollients and Vitamins C and E that condition and offer antioxidant protection. Bonus: After countless requests from lip gloss aficionados, Bobbi’s sized up all her glosses—including High Shimmer Lip Gloss—and added a convenient doe foot applicator. High Shimmer Lip Gloss is perfect for a night out on the town, special occasions, or simply when you’re in the mood for something fabulous.

High Shimmer Lip Gloss ($23.00) (Permanent)

  • Pink Tulle Hot pink with pearl
  • Star White diamond with pearl
  • Citrus Bright coral with pearl
  • Canary Pure gold with gold pearl
  • Hot Fuchsia with pink pearl
  • Naked Plum Rosy brown with pink pearl
  • Black Ruby Crimson with gold pearl
  • Plum Gold Plum with bronze pearl
  • Midnight Violet Black orchid with pearl
  • Bare Sparkle Champagne with pearl
  • Electric Violet Pink with violet pearl
  • Pastel Soft pink with pink pearl
  • Pink Sequin Pink rose with gold pearl
  • Bellini Nude pink with pearl
  • Beach Pink bronze with pearl

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011


Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Duos & Palettes

Launch Date: August 2011 at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide, esteelauder.com

Estee Lauder introduces new eyeshadow duos and palettes to the Pure Color Eyeshadow range–all permanent.

Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00)

  • Clouds
  • Cobblestones
  • Amethyst
  • Raisins
  • Shells
  • Khakis
  • Vanilla Pods
  • Waves

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00)

  • Bronze Dunes
  • Enchanted Berries
  • Desert Heat
  • Emerald Oasis
  • Film Noir
  • Posh Petals
  • Surreal Skies

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Monday, August 1st, 2011


Estee Lauder Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color

Launch Date: August 2011 at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide, esteelauder.com

Exploring a new sensation in lip color, Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux introduce the new Pure Color Sensuous Rouge LipColor, changing the modern definition of what a lipstick should be. Two intoxicating formulas are combined to create a luscious, one-of-a-kind elixir that is introduced in 12 delicious shades.

Taking cues from couture fashion, Sensuous Rouge LipColor fuses a creamy, luscious shell with a liquefied core for a lipstick that is truly uniquely decadent while marrying style and performance. Lips will love this succulent, voluptuous formula that drenches in shine and moisture for a euphoric sensorial experience.

Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color ($28.00)

  • Sultry Caramel
  • Sensuous Nude
  • Decadent Fig
  • Enticing Fuchsia
  • Rose Exposed
  • Pink Seduction
  • Orchid Surrender
  • Wistful Wisteria
  • Plum Fatale
  • Peach Pleasure
  • Curvaceous Coral
  • Cheating Heart

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Sunday, July 31st, 2011


Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Collection for Fall 2011

Launch Date: August 2011 at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide, esteelauder.com

Estée Lauder introduces a new and visionary color trend collection for Fall 2011. The Pure Color Modern Mercury Collection is a limited edition, texturally graphic collection inspired by modern, avant-garde architecture. Molten metallic eyes become the focus on a soft shimmering canvas and are complemented by edgy matte lips and a twisted shade of green on the nails. Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux debuted pieces from the collection at the Derek Lam Fall 2011 show, creating a look reminiscent of rogue femininity combined with modern minimalism that was truly passionate and chic.

In this architectural inspired collection, skin is softly blurred with just a hint of shimmer, eyes are boldly graphic and flaunt the metallic trend of the season while lips are dusted with a matte finish in contagious shades of beige, pink and red.
Nails are finished in a manic shade of green for an unexpected accent.

Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

A new “tribrid” system of liquid, powder and gel revolutionizes makeup application and wear with the new Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée. This first-of-a-kind, “multi-powder” formula creates a theatrical blur of shimmer on the skin when applied dry and a fierce flush of color when applied wet. The unique suspension of golden pigments and pearls float on top of the skin, resulting in a truly unique sensorial experience for skin. The futuristic powder is flexible and uses a luminosity boosting complex that makes the complexion appear perfectly smooth, sexy and glowing with a polished finish.

Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Fuchsia Fever Fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Scarlet Siren Red
  • Beige Beige

Pure Color Velvet Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Nude Velvet Raw beige (Limited Edition)
  • Fuchsia Velvet Pretty magenta (Limited Edition)
  • Red Velvet True red (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00)

  • Black Chrome (Limited Edition)
  • Modern Mercury (Limited Edition)
  • Platinums (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner ($21.00)

  • Black Quartz (Limited Edition)
  • Graphite (Limited Edition)
  • Silver Zinc (Limited Edition)

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($19.00)

  • Metallic Sage Green (Limited Edition)

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