Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land
From “Vincent) Don McLean
Do you remember the little watercolor paint boxes you used to get as a kid? They always fascinated me because the colors held so may possibilities. Makeup palettes have that same fascination, not just because they’re reminiscent of paintboxes, but because they offer up the same possibilities…of transformation, beauty, experimentation, and fun.
Here are 4 new makeup palettes that even Van Gogh would love, and I think they’ll captivate you, as well (hint: they’d make great V-day gifts for a special woman, too):
Le Metier de Beaute Cheeky Chic Kaleidoscope ($95.00) is a new version of what Le Metier de Beaute does so well, curate beautiful colors that seemingly work with every skin tone, depending upon how you apply it. This one is an easy to store round palette that houses three blushes and a highlighter in an unusual style – a swivel-out circular compact that somehow, reminds me of a hatbox but functions more like mini chest of drawers, each holding one, precious, beauty product. Le Métier de Beauté means “the craft of beauty,” and that term is perfectly suited to the brand, because people who really know and appreciate the art of skincare and makeup covet their products. Consider Le Metier de Beaute “haute couture” for your face.
The ultra-chic, Cheeky Chic Collection features three primarily pink shades in a neutral tone, that is, not disrupted by any brown or orange undertone, built upon a primed base of pure white so they apply as pure, clear color. The colors are Velvet Underground: Pure Matte Salmon-Pink; Dali: Pure Matte Classic-Pink; Ondine: Silky Matte Beige-Nude; and the highlighter is Electra: a (Cream) sheer gold Luminizer. Wear a light wash of color, or if you wish, add more for more intensity. These are neutral and matte, so work with virtually any skin tone. You can wear one at a time, or fan them out and see what kind of layering inspires you. The formula is soft, silky, almost decadent so whether you apply a little or a lot, it blends believably and beautifully. The luminizer is very shimmery, but it’s really nice to add a tiny bit to the top of shoulders and decollete for a night, although its primary use if for highlighting the tops of your cheekbones (a look I saw a lot of for Spring 2015 backstage at Fashion Week). just don’t overdo it! The $95.00 for the compact seems like a big pricetag, but it works out to about $24.00 per shade which, for luxurious makeup, really isn’t a stretch. For travel, and to keep on your dressing table in a small “footprint,” it is more than justifiable. You can get this now at Le Metier de Beaute counters, Neiman Marcus stores and online in various high end department store sites. Just to whet your appetite, there are some other LeMetier de Beaute palettes to ponder. For more information visit the Le Metier de Beaute web site.
The Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette ($58.00) is part of the new, limited edition Watercolor Clouds collection, which is on-counter from January just through the end of February at select nationwide retailers, and online at LauraMercier’s Web Site. The palette has six soft, muted eye shadows and two blushes. The mood Laura Mercier brings with this palette is one of calm, serenity and balance. The formula for these is a new –one with a sateen watercolor-like finish that adds as soft flush of colour to the eyes as well as a light flush to cheeks. Colors for Eyes: Mist, Fog, Storm, Wind, Purple Rain, Cloud Colors for Cheeks: Sunset and Earth. You can’t see very well from this photo, but the compact itself is a departure from Laura Mercier’s signature brown one. This silvery compact is silver, and it looks like it has been splashed with water…but of course, the water blobs are resin.It’s beautiful, and collectible.
Inside the compact is a large, interior mirror. This is a truly luxurious compact with pastels that are so right, so trendy, for the upcoming Spring season, but get the palette now and start wearing these colors and you’ll be in a Springtime mood, even when Winter is still in full force. Just looking at the palette made me feel cheerful! This is a must-have compact for anyone who love feminine, soft, subtle pastels. I am also including information about the rest of the collection, because it is here for just such a short period of time.
Get The Look: Modern, veil-like shades of cement green merge with washed-out mauve, wheat and dirty navy ; Face is fresh with a flush of colour to the cheek; Soft, muted lip; Textures are refined for a mood that is discretely cool.
Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour- A fresh coat of liquid demi-matte colour with every stroke. Rich, cushiony, colourfast shades float on lips and stay the day. New, Permanent (Nude Rose $28)
Full Blown Volume Suprême Mascara – This mascara dramatically thickens, lengthens, curls and sculpts lashes with each stroke and gives lashes infinite volume for endless possibilities. Existing, Permanent, (Black $25)
Crème Smooth Lip Colour – A luxurious lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish. Existing, Permanent (Brigitte $27)
Crème Eye Liner – An ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner. Smudge and transfer-resistant, this long-wearing formula goes on “foolproof” with the Angled Eye Liner Brush. Existing, Permanent (Canard $24)
Laura Mercier’s makeup is always so on-trend, and yet so high performance and so user-friendly. I’ve been writing reviews of Laura Mercier since I began writing reviews decades ago and she never disappoints! Get yours at your favorite Laura Mercier Makeup Counter and for more information visit the Laura Mercier WevSite
At the Valentines’ Day preview for The Accessories Council, I got a chance to take a quick look at this adorable palette from Bella J. The Bella J. Petite Eye, Lip & Cheek Palette $18.00 has four eye shadows in soft earth-tones (Cafe au Lait, Nude, Espresso, and Cream) plus a soft pink blush (Peony) and a lip gloss in a universally pretty pink called Peony. But the thing that’s really cute about this (besides all the pink, mauve, and read hearts festooned on the compact, and the word “LOVE” all over the top, is that each compact has a little something “extra” — a hidden charm, tucked inside. Although I didn’t get a chance to check out the actual makeup colors or lip gloss and wear-test, in this case I just think it’s so cute and well packaged, and it’s so girly and affordable I wanted to include it. Wouldn’t this make a great “pick-me’up” gift for a friend who just needs a little love? You can get the palette on the Bellaj Web site and at Nordstrom stores
Love her or loathe her, Kim Kardashian is a trend setter. Her signature smokey eye is attributed to makeujp artist Rob Scheppy. It’s not surprising that I can’t help but lust over the eight squares of shimmery and matte shades in the Eye Shadow Palette that Rob created for ‘Tini Beauty.
I mostly think of Tini Beauty as the place to get trendy nail polish shades (Back in October 2014 we did a feature on one of Tini Beauty’s other collaborations, a “Nail Mixology By Subscription” polish trio with an empty bottle so you can create your own shade). But this is all about the eye. The palette is a cardboard one, with magnetic closure, designed to be portable and lightweight for travel (obviously, Kim doesn’t stay put very often, either). The formulas in matte and in shimmer versions of each shade give you the option to try different looks (as Kim does, of course). It’s fun to see how your eye translates the shimmer vs. the matte color, and some of them are quite intense. These shadows can be used wet or dry. As with all the Tini Beauty products, each color has been given a cocktail-centric name: Matte shades: White Russian – creamy off white; Cinnamon-tini – terra cotta; Pavlova – taupe; Blackout – black; Shimmer shades: Pearl Fizz – pearly white; Rose Champagne – peachy bronze; Cuba Libre – light cola; Bella Notte – charcoal grey;
If there is anything that could improve my lust for this lovely palette, it is the lack of just one blush, which would make this my travel darling. But if you are obsessed with eye shadow, this one is really a “paintbox for the eyes” that is easy to embrace. The Rob Scheppy for Tini Beauty eye shadow palette launches spring 2015 on tinibeauty.com for a retail price of $39.50. For more information, visit the Tini Beauty Web Site