If a picture is worth 1,000 words, my review of the Art of Nature Spring 2013 Collection by Aveda, would already be completed! Just look at these beautiful models, and the absolutely gorgeous bouquet of Spring makeup colors!
The collection is so beautiful in print, you might not think it’s better in person…but it is!
When you see the products displayed, you might just want to gaze at the harmonious color palette, but of course, these are makeup items, and they’re ready for you to use. The models are mostly warm-toned, but the bright, clear pastels and vibrant colors, created by Janell Geason, Artistic Director Aveda Makeup, will work on just about everyone, because they are inspired by nature
According to Janell: “We’re seeing a return to color in makeup with techniques that create a more lived-in, less ‘done’ look. Our new makeup collection starts with pure pastels like the first buds of spring, and builds into lush, high-summer color.”
Let me just mention that one of the great things about Aveda is the company’s commitment to being natural, and green. The products are minimally packaged, in 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) clam-shell and paper sleeves, for the most part. The pans of powder and even lipsticks, don’t come in plastic compacts that clutter landfills, but instead, can be added to one of the Aveda Environmetal compacts ($16.00-$28.00) that have magnets on the bottom to keep your pans of powder, in place.
A focus on the eyes, with colors that are both bright and tropical, was a big trend on the Spring runways. Aveda’s Petal Essence Single Eye Color ($14.00) (Limited Edition) can be mixed and matched. In this collection, there are two trendy greens (“Lemongrass and “Papyrus,” a soft lime green and a slightly deeper and “grassier” version). “Ocaenica” is an intense and clear, Ocean blue that can be worn deep and sexy, or blended to a watercolor tone that would look at home in a Monet painting. I’m assuming these three are meant to be worn as a trio of complimentary color, but they’d be easy to mix and match with others in your collection, while adding a trendy pop of color. There is also a complimentary group of three light medium and dark (“Bare Bellis,” a subdued light pink; “Lantana,” a clear medium rose, and “Cinnamon Bark,” an intense, bright maroon). All of these shades are purchased separately, but seem obvious as a trio that can be mixed and match with other shades you own. When I tried on the samples I was sent, I realized that all the colors do great things for eyes, whether they’re blue, brown, green or hazel. The shadows are talc- and mineral oil-free, and slightly shimmery, not obvious or overtly pearly.
Since the eyes can be either very soft and subtle, or bright and bold, an eyeliner is one way to adjust the look even more. Try the Pearl Essence Eye Definer ($16.00) (Limited Edition). The new colors are matte, and intense. “Jade” is a deep forest green (I should mention that the pencils have wood housings crafted from 100% well managed forests) and “Indigo,” a deep, inky, matte blue. These pencils have jasmine petals and geranium leaves, and aromatic flower waxes, to make the pencils easy to apply, and blend-able, so they’re gentle to your eye area. Beauty Tip: apply the Eye Definer before your favorite eye color for longer wear or increased intensity.
Springtime eyes mean a cheek that doesn’t compete, but doesn’t make you look washed out, either. The latest in the Aveda Petal Essence Face Accent ($24.00) (Limited Edition) is a square of powder striped with a seriously bright, apricot, peach and nude, called: “Hibiscus.” I was initially worried that the deep apricot, almost a red, would be harsh. On it’s own, on pale skin, you need a very light touch and a big, soft brush. But if you swirl all three colors and apply in layers, this particular pan of blush gives just about any complexion be it light, medium, or deep, a sexy flush that can be adjusted from subtle to very bold and bright. Those who are skilled at contouring can use the colors separately to accomplish a more sculptured look, too. Added benefits are a talc and mineral-free powder formula, and the light scent of certified, organic, lavender.
If you’re not someone who likes to wear a lot of eye makeup, but you love lipstick, you’ll adore ” “Melochia Bloom,” a new addition to Aveda’s Sheer Mineral Lip Color (Limited Edition), and “Cana, a newbie from Aveda’s Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color ($16.00) (Limited Edition). The latter is a light coral, that adds enough color to tint lips, but doesn’t make them bold or bright. “Cana,” on the other hand, is an intense red orange that is extremely trendy. However, you can apply this one as a natural stain by adding the color to center of your lips, and pressing them together. The product is not just pretty, it does good things for Winter weary lips, including smoothing, moisturizing, and adding fullness. An added bonus is the subtle flavor of vanilla and organic spearmint.
More intense still, is the Nourish-Mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze ($18.00) (Limited Edition) in a stunning, deep, browned bordeaux color, called “Kukui.” Like the “Hibiscus” blush, I worried it would be very “goth,” but it actually can be flattering to every skin tone and intensity, depending upon how you apply it. Apply it lightly and smoothly or blot it to adjust the intensity, or wear is full and layered for a browned berry lip that commands attention. You can also layer it over another favorite lipstick. The wanded tube dispenses a good for your lips gloss, that moisturizes, smooths the look of fine lines, and glides on evenly with a satin-y (not patent leather) shine that even nourishes with pomegranate oil. Add more definition and control one one of two new Nourish-Mint Lip Liners ($16.00 each) (Limited Edition) in a matte formula. “Cocoa Bean” is a deep Sienna perfect for the Kikui Lip Glaze, and “Barberry Bloom” is a deep orange red that works with “Cana” and all the other warm reds and oranges you may fall in love with.
Are you already in love with this collection, as I am? You have to hurry to get your favorite pieces, because they are limited edition and they will either sell out or be gone, before you know it. If you’re already and Aveda fan, you know that you can find these products in Aveda salons. You can order and learn more as well, at www.aveda.com