Some cosmetics brands just never disappoint you. Each collection is carefully curated, full of on-trend (but wearable) products that are user-friendly and high performance. FACE Stockholm is one of those brands! FACE Stockholm always offers fashionistas a high fashion look that is pretty, not crazy, and their Summer 2012 collection is no exception.
Midsummer is the most important holiday of the year in Sweden. In June, they celebrate with a maypole, dancers in traditional clothing wearing crowns of wildflowers. Traditionally the young gather flowers to stow under their pillows at night in hopes of dreaming of their future spouse. It is truly a celebration of life in all it’s forms-past, present and future. The Summer look from FACE Stockholm is inspired by this nostalgic ritual, with colors that naturally bring out the feeling of Summer romance! This newest makeup collection celebrates the Swedish Mid Summer, and helps you show your best face this summer, too. The colors that are ladylike, but not so pastel that they look like they belong in an Easter basket. Check out the photo of the model above, and you’ll get the idea!
This photo showcases the entire Summer collection, Who could resist the slightly shimmery brown/bronze pearl, pressed powder Eye Shadow #37 that is a perfect compliment to #28, a peachy pink perle? Color block them for a modern look, or swipe on a little (or a lot) of just one, or wet either shade, and create a fabulous, instant, shimmery liner. For evening, up the glam even more, with an overlay of super-shimmery, pastel-peach, Eye Dust in “Light.” This loose powder needs to be applied carefully so it falls just where you want it to add a glimmer that catches firelight or sunlight. I usually put a credit card (or a tissue) under my eyes when applying this kind of loose powder, to catch the residue. You can also take a tip from makeup artist Chase Aston, and spray just a tiny bit of mineral water (e.g. Evian) on the brush first, to keep the powder where you want it. These products work well together to make a natural, sun-kissed eye that glows softly. FACE Stockholm’s very luxurious, Luxe Lash Mascara in a deep navy adds a softer than black, but still sexy, look to lashes.
Moving down the face, you can protect and beautify your skin in one, easy step, with a lovely Tinted Mineral Moisturizer SPF 20 in a pump tube. It’s travel-friendly, and comes in a light-diffusing formula in four tints. Like many of these sheer, illuminating moisturizers, the colors are forgiving, so if you go one shade too late or dark, it will still be very wearble. I usually would go for #2, but the #1 “Nayans” was the lightest. Still, it blended well into my skin and didn’t look ashy or pale. Fragrance-free, oil-free and hypoallergenic, this lovely, light tinted moisturizer has a beneficial, Multi-Mineral Complex including: Copper, Gold and Sodium and it is enriched with antioxidants; Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng and Vitamins A, C and E. the SPF 20 means you’ll get decent protection from the sun’s damaging rays, too. If you want to add more glow.,mix the new Summer Illuminator Light Diffusing Moisturizer into your foundation or tinted products, or wear it just where you wish. This pearly product (also in a pump bottle), reflects light and helps to diminish discoloration and give a more even texture and tone. You can add it strategically where you want to reflect light, just don’t go overboard with it. The pearly liquid also has Vitamin E to moisturize, and antioxidant-rich Green Tea and Grape Leaf Extracts.
No face look for any season is really complete with blush, and powder to set the look. I have always loved FACE Stockholm’s pressed powders, in their now-iconic, slim, elegant, shiny silver compacts. While I wish there was a puff or sponge included, I can’t help but feel pampered when I pull out one of these FACE Stockholm compacts out to “touch up.” There are 7 shades of fair, medium, light and dark tints make the Mineral Foundation Powder a perfect Summer accessory to finish a look and combat shine. The silky, hypoallergenic mineral powder, offers natural, non-irritating coverage that is paraben and fragrance-free. There is a “Dermat Complex” in the pressed powder that helps to reduce shine, although I can’t quite figure out what is in it. But Vitamins A, C and E and titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide offer natural, chemical-free SPF 15 sun protection. The SPF is minimal, but it’s nice to know it’s there. Add some color with one of FACE Stockholm’s exceptional, Cream Blush Ons in “Stockholm.” For Summer, a golden rose tone with a slight shimmer is sheer and natural, and adds a beautiful, natural, rosy glow to every complexion light to deep. Oddly, there doesn’t seem to be a lipstick in this collection. I‘m not sure why. However, there is a super-sheer, super-shiny, pinkish clear gloss (Nektar) in “Prästkrage” in a slant tip squeeze tube. There’s plenty of parti-colored shimmer to catch the light. Some of these squeeze-tube glosses in the past have been a bit sticky, but this one is silky, easy to wear, and glamorous just as-is even though there’s barely a tint. Perhaps FACE Stockholm improved the formula, and now I’m a big fan! And finally, for nails, there is a smashing Nail Polish “#1123 Deep Summer Green, that is a nice change from blackened berries, neons, and barely-there pastels. This one will serve you all the way from now to Fall into next Winter, if it lasts that long. The creamy, deep color remind me of the deepest part of the forest! I particularly like it on toenails.
Here’s how the entire collection stacks up price-wise. You’ll find at least a couple of things you can’t live without!
Pearl Shadows-$19 each
Tinted Mineral Moisturizer-$42
Mineral Powder Foundation-$38
For a final touch, because it is so cute you’ll find a reason to need a new one, put all your goodies into a lovely, nautical striped bag ($28.00 large, $16.0o small). Classic black and white stripes sizzle on a nylon bag, fully lined in vibrant pink or orange for a bold twist on an accessory staple. The Small has a folded pleat detail, flat bottom, magnetic closure and pink lining , while the Large is designed with a magnetic securing flap,and orange lining and piping.
Visit your favorite FACE Stockholm boutique, or for online visit www.facestockholm.com