Saturday, 18 October 2014

YSL and Givenchy Spring 2015

According to Eclat, YSL will release its Spring 2015 collection on 9 January in Japan. It includes a limited edition Palette Lumiere de Jour (left in the pics below) and Palette Ombre de Jour (right), retailing at 7800yen each.

For a sneak peek at Givenchy Spring 2015, check out Naonaozou's Instagram. This is also set for release on 9 January.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Integrate Winter 2014 Juicy Cherry

Integrate will release its Winter 2014 collection on 21 November in Japan. It includes:

1. Girls Kiss Jelly: Lipgloss and serum in one, formulated with squalene, hyaluronic acid, water soluble collagen and glycerin. In 7 shades of which #1 is limited edition. (6.5g)

2. Milky Flower Cheeks #3 Bloody Cherry (LE)

3. Sweet Trick Eyes #3 Cherry Tart (LE)

Pic below from Voce.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Visee Holiday 2014

Visee will release its next collection on 16 November in Japan. It includes:

1. Glossy Rich Eyes BR9 Warm Skin and PU10 Winter Orchid (1200yen)

2. Eye Make Brush Set (2000yen, 3 brushes)

3. Color Impact Gel Liner BR9 Warm Skin (red-toned brown) and PU10 Winter Orchid (chic greyish purple) (950yen)

4. Matte Nails in 6 shades: WT004 (warm white), PK801 (sweet pink), PK802 (purplish pink), PU100 )chic greyish purple), GY005 (cool dark grey) and SP001 (matte top coat) (470yen)

All products are limited edition.

Jill Stuart Fortune Sweet Collection

Jill Stuart has just released this Fortune Sweet Collection exclusively in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Retailing at HK$620, it includes Mix Blush Compact N 104, Nail Lacquer R 110, Lip Blossom 104, compact mirror and a lace pouch. It's a pretty good deal considering that the blush, nail polish, lipstick and mirror have a retail value of HK$890. I just purchased it on for US$87. My order was placed yesterday and it has already shipped. My purchases from Gooddealer usually take about two weeks to arrive from Hong Kong to Switzerland and it has always included samples, which I appreciate.

If you are in New York, you can find the makeup range at Jill Stuart's new store in Soho at 466 Broome Street.

Addiction Tokyo Jazz Coffret

Here are better pics of the Addiction Tokyo Jazz holiday coffret which will be released on 7 November in Japan.

On 5 December comes this Nail Addiction Tokyo Jazz set (5400yen) which includes three nail polishes (Jazzy Red, Jazzy Pink and Jazzy Grey) and mini 5ml sizes of a Matte Top Coat, Top Coat Black Leopard and Cuticle Oil.

Suqqu Christmas Makeup Kits 2014

Based on the theme of "Christmas dolce" (Italian for sweets), Suqqu's 2014 Christmas Makeup Kits will be launched on 1 November in Japan and retail at 8640yen each.

Makeup Kit A, which is described as the feminine pretty variation, contains:
1. Blend Color Eyeshadow EX22 Yukiichigo 雪苺 (5g)
2. Reset Cleansing Cream 40g
3. Refining Foam 30g
4. Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist EX13 Beniaka 紅赤 (1.2g)
5. Charcoal grey pouch H11×W21×D3.5cm

Makeup Kit B, which is described as the modern elegant variation, contains:
1. Blend Color Eyeshadow EX23 Tsukianzu 月杏 (5g)
2. Reset Cleansing Cream 40g
3. Refining Foam 30g
4. Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist EX13 Beniaka 紅赤 (1.2g)
5. Ivory pouch H11×W21×D3.5cm

The Creamy Glow Lipstick Moist EX13 Beniaka is a re-promoted shade originally released in the Fall 2013 collection.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Lunasol AHKAH Collection for Winter 2014

Here are the official visuals of the Lunasol AHKAH collection which will be released on 14 November in Japan. AHKAH is a Japanese accessories brand. Housed in a pretty pink packaging, the collection features accents of gold pearl shimmer in line with the jewellery theme.

AHKAH Collection Eyes EX01 Sheer Pink Beige (5000yen)

AHKAH Collection Shiny Eyes EX01 Beige Gold and EX02 Pink Silver (2500yen each)

AHKAHCollection Shiny Powder (with gold pearl) (5000yen, 40g)

AHKAH Collection Cheeks EX01 Light Pink (3500yen, brush included)

AHKAH Collection Lips EX01 Pink Beige and EX02 Sheer Red (2800yen each)

See more pics and swatches on Kyoko Iida, Beauty Box 123, here, here and here. This looks like the most interesting collection that Lunasol has released this year. I'll definitely check it out when I head back to Singapore in December!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Surratt Beauty - First Impressions

Back in September, I had a precious few hours in London to myself and spent it hotfooting down to Liberty to check out the newly opened Surratt Beauty counter. To my surprise, Surrat has also quietly opened its first counter at Takashimaya (third level) in Singapore. In the US, Surratt is available exclusively at Barneys New York. Barneys is a key bellwether for the beauty industry, being the first to stock brands such as NARS, so for Surratt to be in Barneys is an indicator of the great promise that the brand holds.

Troy Surratt was a protege of the great Kevyn Aucoin and became fascinated with Japanese beauty products thanks to Aucoin, who was then the creative director of Shiseido's Inoui brand. Aside from helping Maureen Kelly to create Tarte, Surratt has worked with Adele, Charlize Theron, Adrianna Lima, Jennifer Lopez, the Kardashian sisters and Angelica Huston, to name just a few. For more on the origins of the brand, you can read the interviews with Surratt on NY Mag, Beauty Judy, Elle, Barneys, Babewalker, Beauty Gypsy and Beauty High. Glam, Instyle and Beauty Blitz also feature lists of makeup tips by Surratt. Reviews of Surratt's products can be found on Beauty Professor, The Non Blonde, Wondegondigo and the Beauty Look Book. Surratt's Relevée Lash Curler just won Allure's Best of Beauty 2014 for its category, ironically displacing Aucoin's eyelash curler.

I purchased four eyeshadows, a blush, the large compact case, two Lipsliques and the Surréaliste Skin Concealer. The entire Surratt line is made in Japan, so it's not surprising to see some packaging similarities with certain Japanese products, such as the Surratt Diaphane Loose Powder's mesh net design and flip-out inner cap which is also found in Addiction Compact Loose Powder.

The Surratt Large Compact (US$22/£18.50) fits either 6 eyeshadows or 3 blushes. The chameleon-like quality of the cover, which shifts color depending on the angle at which it is tilted, is reminiscent of Suqqu's limited edition Blend Color Eyeshadow palettes from its Fall 2013 collection.

Both the eyeshadows and powder refills are sold individually with only a clear plastic lid. The brand does not offer any pre-made palettes. Although the eyeshadow pans have a sticker on the back that is meant to be peeled off in order to adhere the pan to the compact case, I found this to be much too weak. Using a strip of double-sided tape offers much greater security and stability.

Ponceau blush (US$32/£23) is a cheerful poppy pink with a sprinkling of micro shimmer particles that do not really show up once applied. This is impressively well-pigmented so working with a very light hand is recommended. It brightens up the face immediately without looking artificial.

The eyeshadows (US$20/£16) are based on a Japanese 'slurry technology' which means that these are poured like cake batter into the pans and then gently pressed. The moisture then evaporates, leaving behind a silky, velvety texture that is more optimal for blending. If you're familiar with Japanese brands, it's likely that you've encountered this luxuriously molten, creamy texture before. The shades I picked all have a certain amount of shimmer but this is so ultra fine that when applied, the finish is a rather subtle satin rather than frosty metallic.

#17 Fee Dragée

#21 Patine

#8 Ravissante

#14 Marron

The eyeshadows are easy to work with, gliding smoothly onto the skin. They are not crazily pigmented or fallout-heavy like some of Urban Decay's eyeshadows. There are no obnoxious glitter bits, only a very refined shimmer that is barely discernible on the skin. Addiction's metallic eyeshadows are more lustrous in comparison. Used over a primer, these last well throughout the day without any significant creasing. These may seem sheer at first but they do layer nicely. The plastic lid is rather flimsy and not well-suited for travel, which adds to the incentive to invest in a compact case.

The two Lipsliques (US$34/£22) are very well-pigmented but can be sheered down to a lovely stain. My picks are #4 Rubis (bright red) and #18 Au Courant (deep plum). I found these to be long-lasting and non-drying on the lips, but not as wetly slick or 'melty' as Esprique Mellow Forming Rouge, which has a similar twist-up dispensing mechanism.

My purchase was just short of 50 pence to qualify for the Liberty beauty gift, so I ended up selecting the stick concealer as well. The £36 price tag made my jaw drop and I thought I would end up regretting it, but as luck would have it, #5 turned out to be the best shade match I've ever found for my undereye area. This provides excellent coverage that does not budge much. I think this might well be the holy grail concealer for me.

After asking if I was a blogger, the friendly SA Narong surprised me by showing me their upcoming line of brushes, which are all hand-crafted in Kumano, Japan (where else), joking that these are powered by green tea. Judging by how buttery soft the brushes are, I'm sure that these will be flying off the shelves once they launch in mid-October. According to the SA, the price range will be similar to that of Suqqu. The brush handles also feature a visually stunning gradient color effect.

The Surratt Beauty range comes across as well-edited with a strong creative vision and distinctive aesthetic. Much thought has clearly gone into designing the products for maximum functionality and efficacy. It does not offer any foundations but hopefully, this will be just a matter of time. For now, I'll be busy saving up for those brushes.