There’s more than one of everything | Or, things that exist in many forms

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Flankers - Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Noir

I was thinking the other day (on very little sleep, might I add) about product ranges that stretch beyond a single product: more specific than a brand’s entire lineup, and a far cry from products that are simply offered in different shades.

You know — the products that all fall under the same name, or series, but that aren’t actually the same formula at all. The flankers of the cosmetic world, if you will; the long-stretching follow-up to a product that’s done particularly well for the brand.

shu uemura cleansing oil range

The big three

What got me thinking about this post initially was a Shu Uemura cleansing oil post that I was working on. Different in scent, formula, and targeted concerns, the oils are far more extensive than your usual product X for daytime wear/nighttime wear. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that this wasn’t an isolated incident at all.

Lancome Hypnose mascara range

Take Lancôme’s classic Hypnôse mascaras, for instance. With the same name as their Hypnôse fragrance (fun fact: Daria Werbowy’s campaign for the fragrance was the first time that I paid any attention to perfume, packaging, or models), the line now composes of seven different mascaras, all “Hypnôse” but all completely different.

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizers, primers range

Or, in an even more recent example, the nigh-iconic Laura Mercier Foundation Primers & Tinted Moisturizers. There weren’t a lot of tinted moisturizers on the market before Laura came along (or was it simply that no one paid them any heed, prior to?), but they didn’t just show up on the scene — they exploded onto it.

Both lines now contain quite a range of formulas, from Illuminating to Oil-Free, and the Tinted Moisturizer has even recently branched out into a solid (crème) format.

Two more (give me some lip)

YSL Rouge Volupté vs Dior Addict

In the lip world, there are two main formulas that I can think of which always confuse me. You’ve got the YSL Rouge Volupté lineup, in everything from the full-finish Rouge Volupté lipsticks to the sheer shine of the Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy balms, and then you have the Dior Addict lipsticks and glosses — Addicts, Addict Extremes, Addict Lip Glows, Addict Glosses, Addict Lip Maximizers, Addict Lip Polishes

I can never decide if ranges like these are a great showing of brand coherency or just the beginnings of a really bad headache. (I think I’m going with the former, though!)

And that awkward shade that just won’t go away

NARS Orgasm lineup launches history

It has to be said: NARS Orgasm. This one shade, NARS’ glistening crown jewel, exists in so many forms that I find myself often alarmed — from polish to illuminator, and (of course) all of its Super Orgasm incarnations. But, then again, perhaps I would feel differently if it was simply a different finish, or a different name, or a different shade altogether.

One that I liked, preferably.

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Dior Ors & Merveilles

Thursday, November 22, 2012


(For more Dior, don’t miss our Grand Bal product spread, here.)

On Our Radar | Dior Grand Bal, Holiday 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012


ON OUR RADAR | Dior Garden Clutch palettes

Thursday, January 12, 2012

If these aren’t absolutely gorgeous, I don’t know what is…

The details

Each of the two Dior Garden Clutch palettes (Garden Party collection, Spring 2012) contains three pearl-finish eyeshadows, one lip plumper, and one lip gloss. They retail for $75 USD, and the points of sale vary depending on the palette – Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s, Saks, Sephora, and Neiman Marcus seem to be doing the brown/pink/green Granville Garden, and the blue/grey/pink Milly Garden is exclusive to Nordstrom and Dior online.

The sheer apricot-pink lip shades are the same in each palette, and are covered by a chic metal flap to keep any eyeshadow particles out of your lip shades (as in Fall’s Blue Tie offering).

Closed palette & a close-up (which is seriously breathtaking, trust me) »

Once more, with feeling | A darker Clarins Smokey Passion look

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Just the eye, for this one! I was running out of sunlight, and it was a choice between (a) doing a full face and (b) actually being able to take photos without flash. The amount of sunlight won, of course, as it always does.

(Despite this, though… the quality of light itself? Pretty shoddy. This is what happens when you take makeup photos right before the golden hour, folks. Tip: don’t do it.)

To create this look, I used all four shades of the Smokey Passion eye quartet – the silver as a base, the burnt sienna in the inner corner, the taupe in the center of the lid & around the edges, and the brown-black on the outer corner and lower lashline for intensity. Then, for a bit more polish, I pulled a touch of Smashbox Smoke through the brows, blended in some Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light for my dark circles, and ran a Marcelle Khol Eyeliner in Soft Black along my waterlines.

(The wear of the khol is awful if you like crisp, sharp lines, but it’s incredibly gentle on my waterline – no itching or irritation at all.)

Finally, I finished the look with a quick swipe of Imju Fiberwig Extra Long Mascara – black, of course, – and Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pen for a bit of interest along the lashline.

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