Sunday, January 13, 2013
I checked out the makeup counters yesterday. I went to Nordstrom because Neiman Marcus had almost nothing new when I was there mid-week (I did find a few new things there, but very little). I've noticed over the years that right before their annual inventory, stores hold off on receiving new makeup - I assume to keep their stock down. It has happened too many years in a row for me to ignore the phenomenon. Plus I've been given some covert suggestions from those in the know that is indeed the case.
Lancôme In Love Spring 2013 Collection at Nordstrom, and I purchased nothing. It struck me that the company had aimed this collection at a much younger age group. I hope that's not the start of a trend, but having Emma Watson as the face does make me wonder.
Look at the strange way they displayed the color block blushes - as two, rather than one. In order to test the colors the way I'd likely use them, I had to pick up both colors from each color-block palette and blend them together to see the "end result." Both were bright and, in my opinion, garish. Péche Joue-Joue is orange, and Pommettes d'Amour is an unnatural pink. The only thing on the display that almost caught my wallet was the limited-edition Midnight Rose Baume in Love. It looks purple in the tube, but applies as a beautiful tinted lip balm.
The bottle looks exactly like White Patchouli, except that its completely gold. The box is also all gold. It is will debut at Tom Ford Kuwait. The top notes are Italian bergamot, mandarin orange, violet, ginger, and basil. The middle notes are grapefruit blossom, orange blossom, tobacco, and black pepper. The bottom notes are Indian amber, Tibetan patchouli, cedar, oakmoss, and leather. A friend who was able to test it noticed a licorice note that could be benzoin. It's definitely an oriental floral and is a new direction for Tom Ford. I sure hope the patchouli isn't detectible.
The second, Shanghai Lily, will be a Private Blend. The information abut it has been hush-hush. I am told that the bottle color will not be brown like most of the line. I was given no details on notes, but apparently the marketing strategies have been revealed. It will debut at Tom Ford Shanghai with a huge launch, alone with new lip and nail colors. The focus will be on Shanghai lily, champaca absolute, and jasmin rouge as they have the strongest ties to Asian culture. It sounds lovely.
There are several stores in the DC area that have either renovated their beauty departments or are in the process. I think the renovation and expansion trend shows the power of beauty. Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria made way for a large Tom Ford section, with all of the makeup items available. Nordstrom will soon undergo a large renovation, adding new brands there and moving the location of others. Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase is almost finished with a huge expansion that will give premiere brands "showcase" space and add new-to-the-area brands, including Frédéric Malle (I'm very excited!). Maybe retailers finally realized that the DC area is not a beauty backwater.
iPhone photos by Best Things in Beauty and courtesy of WWD, Fragrantica, brainharmonycenter.com, and Chantecaille