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Make-Up. Pet Brand du Jour

By Emma Skipper & Kay Montano.

It’s forever the season of new (and sometime pointless?) makeup launches so it’s a novelty to be excited over any range of cosmetics that comes out of leftfield and get’s us wanting again. In this instance, whether a French patisserie, a photographic studio, a natural Aussie skincare brand or a King of the red-soled stiletto, unexpectedly innovative brands from brands have appeared that have an extra edge based on their origin .…

It seems that if you’ve got a great brand, create a namesake make-up brand..

At KMHQ we could not start this particular post without a nod to French macaroon house Ladurée who have, as of this year, teamed up with Albion to create the most tasty looking makeup collections we’ve ever seen, Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée.

The collection was recently launched in Asia and will be heading to Europe at the end of the year apparently… and how can you not be excited when it looks like this:

Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée consists of patisserie style cosmetics with a floral twist and includes everything from the divine flower face powder to the lovely little lipglosses and eye palettes; all of which come with the signature pastel colour palettes and golden embellishings.

Look out for the collection later this year or view the Asian site:






Shopping for something that combines two glamorously wearable things that don’t incur post traumatic dressing room syndrome?        Shoes and Make-Up.

Shoe designer, Christian Louboutin has just announced that he will be launching his own beauty line, Christian Louboutin Beauté, come 2013…        Too long to wait for a line that is bound to be ornamentally fabulous…red or black signature around lipsticks with stiletto shaped lids? Leather-look palettes opening up to laquered red?

Matte leopardskin against black laquered edges?  It’s all too exciting.. nail polishes too?

Forget It-bags, do I hear ‘it cosmetics’ anyone?


Another brand that came out a brand stems from the famous LA based photography studios, Smashbox. Smashbox studios are a huge photographic studio ‘lot’ in LA that now backed by Estee Lauder. The co-founding Factor brothers were the great-grandsons of a certain makeup legend Max…so it’s almost no surprise that they’d probably know a thing or two about makeup as well as production and as such they launched their own range of professional grade makeup in 1996.

Smashbox cosmetics got off to a rough start to say the least in the UK with a member of the PR team allegedly being drugged and raped by a friend of the brothers, a crime that was neither proved nor charged. Hence, coverage over in the UK was minimal in protest and obviously the brand suffered as a result. Years later the range was acquired by Estee Lauder and has some brilliant products in the collection. In particular Kay loves the Smashbox Halo Yellow Colour Correcting Hydrating Powder, which is great for olive toned skin and is a firm favourite of her darker skinned clients such as Thandie Newton and Salma Hayek (who actually has Kay’s last pot of the product!). It also comes in a great small pot with a twist-and-shave lid that makes using it on shoots amazingly easy as it reduces the spill, controls the amount delivered to the brush and is hygienic as well as only the product you dispense is in contact with the brush… which is handy to say the least as loose powder is one of the most important elements of a makeup artist’s kit. Kay also loves the Halo Highlighting Wand, which leaves a beautiful glow with such a fine formula you can barely tell you’re wearing anything at all, she uses it on the mid-outer cheekbone, underneath eyes, it’s a “red carpet spesh”.

Another weird addition to this list comes from Jurlique who, until one day when they decided to branch out with just the one makeup product,  have only ever produced skincare. We both love the skincare ranges (we’re currently sitting with the Citrus Hand Cream bathing our mitts as we type) but find it surprising that they only ever creating the one makeup product, The Silk Finishing Powder. The powder itself is truly transparent (Kay talks about the ‘incredibly fine mill’), you can’t see it, even in daytime and is excellent on-set for controlling shine and maintaining coverage- plus it smells amazing-plus it’s available in Rose, Lavender or Citrus! Why they only decided to create just the one product is beyond us. Please Jurlique, can we have some more?

It may not seem that leftfield that there would be a cosmetic inclusion to Tom Ford’s empire but he is a man after all, perhaps not a bloke but still, we love that he has such a highly developed, luxury range. With his impeccable attention to detail and eye for colour, perhaps it would have been rude for him not to have bought out a huge and fabulous make-up line with palettes mimicking the sound of an expensive car door closing. For real. Unsurprisingly, his love for exclusivity is reflected in the price. Kay loves the blush in Flush and the bronzing and contour palettes although to quote her; ‘I don’t think I’d be satisfied until I owned every bit of that range’.

However if Mr Ford’s range would max out the plastic to scissor time, we’re both really looking forward to the launch of Marc Jacobs new beauty line that has only just been announced. Rumours are it will hit shelves next year, but if his laser-cut collection for Louis Vuitton SS12 was anything to go by I’m more than a touch excited about the impending colour palettes and attention to detail.

Let us know what you think and do let us know of any other unexpected beauty brands you’ve heard of, we’d love to know!

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