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The Luxe Packaging Edit

12 May 2015
'It's what's on the inside that counts' will always hold true, but it doesn't hurt when a great product has packaging to match. The Luxe Packaging Edit looks at six makeup picks for when treating yourself is on the cards. 



Now, there appears to be a theme with these products. They're all shiny and reflective. This very much speaks to my inner magpie, and it'll undoubtedly speak to yours.

Hourglass is one brand that radiates shiny goodness has really taken off in the last couple of years. I think it may have all started with the Ambient Lighting Powders. Hourglass have this penchant for creating quality products that not only look and feel luxurious, but are innovative. I still remember the day I picked up my Ambient Lighting Powder in 'Dim Light'. I had to be put on the Mecca waiting list because the hype for these multitasking finishing powders was pretty insane. 

Months later, around the same number of months involved in the gestation period of an elephant, I managed to get my paws on the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. Originally meant as a friend's Christmas present, I decided to keep this after said friend mentioned not being overly impressed by the pigmentation of these blushes. I'm admittedly not as in-love with this palette as most seem to be, but I suspect it's because the colours aren't my usual pickings, but that's a matter of personal preference. There's no doubt these blushes scream (or politely raise their tone of voice) luxury.



If bronzey cream eyeshadows are your thing, then the By Terry Ombré Blackstar in 'Bronze Moon' has to be the belle of the ball, and not just because she's wearing a designer gold dress. 'Like butter' is the only description I have of how these eyeshadow sticks apply. 'Nuff said.

I think if there was an underdog in this bunch, it'd be the Clinique All About Shadow Single in 'Black Honey'. I'd say Clinique aren't typically known for luxe packaging as they're known for being fragrance-free and having sales assistants that wear lab coats, but I very much dig the simple, reflective silver packaging of their eyeshadows (so reflective that you're just short of being able to make out the make and model of my DSLR). It's just a shame I missed out on the Neutral Territory Palette, which featured 'Black Honey' among seven other gloriously neutral shades.

The designer brands all seem to bring their A Game when it comes to lipsticks (I think of fashion houses like Tom Ford and Chanel), and the Dior and YSL lipsticks don't disappoint. I'm in love with the holographic-ness of the Dior Addict Lipstick in 'Charmante', and how weighty the YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy in 'Mouthwatering Berry' is.

I'll tell you what's also mouthwatering: spending $50 on a lipstick. But luxe is luxe, and some strange notion in a beauty lover's head tells her it's okay to part with her pennies for a bit of 'ooh, so shiny' and 'ah, so pretty'. 
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