L'Oréal x Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipstick, Winter 2017

New Release: L’Oréal × Balmain (Colour Riche Matte Lipstick)

I don’t usually post new releases that are unrelated to nail polish, but I do make the occasional exception when my interest is piqued.

I first heard about this collaboration between L’Oréal and Balmain via Austria-based Dandygal back in October. She picked up quite a few of these in the more unique shades, so you can visit her blog for swatches and reviews!

At the time, I remarked that we rarely get the cool collections in Canada.

But lo and behold, they have arrived! Not only that, but you can order them online in Canada, directly from L’Oréal. They are C$18 each, and shipping is free on orders of $50+. (Personally, I think I’ll wait to see if these turn up in stores.)

L'Oréal × Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Balmain Instinct

The new, limited edition collection consists of twelve high-fashion shades of matte lipstick. The casing is also slightly different, with colors and patterns reminiscent of semi-precious stones: to my mind, lapis lazuli, onyx, and malachite.

L'Oréal × Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipsticks

From L’Oréal:

Introducing 12 new edgy, matte shades encased within an exclusive pack, designed by Olivier Rousteing. 12 lip colours designed to embody 3 femininities: Glamazone, Rock & Couture. Shades for every woman, no matter her origin, no matter her tribe. The formula is infused with pure pigments and camellia oil, to give our richest colour and most moisturizing matte finish.

“No matter your origin, no matter your tribe come together, be seen,
be heard, united, we are all invincible, because we are all worth it”
—Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director, Balmain

(That’s Olivier Rousteing in the middle of the banner at the top, by the way.)

The twelve shades are divided equally into four “femininities” or “tribes”: GlamazoneRock, and Couture:

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fivezero, 3 Spring Nail Favorites (Collaboration)

3 Spring Nail Favorites (Collaboration)

Today, my blog is dipping a toe into uncharted territory! This is my first ever collaboration, with the lovely Kanza of Faded Rouge. We’re each sharing three favorite nail colors for the spring.

I’ll review each of these selections in more detail later this week, but here are my current top 3 picks for delightful, spring-inspired nail colors! I’ve selected them from Orly, SinfulColors, and Zoya.

Coming into spring from the icy winter, I always love pastels and brights on the nail, with a touch of crisp sparkle.

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butter LONDON + Pantone Color of the Year 2017 collection, Nail Lacquer in Greenery, banner

New Release: butter LONDON + Pantone — 2017 Color of the Year Nail Lacquer

Collection: butter LONDON Winter 2016, Pantone Color of the Year 2017

butter LONDON have collaborated with color experts Pantone for a Color of the Year 2017 collection! The color of next year’s moment is Greenery, a yellow-green.

I just love all the shades in this new collection! There are both brights and neutrals that complement each other brilliantly.

As a side note, butter LONDON have taken to referring to their original line of 3-Free Nail Lacquers as Trend Lacquers, even though the newer bottles drop the 3-Free and just say Nail Lacquer. Consistency is all I ask!

From butter LONDON:

The opulent artistry of butter LONDON and influential edge of PANTONE, the global color authority, combine forces in an uplifting color collaboration.

Inspired by GREENERY, the PANTONE Color of the Year, this oh-so-alive color collection celebrates the essence of natural beauty. Say hello to a range of fiercely feminine, wildly luxurious color, infused with vitality and pure ebullience.

The six new shades are:

  • Bodacious, vibrant lilac crème
  • Buttercream, warm off-white crème
  • Calypso Coral, coral pink crème
  • Caramel Cafè [sic], warm caramel brown
  • Greenery (Color of the Year), yellow green crème
  • Rich Gold, warm golden shimmering beige
butter LONDON + Pantone Nail Lacquer Color of the Year 2017 collection
butter LONDON + Pantone Nail Lacquer Color of the Year 2017 collection.
Image: butterlondon.com

The shades also come in 6 matching lipglosses (except for the green, which is a white shimmer with some green in it).

I guess butter LONDON are running out of those British-inspired names, as well! Can’t say I’m too excited by these polish color names, though I suppose Pantone would have come up with “Greenery”.

Happy shopping!