As the years of my makeup obsession go by, I can honestly say that I still love makeup just as much, if not more than I did when I was a tween. There were times when I was less enthused about the numerous launches by cosmetic companies, but then something extraordinary comes by that excites me once again.
But nothing, NOTHING, has come close to Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée collection.
Ladurée is a famous French patisserie that created the macarons as we all know and love now (2 macaron shells with ganache filling in the middle). Earlier this year, Ladurée teamed up with Japanese makeup company Albion (creator of Anna Sui, Paul & Joe and Jill Stuart makeup) to launch the most decadent, unbelievably gorgeous Les Merveilleuses de Laduree makeup collection.
The collection features 17 lines of makeup and accessories, with its cheek colours as the hero products. Now feast your eyes on them:
Face Color Rose Ladurée
A fine powder blush pressed into the shape of rose petals. You can imagine just how fine the powder is, to be able to be pressed into petals with this much detail. From what I hear, the egg case is now completely sold out. Available in 3 shades and retails ¥7350 for the petals; ¥3150 for the case.
From what I can gather, this would be very similar to Maybelline’s Bouncy Blush, but in a much cuter packaging! It’s available in 5 shades and retails ¥4410 each.
This is limited edition and is the miniature version of the rose petal blush in egg container. Available in the same 3 shades, and each in a different box design. Retails ¥3360 each.
Pressed Cheek Colour
A compact pressed blush available in a huge array of colours (20 in total). Retails ¥3900 for refill; ¥1575 for case and brush.
There are a number of products in the face category, from makeup base/primers through to powder. Each product is beautifully packaged just like the blushes.
Translucent Makeup Base 30ml (¥5250); Color Control Base 20ml (¥3990); Smoothing Base 15ml (¥3990); Stick Concealer 2g (2 shades, ¥3990); Fluid Foundation 30ml (3 shades, ¥6090); Face Powder (4 shades, ¥8820 for refill, ¥3780 for case with puff).
Slimlined wind up lippies in super cute packaging and dangling charm. Available in 7 shades and retail ¥4410 each.
Include basic applicators such as brush, puff and sponge (heart shaped – sooo cute!!!). The gift box and greeting cards are limited edition.
Cheek Brush (¥6300); Face Powder Puff (¥630); Ladurée Box (¥2415); Greeting Card (¥500); Hand Mirror (¥3675).
Without doubt, Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée are collector’s items, and made to be a gift for makeup addicts. From the reviews that I’ve read, the quality is just as incredible as the packaging.
However, as much as I would love to own the entire collection, for the time being I have not yet made the decision to purchase any. They are reasonably priced and all, but looking at the state of my bathroom (with gazillions of products, half of which I’ve not even opened), the general lack of space in my apartment, and the fact that I’d never bring myself to use it – I just can’t justify the purchase. So instead I blog about them, for I will then at least be able to marvel at their beauty, and share my heartache with the rest of the beauty addicts that don’t/can’t get their hands on them.
You will soon be able to read more about this collection, as a couple of my #MBBE ladies will be their proud owners. I’m so jealous I could cry!!!
Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée is currently available only in Japan: In Ginza Mitsukoshi and Nagoya Takashimaya department stores.
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