Sure, it might be summer in nail polish land, but right now some fairly offbeat colors are having their moment in the sun.
U.K. (and now US) retailer Topshop now has a makeup line to go with their clothes, and their SS10 Trend Collection of three limited edition shades ($10 each) for spring and summer 2010 sho’ don’t look like your typical summer pinks, corals, oranges and reds. No, sir. Gold Dust (a shimmery buttery gold), Copper Coated (a reddish copper with large glitter) and Cloud (a creamy bluish gray) are downright something else.
Take a look, and let me know what you think.
The Topshop SS10 Trend Collection
Topshop says SS10 was inspired by festivals, folk goddesses, face paint, art and ethereal beauty, hmm…
I gotta say — I do think they look de-lovely in their outfits. Hella cute packaging, right? And I am a sucker for snazzy presentation… It gets me every time!
Ultimately, I kinda like the two shimmery shades, Copper Coated and Gold Dust. Both of ‘em apply smoothly with pretty good pigmentation (I used two coats in the pics above). I also find them pretty easy to work with thanks to a medium-weight texture, but I wouldn’t mind seeing them shine a little brighter than they do…
Cloud, the lonely cream color — incidentally, the shade I *desperately* wanted to love — just doesn’t sell the stud, ya know? I think it’s just okay (GRRR!). The uber-thick texture makes it a challenge to evenly apply, and I found myself having to use three layers to get a solid block of non-streaky color.
Since Topshop just launched their makeup line in May, they haven’t been at this for long. At least they’re showing a willingness to think outside the box.
And I DO love the packaging, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for better things come fall. Find Gold Dust and Copper Coated at the Topshop store in New York and online at topshop.com; Cloud is a UK release available here. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C/C+
It can’t be July already?
WOW! I just took a double take at my calendar. I cannot believe it’s almost the 4th of July.
As usual, El Hub and I are trying to make plans at the last minute. We’re thinking about maybe taking a day trip up to Lake Berryessa in Napa County. Have you ever been?
I remember going there with my family when I was a wee tyke. It would be nice to have a picnic, bring a book to read, snap some pictures and maybe do a little swimming (I can’t remember if the water’s warm).
CREEPY FACTOID: Lake Berryessa also happens to be the site of one of the infamous Zodiac Killer murders. Um, yeah… I know it’s irrational, but I’ll be bringing my pepper spray, thank you very much!
Are you doing anything special this weekend? Is there a big fireworks display in your area?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,