The Limited Edition L’Oreal Colors Take Flight Collection Has a Rather Charming Cockatoo

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It’s been a Project Runway kind of day…


No, nothing big like running into Heidi at Sephora or kicking it with Tim Gunn at the DSW (I wish!).

Just a couple of small but cool brushes with my favorite reality TV show. The first one I noticed this morning, when the Tivo, a normally evil form of artificial intelligence hell bent on recording all of the shows I NEVER watch, actually did something useful for a change. It recorded the entire season four of Project Runway, from start to finish, without me having to program it. πŸ™‚

SIDE NOTE: Didn’t you just love Sweetpea? I wish she would have made it to the end just for being hella cool.

And the second one happened this afternoon as I futzed with Charming Cockatoo’s Gaze ($9), one of the four new quads in the L’Oreal Colors Take Flight collection, a collaboration with Project Runway (I know!).

loreal project runway collection colors take flight charming cockatoos gaze

loreal project runway collection colors take flight charming cockatoos gaze

loreal project runway collection colors take flight swatches

loreal project runway collection colors take flight charming cockatoos gaze

The Colors Take Flight Collection…

  • A limited edition 20-piece release (available now at drugstores and also online) split into four sub-collections — Audacious Amazon (bright eyes and a fuchsia lip), Charming Cockatoo (pink and blue eyes and a burgundy lip), Watchful Owl (metallic eyes and a red lip) and Sultry Raven (smokey eyes and nude lips).
  • Each of the sub collections includes an eyeshadow quad ($9 each), a lipstick ($7 each), a blush ($10 each) and two nail polishes ($5 each).
  • The release is slowly trickling into drugstores like CVS and Walgreens, but if you’re interested and don’t want to hunt, the entire collection is already available online at

I like this particular quad, but it’s a little heavy on fallout and light on pigment. The colors are totally my style (bright but not blinding), and I love the connection to Project Runway (of course!), but I wouldn’t say I’m head over heels.

AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to drugstores like CVS/Pharmacy; available now online

Oh, guess what! The models will be wearing the entire collection in Thursday night’s new episode, so tune in if you’d like a sneak peak.


I wonder who’s gonna win this season… I know whom I want to win (GO TEAM ANYA!).

I get the feeling that Joshua might be on his way home. I’m a little tired of his be-dazzling stuff, and he hasn’t always been the nicest person.

Are you watching the show this season? Who are you pulling for?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. I don’t like this kind of shows at all, but the eyeshadows do look pretty:)
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Antonia,

      Yeah… there’s a lot of trashy reality TV out there (and I’m guilty of watching it), but this show’s actually really interesting and intelligent. Give it a try sometime!

  2. Heidi says:

    I loved season 4 of Runway! Such great talent and genuine good will towards each other (for the most part), not the over the top bitchiness for camera time that we’ve seen recently (Hello, Joshua!).

    As for this season, I’d love to see Anya pull an underdog win, but Viktor’s craftmanship is really, really impressive!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heidi,

      I really enjoyed that season, too. The contestants were so talented, professional and memorable.

      As for this one… I’m not a fan of all the backstabbing and snarkiness that’s been happening in the current season, but I can’t stop watching!

      Are you going to watch the All Stars show? I can’t wait for it to start!

  3. Joyce says:

    I saw L’oreal’s limited edition collection last weekend at Rite-Aid and Duane Reade. I wonder if these will sell out quickly.
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  4. Sherri says:

    I hope these goes on sale at the drugstore soon.
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  5. Alison says:

    I’m rooting for Viktor all the way! I think there have been several challenges so far this season where he should have gotten the win, but didn’t.

    • Karen says:

      I think he’s very talented! Wasn’t he cute when he showed up on the runway with the snakeskin shorts and bowtie? Gotta love a man who can work both with such gusto.

    • Yaffa says:

      I agree w/ u allison! Victor is really really talented and i think he should have gotten the higher score this week over kimbrely….e/t her dress was really cool

  6. gio says:

    The color are very pretty but it’s a shame they’re not more pigmented too.
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  7. Vonvon says:

    Pretty on the pan! But too bad for the poor pigmentation and fallout!
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  8. Ana says:

    I am dying to find a drugstore that has the Owl’s Night nail polish shade from this collection. Darn displays with only two of each color! :-/

  9. Sonya says:

    Love the Project Runway theme! LOVE the show, but it’s too bad that these aren’t very pigmented – not worth picking up, for me.
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  10. Jess Lee says:

    totally love it! xox

  11. Nina says:

    the packaging is totally unexpected and totally gorgeous!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nina,

      Yeah! Sometimes the wings motif can go the Ed Hardy route but here I think it looks elegant. Do you think you might check the line out?

      Happy Wednesday!

      • Nina says:

        the wings on this one are pretty restrained and i like it! πŸ˜€ no ed haryd wings for me!

        ill check this line out — the closest grocery store to my work always has awesome loreal displays!

        happy wednesday!!!

        • Karen says:

          LOL! I like wing motifs when it’s elegant like this… especially in jewelry.

          Oh, I hope the grocery store has them there! Because you need to be tempted by more makeup at lunchtime. πŸ™‚

          Hope you had a great day. Onward to Thursday!

          • Nina says:

            onward to the weekend, you mean! πŸ˜€

            Thurs is my fave day, since it is almost the weekend. Saturday is my least fave day bec the weekend is almost done. the hubs says im weird. LOL!

  12. Ruchita says:

    Hmm, the Sultry Raven quad sounds interesting. I’ll have to see if any of my local stores carry them.

  13. Kim says:

    They look really nice on you, but it’s a shame about the fallout. I have to wonder how it would look with a burgundy lip, though. Seems like it might be an odd combo. Are you Ev Revving in this photo? It’s a nice choice with the eyes. πŸ™‚

    I’ve never watched PR but I loved your be-dazzling line. We’re looking to do some custom crystal tshirts for our 40th b’day bash and it’s been sort of a struggle. I asked the girls if they thought we could find a bedazzler at a garage sale instead, and we all got a much-needed laugh!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim!

      I’m LORAC-ing in this pic with the Couture Shine Gloss in Trend Setter (from Real Life to Red Carpet kit). It’s a fun pinky nude lip. πŸ™‚

      Can I just say that you just earned some serious awesome points with the custom crystal shirts? I hope you gals throw some sequins in there. It’s only right!

      • Kim says:

        Oh, good! I need the extra points for the lippie mistake! πŸ™‚

        I wanted tiaras and big, pouffy tutus, but was voted down. And can I just say how hard it is to find a custom crystal, black, v-neck tee? One really nice company can only get them in fitted up to XL, which won’t work for some of the gals, and the other won’t even respond. You’d think there would be more supply. I refuse to believe there’s no demand! πŸ™‚

        • Karen says:

          I just don’t understand how the tiaras and tutus got voted down. In my mind the combo is an automatic DO.

          And what the what? How is it possible that there’s a dearth in custom crystal black v-neck tees?!

          You are blowing my mind here, girlfriend.

  14. kiwikiwidragon says:

    i am totally looking forward to PR All-stars!!! Mondo FTW!!! he deserves it after they picked that ugly girl whatever her name is, gretchen maybe, ugh….

    • Karen says:

      I saw that commercial the other day.

      MONDO! I heart him (I had a rough time accepting Gretchen as a winner, too). I hope he kicks some major ass in the All Stars show.

  15. The price for this is right, but the pigmentation is too light for me. Thank you for swatching these, though. πŸ™‚
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  16. Christy says:

    I love Project Runway! Unfortunately, none of these shades sing to me. Wish they did a collaboration with MAC!
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  17. viva says:

    These look pretty….

    Pity these wont be released in India!

    Anyone from Loreal listening!!!
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  18. Heather says:

    I loved PR season 4 too. Sweet Pea was so quirky adorable.
    Is it weird that as a totally straight girl, I’m oh so slightly attracted to Anya? Call it a girl crush, I suppose…
    I’m torn between Viktor and Anya at this point. Viktor has some amazing craftsmanship, and Anya has a really refreshing aesthetic. I’m worried, though, that most of what she produces is jumpsuits and maxi dresses.
    I was originally quite taken with Anthony Ryan’s work, but then he was eliminated :(.

    • Karen says:

      I totally get the girl crush on Anya. She’s gorgeous, has a great sense of style and just seems really cool.

      Did you find yourself tempted to buy her jumpsuit on Piper Lime?! I’m kinda bummed that I missed out.

  19. Hana_Berlin says:

    They look fun to play with. I think I might have to get a few things from the collecion.

  20. JoJo says:

    not liking this palette at all because its not to pigmented

  21. Melody says:

    I’m disappointed that the blushes are $10. I mean, really? I wanted to try one but I’m not dropping $10 on a drugstore blush. Idk. I’d like to be able to use the drugstore to play around with colors, but it’s not always cheap enough to do that anymore.

  22. thepaigest says:

    My favorites were Sweet Pea and now I can’t remember her name a very pretty German girl I think with blond hair… Uli Herzner she should have WON that season for sure!! I think i’m going to get some lipstick just b/c it has PR on the tube lol. I would loooove to buy a whole collection of Tim Gunn makeup!! I love Anya I think she is a fan fav but I love Viktors cloths and the boy knows how to sew!!! I also think Kimberly is pretty awesome πŸ™‚ Bert is getting funnier on the show!

    CAN’T wait for the all stars!!! Sweet P all the way πŸ™‚

  23. thepaigest says:

    Hey Urban Decay posted on their wall that eye shadows last 2 years do you agree?

  24. Yaffa says:

    I am so glad that you posted a link for this new line. Its so funny, of course i love love love project runway and i love makeup too! It was so cool to see this new line collaberated with the bird inspirations and look. I went on the loreal website and was dissapointed when i couldnt find these new products! Again, thanks for posting the links…going to check them out now!
    and I dunno for some reason there is something that charms me abt Josh…but i think in the end its gonna be anya or victor, kim and laura gotta go james! πŸ™‚

  25. Instant Karma says:

    GOD, I want Josh to go. His clothes are consistently tacky and he’s a jerk. I’m rooting for Kimberly. She’s the hometown girl (well, Baltimore is close to DC), and she seems like a sweetheart. Honestly, though, the talent pool this season is really lacking :/. I feel like several seasons ago (like in S4), people like Laura Kathleen and Josh would’ve been gone within the first few episodes. I was watching some S1 episodes a few weeks back, and there’s just no comparison. Siiiigh…

    I love the Tim Gunn post-it with kittens. Speaking of kittens, I’m going to send you some kitten photos soon! πŸ™‚

    Also, my Tivo records the most random things. Sure, sometimes it records SVU reruns for me (rarely in HD, though, which is irritating because I want Meloni to be highly defined, lol), but usually, the shows range from terrible to boring. It makes me wonder if my TV is judging me. Four straight hours of the weather channel? Really?

    • Karen says:

      I’m really surprised Laura Kathleen is still in the running. You’re right — in Season 4 (the Christian Siriano season) she would’ve been outta there much earlier on.

      Can’t wait to see the kitteh photos! Are the fur kids getting along?

      Okay, so do you have a new-ish version of Tivo? We do (it’s like two years old) and it’s much crappier than our old one. This new one NEVER records the shows we want to watch, and it’ll get stuff like four hours of the football channel of a game from like 1982. That machine is my enemy!

      • Instant Karma says:

        MINE RECORDS ANCIENT SPORTS EVENTS, TOO! What the hell? Why would I want to watch a curling game from 1997? Mine’s a few years old, so it’s probably the same edition, and it seriously records hours upon hours of the weather channel. I watched it briefly during that big storm in January, and now it thinks I want to watch all weather, all the time. It also is under the impression that I want to watch “The Doctors” in binges, which is weird, because I’ve never actually seen the show. My Tivo doesn’t understand me!

        I made a youtube channel for the kittens, but nothing’s up there yet. I need to record more videos with my tripod, because the ones I’ve taken so far are a bit shaky :/. It’s just hard to to break out the tripod spontaneously, and spontaneity is key with crazy kittens, lol. I’ll let you know when I have some videos there πŸ™‚

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