I think there’s something very cool, very “power to the people!” about products able to work well for a wide range of beauty lovers — different skin types and tones, young people and older folks — especially when those products aren’t too expensive.
At the same time, I also like products designed with a very specific girl (or guy) in mind, like Aerin Beauty’s new $70 A Garden in Bloom Palette, which focuses like a laser on beauty lovers with some extra spending money.
There’s a good chance A Garden in Bloom girl already carries a Chanel bag, and all of the sales associates at Neimans and Saks know her by her first name. One of her inspirations? Audrey Hepburn, and the classic eye look she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
She likes a very specific makeup look, too, with her eyes and cheeks defined by light washes of color, and only rarely ventures into bolder, brighter territory. Luckily, this limited edition spring palette, with its three cool-toned, moderately pigmented powder eye shadows — a pinkish beige with a satin finish, a matte taupe and a purplish gray — and matte rosy pink powder blush, offers exactly that.
That being said, if you’re a fervent MAC or NARS fan accustomed to more color, and/or you’re just trying to work within a reasonable budget, A Garden in Bloom might not drive you wild. The pigments aren’t particularly punchy, and it’s a subtle look overall.
I like how polished I feel when I wear this palette, but I don’t think I’m its ideal girl. Considering the price, I can’t help craving more flexibility.
But A Garden in Bloom does what it’s designed to do — create elegant, effortless, watercolor looks on eyes and cheeks — and for that, along with a 7-hour wear time and easy-to-blend powders, it wins.
AVAILABILITY: Available now online and at Aerin Beauty counters and Bergdorf Goodman stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
I have Netflix mania
I streamed so much Netflix last weekend that my house was like the Mississippi!! I watched Clueless (for the umpteenth time), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (LOVE AUDREY!), The Switch (cute), Craigslist Joe, a few more episodes of Portlandia and something else I’m sure I’m forgetting…
Watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it hit me that Holly Golightly is totally a cat lady.
How could I have never realized this before? #catladiesunite
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,