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making faces :: comings and goings

with all the new fall collections coming out, there are a lot of brands that are using the shift in
temperatures to introduce new products to and discontinue others from their permanent collections. since i've had a devil of a time keeping track of what's joining us and what's leaving us, i thought that i might make a little reference for all of you to go by, so that you know what you can get excited for and know what you should grab before it's gone...

ardency inn
in :: all of it. at sephora, on line and in store. the new york music scene inspired brand looks a lot like the old days of urban decay, with their edgy shades and punk-themed names. i'm interested to see how the products actually perform.
out :: none of it, yet. they just got here! time will tell how long they stay around.

armani
in :: a new "cc- colour and care" line of lipsticks in 36 shades. information is a little scarce on these, including whether or not they're semi-opaque, sheer or fully opaque. we'll know when they launch in september. [note :: when armani launched their new glosses, they launched 18 shades first and then another 18 were quietly added. i wouldn't be surprised to see them do the same.]
out :: since the new "flash lacquer" glosses replaced the existing gloss d'armani formula, i wouldn't be surprised to see either the sheer or the regular rouge d'armani formula pushed out in favour of these new ones. neither would make me happy.

bite beauty
in :: they've just introduced new liquid lipsticks, available exclusively through sephora. i haven't tried them on the lips, but the texture swatched reminds me of the armani lip maestro, also known as the only liquid lipsticks i really like.
out :: several of the original colours from the brand's luminous creme lipstick line, including carmenere and barolo, reviewed here. they've been out of stores for some time, but they remain available while stocks last on sephora's web site.

chanel
in :: cream blushes, six of them, launching with the new fall collection. two are limited, four are permanent.
out :: nothing official, but chanel has been culling a lot of their single shadows over the last couple of years. i'd keep an eye out.

dior
in :: new rouge dior lipsticks, new blushes, new cream shadows that apparently bear an eerie similarity to chanel's but at a lower price, plus the new cream blushes which i reviewed here.
out :: the old blushes and, i'm pretty certain, the existing rouge dior lipsticks. the newer line looks very edgy, so if you like the older, softer, pinker dior, you might want to grab what you can.

edward bess 
in :: new blushes [for a while now] in three colours that look pretty lovely.
out :: all the single eye shadows. they're still available from a few on line retailers and some reviewers maintain that the most popular shades are duplicated in the new four-shadow palettes, but the fact is that the singles are gone the way of the dodo bird. dammit.

hourglass
in :: six new nude lip pencils. i'm seriously hoping we're seeing the end of the lipstick-in-pencil-form. while there's some that i like [let's be honest, i only actually like the nars ones and their glosses are wasteful to sharpen], i have no problem with the traditional lipstick in a bullet. i like it. it's perfect, like a shark or a crocodile. with lipstick.
out :: i've had no confirmation on this, but the display at my local sephora had the extreme sheen glosses removed, other than bright red "icon". all the others seem to be gone. that's a poor trade-off for me, since i like the shades i have of the extreme sheen lip gloss [plus they smell like cupcakes] and the new lip pencils all look dull and brown against my skin.

marc jacobs
in :: the entire line, which is remarkably large, at sephora stores exclusively. it's priced to compete with lines like dior and nars, with a couple of "key" products that everyone will want. number on that list seems to be their liquid eyeliner, which is rumoured to be the blackest black eyeliner that ever was.
out :: nothing, yet, because it just launched. however, all the hype about the products means that some stores are already running low on stock and apparently, new stock is only being sent in time to meet holiday demand. yikes.



nars
in :: a new compact foundation that's getting a lot of love on the internet. to be followed shortly by "eye paints", which are essentially gel-cream liners, except that nars are smart enough to name them in such a way that you understand immediately that they can be used as liners OR shadows. clever folk, those nartians.
out :: nothing. despite having launched an entire other brand's worth of products this year, nars has kept the full product range available. in a couple of years, no one will be able to compete with them at this rate. [slight caveat :: all the eye shadow trios released were limited edition and while most are still available on line, it's worth noting that there have been no new trios this year. so it's possible we won't be seeing more of those. or we will. it's hard to tell.]

tom ford
in :: if you're in canada, the most important thing that you have to know is that the entire line is in, finally, at holt renfrew. the roll out will start with the flagship store on toronto's bloor street [what else is new?], but the chain promises that there will be more to come. hopefully, distribution will be a little speedier than it has been for burberry or chantecaille. as far as products, lipstick shades "bruised plum" and "vanilla suede" make their return with the fall collection. both were part of the original lipstick launch, but were discontinued when the line was revamped and the packaging changed from white to ebony.
out :: "black orchid". when i first heard this, i was hoping it was a mistake, but the rumour has popped up in a lot of places now, to the point where i think it's unlikely that all the sources are mistaken. "black orchid" is one of the most beautiful vamp shades ever, a perfect balance of red, brown and purple. it's one of the only such shades carried by a prestige line like tom ford. only armani has done something as intense and the shade that comes closest- #609- was limited edition. [note :: it's actually still available on line, but it's not permanent, so you never know when it'll disappear.]

urban decay
in :: a new line of lipsticks. we knew this was coming when they summarily discontinued all their old lipsticks, but it took its sweet time. there's a great range of shades for all complexions. a review of one of them is coming on more like space very shortly.
out :: having already discontinued their entire lipstick line, a bunch of eyeliners and a lot of their eye shadows, there are a limited number of options left for the brand to cut. nonetheless, they are clearly lacking standard blush options and that has to be coming, either in powder or cream form. [note :: would anyone be surprised if they were a cream-to-powder form? i wouldn't.] looking at their displays in sephora, something is going to have to come out. my bet? a bunch of the liquid liners and the older gloss formula, which really has run its course.

yves st. laurent
in :: a new collection of their glossy stain lip glosses [or stains] called "rebel nudes". the shades aren't especially nude focused, although they're not as bright as some of the existing shades. the big news is that they have a lot of fine shimmer in them, which tends to give a duochrome effect.
out :: lots, if you believe what you read on the internet. the rouge pur couture golden lustre formula, a sheer-ish lipstick with a lot of gold shimmer that never got the attention it deserved, is on the way out. so, too are the single eye shadows. i'm disappointed by that, since i seem to be the only person who's not smitten with the wet/ dry 4-shadow palettes that are incredibly overpriced in canada and very sparkly. sigh. also a couple of foundation formulas and the usual deletion of shades within ranges that happens with everyone.

Comments

Ana Marta said…
It's quite a shame the Edward Bess singles are being discontinued **sniff sniff** I'm not quite as taken by the eyeshadow palettes. Very curious about this Ardency brand, why is there no Sephora in the UK?? Why?? Why?? xx
Kate MacDonald said…
I feel the same way, Ana Marta. I'm glad I at least got to pick up "Storm", since it apparently has no duplicate in the new palettes. A lot of the shades in those palettes look too warm to work on me. Le Sigh.

I had no idea that there wasn't a Sephora in the UK. I can't imagine why there wouldn't be! Talk about leaving money on the table. I'm sure that Ardency will find its way there eventually, though. They'd be mad not to.

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