Spring Forward

March 18th, 2015

March 18th, 2015

We’ve shelved our vampy reds and berry hues in favour of all things bright and pastel.  Spring has sprung and we couldn’t be more excited, given the array of products which have begun appearing on counter.  We’ve pulled together some of this season’s limited edition palettes which are worth snapping up – hop to it!

Very apt for the indecisive British weather, as well as suiting their signature trench coat, we love Burberry’s quirky ‘Rain or Shine’ blush palette (£45).  The design was inspired by the hand-painted illustrations featured on the Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2015 runway collection.  Pink azalea and bright coral red shades sit alongside a nude-coloured illustration of a cloud on a hydrangea pink background.  Effortless to apply and versatile, the shades beautifully blend together to highlight skin with that signature Burberry glow.


Speaking of rainy days, the Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette (£45) comes in a sleek metal compact with the appearance of raindrops across it.  Inside are a new take on spring pastels, with each of the matte shades appearing somewhat moody and foggy, without the brightening white base which you would expect.  The result is a mix of surprising and very wearable eyeshadows, as well as two cheek shades; an excellent kit addition.

LM Palette

Dior had an early start on the spring season, but if you’re lucky enough to spot one of their beautiful new eyeshadow palettes then we would recommend snatching it up.  Titled ‘Kingdom of Color’, the spring collection encapsulates the idea of bright yet wearable pops of colour, setting the tone for the season with a refreshing colour palette that blends half-tones and bright shades, glimmering pastels and contrasting colour blocks.  Their 5 Couleurs palettes (£43) are always beautiful with perfectly chosen shades, and this season’s green and pink choices are on point.



When it comes to the complexion Bobbi Brown is always a reliable source.  Their zesty Hot Collection utilises some great punchy shades in surprisingly wearable formulas.  We were particularly enamoured with the Cheek Palettes (£34), which each contain three shades of either corals, deep pinks or paler pinks.  Our favourite was the tropical Calypso palette (centre, below), spanning light peach to a more vivid coral shade in a variety of finishes.

Bobbi Cheek_Palettes_Hot_Collection

While it may not be the easiest to get hold of, it was love at first sight with the Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden eyeshadow palette (€55).  This is a love affair that will last long past spring, with smooth metallic shades so beautiful you’ll be loath to spoil the hummingbird-embossed designs.  The magnetic case also allows you to easily and safely exchange the colours for any of their other eyeshadow refills, creating a chic travelling kit.  This palette would make an excellent introduction to a brand we hope to see more of in the UK soon!


The candy-sweet colours of RMK’s Vintage Sweets S/S collection is made up of beautifully light tones and colours for brightening dull skin emerging from winter.  A grown-up treat with a nostalgic twist, we’re torn between the pops of colour in the Vintage Candy Cheeks (four shades, £20) and the pastel candy-striping of the Vintage Sweets Face Colour, in Blue-Lilac or Yellow-Green (£33).  Swirled together the shades are soft and brightening, working to subtly counteract any sallowness or discolouration.

vintage candy cheeks case_01

vintage sweets color_01

The Guerlain Météorites pearls have amassed a cult following and spawned a thousand dupes with good reason. Pearls of skin-brightening goodness, we were beyond thrilled to hear that they were releasing a compact version (£40) in their ‘Les Tendres’ S/S collection.  It has all of the delicacy and opulence of the original, housed in a stunning mosaic pattern of varying shades.  If you haven’t already got one, you’re missing out.

Guerlain Compact

Chanel veered from the beaten pastel path to create a palette of sheer opulence and jewelled tones.  The L’Intemporel De Chanel eye palette (£47) contains five colours with a grained leather surface effect and an embossed interwoven chain motif inspired by the one of the iconic 2.55 bag of the House.  From matte black, via plum, green, creamy gold and finally silvery white, the finish is intense and luminous.

The collection is available exclusively at just a handful of locations: Covent Garden, Selfridges W1, Selfridges Manchester, CHANEL Boutiques, Fenwick Newcastle, and House of Fraser Glasgow.

Chanel Les Intemporals

Not every new palette has to make a serious dent in your savings.  High street hero Collection have released three Eyes Uncovered Palettes for just £3.99.  With a Nude, Grey and Bronze version, uncomplicated yet sophisticated eyes are easily achievable.  The shades have great colour payoff and good blendability, so we can see these disappearing quickly.

Eyes Uncovered

To finish, we’re looking ahead to a release which is yet to hit these shores.  The Too Faced #NoFilter palette is available in April, and contains three coloured powders designed to mimic Instagram’s filters in their perfecting of the skin.  We’re intrigued!  If you can’t wait, it’s already available in the US here.

Too Faced palette



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