For the uninitiated makeup maven, Serge Lutens is to the world of fragrance and beauty as a Rolls Royce is to vehicular engineering. Elegance is clearly as paramount to the design as the functionality itself. On the heels of his internationally revered fragrance line, Lutens has created possible the first “haute couture” makeup line on the market where an application of one of his lipsticks can literally feel like zipping up a Versace gown. When dealing with the world fashion houses in Paris and Milan, one can’t let price determine one’s purchasing power so tabling the $75 lipstick price tag for now, let’s focus on the merits of the products themselves. Available in 10 shades in a variety of exquisitely textured colors the cadre of Serge Lutens Lipsticks are densely pigmented and yet exceptionally creamy while its sharply beveled edges eliminate the need for a lip liner. Moreover all of his products are contained in black lacquer packaging and are tiny enough to go in the smallest evening clutch-adding the finishing touch of class to any gala affair.
Like watching a Pret a Porter runway show on the Rive Gauche, one’s eyes are likely bigger than one’s wallet. Yet the following items, paycheck permitting, are worthy of picking up:
Refillable Lipstick in “Mauve de Swann”-$75.00 (Refill-$55)
This stunning hue is a fusion of Pale purple and mauve beige. Highly recommended to compliment a smokey eye or simply an understated daytime look, this shade adds a pale touch that is flattering on both fair and warm complexions-think JLO and her infamous green Oscar dress!
Make Up Base : Quant a Soi-$80.00
Who would believe that such a small item can carry such weight? Quant a Soi is a makeup base that both conceals imperfections and prepares the skin. Like Serge himself, this product represents the ultimate combination of classic and modern carrying high performance in a sleek black package.
Water Lip Color in “Plum”-$65.00
This translucent gel-type lip color intensely, yet naturally accentuates the lips with a refreshing, dewy sensation. When venturing into the world of lip stains, one frequently encounters unpleasant side effects such as burning and even feathering of the color. Yet this luscious gel lip color has none of these unfortunate traits behind the sheer wash of gorgeous color.
In an era where we turn to fashion and beauty as an escape from the harsh realities of today’s economic climate, we can at least pretend to be above it all like the Trumps and Hiltons of the world with life’s little luxuries that Serge Lutens rescues us with. The Serge Lutens line is available at Barneys New York retail locations and online at www.barneys.com.