During my visit to Serge Luten’s Les Salons du Palais Royale, I was introduced to his makeup line. The line is a highly edited collection (called “The Beauty Essentials“) that is made of products that are intended to look good on every woman, regardless of her skin tone. The reason that one might choose one item over another is really personal preference and the look that you would like to project.
Unlike the vast counters from other lines, the depth of quality is excellent and the color selection is well-chosen and few in number. For example, the eyeshadow range is one palette, there are two nail colors, one eyeliner (black), and ten lipsticks.
In the U.S., you can purchase these from Serge Lutens website or Barneys. Les Salons had a display of some of the engraved compacts that are only sold in this Paris location. There are only 15 made every year.
I was extremely tempted to try the nail polish and a few other items. This gorgeous red nail polish (Sang Bleu/ $65) was one of the items that I wanted (but didn’t get):
Instead, I got the eyeshadow palette ($160), which has a warm ivory, a blue-based aubergine, a deep brown and a deep black, in a black compact:
Here is a close-up of the pans. Because of the subtlety of these colors, I’m going to swatch this at home for you. I would rather have color-accurate swatches done more carefully with lighting that I can control.
The compact is extremely well made, and of course the shadows are very luxurious. I can see that these colors are universal enough to work for almost anyone.