Summer 2008 Makeup Top 10 (Part 1)

by PJ on Tuesday, June 17, 2008

in -Albion, -Anna Sui, -AQ, -Cosme Decorte, -Giorgio Armani, -Kosé, 2008 Summer, all about Japanese cosmetics, makeup, seasonal makeup top 10

To me, it feels as if the spring collections just came out and we were expecting more summer makeup news. But, as many of the fall 2008 collections have been unveiled, it is time for me to look back and present you with my summer 2008 top ten makeup collections. (Part 2 and 3 will be up later this week.)

10. Albion Excia AL

(Albion Excia AL Eye Color Impression)
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(Albion Excia AL Rouge Impression)
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Available at Albion counters in Japan, Excia AL is a top-end skincare and makeup line that aims to create timeless and confident beauty. This season sees a new range of eye palettes, Eye Impression, and three new shades of Rouge Impression (as well as new liquid eyeliners and eyebrow pencils). Perhaps not the most eye-catching collection, it did grab my attention with its understated simplicity.

9. Anna Sui

(Anna Sui Mini Rouge W)
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Anna Sui’s summer 2008 collection shows us again that the brand still does cute and princessy very well. I am sure some people who are collecting the Mini Rouge in black (released last fall) would love to take home these limited editions in white. The collection also includes hair and body products which are equally nicely packaged.

8. Giorgio Armani

(Eye Mania in 11 (top), 12 (left), and 13 (right))
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I have been interested in the Giorgio Armani Beauty line for a while, and I almost always stop by its counter when I am in London’s Selfridges or Harvey Nichols. (In the UK, Giorgio Armani Beauty is also available in Selfridges Birmingham and Heathrow Airport Terminal 3. The link above takes you to the Giorgio Armani Beauty UK online store.)

The three beautiful Eye Mania palettes above, however, appear to be exclusive to the Japanese market. I particularly like #12 and #13. #12 seems to be a wearable blue-grey palette, possibly even for people who find blue hard to wear. #13 looks like a nice neutral palette and the shades don’t look overly warm or bronze.

(If you are interested, please head over to Autumn Masquerade for a great brand profile on Giorgio Armani Beauty and for a look at the brand’s past Bronze Mania collections.)

7. Cosme Decorte AQ

(Pure Grace Lipstick in RD432
and Pure Grace Eyeshadow in 032)
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There are not a lot of lilacs for summer 2008, and this beautiful palette with soft lilac and muted cool teal attracted my attention. I think these two shades are well-coordinated, as the muted teal complements rather than overshadows the lilac. (Please check out my previous post on Cosme Decorte AQ‘s summer 2008 collection to see the fresh tropical eye makeup look created with this palette.)

This is the last AQ eye palette released in the current packaging, as the brand’s point makeup line will be revamped in time for the release of the fall 2008 collection.

The top-ten countdown continues tomorrow.

Related Posts:

Spring 2008 Makeup Top 10
(Part 1, 2, and 3)

Loving Japanese Brand – Anna Sui

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sugarshock Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hi PJ,
You’ve been tagged.
:) Cheers.


Jessica Rae Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Despite having what some might call a ridiculous amount of make-up and beauty products (psh!) I’ve never owned anything by Anna Sui! I don’t know why. I adore the packaging. This is reminding me to go get something! :D


PJ Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hi Kristen,

Thank you for tagging me.

I have been tagged for a few times, but I don’t really write tag posts. I hope it is okay with you. :)

Thank you for stopping by my blog again. :)


PJ Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hi Jessica,

I do like Anna Sui’s packaging. Some people see it as quite gothic, which is true, but I see it as more romantic.

Do let me know if you have a chance to try something from the brand! :)

Thank you for your comment again. :)


YM Thursday, June 19, 2008

hi PJ

do you know if the albion excia al summer eye palette is LE? if it is i’m defintely snatching some up!


PJ Friday, June 20, 2008

Hi YM,

As far as I know, the eye palettes (as well as all the other items in Excia AL’s summer 2008 collection) are not limited editions. So there is definitely time to think about which one to get if you are interested. :)

Thank you for your comment again! :)


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