Fall 2008 Makeup Trend Report

by PJ on Wednesday, August 13, 2008

in -AQ, 2008 Fall, all about Japanese cosmetics

(image from www.chanel.com)

If there is one word that sums up the makeup trends for fall 2008, it is “warmth”. We had grey from fall 2007 and cool lilac and blue from spring 2008, and now we are greeted by opulent gold and red.

Fields of Gold

Chanel leads the pack with a collection with gold in the eye palette, lip gloss, face highlighter, and nail color. It is a decadent shade of gold, although it can be too warm for some complexions. If this is the case with you, items from Lavshuca (Grade Color Select in GD-1) and Shiseido The Makeup (Lip Gloss in G29 Mellow Gold) might suit you better.

(Lavshuca Grade Color Select in GD-1 (among swatches))
(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lavshuca)

(Shiseido The Makeup Lip Gloss in G29 Mellow Gold)
(image from www.shiseido.co.jp/themakeup)

Gold is also seen in Vernis Crème de Nacres, two nail products in Lancôme‘s fall 2008 collection that are applied with a special applicator. (I am not entirely certain whether they are sold in North America, but they are already available in the UK.)

(Lancôme Vernis Crème de Nacres)
(image from www.lancome.jp)

Shades of Red

If you are fans of purples, there are still some nice shades from Givenchy, Clarins, Awake and Sonia Rykiel as these beautiful hues continue the trend in spring 2008. But many purples are taking on a much warmer tone for fall 2008 and turning into plum purples. We are also seeing shades of burgundy and red, which, just like gold, are the key shades for this fall.

For plum and burgundy, which still somewhat echo the spring trend, look into the palettes from Laura Mercier, EST, and Magie Deco:

(Laura Mercier Eye Color Trio in Mauve Sunset)
(image from www.lauramercier.com)

(EST Emotional Aura Eyes in 07)
(image from www.kao.co.jp/est)

(Magie Deco Shadow Brilliance in 021 Bordeaux Shadow)
(image from www.cosmedecorte.com/magiedeco)

Apart from gold, Chanel‘s fall 2008 collection also features delicious plums in Rouge Hydrabase in Fantastic Plum and Nail Colour in Fantastic.

While warmer reds are seen in major Japanese brands (like Lunasol and SUQQU below), Dior, always a trendsetter, features a muted warm red in 5-Colour Eyeshadow in #673 Earth Tones:

(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lunasol)
(image from www.suqqu.com/japan.html)
(Dior 5-Color Eyeshadow in 673 Earth Tones)
(image from www.sephora.com)

Mix & Match

If you love experimenting with makeup trends, why not try wearing gold and warm purples/reds to sport both trends at the same time?

(Magie Deco Pure Color in GD076 and RD470)
(image from www.cosmedecorte.com/magiedeco)

(Cosme Decorte AQ Shadow Supreme in 015)
(image from www.cosmedecorte.com/aq)
(Maquillage Forming Shiny Eyes in 54)
(image from www.shiseido.co.jp/mq)

If reds around the eyes don’t suit you, try gold with deep cool violets. It is a beautiful and modern way to wear violets. I am thinking about trying the items below:

(Maquillage Forming Shiny Eyes in 52)
(image from www.shiseido.co.jp/mq)
(Lavshuca Dual Prism Eyes in PU-1 (among the swatches))
(image from www.kanebo-cosmetics.jp/lavshuca)

Last but not least, the two makeup looks for fall/holiday 2008 from Shiseido The Makeup epitomise the key trends for the coming seasons:

(Eyeshadow Quad Shimmer in Q11 (left) and Q12 (right))
(image from www.shiseido.co.jp/themakeup)

This season, I think I will be trying slightly deeper purples (than the ones I have been wearing) as well as platinum golds (not bronze golds). What about you? What shades are tempting you?

Related posts (more red, plum, and lilac):

Coffret D’Or Trance Deep Eyes in Grey Variation

(with a cool medium lilac)

NARS Fall 2008 Collection

ck Calvin Klein Fall 2008 Collection

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

心。葵 Thursday, August 14, 2008

wow! i’ve been collecting gold and reddish-purple-pink palettes! and i’m so glad to know i’m on the right track! :D

ah~ so many things to buy~~~~~ :D


Citrine Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hey I like this season and I am so ready for it! I do have plum gloss, cool red lip color and a plummy purple palette!

I am most happy about the plum lip color trend, I knew it since I was little that plum/red and plummy red will look good on me from the various adventure in my mom’s dressing table…(I remember so well that I broke my mom’s a plum lipstick when I was playing with the goodies and she was so mad…can’t forget that.)

I guess I will skip the gold shadow
part since those pigmented bronze/gold color wash me out…I will use some blusher in golden pink on my lid if I want a wash of color, the pink in them always disappear on my face anyway …

Beside the plum, I would definitely some green,sage, moss or even the bright ones. (Since where I live is sunny and warm most of the time) green is my favorite color and there is no way I am passing it just because it’s no “en vogue”.



PJ Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hi Plue,

It sounds that you are right on trend! I think there will be many things to tempt you this season. Do stay calm and in control! :)

Thank you for stopping by again! :)


PJ Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hi Mina,

It is great that some of this season’s trends are appealing to you. Plums are definitely good shades for lips I think.

If you don’t like wearing gold all over the lids, I think you can probably try pairing them with your favorite colors and see what they can do for you.

I am not sure if you wear greens on the eyes and plums on the lips at the same time. I am thinking that it might not be for everyone, but I also think it can actually look very stunning if we coordinate the shades to suit our complexions. (Indeed, if a color really suits you, who cares if it is not on trend?)

Thank you for your comment again! :)


Cinammon Friday, August 15, 2008

I’m absolutely looking forward to the Chanel collection. Do you know if the ‘Les Tissages de Chanel blushers’ are out yet? I’m dying to get my hand on a palette


Denim Friday, August 15, 2008

Hi, great trend report! Where can I find cool or platinum golds?


Citrine Friday, August 15, 2008


I never dare to try green eyes red lip altogether, (it’s a little bit too early for Christmas) I can’t pull off more than two color on my face. Maybe a sage green eyeliner and a plum gloss would be alright…

Chances are, most of the time I can’t even stand myself using two items, if I use blusher, I just have to ditch lip gloss and everything else…I am just better off that way.

Now I think of it, I do have a trio with light gold and seafoam green (with gold shimmer) the combo looks very fresh for summer time, and I will probably wear it in the fall anyway…

P.S. Thanks for linking my page, I feel little guilty since I was just about to announce that I am a Stila convert already…(Having recently murdered two Anna Sui eye color single for putting in stila shadow pan…)



PJ Friday, August 15, 2008

Hi Cinammon,

I am looking forward to Les Tissages de Chanel as well. I am not really sure when they will be out, but I am guessing that we’ll be seeing them in September (between the fall and holiday collections).

Thank you very much for reading my blog and posting your comment! :)


PJ Friday, August 15, 2008

Hi Denim,

Thank you for your question.

Cool golds shouldn’t be too hard to find. In the photos featured in my report, the golds seen in Magie Deco, Maquillage (Forming Shiny Eyes in 52), and Lavshuca are cool golds, as opposed to the more bronze/orangey golds in Chanel’s fall 2008 collection.

Hope it helps, and thank you for reading my blog. :)


PJ Sunday, August 17, 2008

Hi Mina,

You are very welcome about the link. You do have far more Anna Sui items than I do, so it would be great if some of my readers could have a look at your collection!

I’d love to read about your thoughts on Stila as well. So far it has not been one of my favorite brands, but your thoughts are always worth the time.

You seem to have a minimalistic and less-is-more approach to makeup, which I think is great!

Thank you for stopping by again, and have a very good week! :)


TEENA Monday, September 8, 2014

I want to buy a lipstick RMK 22 NATURAL ROSE 3.8 GMS



PJ Monday, September 8, 2014

Hi Teena,

For information on purchasing Japanese cosmetics on-line, please have a look at my FAQ page:


Thank you for your question! :)


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