If you follow me on Twitter, you will probably have heard my excited tweets about Les Merveilleuses aka Laduree Makeup aka Makeup To Die For aka Makeup Craze in Japan aka If You Don’t Buy You Regret Forever Makeup. I shall spare you the introduction about Les Merveilleuses, you can read about it on Tina’s detailed post about it here.
I haven’t had a chance to break into these baby yet (just received them last night) but thought I should show them off in its original state to my jealous blogger #MBBE friends. As it was a last minute request for my friend to get them, I didn’t put through an extensive order. I just picked one of each of the blush item and unfortunately, the ‘egg‘ that houses the Face Color Rose Laduree Refill (aka the rose petal blush) was sold out at that time.
Now that the second Les Merveilleuses counter is opened in Japan, I am sure they will be less of a queue to purchase products. I do have a backup plan with my other friend travelling to Japan in May to pick up the egg and a couple of other things though. Let’s get into it.
Samples of Fluid Foundation in Shade #20 & Translucent Make Up Base I received from the haul. The foundation comes in three limited shades. I wonder if #20 (middle shade) will suit me.
The catalogue. Comes with all the prices (in YEN) and shades of all the products. It is so pretty unfortunately everything comes in Japanese so I will need someone to translate to me. Major love!
Make up in Japan are not only pretty to look at but they are smartly packaged. You will often find limited edition or pretty packaged make up being sold as an separate item. As you can see it is the same as the Les Merveilleuses Pressed Cheek Color. The casing comes with mirror and a small brush while the pressed cheek color refill has a small little sticker strip that holds the pressed blush in place.
The casing + one pressed cheek colour are roughly AUD$63.
I picked #06 out of the 20 shades available from the Pressed Cheek Color. It is a bright hot pink shade by looking at it. At this point of writing (1:30am) I haven’t swatch it yet; I am waiting for more sunlight to get better photos. Thankfully each packaging came with English how-to instructions. This blush is recommended to use with the brush that comes in the case. Tap off excess on the back of hand before applying onto cheeks.
I have also noted the casing is made in Taiwan whilst the powder is made in Japan.
When I first lay eye on this cute little egg shape cream blush, I knew I had to have it. Les Merveilleuses Cream Cheek Base (roughly AUD$50) comes in five shades and this one is #04 a baby pink shade. Just draw it on your cheeks and use your finger to smooth it out. Smells like roses (not the cheap imitation kind either) and is so cute! I am already eyeing two other shades that I want to pick up next.
Last but not least, the highlight of the collection – Les Merveilleuses Laduree Face Color Rose Laduree aka the best selling product in the collection. It is available in three shades and coincidently #02 that I’ve picked is also the best selling shade. Unfortunately the egg that houses the flower petals were sold out so I most probably won’t be using this until I get the egg. Love how the petals came in a silk bag too. Too cute!
Roughly AUD$118 for the flower petal and the egg. I got the flower petals for around AUD$80.
Look how detailed they are? Smells glorious like real rose petals and they come in a plastic container that has sponge at the bottom. Technically I am able to use this by just swirling a blush brush over the petals and blend over cheeks but I want the complete experience of dipping my brush into the egg so I shall be patient and wait for that.
From what I heard, you can also buy the egg and use it as your accessories holder, cute right? I think I might just pick up two of the eggs to do that. This is also made in Japan. God, gotta love Japan!
Les Merveilleuses Laduree collection should be available in Europe in November 2012. Apart from Japan I don’t think this will be available in anywhere else at the moment.