Sunday, 27 March 2016

CIATE LONDON || OLIVIA PALERMO COLLECTION

It seems like a lot of beauty and makeup brands are collaborating with famous faces recently, and Ciaté  London have scooped themselves one of the most aspirational and converted celebrity ambassadors of the moment.
Their latest launches have seen them teaming up with the beautiful, Olivia Palermo, who in  2015 was named as Ciaté London's Guest Creative Director. Since receiving that title, Olivia has gone on to release some of her own beauty products with the brand, which have all been inspired by her love of luxury, high fashion and wearable looks. Throughout Olivia's time as Guest Creative Director, she was due to create a small series of four exclusive collections, the first of which was released mid-2015. The first beauty launch saw the introduction of a nail polish trio, which consisted of three classic shades, selected by Olivia as the most wearable and fashion forward shades for all skin tones. Throughout the year Ciaté and Olivia then went on to create a full cosmetics collection together, which includes lipsticks, kohl pencils, contouring palettes, eyeshadow staples, and of course nail polishes. The entire range plays about with different textures, offers innovative formulas, and has a gorgeous variety of Olivia's favourite hues for the eyes, lips, face and nails. Enhanced with lovely vintage inspired packaging, these products are definitely covetable - albeit perhaps an unnecessary indulgence.

Whilst Olivia was developing her new makeup range, she said that she wanted to create a variety of textures and shades in the same way that she loved to mix patterns, fabrics and accessories to style the perfect outfit. Many of the names of the items were chosen to represent not only the hue, but the unique textures specially developed for this collection, whilst others are eclectic touches from Olivia's own life and style. Attention to detail has been key in the creation of this collection, from the textured boxes and rich golden accents, to the embossed initials in the lipstick bullets, you can immediately see the passion that has been injected into these products. 

Whilst some beauty trends come and go, a classic lipstick is always in style, and it is a handbag essential for any women. Olivia says that when she wants to dress up her look, lipstick is the very first thing she reaches for. The 'Satin Kiss' lipsticks which were released as part of Ciaté's and Olivia's 2015 fall collection, are without a doubt the stars of the entire show for me. They are extremely creamy, smooth to apply, and comfortable to wear, while also providing a great pigmentation of colour on the lips with just one swipe. As the name of the them suggests, each of the shades offer a satin finish (semi-matte), and they feel very hydrating and nourishing throughout wear. I would go as far as saying, this could be one of my favourite formula's I have ever tried in a lipstick, and I really wish that Ciaté would make these a permanent item of their range, because they are honestly so amazing!

 Cashmere || The first lipstick I got my hands on was Cashmere, and being the true nude in the range, it was of course the main shade that I was lusting after. Cashmere is beautifully rich in colour, and it has fairly warm undertones to it. I really love the versatility of this shade, as it will match perfectly with so many different makeup looks, and it will suit a huge variety of skin tones as well. I am so happy that I picked this one up, and I would honestly recommend it to everybody!

 Truffle || Next up, I purchase yet another nude, and this one is in the shade Truffle. It is a gorgeous medium-toned nude, which suits my pale complexion exceptionally well. While it is practically identical to Cashmere, this one does swing more on the pink side, rather than being a true nude. 

With Ciaté London being one of my most favourite brands for nail polish's, of course I was going to get my hands on one of the shades that Olivia Palermo had an input in creating. Back in early 2015, when the first part of four collections launched, three different paint pots were released, and I was delighted to discover that a gorgeous pale pink shade was in their range. I am not an avid wearer of bright or bold nails, so as soon as I saw this colour, I immediately purchased it for myself. Olivia describes this nail colour, called 'Sundays' as her off duty nude, and it is a lovely light, soft pink-nude shade, which is perfect for any occasion. 
Each polish that Olivia and Ciaté have created, has been formulated with 'dual polymer lock mesh technology' to provide long lasting colour, durability and high-shine. Volcanic glass has also been included to provide natural cushioning and strength during application, while also helping to protect and defend the nails over a number of days, to ensure for a greater wear-time. The result is a nail polish that glides onto the nail effortlessly, and leaves a perfect 'just walked out of the salon' finish. The polish is richly pigmented and incredibly shiny, providing a stunning finish in only two coats. 
For an added pinch of glamour, all of the polishes come housed individually in small boxes adorned with gold accents, which almost resemble a deluxe box of fragrance. As a limited edition, one off collaboration piece and a super special collectors item, I love these nail polishes. They may come in more pricey than most (£17), so they are definitely a luxurious treat, but they are 100 percent worth it! 

Olivia Palermo has always stood out in the fashion scene, and now she has even taken the beauty world by storm, with her range of incredible products. If you are a fan of Ciaté, Olivia, or just makeup in general, then I really recommend picking up a couple of key pieces from the limited edition collections, which you know you will love and enjoy.
What do you think of the Ciaté London X Olivia Palermo collection? Which is your favourite item? 

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Lots of Love,
ALICIA
XO
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