She SAID: New Beauty

Shahada Karim

The  new year is off to a colorful, albiet decidedly muted start. Some of the spring collections got an early start during Holiday ’16, and we’ve noticed that they’re not much different in texture (and in some cases, color) than what trended through the end of the year. From Burberry mattes to Chanel smoke, the more things change the more they stay the same.

Ever the little company that could, Viseart continued it’s multi-tasking philosophy with the new Warm Mattes Palette. Made up of warm neutrals from off white to brownish red, the palette features the same creamy texture and high pigment that Viseart has become famous for. Also released was an extension of the new pro palettes, which are a fraction of the size and feature complimentary mattes and shimmers.

The Burberry Silk & Bloom Palette might be the most appropriate ‘Spring’ offering, in a decidedly bright pinky-plum shade. The company also released a collection of  Liquid Lip Velvets that apply and dry like a typical matte liquid lipstick, without the additional feature of remaining transfer-proof. On the up side, they remain very comfortable on the lips, unlike many formulas that leave lips parched and thirsting for relief.

Anastasia Beverly Hills  began her legacy with brows, and created a makeup empire that now includes just about everything else on the face. The company’s latest offering comes in the form of a highly anticipated lip palette, that includes both traditional and primary colors to bring out the mixologist in every beauty lover.

Chanel  got out early with the new CODE collection for Spring, by releasing it in December. The crown jewel of the collection is Blush Harmony, with four distinct colors to blend or use alone at your discretion. Two new eyeshadow palettes and a slew of lip colors have the potential to get lost in Chanel’s other permanent offerings, and the eyeliner in Petrol Noir is fun but forgettable.

If there is an up side, it’s that the trends from Holiday (or even spring/summer of ’16) haven’t really changed. That’s good news for anyone hoping to embrace the new year effortlessly and beautifully, without breaking the bank.

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