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Gone but not forgotten: Stéphane Marais

Makeup artist Stéphane Marais launched his line of cosmetics in 2002.  The collection featured bizarre designs on the packaging unlike anything I've ever seen in makeup.  Naturally I had to get my hands on as much of it as possible! 

Some of the eyeshadows:
Sm eyes

Powder foundation and gel eye liners:
Foundation liners

Stick concealer:
Concealer sm

Brow gel:
Brow gel

Loose powder:
Sm loose powder

And a lipstick:

I'm not really sure what a dinosaur or phrases like "Groove flowers up to the sky. Ohh my god" and "Only for primates" have to do with makeup, but the designs truly were different than anything on the market. According to one source the images were an "ode to Marais's work in fashion shows for Jean Paul Gautier, and advertising campaigns for Dior, Calvin Klein and Givenchy."   His original idea was to change the packaging every season, because "You have to keep your customer amused. The approach is very childish, rich -- like a candy store.''  It's also a commentary on the fast-paced, ever-changing fashion world.1  

Sadly the line was discontinued in 2005, but I'm forever hoping for something with comparable packaging.    

1 "Cosmetics That Change with the Seasons," Ruth La Ferla, New York Times, June 1, 2004


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