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Ooh la la! Bourjois Rendez-vous à Paris collection

Maybe it's all the planning and research I'm doing for my trip to Paris next year, but I'm drawn to anything French these days.  Naturally when I saw this collection I had to have every item, especially after finding out the illustrations were done by French artist Nathalie Lété.  Each one shows a Paris landmark or neighborhood.

Rose D'or blush, featuring the Eiffel Tower:


Argent, with the Opera Garnier:


Beige Rose, with a little map:


Violet Absolu, featuring the Place Vendôme:

Violet absolue

Noir Precieux and a lovely view of the Seine:

Noir precieux 

Sadly, Asos.com was out of stock of one of the eye shadows (Blanc Diaphane, which has an awesome picture of the Arc d'Triomphe) and 2 of the blushes (Lilas D'or and Ambre D'or) and Ulta doesn't seem to be carrying them, so I wasn't able to get my hands on those.  (A note about ordering from Asos:  it must be some weird UK thing that allows you to place items in your cart only and submit your order, only to get an email a few hours later telling you your items are out of stock.  The same thing happened with my fiance when he ordered some Grenson boots from a UK site - he was able to hit the submit button but got a notice later saying they weren't available.  It's VERY frustrating!  I'd rather know up front the items aren't available rather being able to add them to my shopping cart.)  Anyway, here are stock pics of those:

(images from asos.com)

Whenever an artist collaborates on a collection I'm anxious to see their regular work to see if there's any resemblance between what they created for a brand and their own oeuvre.   After looking at her website, I don't think there was anyone more appropriate to do illustrations for this historic French brand than Parisian Nathalie Lété.   She seems to have struck a perfect balance of whimsical and chic, playful and sophisticated, and so much of her work pays homage to her hometown.  Some examples:  the notebook on the left shows the Montmartre neighborhood along with a duck cheerfully pulling a butterfly on a string.  The rug on the right depicts a cloud of butterflies soaring among the Eiffel Tower, which has a French flag sitting atop it.  Both works are imbued with passion and pride for Paris.

Paris love

You can also see her affinity for nature in these lovely prints ("Botanica") and this rug, simply titled "Jardin".   These stylized flowers and butterflies definitely made their way into the Bourjois collection.


Finally, these chocolates have a similar concept overall to the Bourjois collection:

(images from nathalie-lete.com) 

All in all I'm very impressed with this collection and think Bourjois did a sensationnel job in their choice of Lété.  I do hope to acquire the rest of the collection at some point.

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